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Meet our students

Our students have many different research interests, and follow varied and exciting career paths after graduation. Meet some of our students and graduates here.

Undergraduate students

Samarah Morriss, Bachelor of Science, School of Psychology
Sam Morriss

Sam Morriss

Sam is studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology.

“I’m endlessly fascinated by brains! I suppose I realised that while I had many questions about the way in which the brain works, I had very little in the way of answers.

“Three years in, and I have a few more answers now! But many, many more questions than I started with. Which isn’t surprising, really. We are still so far off understanding the brain.

“As it turns out, you can have a career that involves asking questions and trying to find answers about brains. So, that’s what I plan to do. Next year I hope to carry on to postgraduate study.

“I recommend that you talk to your lecturers. If you’re interested in a particular area, they are more than willing to advise how you can get involved at the University (in labs and research projects), or point you in the right direction.

“And choose to study something for the purpose of learning about it, not simply to get a qualification. Enjoy the process, rather than only focusing on the outcome.”


Postgraduate students

Doctor of Philosophy student Danielle Hay, School of Psychology
Danielle Hay

Danielle Hay

Danielle, Ngati Maniapoto, is studying for a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Her doctoral research is focused on an investigation of trainee therapists’ experience of imagery in therapy.

“I’ve always had a desire to understand what helps people to flourish.

“After travelling and working, I realised I wanted to contribute to health and well-being in Aotearoa.

“Clinical Psychology integrates theory, science and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving distress and dysfunction, and to promote well-being and personal development.

“The Clinical Psychology doctoral programme offers a pathway to become a registered clinical psychologist and has a strong reputation in the community.

“The programme has a good balance of academic, clinical and research components – I’ve just finished my first practicum placement, which I really enjoyed. My classmates are really supportive and the programme has also enabled me to connect with the Māori clinical psychology community.

“I’ve been lucky to receive the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, which covers all my tuition fees and living costs. It’s allowed me to focus on my studies and when I finish I’m hoping to work as a clinical psychologist.”