Dr Wendy Wrapson

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Senior Research Fellow

Email: wendy.wrapson@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5666-3642

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)


  • PhD in Psychology, University of Auckland


Dr Wendy Wrapson is a Senior Research Fellow within the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research at Auckland University of Technology. She has a background in social psychology and health psychology, undertaking her PhD at the University of Auckland. Since then Wendy has held research positions in the UK, Australia and at the University of Auckland, before joining AUT in 2013.

Research interests:

Wendy's primary research focus is on the health and wellbeing of older people. She has recently completed studies looking at the digital technology use of residents of aged care facilities and investigating the impact of training residential aged care workers in mindfulness. She is currently an investigator on AWESSoM (Ageing Well Eating Sleeping Socialising and Mobility) led by Professor Ngaire Kerse of the University of Auckland and also on a Marsden-funded study investigating the association between inflammation and depression in Pacific youth led by Professor Richard Siegert of AUT. Wendy is also leading a project looking at how having a complex medical condition impacts on social relationships.

Fields of research:

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Developmental Psychology and Ageing
  • Social and Community Psychology

Professional activities:

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Research proposal reviewer, Starship Foundation (2018)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Krageloh, C. U., Medvedev, O. N., Taylor, T., Wrapson, W., Rix, G., Sumich, A., . . . Siegert, R. (2019). A pilot randomized controlled trial for a videoconference-delivered mindfulness-based group intervention in a nonclinical setting. Mindfulness, 10(4), 700-711. doi:10.1007/s12671-018-1024-y

  • Taylor, T., Dewes, O., Taufa, N., Wrapson, W., & Siegert, R. (2018). Factors associated with preoperative attrition in bariatric surgery: A protocol for a systematic review 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services. Systematic Reviews, 7(1), 1-5. doi:10.1186/s13643-018-0855-x

  • Wang, G. Y., Taylor, T., Sumich, A., Merien, F., Borotkanics, R., Wrapson, W., . . . Siegert, R. J. (2017). Associations between immunological function and memory recall in healthy adults. Brain and Cognition, 119. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2017.10.002

  • Tautolo, E. -S., Wrapson, W., Paterson, J., Wright-St Clair, V., Neville, S., Dewes, O., & Iusitini, L. (2017). Healthy Pacific grandparents: A participatory action research project exploring ageing well among Pacific people in New Zealand. Self and Society, 45(2). doi:10.1080/03060497.2017.1334973

  • Dickinson, A., Wrapson, W., & Water, T. (2014). Children's voices in public hospital healthcare delivery: Intention as opposed to practice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1405). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25399039

  • Devine-Wright, P., Wrapson, W., Henshaw, V., & Guy, S. (2014). Low carbon heating and older adults: Comfort, cosiness and glow. Building Research and Information, 42(3). doi:10.1080/09613218.2014.883563

  • Wrapson, W., & Devine-Wright, P. (2014). 'Domesticating' low carbon thermal technologies: Diversity, multiplicity and variability in older person, off grid households. Energy Policy, 67. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.078

  • Mannion, O., Lay-Yee, R., Wrapson, W., Davis, P., & Pearson, J. (2012). JAMSIM: A microsimulation modelling policy tool. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 15(1). Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

  • Wrapson, W., & Mewse, A. J. (2011). Does the doctor or the patient control sick leave certification? A qualitative study interpreting patients' interview dialogue. Family Practice, 28(2). doi:10.1093/fampra/cmq088

  • Wrapson, W., & Mewse, A. J. (2011). Supervisors' responses to sickness certification for an episode of low back pain: employees' personal experiences.. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(19-20). doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.544836

  • Mewse, A. J., Lea, S. E. G., & Wrapson, W. (2010). First steps out of debt: Attitudes and social identity as predictors of contact by debtors with creditors. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(6). doi:10.1016/j.joep.2010.08.009

  • Wrapson, W., Harré, N., & Murrell, P. (2006). Reductions in driver speed using posted feedback of speeding information: social comparison or implied surveillance?. Accidident Analysis and Prevention, 38(6). doi:10.1016/j.aap.2006.04.021

  • Harré, N., & Wrapson, W. (2004). The evaluation of a central-city pedestrian safety campaign. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 7(3). doi:10.1016/j.trf.2004.07.002

Book chapters

  • Lea, S. E. G., Mewse, A. J., & Wrapson, W. (2012). The psychology of debt in poor households in Britain. In R. Brubaker, R. M. Lawless, C. J. Tabb, & C. J. Tabb (Eds.), A debtor world: Interdisciplinary perspectives on debt (pp. 151-166). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://global.oup.com/

  • Wrapson, W., Mewse AJ., & Lea, S. E. G. (2008). The psychology of poverty. In S. T. C. U. K. Edited by Jason Strelitz and Ruth Lister (Ed.), Why Money Matters (pp. 80-88). London: Save the Children UK. Retrieved from http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/docs/Why_Money_Matters.pdf

  • Moss-Morris, R., & Wrapson, W. (2004). Functional Somatic Syndromes. In G. Kolt, & M. Andersen (Eds.), Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies (pp. 293-319). Churchill Livingstone.

  • Moss-Morris, R., & Wrapson, W. (2003). Representational beliefs about functional somatic syndromes. In L. D. Cameron, & H. Leventhal (Eds.), The self regulation of health and illness behaviour (pp. 119-137). Routledge.

Conference contributions

  • Wrapson, W., Siegert, R., & MAST Study team. (2019). Mindfulness After Stroke (MAST) study. In International Conference on Mindfulness (ICM) Asia Pacific 2019. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from https://www.icm2019.org/

  • 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 (pp. 167-189). Iksan: Wonkwang University. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/

  • Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Wrapson, W. (2015). Factors associated with bullying involvement among a cohort of nine-year-old Pacific children in New Zealand. In Australasian Human Development Association 19th Biennial Conference. Wellington.

  • Wrapson, W., & Devine-Wright, P. (2012). ‘I’m not moving again’: older adults’ perceptions about living in their current home when they are older and frailer. In British Society of Gerontology's 41st Annual Conference. Keele.

  • Wrapson, W., Magnusson, J., & Cameron, L. (2005). Distinguishing different types of pain beliefs as a predictor of return to work following an episode of low back pain. In PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH Vol. 20 (pp. 298-299). Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/


  • Wrapson, W. (2008). The development of predictive and process models of return to work following an episode of low back pain. (University of Auckland, Auckland).