Meg Stairmand

Victoria University and Waikato University Meg Stairmand

Forensic Psychology

Meg is currently (2017) completing a PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Waikato. Meg's passion for psychology began when she worked as a Care and Protection Social Worker with Child, Youth and Family. There she observed the devastating impact of intergenerational cycles of family violence, but also the transformations that are possible when people are empowered to make positive changes in their lives. A desire to be involved in this process of long-term change drew Meg to a career in Clinical Psychology.

After spending several years living and travelling abroad, including a year spent living in Torres Strait Islands, Meg returned to New Zealand to complete her undergraduate psychology degree. She began a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Forensic Psychology at Victoria University, Wellington in 2016, and will return to her clinical studies after completing her PhD.

Meg's research will focus on the treatment needs of family violence perpetrators in New Zealand. While international research has identified a range of factors associated with family violence perpetration, there are important gaps in what we know about New Zealand's family violence perpetrators and what the most effective way to treat them may be. With this in mind, Meg will explore the treatment needs of female perpetrators and self-referred perpetrators of family violence. Meg hopes that the findings of her research will enhance intervention outcomes for New Zealand's family violence perpetrators.

When Meg isn't studying she enjoys netball, running, yoga, volunteer work, learning Te Reo Māori, and crossing destinations off her travel bucket list.

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