Associate Professor Karen Elizabeth Waldie
BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr Karen E Waldie is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Auckland. She was born in Victoria, BC Canada, and received her BSc at the University of Victoria. She received her MSc and PhD (1998) at the University of Calgary and went on to become a research fellow with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS). She became a member of The University of Auckland academic faculty in 2001 after falling in love with New Zealand.
Research | Current
Dr Karen Waldie’s research interests can be broadly categorised into those that rely on acute cross-sectional experimental techniques, and those which rely on data collected from longitudinal studies. Her experimental work combines techniques from cognitive neuroscience (e.g., functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG)) and clinical neuropsychology.
She is currently leading a large fMRI study to determine the neural basis of dyslexia, dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Auckland Comorbidity Study).
Her involvement with national longitudinal studies reflects her interest in life-span development as well as the precursors and determinants of neurodevelopmental disorders. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Teaching | Current
Psych326 (coordinator and lecturer) and Psych744 (coordinator and lecturer)
- Named Investigator for the new national longitudinal study "Growing Up in NZ" (www.growingup.co.nz)
- Principal Investigator for the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative Study (small for gestational age children)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- D'Souza S, Crawford, C. N., Buckley, J., Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Bird, A., ... Waldie, K. E. (2019). Antenatal determinants of early childhood talking delay and behavioural difficulties. Infant behavior & development, 5710.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101388
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Stephanie D'Souza, Jude Buckley, Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton
- D'Souza S, Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). Persistence and change in behavioural problems during early childhood. BMC pediatrics, 19 (1)10.1186/s12887-019-1631-3
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Elizabeth Peterson, Susan Morton, Stephanie D'Souza
- D'Souza S, Underwood, L., Peterson, E. R., Buckley, J., Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). Determinants of Persistence and Change in Early Childhood Behavioural Problems: The Roles of Parenting and Maternal Mental Health. JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES, 28 (7), 1826-1842. 10.1007/s10826-019-01404-w
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Lisa Underwood, Jude Buckley, Susan Morton
- Neumann, D., Herbert, S. E., Peterson, E. R., Underwood, L., Morton, S. M. B., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). A longitudinal study of antenatal and perinatal risk factors in early childhood cognition: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Early human development, 132, 45-51. 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.04.001
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Lisa Underwood, Susan Morton, Denise Neumann
- Moreau, D., Wiebels, K., Wilson, A. J., & Waldie, K. E. (2019). Volumetric and surface characteristics of gray matter in adult dyslexia and dyscalculia. Neuropsychologia, 127, 204-210. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2019.02.002
Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau, Kristina Wiebels
- Wallander, J. L., Berry, S., Atatoa Carr, P., Peterson, E. R., Waldie, K. E., Marks, E., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2019). Patterns of exposure to Cumulative Risk Through Age 2 and associations with problem behaviors at age 4.5: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology10.1007/s10802-019-00521-w
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elizabeth Peterson, Emma Marks, Stephanie D'Souza, Susan Morton
- Spriggs, M. J., Thompson, C. S., Moreau, D., McNair, N. A., Wu, C. C., Lamb, Y. N., ... Shelling, A. N. (2019). Human Sensory LTP Predicts Memory Performance and Is Modulated by the BDNF Val(66) Met Polymorphism. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 1310.3389/fnhum.2019.00022
Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau, Andrew Shelling, Jeffrey Hamm, Ian Kirk
- Rusten, N. F., Peterson, E. R., Underwood, L., Verbiest, M. E. A., Waldie, K. E., Berry, S., ... Nicolson, J. (2019). Psychological Distress Among Resident and Nonresident Fathers: Findings From New Zealand's Who Are Today's Dads? Project. JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 40 (3), 293-314. 10.1177/0192513X18808827
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Elizabeth Peterson, Cameron Grant, Susan Morton