School of Psychology

Prof Colleen Ward

Director of CACR
School of Psychology

Phone: 04 463 6037
Location: Room 626, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Prof Colleen Ward


PhD Dunelm University

Researched Interests

243 million people, more than 3% of the world's population, live outside of their countries of birth with at least 55 million being short term "culture-crossers".

I am interested in the experience and outcomes of cultures in contact ie. acculturation. I am particularly concerned with the factors that facilitate or impede psychological ("feeling well") and socio cultural ("doing well") adaption. As part of the acculturation process, I am also concerned with how individuals negotiate their cultural identity, that is, heritage cultural identities and identity as a member of their new cultural group.

Acculturation is a two way process therefore it is also important to understand how members of the receiving society view and interact with newcomers. As such, topics such as intercultural relations and multiculturalism form part of my research.

Visit the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research website to learn about our intercultural training to assist people entering new cultures or working with diversity.


You can download additional information about the following scales:

  • Acculturation Index
  • Socio-cultural Adaptation Scale
  • Index of Sojourner Social Support
  • Singapore Androgyny Inventory
  • Attitudes toward Rape Victims Scale


Selected Publications