PhD students

Meet our Psychology PhD students and explore their research topics.

To find out more about our PhD students, their Psychology research, and how to contact them, visit their individual profile pages via the links below.

PhD candidate Amanda Wallis

Amanda Wallis

The role of place attachment in increasing resilience to nature’s hazards

PhD Candidate Amy Walsh

Amy Walsh

The effect of motivation on attentional control over emotional information.

PhD Candidate Becky Bloore looking over her shoulder in front of a blue backdrop

Becky Bloore

Creating a General Emotion Regulation Measure.

PhD candidate Chris Deak photographed in front of an attractive book case of academic literature.

Chris K. Deak

Gender attitudes and the paradox of gender inequality

PhD candidate Claudie Peloquin

Claudie Peloquin

Adults' higher-order mentalizing abilities.

PhD candidate Cong Fan

Cong Fan

Perspective-Taking Cognition in Adults

on location photo of PhD candidate Daniel Wegerhoff

Daniel Wegerhoff

Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Gangs as Groups.

PhD candidate Cong Fan

Emma Ashcroft

Visual deficits in dyslexia: theoretical models and interventions.

PhD candidate Emma Tennent

Emma Tennent

Victimhood and the delivery of telephone-mediated social support.

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Ethan Carter

Conceptual issues with our current explanations of psychopathology and offence-related behaviours.

image of PhD candidate Fiona Dempsey looking into the camera

Fiona Dempsey

Exploring the role of control in intimate partner aggression.

Image of PhD candidate Gates Hendersen looking into the camera

Gates Henderson

Interactional Analyses of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

image of PhD candidate Geraldine Smieszhala in a green top standing infront of foliage on campus

Geraldine Smieszhala

Nonadherence to preventive health behaviours.

PhD Candidate Gerard Janse van Rensburg

Gerard Janse van Rensburg

Understanding the nature of prejudice: A Multi-level Analysis of the Antecedents of Prejudice and Discrimination

puzzle pieces connecting together

Giovanni Zani

Action Understanding and Theory of Mind

PhD candidate Gloria Fraser

Gloria Fraser

Queer and Trans Experiences of Accessing Mental Health Support.

PhD Candidate Hannah Hawkins Elder standing in front of an academic poster in Easterfield Building

Hannah Hawkins Elder

Explanation of Disordered Eating

PhD Candidate In Kuk Kim standing for a photo in front of a window with Wellington City in background

In Kuk Kim

Effective communication for pro-environmentalism.

PhD Candidate Joanna Mete posing for a photo in front of green foliage

Joanna Mete

Cognitive control mechanisms in anxiety

Johannes Karl

Mindfulness: Determinants and Effects.

PhD Candidate John Kerr on location shot on Victoria University grounds

John Kerr

Public attitudes towards scientific controversies.

PhD candidate Joseph Langston standing in front of a lush green foliage

Joseph Langston

Existential Security, Cultural Values, and Evolved Cognitive Biases: Their Relation to Religious Change Across Cultures

brain with electrical storm

Justin Murphy

Does mindful attention impact processing of emotional stimuli?

PhD candidate Katheryn Edwards

Katheryn Edwards

New and Converging Evidence of Two Systems for Mindreading

PhD Candidate Kealagh Robinson looking into the camera with stairwell from VUW on location is in the background

Kealagh Robinson

Understanding the Emotional Response of Adolescents

PhD Candidate Konstantina Vasileva looking into the camera. The image is taken in The Hub on Kelburn Campus.

Konstantina Vasileva

Imagery is more than meets the eye: a new look at mental imagery processing in working memory

PhD candidate Kris Nielsen

Kristopher Nielsen

Towards an Embodied, Embedded, and Enactive Science of Psychopathology

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Kylie Sutcliffe

Scalable approaches to improving access to psychological therapies among high school students in Aotearoa New Zealand

A close landscape shot of PhD Candidate Laura Anderson outside Victoria University grounds on a lovely sunny day.

Laura Anderson

Children's Understanding of Shared Knowledge

PhD Candidate Laura Kranz posing for a photo in front of green foliage

Laura Kranz

The role of cognition and emotion in science communication

Brick wall with fractures from earthquake

Lauren Vinnell

Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour to understand and increase natural hazard preparedness

PhD Candidate Linda Fatialofa in front of a Samoan cloth.

Linda Fatialofa

Applying the Good Lives Model (GLM) to Youth Offending

locational photo of Linda Wilkin-Krug on the Kelburn Campus

Linda Wilkin-Krug

The effects of environmental enrichment on higher social and cognitive functioning in a rat model of autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

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Mary Dewhirst

Parent-adolescent reminiscing and youth rumination.

PhD Candidate Michaela Pettie

Michaela Pettie

Continuous prenatal exposure to Valproic Acid, as an animal model for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

PhD Candidate Molly Fisher posing for a photo in front of a red art installation

Molly Fisher

Determining the role of power and gender in men’s resistance to seek support.

PhD Candidate Nuzha Saleem, in a pink headscarf and white shirt standing infront of foliage on campus

Nuzha Saleem

The effect of identity and belonging on resilience in ethnic minority youth.

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Pieter Six

Theory of Mind and Motor Cognition.

cocaine powder and rolled money alongside a razor blade for snorting lines

Quenten Highgate

Investigating the Role of Behavioral Flexibility in Drug Addiction

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Rana Asgarova

Experiential probability discounting of gains and losses.

bright yellow now/later sign post

Rebecca Olsen

Investigating how episodic future thinking reduces delay discounting rate.

on location photo of PhD Candidate Ririwai Fox

Ririwai Fox

The role of Māori cultural embeddedness in the formation and/or reshaping of personal identity across the life-span.

line up of female suspects

Robbie Taylor

The influence of the number of unanimous eyewitnesses on how jurors evaluate biased evidence from a lineup.

PhD candidate Roisin Whelan

Roisin Whelan

Exploring the autobiographical memories of young people who offend

hands reaching towards pills

Ross van de Wetering

Identification of novel neurochemical systems involved in the development of drug addiction using liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

good and evil written across the knuckles of hands

Roxy Heffernan

Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Dynamic Risk and Protective Factors in Forensic and Correctional Practice.

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Ruth Glynn

The influence of selective discussion of autobiographical events on children's memory.

PhD candidate Sam Clack standing in front of a statue.

Samuel Clack

The Explanation of Depression.

PhD candidate Schyana Sivanantham

Schyana Maya Sivanantham

Theory of Mind in Adults

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Simon Davies

Does Reassessment of Dynamic Risk and Protective Factors Improve the Prediction of Imminent Recidivism?

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Sophie Hedley

Exploring the role of schizotypy in creative cognition.

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Taylor Winter

Environmental and nutritional effects on emotion regulation.

PhD Candidate Tessa Burgess posing for a photo in front of a large tree

Tessa Burgess

The relationship between Emotional Support, Autobiographical Memory and Psychological Wellbeing within Romantic Relationships

PhD Candidate Tui Shaw posing for a photo inside the Hub

Tui Shaw

Exploring the use of visual aids and ground rules in forensic interviewing of children.