Linda Fatialofa

Applying the Good Lives Model (GLM) to Youth Offending


Linda is of Samoan decent born in NZ with strong connections to her villages: Nofoali'i, Gagaifo Lefaga, Sapapali'i, Malie, and Lepā; where she holds the matai (chiefly) title Apiapivao. After completing her undergraduate and honours study at Victoria University of Wellington, she felt compelled to pursue her interest in research and embarked on a postgraduate doctoral degree in 2018. Her previous research and work experiences with adults involved with the justice system sparked her desire to enhance current approaches to offender rehabilitation, particularly for young people who offend. Linda’s PhD will look at developing a pathway model for young people who offend based on the Good Lives Model (GLM), a strength-based rehabilitation framework. Her research aims to demonstrate how the GLM can be understood and applied to youth offending, with the expectation of informing practice with this population.


Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Psychology
Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology

Research Interests

Youth Offending, Offender Rehabilitation, The Good Lives Model (GLM), Forensic Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology

PhD topic

Applying the Good Lives Model (GLM) to Youth Offending



Youth Forensic Psychology Research Lab - Directed by Dr Clare-Ann Fortune

"The Youth Forensic Psychology Research Lab focuses on youth offenders, rehabilitation, and youth interactions with the justice system."