School of Psychology - Leading psychological science, scholarship and practice

Our school

The School of Psychology's staff members have an excellent reputation for research of international significance and for top-quality teaching, professional training and research mentorship.


Professor Suzanne Purdy, Head of School, School of Psychology
Professor Suzanne Purdy, Head of School

Maybe you’re thinking about studying with us as an undergraduate student. Maybe you’re interested in the research that we pursue, as we try to answer questions ranging from evolution to language, from neuroscience to forming lasting relationships, to maintaining positive mental health.

The best part of our job is working with motivated, enthusiastic students, helping them to develop their skills so that they can answer their own questions and become psychological professionals in their own right. 

We are especially proud of our Māori and Pacific Psychology research group and our School of Psychology Tuākana programme, which seeks to create an inclusive and dynamic space for Māori and Pacific students.

If you’re thinking of studying with us in one of our postgraduate research programmes, our research interests are wide ranging, spanning many aspects of psychology from evolution to neuroscience, and from sensory science to forming lasting relationships and maintaining positive mental health. 

Researchers in Psychology use a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including indigenous, community, critical and societal approaches to psychology.

Whatever your interest in Psychology and our school, I hope you find information on our website that helps answer your questions.

We’re proud of the work that we do and our diverse and talented staff and students as we seek to make a difference for New Zealand and other communities. 

If you’re interested in studying Psychology, we’d love you to join us. 

Professor Suzanne Purdy
Head of School

Contact us

If you need to contact us, you can do so by phone or email. If you have questions regarding enrolment, please contact or visit the Science Student Centre.

School of Psychology City Campus

School Reception
Level 2, Building 302
Science Centre
23 Symonds Street
Auckland Central

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88413


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School of Psychology Tāmaki Campus

Room 321, Building 721
261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes

 +64 9 373 7599 ext 86886

 +64 9 373 7902

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Primary contacts

Head of School

Professor Suzanne Purdy
Phone: +64 9 373 7599
Ext 82073


International Student Support for currently enrolled students

Dr Barry Hughes
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85265
Email: and

Associate Professor Karen Waldie
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88521

Level Coordinator Stage I

Associate Professor Tony Lambert
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88520

Level Coordinator Stage II

Dr Barry Hughes
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85265

Level Coordinator Stage III

Associate Professor Paul Corballis 
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88562


Postgraduate Diploma / Honours Advisor

Dr Danny Osborne
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82287

Masters Advisor

Dr Shiloh Groot
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88555

PhD Advisor

Associate Professor Karen Waldie
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88521