Karen Salmon

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Director, Clinical Programme School of Psychology


Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Child clinical and developmental psychology

VUW Autobiographical Memory Laboratory

Karen Salmon heads the VUW Autobiographical Memory Laboratory, visit their website for information on their current research.


Karen interested in autobiographical memory, which is memory for our personal experiences. She also has a particular focus on children and adolescents. Our autobiographical memory serves important functions in our lives, including maintaining a sense of identity, guiding future actions, and helping us build relationships with others.

Within this broader area, her research (with students and collaborators) asks several questions. First, what is the relationship between how we remember our personal experiences and our psychological functioning (e.g., depression, anxiety, or wellbeing)? Second, how does the nature (style, content, amount) of children and adolescents’ conversations with others (parents, other adults) influence their personal memories, their understanding of their world, and their psychological functioning?

Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Member of the Association for Psychological Science


Selected publications


Teaching in 2019