School of Psychology - Leading psychological science, scholarship and practice


  • From student to lecturer
    10 March 2017
    The School of Psychology has a new staff member with the appointment of Lecturer Sam Manuela.
  • Top Medal honours for University of Auckland Science researchers
    23 November 2016
    Internationally renowned researcher and author in human experimental psychology, Emeritus Professor Michael Corballis, has been awarded the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • Science funding at University of Auckland receives major boost
    03 November 2016
    Research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland has been awarded a total of $9.6 million over the next three years for a broad range of projects, from the timing of volcanic eruptions to computer software protection.
  • Top researchers elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand
    26 October 2016
    Ten leading researchers from the University of Auckland were among 19 New Zealanders elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand today.
  • Is science male?
    19 August 2016
    Why are there so few senior women working in the Science field and what can we do to make science gender-neutral? These and other questions where discussed at two presentations by Professor Jenny Martin Director of the Eskitis Drug Discovery Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane.
  • The Future of Memory
    19 August 2016
    Professor Donna Rose Addis presented her inaugural lecture about the Future of Memory at the Fale, which was full to the brim with people eager to hear about her life and work.
  • The future of memory is looking bright
    18 August 2016
    From her candid beginnings at Aorere College and onto the world stage, newly appointed Professor Donna Rose Addis is shaping the future of Cognitive Neuroscience, one hippocampus at a time.
  • 100 percent pass rate for ABA students
    25 July 2016
    Graduates of the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programme at the School of Psychology achieved a 100% pass rate in the 2015 round of the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certification exams. So, what is the key to programmes success?
  • Celebrating Music Therapy Week
    23 May 2016
    See the CeleBRation Choir featured on One News on Sunday, 22 May
  • New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study
    11 May 2016
    Associate-Professor Chris Sibley and his research team are continuing their study of New Zealander's attitudes and values
  • Research on Workplace Bullying
    27 April 2016
    Associate Professor Helena Cooper-Thomas and Dr Maree Roche from the University of Waikato have surveyed more than 800 people across the New Zealand workforce to investigate the effects of workplace bullying.
  • Autism study to test impact of therapies on the brain
    26 April 2016
    Dr Javier Virues-Ortega, Director of the Applied Behaviour Analysis programme and Dr Ian Kirk are undertaking a study on Autism and recruiting up to 50 young people (aged 18 and under) to take part. Families with children and adolescents with ASD and Asperger syndrome are being invited to take part in the study. Participation will only require a few hours. Email Dr Virues-Ortega at
  • Study shows human sacrifice was less likely in more equal societies
    26 April 2016
    Joseph Watts and colleagues from the School of Psychology have their paper published in Nature reviewed in the Guardian.
  • LSD tests raise hope for mental illness treatment
    26 April 2016
    Dr Suresh Muthukumaraswamy of the School of Psychology and School of Pharmacy has taken part in a five-country research team on LSD which has received international coverage.
  • New Zealand's first dementia prevention research clinic
    08 April 2016
    New Zealand's first dementia Prevention Clinic will open in Auckland on Friday, 8 April at The University of Auckland
  • Best Doctoral Thesis awarded to Matthew Hammond
    04 April 2016
    Psychology PhD student receives one of five Best Doctoral Thesis awards for 2015
  • Crows' specialised bill might explain clever tool skills
    31 March 2016
    Dr Gavin Hunt from the School of Psychology has been investigating the New Caledonian crow's bill.
  • Science subjects rate highly internationally
    22 March 2016
    Science subjects at the University of Auckland are highly placed in this year’s QS World University Rankings with the University rated number one in the country in almost all subjects.
  • Professor Nicola Gavey wins Zonta Award
    18 March 2016
    Professor Nicola Gavey was recently awarded one of only 50 "Woman of Achievement" awards by Zonta.
  • A special welcome to Dr Margaret Dudley
    16 February 2016
    The School of Psychology held a powhiri for Dr Margaret Dudley on the 16 February 2016 at Waipapa Marae in acknowledgement of her ground-breaking work and to officially welcome her to her position as Lecturer in the Clinical Psychology programme. Nau mai, haere mai Margaret!