Research in the Psychology Department at UC is divided into two broad disciplines. Explore our research areas and find out more about staff teaching and research interests.
- Self-disclosure strategies among sex offenders: Changes over the course of treatment
- Prevention of adverse outcomes following childhood traumatic brain injury
- Adult outcomes of childhood traumatic brain injury
- Brain injuries from birth to young adulthood; prevalence, cause and risk factors. UC Psychology professor Deak Helton will carry out experiments to see whether guided distraction improves worker performance. He is a co-investigator for the Australian Research Council-funded project and is collaborating with the lead investigator, Associate Professor Mark Wiggins, at Sydney's Macquarie University.
- UC Researcher to test distraction - (The Press - 16 January 2013)
- Research to reduce error in high risk environments - (UC Communications - 16 January 2013)
- Positive thoughts potentially dangerous (CTV 17 July 2015) Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a "time travel dream machine", but more distracting than negative ones, according to UC research findings. Postgraduate student Nicola Hancock, UC Psychologist Professor Deak Helton and colleagues from UC and industry partner Opus have been examining the effects of the Christchurch recovery on people, and have been surprised by the results. (read article) 14 July 2015
- Diverse studies being undertaken by Psychology staff and students
- Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey University and GNS Science research)
This involves close collaboration between academic staff members and postgraduate students who are working towards completing a Masters or PhD degree.
It includes many subdisciplines of psychology:
- behaviour analysis
- behavioural neuroscience
- industrial & organisational
- learning and memory
This covers two subdisciplines:
- Clinical - Research is a major part of training students to become clinical practitioners. The Psychology Centre is the clinical psychology training and research clinic for the students who undertake the three year clinical programme.
- Industrial and Organisational - The Master of Science in Applied Psychology (also known as APSY, Industrial & Organisational or I/O) is one of the oldest and most recognised applied psychology degrees in New Zealand. Students seeking qualifications in Industrial & Organisational Psychology complete a two year Master of Science in Applied Psychology.
- Jacki Henderson
- Julia Rucklidge
- Neville Blampied
- Eileen Britt
- Janet Carter
- John Dalrymple-Alford
- Jacki Henderson
- Roeline Kuijer
- Kyle Nash