Kealagh Robinson

Understanding the Emotional Response of Adolescents

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Kealagh Robinson

Kealagh Robinson

PhD Student
School of Psychology


I am interested in how people experience their emotions, as well as the strategies they use to regulate their emotions. Adolescence is particularly important developmental period for both emotion and emotion regulation. My thesis uses both longitudinal self-report and psychophysiology to understand how adolescents respond to emotional challenges, and how this response then relates to mental health.

My work is part of the Marden-funded project 'Understanding the puzzling relationship between non-suicidal, and suicidal, thoughts and behaviours' led by Prof Marc Wilson.


Masters of Science (Distinction), Psychology, University of Wellington
Bachelors of Science Honours (First Class), Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington.
Bachelors of Science, Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington.

Research Interests

emotion regulation, self-injury, adolescent mental health and wellbeing


Hasking, P., Baetens, I., Bloom, E., Heath, N., Lewis, S., Lloyd-Richardson, E., & Robinson, K. (2019). Addressing and Responding to Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the School Context. In J. J. Washburn (Ed.), Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Advances in Research and Practice. Routledge.

Hasking, P., Lewis, S., Robinson, K., Heath, N., & Wilson, M. (2019). Conducting research on nonsuicidal self-injury in schools: Ethical considerations and recommendations. School Psychology International. doi: 10.1177/0143034319827056

Priestley, R., Dohaney, J., Atkins, C., Salmon, R., & Robinson, K. (2018). Engaging new Antarctic learners and ambassadors through flexible learning, open education and immersive video lectures. Polar Record. doi: 10.1017/S0032247418000384,

Robinson, K., Garisch, J.A., Kingi, T., Brocklesby, M., O’Connell, A.., Langlands, R.L., Russell, L & Wilson, M.S. (2018). Reciprocal risk: The longitudinal relationship between emotion regulation and non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(2), 325-332. doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0450-6.

Whitlock, J., Baetens, I., Lloyd-Richardson E., Hasking, P., Lewis, S., Franz, P., Robinson, K. (2018). Helping schools support caregivers of youth who self-injure: Considerations and recommendations. School Psychology International, 39(3), 312–328. doi: 10.1177/0143034318771415.

Jones, T.C., Robinson, K., & Steel, B.C. (2018). Description Benefits and Context Retrieval for Recognition of Unfamiliar Faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi: 10.1037/xlm0000537.

Robinson, K., Brocklesby, M., Garisch, J.A., O’Connell, A., Langlands, R., Russell, L., Kingi, T., Brown, E., & Wilson, M.S. (2017). Financial deprivation and non-suicidal self-injury in New Zealand adolescents: The mediating role of depression and anxiety. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 126–136.

Garisch, J.A., Wilson, M.S., O’Connell, A., & Robinson, K. (2017). Overview of Assessment and Treatment of Non-suicidal Self-Injury among Adolescents. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 98–105.

Fraser, G., Wilson, M., Garisch, J., Robinson, K., Brocklesby M., Kingi, T., O’Connell, A., & Russell, L. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury, sexuality concerns, and emotion regulation among sexually diverse adolescents: A multiple mediation analysis. Archives of Suicide Research, doi: 10.1080/13811118.2017.1358224.

Garisch, J.A., Wilson, M.S., Robinson, K., Brocklesby, M., O’Connell, A., Langlands, R.L., Russell, L., Kingi, T.,  & Brown, E. (2016). Adolescent Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand: The Importance of School Environment. Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, 26(2), 35–40.

Wilson, M.S., Garisch, J.A., Langlands, R.L., O’Connell, A., Russell, L., Brown, E., Kingi, T., Robinson, K., Brocklesby, M., & Judge, M. (2015). Adolescent non-suicidal self-injury in Aotearoa New Zealand. Psychology Aotearoa, 7(2), 130-133.

Wilson, M.S., Garisch, J., Langlands, R., Russell, L., O’Connell, A., Brown, E.J., Kingi, T., Judge, M., & Robinson, K. (2014). Prevalence, Correlates, and Functions of Deliberate Self-Harm and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Self-Harm and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Journal of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association,9, 38-42.

PhD topic

Understanding the Emotional Response of Adolescents


Acting Dean of Science
Wellington Faculty of Science

Deputy Head of School
School of Psychology

Lab Association

Youth and Wellbeing Study - Directed by Professor Marc Wilson

We are a team of researchers and clinicians working towards better understanding the wellbeing of youth and rangatahi in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our research with young people is primarily in secondary schools, where we gather information about how young people are doing, what their needs are, and what resources would be most helpful to them and their communities.

Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience Lab (CAN Lab) - Directed by A/Prof Gina Grimshaw

We study the thought processes and the brain mechanisms that allow us to think, feel, and act. We pursue two lines of research that often intersect. The first concerns how we perceive, interpret, and respond to emotional signals in our environment, and the second concerns how we create meaning when we encounter novel situations.