PhD alumni

Meet our PhD alumni and explore their research topics.

To find out more about our PhD Alumni  and how to contact them, please 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

Motivation reduces positive and negative emotional distractions

PhD candidate Anna Kurek

Anna Kurek

Understanding Online Disinhibition: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Information and Communication Technology and Adolescent Personality, Identity,

PhD candidate Buaphrao Raphiphatthana

Buaphrao Raphiphatthana

Investigation into the relationship between mindfulness and grit, and the role of meditation experience in the relationship, across cultures.

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Charlotte Gutenbrunner

Overgeneral autobiographical memory and psychopathology in adolescence.

Cellphone camera viewing network of faces

Ceara Nicolls

Transference of Self Concept in First Impressions of Similar Others

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Chelsea Rose

The measurement and prediction of conspiracy beliefs

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 Christopher Maymon

Christopher Maymon

Exploration of Relations between Belief-Tracking and Motor Processing using a new Ecologically-Valid Helping Task for Adults

PhD candidate Cong Fan

Emma Ashcroft

Visual deficits in dyslexia: theoretical models and interventions.

PhD candidate Emma Tennent

Emma Tennent

Identity and help in calls to Victim Support

PhD candidate Gloria Fraser

Gloria Fraser

Queer and Trans Experiences of Accessing Mental Health Support.

PhD candidate Hazel Godfrey

Hazel Godfrey

A role for attentional bias in cognitive deficits in chronic pain?

PhD Candidate John Kerr on location shot on Victoria University grounds

John Kerr

Public attitudes towards scientific controversies.

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Katherine Fowler

Language and Cognitive Functions in a Neurological Tumour Population: A Long-Term Follow-up Study

PhD candidate Katheryn Edwards

Katheryn Edwards

New and Converging Evidence of Two Systems for Mindreading

PhD candidate Kris Nielsen

Kristopher Nielsen

Towards an Embodied, Embedded, and Enactive Science of Psychopathology

Image of alumni Laina Isler looking into the Camera

Laina Isler

A typological investigation of personality: Trait expression as a coordinated system of self-regulatory functioning.

School teacher with child investigating puzzles

Lauren Bryce

How do children interpret and remember ambiguous information?

Brick wall with fractures from earthquake

Lauren Vinnell

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

Slot machines

Lorance Taylor

The role of free spins in slot-machine gambling.

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Lynley McLay

Hands-on learning: The influence of hand gestures on children’s recall of scientific information.

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Madeleine Brocklesby

A Longitudinal Investigation of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Perfectionism in a Sample of New Zealand Adolescents.

PhD candidate Marco Zdrenka

Marco Zdrenka

Am I Luckier Than You? Individual Differences in Precognition Performance

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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.


Rana Asgarova

Gain-loss asymmetry in human experiential tasks.

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Rebecca Olsen

Investigating how episodic future thinking reduces delay discounting rate.

PhD candidate Reneeta Mogan Naidu

Reneeta Mogan Naidu

Synchrony’s effect on social cohesion and creative thinking

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Robbie Taylor

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

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.

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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 Samantha Stanley photographed, head and shoulders, in front of a backdrop of greenery

Samantha Stanley

Clarifying the nature of the association between social dominance orientation and environmentalism

PhD candidate Sam Clack standing in front of a statue.

Samuel Clack

The Explanation of Depression.

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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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Tadhg Daly

Why are psychopaths difficult to treat? Testing the two component model for the treatment of prisoners high on PCL psychopathy.

A Māori

Tahlia Kingi

Ko ngā pūtake o te mātānawe ki tā te rangatahi: An exploration of self-injury in rangatahi Māori

PhD candidate Tamara Qumseya

Tamara Qumseya

Toward a better understanding of the cultural identity negotiation: The experiences of minority youth in multicultural societies

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Timothy Ganly

An Exploration of the Relationship Between Overgeneral Memory and Avoidance