Dr Grace Wang

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Senior Lecturer /Addictions Programme (Undergraduate) Leader

Phone: 09 921 9999 Ext 7432

Email: grace.wang@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus, Rm AR318
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland 0627
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Faculty of Health and Environmental Science
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


PhD (Auck), MHSc(Hons), BA(Hons, Psychology)

Memberships and Affiliations:

2016-2019 Honorary Academic, School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland
2013, 2016-present  Member of Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society 
2016    Auckland Medical Research Foundation Medical Committee Ad Hoc Member
2006-2008 Registered Addiction Practitioner, Addiction Practitioners Association Aotearoa- New Zealand (DAPAANZ)


Dr Grace Wang is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Addiction Studies in the Department of Psychology at AUT. Prior to her academic career, she was a registered addictions clinician, working with people with addiction and mental health issues. Her research interests include addiction, cognitive neuropsychology and mental health. She is particularly interested in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying substance use and addictive behaviours.

Teaching Areas:

Alcohol, Drugs, Mental Health, Psychology

Research Areas:

Grace’s current research interests focus on:
  • Substance use
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Neural network

Research Summary:

Her expertise lies in the following areas:
1) Psychopharmacology of recreational drugs and the mechanisms underlying addictive behaviours;
2) Cognitive effects of addictive behaviour;
3) Computerised neuropsychological testing, EEG and ERPs;
4) Comorbidity of substance use and other disorders;
5) Application of Neuroinformatics Techniques in Addiction Research    

Current projects include cognitive effect of addictive behaviours, i.e. Internet use, and psychoactive drugs, and associations between immunological function and cognition, and lifestyle change related to chronic conditions.  



Kuss DJ,  Kanjo E, Crook-Rumsey M, Kibowski F, Wang GY, Sumich A. Problematic mobile phone use and smartphone addiction across generations:  The roles of psychopathological symptoms and smartphone use. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science. 2018: DOI: 10.1007/s41347-017-0041-3

Wang GY, Taylor T, Sumich A, et al. Associations between immunological function and memory recall in healthy adults. Brain and Cognition.2017: 119, 39-44.

Su B, Wang S., Sumich A., Li S, Yang L, Cai Y,  Wang, GY. Reduction in N2 amplitude in response to deviant drug-related stimuli during a two-choice oddball task in long-term heroin abstainers. Psychopharmacology. 2017: DOI 10.1007/s00213-017-4707-5

Zhang J, Sumich A, Wang GY. Acute effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phone on brain function. Bioelectromagnetics. 2017. DOI:10.1002/bem.22052

Su B, Yang L, Wang, GY, et al. Effect of drug-related cues on response inhibition through abstinence: a pilot study in male heroin abstainers. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2017:1-7. DOI:10.1080/00952990.2017.1283695

Lee H, Wang GY, Curley LE, et al. Investigation of the effects of ‘Piperazine-containing Party Pills’ and dexamphetamine on interhemispheric communication using electroencephalography. Psychopharmacology. 2016:233, 2869-77.

Doborjeh MG, Wang GY, Kasabov N, et al. A spiking neural network methodology and system for learning and comparative analysis of EEG data from healthy versus addiction treated versus addiction not treated subjects. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 2016:I63, 1830-41.

Lee H, Wang GY, Curley LE, et al. Acute effects of BZP, TFMPP and the combination of BZP and TFMPP in comparison to dexamphetamine on an auditory oddball task using electroencephalography: a single- dose study. Psychopharmacology. 2016: 233, 863-71.

Kasabov N, Scott NM, Tu E, Wang G, et al. Evolving spatio-temporal data machines based on the NeuCube neuromorphic framework: Design methodology and selected applications. Neural Networks. 2016: 78, 1-14.

Askew C, Dixon R, McCormick R, Callaghan K, Wang GY, Shulruf B. Facilitators and barriers to doctoral supervision: A case study in health science. Issues in Educational Research, 2016: 26, 1-9. 

Wang GY, Kydd RR, Russell BR. Quantitative EEG and Low-Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) Imaging of Patients Undergoing Methadone Treatment for Opiate Addiction. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience. 2015.1-8.

Wang GY, Kydd R, Wouldes TA, Jensen M, Russell BR. Changes in resting EEG following methadone treatment in opiate addicts. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2015: 126(5):943-950.

Wang GY, Kydd R, Russell BR. Auditory event-related potentials in methadone substituted opiate users. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2015;29(9):983-995.

Wang GY, Kydd R, Russell BR. Resting EEG and ERPs findings in methadone-substituted opiate users: a review. Acta Neurologica Belgica. 2015:1-8.

Capecci E, Kasabov N, Wang GY. Analysis of connectivity in NeuCube spiking neural network models trained on EEG data for the understanding of functional changes in the brain: A case study on opiate dependence treatment. Neural Networks. 2015;68:62-77.

Wang GY, Wouldes TA, Kydd R, Jensen M, Russell BR. Neuropsychological performance of methadone-maintained opiate users. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 2014:0269881114538541.

Wang GY, A Wouldes T, R Russell B. Methadone maintenance treatment and cognitive function: A systematic review. Current drug abuse reviews. 2013;6(3):220-230.

See here for full publication list: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Grace_Wang11

Book Chapters

Moir F, Lyndon M, Henning MA, Wang G, Yielder J, Hill A. Preventing Burnout in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students Studying Medicine. In T.N Winston(ed). Handbook on Burnout and Sleep Deprivation: Risk Factors, Management Strategies and Impact on Performance and Behavior.New York: Nova Science Publisher.2015

Wang GY, Shulruf B. Enhancing parental practices to mitigate socioeconomic disadvantages faced by children. In MT Garrett (ed.). Youth and Adversity (pp. 251-262). New York: Nova Science Publisher. 2014

Shulruf B, Wang GY. Extracurricular activities in secondary schools. In J. Hattie, & E. M. Anderman (Eds.), International Guide to Student Achievement (pp. 324-326). New York: Taylor & Francis.2013

Shulruf, B., Wang GY. Equality and quality in higher education. Progress in Education volume 27. In: Nata RV (ed) Progress in Education Volume 27. Nova Science Publishers. USA, pp 199-208. 2012

Wang GY. In Walking the Talk: The 2011 Collection of Oral Presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies. Editors: Scherman R, Krageloh C.(eds) Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.pp104-111.2011

Wang GY, Henning M, Emmanuel M. Bipolar disorder and the experiences of the Chinese community within New Zealand. In J. M. Plunkett (Ed.), Bipolar disorder: Cause, diagnosis and treatment. USA: Nova Science Publishers. pp. 249-265.2011


2016 Catalyst: Leaders New Zealand-China Scientist Exchange Programme Grant

2014 School Outstanding Emerging Researcher, AUT