Dr Tash Tassell-Matamua PhD, MA, BA

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85080
Email: 
Room 3.21, Psychology, Turitea
Ph: 85080

Professional

Professional Biography

I am primarily interested in consciousness. I believe investigation into extraordinary circumstances or states of conscious ability provide a useful means for discovering the nature of consciousness. To that end, my primary research interests are near-death experiences, and other extraordinary psychological phenomena.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate (2010)
  • Master of Arts [1st Class Honours] (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Near-death experiences [NDEs]

Other subjectively extraordinary psychological phenomena [OSEPP]

Consciousness

Indigenous ethics

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Keywords

Near-death experiences [NDEs]

Other extraordinary subjective psychological phenomena [OESPP]

Consciousness

Indigenous ethics

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader14

Research Outputs

Journal

Tassell-Matamua, N., Lindsay, N., Bennett, S., Valentine, H., & Pahina, J. (2016). Does Learning About Near-Death Experiences Promote Psycho-Spiritual Benefits in Those Who Have Not Had a Near-Death Experience?. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. , 1-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Valentine, H.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Lindsay, N. (2016). “I’m not afraid to die”: the loss of the fear of death after a near-death experience. Mortality. 21(1), 71-87
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Murray, M. (2015). Near-death experiences: Quantitative findings from an Aotearoa New Zealand sample. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 33(1), 3-29 Retrieved from http://iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2013). Phenomenology of near-death experiences: An analysis of a Māori case study. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 32(2), 107-117 Retrieved from http://www.iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2013). Near-death experiences and the psychology of death. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 68(3), 259-277 Retrieved from http://baywood.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2013). Psychology and near-death experiences: Challenges to and opportunities for ongoing debates about consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 20(11-12), 150-172
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2012). Ich war mal kurz weg (Near-death experiences across cultures). Kulturaustausch: Zeitschrift für internationale perspektiven. Ausgabe IV, 30-30 Retrieved from http://www.ifa.de/pub/kulturaustausch/archiv/ausgaben-2012/vom-sterben/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Lock, AJ. (2012). Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Ethics and Social Welfare. 6(1 (March 2012)), 56-73 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resw20
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Lock, AJ. (2011). Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Ethics and Social Welfare. , 1-18 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resw20
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Flett, R. (2011). Motivation in humanitarian health workers: A self-determination theory perspective. Development in Practice. 21(7), 959-973
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., Flett, RA., & Gavala, JR. (2010). Individualism/collectivism and academic self-enhancement in New Zealand māori university students. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 4(2), 138-151
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Gavala, J., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2008). Community noticeboard [3]. Psychologist. 21(4), 347
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Flett, RA. (2007). Obsessive passion as an explanation for burnout: An alternative theoretical perspective applied to humanitarian work. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling. 13(2), 101-141
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Flett, R. (2005). Stages of change for fruit and vegetable intake and dietary fat modification in Maori women: Some relationships with body attitudes and eating behaviours. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 34(1), 28-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.

Conference

Steadman, K., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). Acceptance after NDEs: Qualitative findings from a New Zealand sample. Presented at IANDS International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc 2015 Conference: Explore the Extraordinary: NDEs as Rites of Passage. San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). The transformative nature of NDEs. Do you have to have an NDE to be changed by one?. Presented at IANDS International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc 2015 Conference: Explore the Extraordinary: NDEs as Rites of Passage. San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, November). Near-death experiences (NDEs): The untouched pearl of the South Pacific. Presented at Pasifika@Massey 8th Annual Research Conference: Making your research count. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, January). Near-Death Experiences and consciousness. Presented at The Australian Afterlife Explorers Conference. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014, August). "A thorn in the side": Near-death experiences and consciousness. Presented at International Conference for Humanity's Evolution of Consciousness. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014, June). Of love and light: Using reports of extraordinary phenomena to assist the bereaved. Presented at The 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society (ICGB) 2014: EAST meets WEST: Expanding Frontiers and Diversity. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014, June). "I'm not afraid to die". The loss of death anxiety after a Near-Death Experience (NDE). Presented at The 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society (ICGB) 2014: EAST meets WEST: Expanding Frontiers and Diversity. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2012). Defining death: The challenge posed by near-death experiences (NDEs). In Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. Unpaginated). , Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Probing the Boundaries Austria: Inter-Disciplinary Net
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2012, November). Defining death: The challenge posed by near-death experiences (NDEs). Presented at Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Probing the Boundaries. Salzburg, Austria.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012). Near-Death Experiences and psychology. In Death Down Under 2012 Conference Programme and Abstracts(pp. Unpaginated). , Death Down Under 2012 Conference New Zealand: University of Otago
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA.NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012, June). Near-Death Experiences and psychology. Presented at Death Down Under 2012 Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2012). Near death experiences: A New Zealand-based study. In Death Down Under 2012 Conference Programme, Death Down Under 2012 Conference New Zealand: University of Otago
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2012, June). Near Death Experiences: A New Zealand-based study. Presented at Death Down Under 2012 Conference. Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, T. (2012, April). What can near-death experiences contribute to psychology?. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing together as one. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010, November). Near-death experiences: A New Zealand-based study. Presented at Death Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand - A Symposium. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, July). Applying self-determination theory to the development of burnout in humanitarian health workers. Presented at 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, July). Professional practice and ethics invited symposium: Psychology, ethics and social justice. Presented at 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, June). Incorporating indigenous content into undergraduate psychology: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective. Presented at Celebrating indigenous knowledges: Peoples, lands, cultures. Peterborough, ON.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2009). Motivation, passion, and burnout in humanitarian health workers. (pp. 58 - 58). , The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Pāpa ... Mahi ... Ratanga Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2009, August). Motivation, passion, and burnout in humanitarian health workers. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Lock, AJ. (2009, July). Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective. Presented at The 11th European Congress of Psychology. Oslo, Norway.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Book

Tassell, NA., Herbert, AML., Evans, IM., & Young, PTWA. (2012). Principles of indigenous ethics and psychological interventions. In MM. Leach, MJ. Stevens, G. Lindsay, A. Ferrero, & Y. Korkut (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics. (pp. 176 - 190). United States: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2011). Haunted Aotearoa: Ghostly happenings close to home: NEAR-DEATH IN NEW ZEALAND. In J. Davy, & J. Gilberd (Eds.) Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand. (pp. 57 - 61). New Zealand: Random House
[Chapter]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Murray, M., & Tassell, N. (2011). Near-death In New Zealand: Interview about NZ near death experience research. In J. Davy, & J. Gilberd (Eds.) Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand. (pp. 57 - 61). New Zealand: Random House New Zealand
[Chapter]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.

Other

Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). New Zealand Māori and near-death experiences. In Greek Life Center at the University of North Texas, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). What do we learn from near-death experiences? Insights from a Māori case study.. In Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2015). Near-death experiences in New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 6). Radio New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015). near-death experiences: What it feels like to die. Independent Online
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015). Confronting death. The Doctus Project
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Death isn't scary — if you've had a near-death experience. The Conversation
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Near-death experiences.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Near-death experiences..
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Moir, J., Steadman, K., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014). Study probes near-death experiences. The Dominion Post
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012). Life after death. (pp. 33 - 33). New Zealand Woman's Weekly
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2010). Researchers dying to discuss the afterlife. (pp. A3 - A3). The Dominion Post
[Other]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010). Life after death. Interview with the magazine North and South.. (pp. 54 - 65).
[Other]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010, October). Near-death experiences: Introduction to a New Zealand-Based Study. An oral presentation provided to the Palmerston North Lunch Club, as a result of an invitation.. In Palmerston North Lunch Club. Presented at Cloverlea Tavern, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Murray, M., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA.Life after death. A media interview shown on TV3 60 Minutes program..
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Thesis

Tassell, NA. (2009). Motivation and well-being in humanitarian health workers: Relating self-determination theory to hedonic vs. eudaimonic well-being vitality and burnout. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Te Reo Maori
    Last used: Yesterday
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Spanish
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
Supervisor20
CoSupervisor40

Papers Coordinated

  • 175.210 Nga Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology
  • 175.729 Psychology and Culture

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Katie Weastell- Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Experience of Stigma by Association in Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

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