Senior Lecturer; Programme Leader BA Psychology, Deputy Head of School
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6645
Room 1406, Level 14
corner of Wakefield and Rutland streets
Private Bag 92006
I am both a Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BA Psychology in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy. I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland, where I looked at emotional expression and its role in maintaining physical and psychological well-being in situations of prolonged stress.
While completing my PhD I worked as an Assistant Research Fellow with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago.
After completing my PhD I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Otago, working in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine investigating the bidirectional association between asthma and atopy and psychological well-being. I joined AUT as a Lecturer in Psychology in February 2010.
I have a passion for psychology as a scientific discipline and I enjoy teaching this interesting but challenging field. I am particularly interested in teaching research methodology and the scientific investigation of psychology, including experimental design, psychological assessment and psychometrics, and data analysis. Related to this, I have also developed an increasing interest scientific misconduct, scientific fraud, and the negative effects of pseudo-science on society.
I also hope to make a small but important contribution to unravelling the mysteries of the placebo effect. And completely unrelated to my other research areas, I am also interested in learning more about the facet of human cognition that we often refer to as 'creativity'.