Deirdre Brown

Teaching in 2020

  • PSYC 561 Practicum
    as Course Coordinator and Lecturer


PhD, PGDipClPs Otago University

Applied Developmental Psychology lab

Deirdre leads the Applied Developmental Psychology lab, visit their website for information on their current research.

Research interests

Can we rely on what children tell us? When children talk to adults about things that have happened to them, how adults question and respond to them, and what children say is critical for decisions made in many settings - eg. police investigations of maltreatment, care and protection investigations, doctors visits, the courts or classrooms.

I research effective ways of helping children to describe their experiences and also what kinds of approaches might undermine children's contributions. I work with the NZ Police and Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamarikito to train and evaluate practice when children are interviewed about maltreatment. I also look at how interviewing approaches can help (or hinder) adults memory for important events (eg. health interactions).

You can also find Deirdre on:


  • New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
  • Registered Psychologist, Clinical Scope of Practice, New Zealand Psychologists Board


Selected publications

Teaching in 2020

  • PSYC 561 Practicum
    as Course Coordinator and Lecturer