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Postgraduate research topics

Postgraduate students at the School of Psychology have many research areas to choose from. The topics listed below can be used as a guide to determine potential supervisors.

Proposed honours and masters topics


Below is a list of potential bachelor (honours) and masters projects for 2017. Please note the list is only indicative of staff that may be taking on research students and projects that may be available in 2017; it is not intended to be definitive nor exhaustive, but simply a resource for prospective students. Students are still welcome to refer to the handbook and contact other prospective supervisors with relevant research interests.

If you are interested in one of the topics listed below, please contact the staff directly to discuss possible research topics or check the staff member’s webpage for more information on research interests and publications.

Supervisor Name

Projects on Offer in 2017 (subject to change)

Any additional requirements

Donna Rose Addis Donna Rose is is unavailable for honours supervision in 2017
 
Quentin Atkinson Topics to be confirmed.  
Virginia Braun Students will be involved in critical qualitative research projects on topics related to gendered bodies, sex/sexuality and health. I may have a project related to food and 'healthy eating'. Prefer honours students who have taken PSYCH 319 if they have come through the University of Auckland. Hons students to take PSYCH 743 and PSYCH 755 and PSYCH 726.
Paul Corballis

Topics in the cognitive neuroscience of visual perception and attention. Possible projects include:

  • Electrophysiology of target selection and distrator supression in visual search. The project will explore the neural generators and functional significance of several lateralized ERP components that have been associated with the visual target selection and maintenance, and distractor suppression.
  • Competition for representation in the human visual system. The project will use event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and behavioural data (response times and accuracy) to explore the conditions under which visual stimuli compete for representation in the brain. The long-term goal of this research is to develop a technique for studying the functional architecture of the visual system.
  • Modelling the human face. The project will involve developing realistic computer-graphics models of the human face and facial expression. The long-term goal is to generate a highly configurable simulation of the face for use in psychological research.
  • The interaction between facial expression of emotion and selectve attention. The project will use ERP and behavioural mesures of performance to examine the influence of emotional stimuli - pictures or movies of facial expressions - on the allocation of spatial attention.
Interested students should contact me to discuss requirements for this project. Some experience with elementary computer programming and/or data analysis would be helpful, but is not a strict requirement.  
Peter Dowrick Various topics are available, linked to "Learning from the Future."  Applications based on video, audio, or other images of future behaviour and/or environments. May or may not involve self modelling or feedforward at the individual or community level (including communication, language, behaviour, mental or physical health, sport, rehab, education) or cognitive-neuro correlates. Recent New Zealand/Australian examples include fear of dogs, selective mutism, autism, Down syndrome, stuttering, feeding disorders, communication, intellectual disabilities, reading fluency, early childhood development, all kinds of special education, and community-level environmental change.
Some familiarity with related literature. See Dowrick 2012 articles in WIREs Cognitive Science, and Psychology in the Schools.  
Sarah Cowie On-going research in the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Research Unit. Projects generally examine how choice depends on events that have occurred in the recent past, and on events that are likely to occur in the future. Most projects are done with pigeon subjects, but there may be the opportunity to work on research translating findings from animal studies to humans, or on reserach looking at gambling behaviour.

Must take PSYCH 711 A&B.

Must be available for 2 hours 1-2 days/week throughout the year to help run lab experiments.

Doug Elliffe On-going research in the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Research Unit. Probably investigating choice in pigeon subjects, but there is also some possibility of a project on stimulus equivalence with human participants.

Must take PSYCH 711 A&B, and must make contact with me in advance.

Must be available for 2 hours 1-2 days/week throughout the year to help run lab experiments.

Nicola Gavey

Possible topics include:

  • Changing representations of pornography in NZ media.
  • Involvement in an ongoing feminist action research project on 'sexting'.
  • Depending on student interest, other potential projects could be developed related to 'rape culture', feminist activism, or critical mental health.
Students please contact me to discuss your interests. I recommend enrolling in PG courses taught by the Psychology and Social Issues Group, and attending PSI group meetings during the year. PSYCH 319 or a related course would be an asset, although not essential.
Shiloh Groot My research interests are in community and liberation psychology, Indigenous worldviews and communities, resilience, the global self, poverty and wellbeing. My primary area of interest is homelessness, the sharp edge of poverty. I also explore the relevance and application of Māori and other Indigenous cultural concepts for understanding contemporary relationships and peoples’ efforts to cultivate a positive sense of self and place. In particular my research is action-oriented where not only does theory and research inform practice, but practice also shapes the refinement of theory and research. It is recommended that you take PSYCH 717. Interested students should contact Dr Groot to discuss the details of the project.
Jeff Hamm
  • Mental rotation and Vivid Imagery: Participants will complete the Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (Marks, 1973), and also complete a mental rotation task (mirror/normal judgements of letters and digits) The response time data for the mental rotation task will fit with the 3 parameter model from Searle and Hamm (2012). Analysis will focus on whether or not any of these individual differences parameters are related to individual differences on the imagery questionnaire.
  • Illusory Line Motion: If we show two boxes joined by a bar, and one of the boxes suddenly brightens then we know this will draw your attention to this location. If we then suddenly remove the bar all at once it will appear to disappear as if shooting from the flashed box into the non-flashed box. Some people think this illusion of motion is due to visual attention being drawn to the flashed location, so we see that end of the bar disappear sooner than the end at the non-flashed location. We can measure how strong this illusion is by actually removing the bar at various speeds in the opposite direction to find the point where the two motion signals cancel. This fits with the attentional explanation. However, it is also known that if we remove a bar first, and then flash one of the boxes, the illusion goes in the opposite direction (towards the flashed box). This is harder to reconcile with the attentional explanation. However, nobody has ever tried to mesure this second illusion using the cancellation technique and it is quite possible that the two illusions do not arise for the same reasons. If only the "motion away" illusion can be cancelled with real motion, and the "motion towards" illusion is always overpowered by the real motion, then this would suggest that two explanations are required for these two illusions of motion.
 
Niki Harre

I have two projects available for 2017.

  • One will be located within Western Springs College, and examines the dynamics that have led to a “sustainability culture” at the school. It will use qualitative methods including interviews.
  • The second is the evaluation of an interdisciplinary teaching project at the University that focuses on the global clothing industry and issues such as consumerism, materialistic values and psychological distance. Please note that these projects are always changing and the final project will need to be negotiated. I am open to students' own topics related to intrinsic and extrinsic values, sustainability, the role of games in social change, activism and sustainable organisations. Please email me if you would like to discuss possibilities further.
Students must enrol in PSYCH 715.
Michael Hautus Michael is unavailable for honours supervision in 2017  
Will Hayward
  • Face perception
  • Object perception
  • Visual attention
 
Annette Henderson

Potential Topics:

  • Relevance and selective learning in early childhood: Words are effective communication tools when their meanings are shared by members within a linguistic group. This fact about language becomes clear when you visit a foreign country and are unable to communicate with the population because you do not share knowledge of the meanings of their words. We study when infants understand the shared nature of word meanings and how this understanding shapes older children's word learning. Students working in this domain may work on either looking at infants' expectations surrounding  the shared nature of words or how information about the relevance of a new word influences preschoolers' word learning.
  • Cooperation development in early childhood: Cooperative activities pervade our everyday lives. Given how essential cooperation is to human groups, it is not surprising that infants learn to cooperate within the first two years of their lives. However, little is known about the factors that influence the development of cooperative competence in early childhood. This project will involve being a part of a longitudinal study looking at the emergence of cooperation across the first two years of life. Questions the project might address are: Does previous cooperative experience influence later cooperative ability? Is there a relationship between socio-cognitive skills such as imitation and joint attention influence infants' cooperative understanding and ability? What demographic factors influence infants' coperative ability? Are infants who are good cooperators also good helpers? The specific question in this topic to be addressed in the honours thesis will be determined once the student has been matched to Annette.
  • Deconstructing early communicative development: Infants engage in communicative interactions with their caregivers from the moment they are born. The goal of this project is to identify the aspects of early communicative interactions, such as peek-a-boo, that generalise across infant-caregivers dyads. This project will involve being part of a longitudinal study looking at the development of communicative interactions between infants and their caregivers across the first two years of life. Questions the project might address are: How does the structure of communicative interactions, such as peek-a-boo, change as infants age? How do these strategies differ across parent-infant dyads? How do parents teach their infants words at the earliest stages of development? These are just a few questions that could be examined by the student working on this project. The specific question in this topic to be addressed in the honours thesis will be determined once the student has been matched to Annette.

Additional information:

Please have a look at some of my published work to gauge your interest (see Annette Henderson).

After you have read some of this work, please contact me to discuss possible topics. Students who wish to work on one of these projects ideally should have taken PSYCH 326 (PSYCH 207 is strongly recommended, but not necessary). Students working on these projects will also be expected to enrol in PSYCH 722.

This project will likely involve working with parents, infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers. Thus, it is likely that students working on these projects will need to run studies at various times throughout the week (this might include early mornings, evenings, and weekends). Students must be available for one lab group meeting and one individual meeting with Annette per week.

Barry Hughes If a person went blind yesterday and began to learn to read braille today, how would s/he fare? Like the alphabet, braille is a consistent but arbitrary code, so it takes some learning. Raised dots are easily felt, but are they easily distinguished or identified? We perform precise finger movements when we undertake many everyday activities, but nothing quite like reading braille.  Fluent readers demonstrate that it can be done well.  What distinguishes the fluent from the novice? I would love to work with students who are intrigued by any aspect of these complex questions and would like to investigate some precise questions that derive from it. Students will acquire new skills in experimental design, research methods, data acquisition (behavioural and perhaps EEG) and analysis, working at the cutting edge of research into reading.

Students should be enrolled in PSYCH 746.

Students who are potentially interested in this area should contact me to discuss.

Background and interest in cognitive psychology which ideally should include at least one of PSYCH 201 or PSYCH 303.

Ian Kirk
  • Memory systems and EEG. Oscillations in memory networks. Looking at the role of theta and gamma in working or recognition memory
  • Memory and synaptic plasticity (human LTP; EEG, fMRI) and genetics (e.g. BDNF and COMT polymorphisms)
  • Structural imaging (diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)) of brain pathways in different populations
  • Social neuroscience – political ideology. EEG signatures correlated with ideology or personality
All projects involve a combination of the acquisition and analysis of high-density EEG, structural or functional MRI, and/or genetic data.
Students will likely have taken PSYCH 202 and PSYCH 305 or equivalent, and will likely also take PSYCH 714 (and possibly PSYCH 721 and PSYCH 742), and PSYCH 744.
Tony Lambert
  • Attention and conscious awareness
  • Visual attention and eye movements
  • Dual stream models of vision and mechanisms of attention shifting
  • Behavioural and EEG studies of visual attention
  • Vision science and visual art
 
Jade Le Grice
  • Māori youth
  • Māori and gender
  • Māori reproduction, sexuality, whānaungatanga
  • Bicultural national recognition, affective-discursive practice
  • Māori and social justice, policy, health and social services
Prior study of PSYCH 319 or another course that engages critical or indigenous theory, would be advantageous. Honours students are required to take PSYCH 743 and further papers taught by members of the Psychology and Social Issues groups (including PSYCH 717, PSYCH 726, and PSYCH 755) are highly recommended.
Clare McCann Two possible projects:
  • Quality of life following stroke and aphasia
  • Mood, anxiety and cognition in people with aphasia
It is advisable to have taken PSYCH 313. Please email me if you want to discuss the proposed projects c.mccann@auckland.ac.nz because I’m based at Tamāki.
Anna Miles
  • Parkinson's disease - effect of choir on breathing and voice (Purdy & Miles)
  • Long-term outcomes after spinal injury - voice, swallowing and mood (Miles).  
 
Suresh Muthukumaraswamy
  • Studies in human neuropharmacology
PSYCH 305 or equivalent. Interested students should email sd.muthu@auckland.ac.nz.
Danny Osborne Topics broadly situated within the areas of intergroup relations and political psychology. The specific research topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • The effect of stereotype threat on women’s performance in maths
  • Forms of system justification and their impact on people’s attitudes toward (in)equality
  • The system-justifying functions of political ideology
  • The impact that racial stereotypes have on people’s memory of others
  • The effects of moral credentialing on people’s attitudes toward racial minorities
  • General topics on intergroup relations in New Zealand
It is recommended students have taken PSYCH 204 and/or PSYCH 311. It is also strongly recommended that students take PSYCH 700 and PSYCH 744 (or related courses). All students who are interested in these (or related) topics should email  d.osborne@auckland.ac.nz  before applying to the programme.
Nickola Overall

Nickola has a range of research programs focusing on close relationships and interpersonal processes. Examples of research topics that students could work on include:

  • Investigating the role of social support in protecting psychological and physical health from the damaging effects of stressful life events
  • Identifying the communication strategies that are most effective in resolving relationship conflict and the communication dynamics that increase the risk of relationship dissolution and divorce
  • Examining the impact of attachment insecurity and low self-esteem on relationship functioning, and identifying the factors that can overcome these vulnerabilities
  • Exploring how power and sexist attitudes influence interpersonal interactions, including emotional and behavioral reactions to conflict and biased perceptions of relationship transactions

It is recommended that students have taken PSYCH 311 and PSYCH 204.

Students must take PSYCH 716 (Social Psychology and Interpersonal Processes) and must be available for group meetings and workshops one afternoon a week.

Visit the following link to learn more about Nickola’s research programs:

http://relationships.auckland.ac.nz/

Visit the following link for more information about what honours/masters entails with Nickola:

 http://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates/postgraduate-study-options/social-psychology-postgraduate-programme.html

Elizabeth Peterson

Topics in educational psychology, wellbeing, positive psychology and child development. In particular there are opportunities to work with Growing Up in New Zealand data (www.growingup.co.nz). Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitutidinal cohort study following 6500 children and their mothers and partners. There is an expectation that all student honours projects will be submitted for publication.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Possible Growing Up in New Zealand research questions:

  • What are the biggest highlights and challenges of being a parent of a two-year-old (mothers and partners)?
  • What factors facilitate a successful transition to parenthood?
  • How does parents and children's personality interact to affect child parenting behaviours and parenting satisfaction?
  • Does infant temperament predict which kids will be the terrible twos?
  • How does temperament relate to children's language development.

Possible Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology questions:

  • There is a popular maxim that we learn more from our failures than our mistakes, but yet for many people failure is something that is shameful and best not talked about. We need to create environments in which it is safe to fail or we run the risk of people not trying, not taking risks and not growing.

Possible research questions:

  • How does having a growth or fixed mindset relate to the way students interpret setbacks and critiques?
  • How do students with differents GPAs define and intepret failure and respond to feedback?
  • How do different ethnic groups define failure and interpret failure and respond to feedback?
  • How do students emotions over an assessment event relate to their study strategies and behaviours and their response to feedback?
I recommend students take PSYCH 744: Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology and depending on their topic PSYCH 722 Learning and Human Development.  
Suzanne Purdy
  • Quality of life for people with neurological disease (stroke, Parkinson's disease) receiving choral singing therapy.  
It is recommended but not essential that you have taken PSYCH 313. Interested students should email sc.purdy@auckland.ac.nz.
Reece Roberts We will be running behavioural experiments to investigate the organisation of semantic and autobiographical memory systems, and how this is affected by individual differences in divergent thinking (an important component of creativity).  
Chris Sibley

Possible honours topics to choose from:

  • How can we measure psychological distress in New Zealand? This study will validate and provide normative data for a measure non-specific psychological distress, anxiety and rumination in the New Zealand population using data from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study ‘(NZAVS)’. The study will also look as specific differences across gender, age and ethnic groups in psychological distress in the New Zealand population.
  • How many New Zealanders are using Facebook, and is Facebook use linked to psychological outcomes? This study will analyse data from the NZAVS to look at the use of Facebook in a nationally reprehensive New Zealand sample, and document trends across cohorts. The study will also examine psychological correlates and outcomes associated with Facebook use in the population.
  • What do New Zealanders value? The study will look at the social values held by New Zealanders, such as values of equality, authority, tolerance and respect for elders, using data from the NZAVS. The study will also look at possible change in the values held by New Zealanders over the last three years, and across different groups in New Zealand society.
  • What predicts identification with multiple ethnic groups? This study will look specifically at people in the NZAVS who identified with multiple ethnic groups and examine whether identification with multiple group memberships changes over time. The study will try to determine what factors might predict change in the identification with only one ethnic group, or with multiple ethnic groups, and test whether this is linked to psychological health and wellbeing in different contexts.
  • Does income predict life satisfaction, and if so for whom? This study will use data from the NZAVS to examine the extent to which income is linked with various measures of subjective wellbeing and health. The study will determine at which point income reaches a point of diminishing returns in predicting subjective wellbeing. The study will also explore whether the link between income and life satisfaction holds constant for different group in society, or whether income is more strongly linked to wellbeing for some groups relative to others.
  • What predicts the wellbeing and acculturation of Asian immigrants in New Zealand? This study will use data from the NZAVS to look specifically at Asian immigrants living in New Zealand. The study will look at the factors that buffer or ameliorate the psychological health, wellbeing and acculturative stress of Asian peoples in New Zealand society.
  • How do women’s and men’s body images differ? And do differences in body image predict differences in psychological health, rumination and eating behaviour? This study will use data from the nationally representative NZAVS dataset to look at men’s and women’s levels of satisfaction with their bodies depending on their BMI and income. The research will examine possible gender differences and the power of social roles in the extent to which concerns about body image predict psychological wellbeing, eating behaviour and self-esteem for people within different BMI ranges.
Required courses are PSYCH 744 and PSYCH 731. Students should come and talk to me in person to discuss the topic and details.
Alex Taylor
  • Communicating climate change. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Psychological science has a clear role to play in promoting pro-environmental behaviours within human populations. This research explores how insights from evolutionary and social psychology can be used to create increased action and engagement with climate change in the general public.
  • Do animal and human minds really differ? There is currently huge debate as to whether differences in human and animal minds are one of degree or kind. One of the best ways to advance this debate is to describe human cognition as accurately as possible. By mapping these signatures of human thought it should be possible to search for their counterparts in animal species. This project will use this signature testing approach to map human meta-cognitive judgments and compare them to those of animal species.
Recommended students have completed PSYCH 317 and take PSYCH 725.
Lynette Tippett
  • Currently I am heavily involved with the newly established Dementia Prevention Research Clinic, which is recruiting individuals with mild cognitive impairments (MCI), very early Alzheimer’s Disease and healthy older adults. A number of potential projects will be available, including (but not limited to) development and evaluation of the usefulness of neuropsychological measures, development and evaluation of measures of functional ability in everyday life.
  • Projects may be available from within a study examining factors that predict post-concussion problems following mild TBI.
  • Theory of mind in young adults.  
Having completed PSYCH 202 and/or PSYCH 305 is preferred but not essential.
Karen Waldie
  • Testing a new cognitive remediation programme for children with learning difficulties: cognitive and/or EEG effects.
  • Depression and its relation with dyslexia and ADHD status in 16-year-old members of the ABC study.
  • How non-traditional families impact on child development. Gene-environment interactions in bullying and depression in 16-year-old members of the ABC study.
  • Are migraine and tension type headaches consistent over ages 26, 32, and 38? Is continuity related to a particular personality or family background?

 
  Note: Clinical Psychology staff are not usually available to supervise in the general programme.  
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Doctoral research topics 2017


Name Research Topic Supervisor Name
Nidhi Aggarwal Investigating the factors involved in efficient tactile perception in blind people. Barry Hughes
Aamina Ali Stressors and coping mechanisms of Muslim youth in New Zealand. Kerry Gibson
Rebecca Allenby Neuropsychological Symptom Validity in the Accident Compensation Corporation. Suzanne Barker-Collo
Sweta Anantharaman Social group dynamics in infancy: understanding the factors that contribute and/or influence social interaction which shape infants' development. Annette Henderson
Luisa Ape-Esera Understanding the needs of sexually abusive rangatahi.

A process evaluation of the SAFE Rangatahi treatment programme for Maori adolescents who engage in sexually harmful behaviour.
Ian Lambie
Areej Asad Speech profile of school-age children with hearing loss in comparison to children with normal hearing in New Zealand. Suzanne Purdy
Ursula Bach Suicide intervention training within mental health NGOs. Fred Seymour
John Bai The effects of brief stimuli on response rate and persistence. Doug Elliffe
Ashleigh Baker Cognitive and brain biomarkers in prodromal behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia: episodic memory and future thinking. Lynette Tippett
Miriam Barr Service-user experiences of discontinuing antipsychotic medication in New Zealand. Fred Seymour
Craig Barretto Callous-unemotional traits in children. Ian Lambie
Amalia Bastos The signature-testing approach to the evolution of intelligence Alex Taylor
Vikki Bland Conditioned inhibition and timeout from reinforcement. Doug Elliffe
Charlotte Blythe Lights, camera, action research: a university-school collaboration exploring the potential of photography and film production for environmental sustainability. Niki Harre
Francesca Bowden Youth absconding behaviour at the Lighthouse facilities. Ian Lambie
James Brennan Influences on the role of the stepfather in New Zealand stepfamilies. Claire Cartwright
Karl Bridges The psychology of mistaken-for-game hunting accidents. Paul Corballis
Christopher Budd Comparing actographic measures of eleven-year old childrens' physical activity and sleep quality with neuropsychological test scores and behavioural questionnaires. Karen Waldie
Ashleigh Bullot Comorbidities of autism in the area of developmental neuroscience. Karen Waldie
Octavia Calder-Dawe Pornography and inclusive sexual ethics: exploring potential for ethical engagement with pornography among young New Zealanders. Nicola Gavey
Jacinda Calkin Clinical psychologists' experiences of clients' antidepressant use. Claire Cartwright
Julia Campbell Adverse childhood experiences in sex offender population in New Zealand prisons. Fred Seymour
Oscar Canete Cortical auditory evoked potentials and behavioural measures of auditory processing in children with unilateral hearing loss due to congenital atresia. Suzanne Purdy
Nicola Chadwick An exploration of the ways in which therapists and clinical psychologists who align themselves with 'critical' perspectives talk about and account for power dynamics in therapeutic practice. Nicola Gavey
Valerie Chang Biased memories and depressive symptoms in interpersonal relationships. Nickola Overall
Nilima Chowdhury Depression as social pathology. Kerry Gibson
Ties Coomber The effects of economic rules and cultural narratives on the relationships between sense of community, cooperative behaviour and experience of cooperation. Niki Harre
Ondria Cowan New Zealanders' experiences of long-term antidepressant use. Claire Cartwright
Andrea Crawford The effects of executive functioning and social cognition impairments on adaptive behaviours in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Lynette Tippett
Emily Cross Hostile sexism: a vulnerability that undermines men’s interpersonal relationships. Nickola Overall
Sylvia De Souza Leao Vocal disorders in teachers: prevalence, risk factors and vocal loading. Suzanne Purdy
Tamsin Dehar Maori perspectives on depression, antidepressants and alternative treatments. Claire Cartwright
Aida Dehkhoda The role of palliative psychology in Advance directives for euthanasia in end of life care. Glynn Owens
Caitlyn Drinkwater Being transgender: a qualitative analysis of the experience of transitioning within New Zealand. Nicola Gavey
Stephanie D'Souza Trajectories of child behaviour: growing up in New Zealand. Karen Waldie
Emma Edwards New Zealand adolescents' attitudes towards help-seeking for emotional distress and their views on the development of these attitudes. Kerry Gibson
Laura Ewens Effects of expertise: investigating the lateralisation of visuospatial processing in professional musicians. Lynette Tippett
Manatu Fia An evaluation of the engaging challenging youth programme. Ian Lambie
Kelsey Flynn The development of the visual semantic processing system and symbol-referent relationships in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Karen Waldie
Anoosh Franklin   Evaluating Postnatal Depression and relevant support for Asian mothers in New Zealand Claire Cartwright
Dhakshi Gamage Evaluating the efficacy of the Silver Rainbow education programme on care worker relationships with LGB residents at aged care facilities. Kerry Gibson
Beau Gamble Prospection in depression: how to improve imagination of the future. Donna Rose Addis
Jessica Gerbic Kaupapa Māori research investigating the experiences of young Māori mothers (14 to 25 years of age) in Murupara, Minganui and Kaingaroa. Kerry Gibson
Natalie Germann Evaluation of primary prevention programmes by Rape Prevention Education. Claire Cartwright
Tania Gilchrist Enhancing support for Māori whanau where a risk of child maltreatment has been identified. Fred Seymour
Vania Glyn Efficacy of memory training for healthy older adults: a pilot study. Lynette Tippett
Stephanie Gomes-Ng The local-level effects of conflicting information on choice. Doug Elliffe
Lara Greaves Māori civic participation and identity: models of Māori voter enrolment and turnout. Chris Sibley
Andrea Greenwood Assessing traumatic brain injury classification systems to determine whether they accurately predict neurocognitive outcomes at 6 and 12 months post injury. Suzanne Barker-Collo
Alieh Haghighi Examining the role of work engagement and national culture dimensions between the relationship of spirituality and psychological capital with OCB and well-being: a cross-cultural comparative study. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Romana Gruber The signature-testing approach to the evolution of intelligence Alex Taylor
Beth Lisa Lisa Investigating the context of newcomer socialisation. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Morgyn Hartdegen Clinicians’ experiences of managing clients' suicide risk. Kerry Gibson
Danielle Hay Investigating clinical psychology students’ experiences of imagery in therapy.
Claire Cartwright
Janet Megan Megan Social and technical intelligence in keas. Will Hayward
Dion Henare Using event-related lateralised potentials to investigate the relationship between visual selective attention and visual working memory. Paul Corballis
Rebecca Herald Retrospective accounts of adolescent mental health difficulties. Kerry Gibson
Linda Hollebeek Co-creation best practices: the attainment, design, management and optimisation of concurrent employee engagement/customer engagement. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Yanshu Huang Sexism and women’s rights in New Zealand. Chris Sibley
Germaine Ingley-Cook Therapists experiences of countertransference when working with children who have experienced complex trauma. Claire Cartwright
Bianca Jackson Developing the expert speech-language therapist to work with people with dysphagia. Suzanne Purdy
Shanuki Jayamaha Ineffective support provision in close relationships: predictors, mechanisms and methodological advances. Nickola Overall
Sarah Jelbert Are New Caledonian crows capable of reasoning? Alex Taylor
Haiyang Jin Automatic characteristic and regional selectivity in face holistic processing. Will Hayward
Virginia Jones Professional ethics versus the law: a clash for psychologists working in New Zealand? Suzanne Barker-Collo
Ozge Karakale The role of face processing deficit in social and sensory difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ian Kirk
Rohan King Cognition and enhancement. Ian Kirk
Christopher Kohler Sliding personal and conventional environmental behaviors into the moral realm. Niki Harre
Ariana Krynen Multi-informant perspectives of step-family therapy in New Zealand.
Claire Cartwright
Eva Kung Long-term potentiation of human visual-evoked potentials. Jeff Hamm
Yvette Lamb The influence of commonly occurring polymorphisms on synaptic plasticity and memory processes. Ian Kirk
Sarah Leadley Training parents/caregivers to implement an applied behaviour analysis intervention to improve food acceptance in children/adults identified with severe feeding difficulties. Suzanne Purdy
Tai Lee Speech and language therapy: speech development of Mandarin-English bilingual children in New Zealand. Elaine Ballard
Yan Lei Exploring how Chinese migrant youth experience seeking help with psychological distress and how they view psychological support services. Kerry Gibson
Joan Leung Exploring methods in assessing and improving affective prosodic perception and production in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the use of computer-based training activities and remote microphone hearing aids for auditory processing. Suzanne Purdy
Yuhan Li Computational dynamics of reinforcement. Doug Elliffe
  Navigating cultures in therapeutic settings. Margie Wetherell
Sarah Lount Examining the auditory processing and communication abilities of male youth offenders in youth justice residences in New Zealand. Suzanne Purdy
Jennifer Liu Emotion regulation in children. Annette Henderson
Giulia Lowe Circles of support and accountability: an in-depth investigation of circle volunteers' experience and motivation to volunteer. Kerry Gibson
Lucy Macfarlane Compulsive exercise and positive and negative perfectionism. Glynn Owens
Jingwen Mao The electrophysiology of micro-expression production and recognition: an EMG and ERP investigation. Paul Corballis
Erica March Navigating sexual identity in residential aged care. Fred Seymour
Maree Martinussen Friendships, a significant other? Exploring the meaning of contemporary friendships with a focus on gendered practice. Margie Wetherell
Robin Matthews Differentiation of spectral analysis of accoustic measures between two groups of people with Parkinson’s disease. Suzanne Purdy
Sean McArdle Risk factors, recidivism, and reoffending rates of youth offenders in New Zealand. Ian Lambie
Jessica McCormack Application of the differential outcomes procedure to enhance learning in children with intellectual disabilities and/or pervasive developmental disorders. Javier Virues-Ortega
Stuart McGill Examining the nature of reinforcement and its relation to selective attention using Electroencephalography Event Related Potentials. Paul Corballis
Nicole Mckay Investigating how variation in the gene coding for brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) influences structural and functional connectivity in recognition memory circuits. Ian Kirk
Jessica Mee Assessing the validity of the SAPROF model for youth in a New Zealand forensic population. Ian Lambie
Tagonei Mharapara "Dark Side" personality and workplace outcomes: the moderating and mediating effects of social competencies and job attitudes. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Petar Milojev Causes and motivations of prejudiced attitudes in intergroup relations. Chris Sibley
Obradovic Mincic-Obradovic Language shift in the Serbian speaking community in New Zealand. Elaine Ballard
Phoebe Molloy Exploring the role of excessive reassurance-seeking within romantic relationships in the development and maintenance of depressive symptoms. Nickola Overall
Kieron Mottley Effect of relationship on social learning in the parrot. Annette Henderson
Christopher Murray Autobiographical memory in depression: a look at the cognitive and neural mechanisms of remembering and imagining in major depressive disorder. Donna Rose Addis
Patrick Neilands The signature-testing approach to the evolution of intelligence. Alex Taylor
Elizabeth Ogden General practitioners' beliefs and perspectives on depression and antidepressants. Kerry Gibson
Matthew Oxner The functions of consciousness and its relationship to attention. Will Hayward
Rebecca Parkes The experiences of adult sexual assault and sexual abuse complainant witnesses within the New Zealand court system. Fred Seymour
Anna Pearce Help-seeking by young men who experience intimate partner abuse. Kerry Gibson
Katrina Phillips Applied behaviour analysis-specific focus on the comparison of current methods and calibration for assessing quality of direct observation data. Oliver Mudford
Isabel Randell Misconceptions of child abuse and the role of counterintuitive expert psychological evidence. Fred Seymour
James Richards An analysis of social and political thinking in New Zealand youth: opportunities and challenges for youth inclusion in public decisions. Niki Harre
Natina Roberts Family-tales: resettlement of South East Asian refugee (SEAR) families in New Zealand.
Kerry Gibson
Amy Rosso A latent class analysis of the impact of long-lasting maternal psychopathology on child development at 4.5 years: contextual associations, behaviour and infant cognitive status. Fred Seymour
Natalia Samorow Are all minds (tasks) created equal? Comparison of Theory of Mind tasks across age and dopaminergic pathology. Lynette Tippett
Armin Saysani The cognitive and neurological processes in the visually impaired during colour categorisation and representation. Paul Corballis
Evatte Sciberras-Lim The impact of age-related changes to the connectivity of frontoparietal attention network on the control of attention. Tony Lambert
Jordan Searle The influence of prior left/right facing discriminations on performance in the mirror/normal rotated letter task. Jeff Hamm
Nikhil Sengupta Antecedents and consequences of system justification among members of disadvantaged groups. Chris Sibley
Oliver Sheehan On the coevolution of social organisation and religion in the Austronesian-speaking world. Quentin Atkinson
Margaret Spriggs Plasticity and connectomics in the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Ian Kirk
Clare Stanton Parenting young people who are at risk of suicide. Fred Seymour
Rachel Stevenson Process evaluation of puawaitahi - multiagency for child protection. Fred Seymour
Mark Stone Activating the pro-environmental surfer: motivations, identity and sense of place. Niki Harre
Samantha Stronge Discrimination and wellbeing in New Zealand. Chris Sibley
Rachael Sumner Using gamma oscillations to measure cortical excitation-inhibition balance in health and disease. Ian Kirk
Jageshwar Sungkur Antecedents and outcomes of work engagement: the role of mindsets. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Sarvnaz Taherian To investigate a path towards the development of a 'user-friendly' brain computer interface assistive device, in order to mitigate problems faced by individuals with Cerebral Palsy. Glynn Owens
Christina Tamihere Process evaluation of the maori youth programme at SAFE. Ian Lambie
Boon Tan Inclusion and empowerment in parents'/caregivers' interactions with ppeech-language therapists. Linda Hand
Hedieh Tavazo Relationship between parents' cooperative behaviour with children's cooperative behaviours in different ethnic groups. Annette Henderson
Jasmine Taylor Tertiary students' social and academic engagement in the classroom: Conditions that impact on subjective well-being, learning and retention. Helena Cooper-Thomas
Lee Taylor Learners’ conceptions of success and failure in the secondary sector. Liz Peterson
Adriana Thomas Immigrant psychologists’ experiences of the therapeutic relationship and working bi-culturally in New Zealand. Claire Cartwright
Gemma Tricklebank A qualitative study of Māori womens' experiences in mental health services (Māori understandings, identity and help-seeking behaviours). Kerry Gibson
Helen Van Der Merwe The affective practices of clinical psychologists. Margie Wetherell
Jeanne Van Wyk How young people ask for and receive support for suicidal thoughts through a text counselling service. Kerry Gibson
Thomas Vardy The evolution of co-operation in the Pacific. Quentin Atkinson
Sreekari Vogeti Role of static and dynamic information in recognition of face identity and expression. Paul Corballis
Simon Waigth Long term outcomes for Māori following drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Fred Seymour
Simon Walker The efficacy of visual arts therapy as a rehabilitative strategy for the victims of stroke. Lynette Tippett
Anna Walters Resilience in Māori children who witness and experience whanau violence. Fred Seymour
Ting Wang Qualitative interview on the approaches and experiences of young people who have undertaken psychological interventions at the Kari Centre. Kerry Gibson
Ying Wang What do infants understand about the contributions made by action partners during a joint activity? Annette Henderson
Harry Watts Joseph William The cultural evolution of supernatural belief. Quentin Atkinson
Katey Weizel Evaluation of the Family Start Manukau home visitation service. Ian Lambie
Kristina Wiebels A machine learning account of hippocampal involvement in future simulation. Donna Rose Addis
Jaimie Wilkie The role of dorsal and ventral streams in attention. Tony Lambert
Stephen Wolfson Genetic factors in the neurobiology and taxometrics of autistic spectrum disorders. Ian Kirk
Natasha Wright The neuropsychological and functional outcomes of intracerebral haemorrhage at 6 and 12 month follow up: a population-based study. Suzanne Barker-Collo
Deww Zhang BDSM and the social construction of 'sexual deviance'. Glynn Owens
Yunfei Zhao A grounded theory study of the experiences of marital separation of first-generation Chinese immigrants living in New Zealand. Claire Cartwright
Nianzeng Zhong The Individual Differences in Face Identification: the Study of Behavior and Eye-Tracking Will Hayward
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Current masters topics


Research topics Masters student Supervisor  
Masculine and feminine subcultures. Karishma Beach Margaret Wetherell
Patterns in swallowing impairment in a paediatric VFSS caseload. Amanda Beatson Anna Miles
The role of response interruption redirection in the reduction of vocal stereotypy. Connolly Bourn Angela Arnold-Saritepe
Teaching baby X. Cindy Chong Annette Henderson
The buffering effect of mindfulness on the emotion regulation difficulties associated with attachment insecurity. Holly Dixon Nickola Overall
The efficacy of vocabulary intervention for young people with oral language difficulties in a NZ Youth Justice Residence. Melissa Dore Linda Hand
Teaching mands to children with cerebral palsy: a comparison of two intervention models, discrete trial teaching and incidental teaching. Zsofia Doublinszki Ablonczy Angela Arnold-Saritepe
Neurophysiological mechanisms of pain perception during sedation. Anna Forsyth Suresh Mutukurmaraswamy
Proactive behaviours at work: a meta-analysis. Sofia Garcia Gavilanes Helena Cooper-Thomas
Oral language skills of incarcerated males in New Zealand: an exploratory study. Hannah George Linda Hand
Descriptive analysis of the administration of PRN medication in a residential care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Kerri Gilmour Javier Virues-Ortega
An investigation of reverse illusory line motion. Sihang Han Jeff Hamm
Verbal behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities. Aimee Houston Angela Arnold-Saritepe
Māori identity and smoking behaviour in Aotearoa. Emerald McPhee Chris Sibley
Adoption of wheel of choice and other anti-bullying strategies amongst typically developing children and children with special needs in a mainstream classroom. Kerry Mens Suzanne Purdy
Forward vs backwards chaining with naturally reinforcing tasks. Emma Morgan Glynn Owens
Measuring the restoration of Māori at whenua ragatia. Hineatua Parkinson Shiloh Groot
Timing is key: moral permissibility in the past and future. Ding-Cheng Ping Donna Rose Addis
Modern femininity and relationship expectations. Chelsea Pickens Virginia Braun
Visual long-term potential: minimal conditions and periperal induction. Eric Rosentreter Paul Corballis
Quantifying the variability of estimates of sensitivity from signal detection models. Sanika Sathe Michael Hautus
Election outcomes and government satisfaction: attitudes before and after an election. Nicole Satherley Chris Sibley
Impact of authenticity on employee engagement. Jeanine Scholey Helena Cooper-Thomas
Decline of the dorsal visual stream and effects on visual attention in the golden years. Evatte Sciberras-Lim Tony Lambert
Negotiations of queer women's bodies. Sophie Sills Younger Virginia Braun
The development and initial evaluation of an oral language screening tool for young people caught up in the legal system. Mark Stephenson Linda Hand
Critical success factors for speech pathology/speech-language therapy private practice.
Leanne Thomas Suzanne Purdy
Teaching children with intellectual disabilities concepts using a pairing and matching technique on tablet devices. Min Ting Angela Arnold-Saritepe
Auditory processing vs. language processing in post-stroke patients. Iruni Wanigasekara Suzanne Purdy
Functional interdependence of verbal operants in facilitating emergent intraverbal. Monica Widjaja Javier Virues-Ortega
Teaching social skills using video modelling with multiple exemplars. Joanne Wong Angela Arnold-Saritepe
Decision-making complexity in first responders. Catherine Wright-Taylor Barry Hughes
Dyordic approach to psychological contract understanding. Christine Yu Helena Cooper-Thomas
Asian identities in the workplace. Simon Zhu Shiloh Groot
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