Dr Rita Csako

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Senior Lecturer/Clinical Leader

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7970

Email: rcsako@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University (Room AR155)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand
Postal Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • 2008 Postgraduate Degree in Work and Organisational Psychology
  • 2002 PhD in Psychology
  • 1994 Masters Degree in Psychology
  • 1994 Masters Degree in Teacher of Psychology

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • 2015-present
    New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS)

  • 2011-2015
    Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)

  • 2009-present
    Registered by the New Zealand Psychologists Board

  • 1998-present
    Association of the University of Debrecen

  • 1994-present
    Hungarian Association of Hypnosis/ member of International Society of Hypnosis

  • 1994-present
    Hungarian Association of Psychology


Rita is a skilled psychologist with more than fifteen years’ experience in psychological counselling and therapy. She graduated at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) as Psychologist and Teacher of Psychology in 1994 and completed her PhD in 2002. Before moving to New Zealand Rita was a faculty member of the Department of Psychology (Debrecen, Hungary) for nearly ten years teaching various areas of psychology for psychology and teacher students both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Rita has also been involved in various research projects and also worked at the University Counselling Service of the University of Debrecen (Hungary) working with clients from diverse backgrounds and presentations. In 2008 Rita completed a Postgraduate degree in Work and Organizational Psychology at Budapest University of Technology & Economics (Hungary) and been involved in cross-cultural research projects. After moving to New Zealand, in 2011 Rita joined the Ministry of Education, providing psychological services for students with special needs from diverse cultural backgrounds. From 2011 until joining AUT in 2014, she worked at Thrive, an intensive rehabilitation programme in Eating Disorder services and been involved in both Residential and Day Programme, providing care for patients diagnosed with Eating Disorders and their families.

Rita also has extensive experience supervising psychology students and interns both in University and Clinical settings. Her professional experience covers a wide range of applied psychology, trained and has competence in a variety of therapeutic approaches and developed her own clinical approach integrating knowledge from different psychological approaches.

Rita joined AUT in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Leader of the Psychology Clinic at AUT Akoranga Integrated Health Clinic. Besides clinical supervision and teaching, she is also involved in providing psychological care in the private sector at SHM Therapy.

Teaching Areas:

  • Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Psychological Theory and Practice
  • Psychological Intervention
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Internship in Counselling Psychology

Research Areas:

  • Human sexuality
  • Eating Disorders
  • Interdisciplinary approach in clinical practice
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Stress, coping and anxiety


Shepherd, D., Csako, R., Landon, J., Goedeke, S., & Ty, K. (2017). Documenting and understanding parent’s intervention choices for their child with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3395-7

Krageloh, C., Medvedev, O., Taylor, T., Wrapson, W., Wang,, G. Y., Csako, R., Sumich, A. (2017). Mindfulness Webinar: A new approach to teaching mindfulness in nonclinical settings. In Proceedings of the Mind Humanities International Conference, Iksan, South Korea.

Csako R. (2015). The Effects of Hypnotic Susceptibility on Behavioural and Physiological Responses to Stress and its Cognitive Evaluation, In: Konde, Z. (Ed.), Monographs for the 30th Anniversary of the Department of General Psychology, Debrecen University Press, pp. 111- 136.

Csako R. (2003). Stress and Coping, Journal of University of Debrecen, 3, 337-348.

Csako, R., Meszaros, I. & Math, J. (2002). The effect of Hypnotic Susceptibility on Heart Rate During a Stressful Mental Task. Paper presented at the 9th European Congress of Hypnosis, September 2002, Rome, Italy.

Meszaros, I., Csako, R. (2002).  Introduction to Hypnosis.  Workshop presented at the 13th Hungarian Congress of Hypnosis, May 2002, Visegrad, Hungary.

Csako, R. (2002). The Phenomenology of Hypnosis, Journal of University of Debrecen, 2, 174-185.

Csako, R. & Meszaros, I. (2002). Altered State Experiences During Relaxation: Do They Depend on Hypnotic Susceptibility? Hypnosis International Monographs, 137-144.

Meszaros, I., Szabo, Cs. & Csako, R. (2002). Hypnotic Susceptibility and Alterations in Subjective Experiences. Acta Biologica Hungarica 53(4), 499-514.

Csako, R. (2002).  Direct or Indirect? Comparing Different Hypnotherapeutic Approaches and Techniques. Workshop presented at Psynapsis (6th Psychology Student Conference). March 2002, Budapest, Hungary.

Meszaros, I., Csako, R.  (2001). Hypnosis Workshop for Beginners. Workshop presented at the 12th Hungarian Congress of Hypnosis, May 2001, Szeged, Hungary.

Csako, R. (2000). Altered-State Experiences During Relaxation: Do They Depend on Hypnotic Susceptibility? Paper presented at the 15th International Congress of Hypnosis, October 2000, Munich, Germany.

Csako, R. (2000). Stress Levels and Hypnotic Susceptibility. Paper presented at the 14th National Meeting of the Hungarian Association of Psychology, April 2000, Budapest, Hungary.

Boncz, I. , Csako, R. (2000). What is Hypnosis? Workshop presented at the 11th Hungarian Congress of Hypnosis, May 2000, Dobogoko, Hungary.

Csako, R. (1999). Levels of Stress and Anxiety? Are Subjective Reports Reliable? Paper presented at the 8th European Congress of Hypnosis, August, 1999, Nordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Meszaros, I. , Csako, R. (1999). Hypnosis Workshop for Beginners. Workshop presented at the 10th Hungarian Congress of Hypnosis, May 1999, Lillafured, Hungary.

Csako, R. (1998). Perception, Chapter 3.  In: Zarka, D. (Ed.), Guidancce for Psychology. Budapest: University of Budapest, College of Engineering Press, pp. 1-102.

Csako, R. (1998). A New Method for Investigating Coping Strategies: The Coping Profile Scale. Paper presented at the 13th National Meeting of the Hungarian Association of Psychology, April 1998, Pecs, Hungary.