Dr Julia Ioane is proud to fulfil the reason her parents migrated from Samoa to New Zealand: she has been able to not only complete her studies, but excel in them.
Julia is a clinical psychologist, and a Senior Lecturer in psychology at AUT. She teaches social psychology, child and youth mental health and in 2019 will undertake postgraduate teaching in counselling psychology.
Julia is keen to grow Maori and Pasifika in psychology as psychologists and researchers in psychology. Most psychological models and frameworks of practice are grounded within a western worldview and Julia believes that psychology needs to incorporate more indigenous worldviews in its curriculum in order to be more effective among communities in Aotearoa.Her clinical background is working with children, youth and their families. She has had an extensive career including working with the Ministry of Education,Safe Network, Regional Forensic Youth Service and Youth Horizons, and continues to manage her own private practice. After questioning the inclusiveness of Pasifika culture in interventions for violent youth offenders, Julia completed her PhD thesis that explored the risk factors for Pacific Island youth who violently offend in comparison to Māori and Palagi youth with a similar background.
The purpose of her research was to analyse and explore these youths with regards to their background and behaviour.
In 2017, Julia was granted an HRC research award that will look at the mental health and wellbeing of high risk Pasifika youth that includes youth within the Justice sector.
“There is not enough research out there for Pasifika youth in this area and we would benefit more from looking holistically at these groups rather than just their offending behaviour. This would also include looking at resiliency factors for Pasifika youth.”
She is keen to supervise and support students to engage in research within the Justice sector with Police and Corrections; and working with children and youth with a particular focus on Maori and Pasifika. Other areas of research include looking at childhood trauma and its future outcomes, particularly in relation to antisocial behaviour such as violent offending behaviour and substance abuse. She is interested in looking at interventions that can mitigate future risk of adverse outcomes for children and young people; and are culturally appropriate for the diverse population within Aotearoa
Julia believes that AUT is a growing university, with the potential to raise the voices of the Pacific.
“There is potential here to grow the number of Pacific students and to be more involved with the Pacific community, especially being at the South campus.”
“It’s not all about what you know, but who we are and the numerous roles we play amongst our families, peers and community. That is really important.”