Associate Professor Kerry Lynn Gibson

MA, PhD (Cape Town)

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Associate Professor


I have worked at various universities in South Africa and New Zealand. I joined the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland in 2010.

Research | Current

I am  a clinical psychologist and my main research interest is in youth mental health. My most recent research examines the impact of digital technology on young people’s help-seeking and their priorities for support. I specialise in qualitative research methods.

The Mirror Project
This project aims to understand young people's views about mental health and what kinds of support work best for them. Read more about this project here

Consumer’s views of antidepressants
Together with John Read and Claire Cartwright, I am working on research looking at the rapid increase in antidepressant use in New Zealand, from the perspective of those who have been prescribed the medication.

Teaching | Current

I am the Deputy Head of the School of Psychology (Academic). My main teaching is in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Programme. I teach on PSYCH 310 Introduction to Clinical Psychology and PSYCH 723 Mental Health Aetiology and Assessment. 


  • Past President of the New Zealand Psychological Society

  • Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Chowdhury, N., Gibson, K., & Wetherell, M. (2020). Polyphonies of depression: The relationship between voices-of-the-self in young professional women aka 'top girls'. Health (London, England : 1997), 24 (6), 773-790. 10.1177/1363459319846934
  • Wills, C., Gibson, K., Cartwright, C., & Read, J. (2020). Young Women's Selfhood on Antidepressants: "Not Fully Myself". Qualitative health research, 30 (2), 268-278. 10.1177/1049732319877175
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claire Cartwright
  • Gibson, K., & Trnka, S. (2020). Young people's priorities for support on social media: "It takes trust to talk about these issues". COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 102, 238-247. 10.1016/j.chb.2019.08.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susanna Trnka
  • Chowdhury, N., & Gibson, K. (2019). This is (still) a man's world: Young professional women's identity struggles in gendered workplaces. FEMINISM & PSYCHOLOGY, 29 (4), 475-493. 10.1177/0959353519850851
  • Ali, A., & Gibson, K. (2019). Young People's Reasons for Feeling Suicidal. Crisis, 40 (6), 400-406. 10.1027/0227-5910/a000580
  • Read, J., Cartwright, C., & Gibson, K. (2018). How many of 1829 antidepressant users report withdrawal effects or addiction?. International journal of mental health nursing, 27 (6), 1805-1815. 10.1111/inm.12488
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claire Cartwright
  • Knight, K., Gibson, K., & Cartwright, C. (2018). "It's like a refuge": Young people's relationships with school counsellors. COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY RESEARCH, 18 (4), 377-386. 10.1002/capr.12186
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Claire Cartwright
  • Stubbing, J., & Gibson, K. L. (2018). Young people's explanations for youth suicide in New Zealand: A thematic analysis. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-13. 10.1080/13676261.2018.1516862
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jessica Stubbing


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 260
New Zealand

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