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Terence Edwards BA, MEdPsych, PGDipEdPsych

Senior Professional Clinician

Institute of Education

Terence is the current coordinator of the post masters Post Graduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology ('internship'). He lays claim to being the proud product of Massey University, having completed his undergraduate, graduate, and professional training here since first enrolling in 1995. With over 15 years experience as an Educational Psychologist and interdisciplinary team leader he makes significant contributions for praxis and development in the area of educational and developmental psychology.

He is currently working on the conceptualisation of his PhD which will investigate teacher decision making informing referrals to external agencies and pragmatic problem solving in school contexts. 



  • Bachelor of Arts (1998)
  • Master of Educational Psychology (2001)
  • Post Masters Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology (2001)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Areas of interest include: assessment and intervention for behavioural disorders and behaviour problems | training and development for educational psychologists | school wide behaviour systems development and implementation | inter and transdiciplinary practice/teaming | interagency collaboration | inclusive education | positive psychology | teaming & group dynamics | collaboration & consultation | professional integrity | ethical professional behaviour | motivation

I have a particular interest in systems of support available to learners who present with challenging behaviour with a particular interest on integrating individual, class level, school wide, and community level supports. Similarly promoting and enhancing inter-agency collaboration is an equal area of interest with regard to the more complex situations to ensure student/learner presence, participation, and learning.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Educational Psychology (170103): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs


Berman, J., Edwards, T., Gavala, JR., Robson, C., & Ansell, J. (2015). He mauri, he Māori: Te iho, te moemoea, te timatanga ō mātou haerenga ki Te Ao Tūroa/Our vision and beginnings of a journey into Te Ao Tūroa (the world in front of us) in Educational Psychology. Psychology Aotearoa. 7(2), 100-105 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Edwards, T.
Bevan-Brown, J., Bevan-Brown, R., Carroll-Lind, J., Kearney, A., Edwards, T., & Hayes, D. (2012). The evaluation of a multidisciplinary approach to training people who work with severe and challenging behaviours. The International Journal of Learning. 18(6), 359-370 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Edwards, T., Kearney, A.


Wu, C., Edwards, T., & Gavala, JR. (2016, September). Filial piety, academic self-concept and academic achievement: Examining their relationship in a secondary school in New Zealand. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016: Psychology without borders: Mā te mahi kakama, kō atu. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Edwards, T.
Edwards, T., Berman, J., Gavala, JR., & Ansell, J. (2015). Educational psychology - 2. The beginning of our journey. In Te Ao Tūroa - The world in front of us: NZPsS Annual Conference(pp. 83 - 83). , Te Ao Tūroa - The world in front of us: NZPsS Annual Conference New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Edwards, T.
Gavala, JR., Berman, J., & Edwards, T. (2015). Educational psychology - 1. Our vision for bicultural educational psychology. In Te Ao Tūroa - The world in front of us: NZPsS Annual Conference(pp. 79 - 79). , Te Ao Tūroa - The world in front of us: NZPsS Annual Conference New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Edwards, T.
Berman, JG., & Edwards, T.What is a bicultural educational psychology curriculum?. . Dunedin
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Edwards, T.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

  • 256.755 Professional Practice in Educational Psychology
  • 256.841 Case Study Analyses
  • 256.843 Professional Practice Examination Process
  • 256.844 Advanced Professional Practice in Educational Psychology
  • 256.846 Discipline Knowledge, Scholarship and Research

Media and Links


  • 08 May 2013 - Newspaper
    Strategies to help with difficult children
    Short article in local newspaper / The Tribune

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