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Prof Fiona Alpass

Professor of Psychology

School of Psychology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 10
Team Member 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: The participation of older people: Independence, Contribution, Connection.

Very accessible attractive and informative reports on the findings about i) elder aspirations for independent living ii) the active work contributions of older people iii) the contribution and potential of digital media. will have been received and read by stake holders. The report dissemination will be supported by policy and public seminars, web site publications, and media releases as appropriate.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2014

Funding Body: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Project Title: Developing an Economic Living Standards Index for Elders

Living standards are proving to be an essential marker of economic status and well-being. By 2012 a theoretically based and statistically robust index of living standards for older people will be provided for use in population research (such as the NZ Longitudinal Study of Ageing), by Government research groups (such as the Ministry of Social Development), and for assessment use by community groups (such as Age Concern). This module will be used to assess and track changes in the living standards of older people. Limitations in standards of living constrain health and social participation and effective policy change to improve living standards requires early identification of deterioration. Measuring the living standards of older people effectively will provide a scientific basis for social policy advice to advance the independence and well-being of older people. The instrument developed in this project will equip researchers, policy makers, and community groups to assess gaps and recommend social and economic policies that ensure positive ageing and participation for older New Zealanders.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2012

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

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Project Title: The New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Work, Social, and Psychological Participation in an Ageing Population: Enhancing Community Participation, Independence and Wellbeing

Date Range: 2007 - 2012

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

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Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 5
CoSupervisor 4 4

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Jessie Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Examination of the Relationships between Activity Participation, Social Relations, and Meaning in Life among Older Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand

CoSupervisor of:

  • Caroline Day - PhD
    Grandmothering in the 21st century
  • Megan Hempel - PhD
    Developing the health and ageing study as a lifetime longitudinal study
  • Sophie Buchanan - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Coping in Older Adult Caregivers: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Purpose in Life and Subjective Wellbeing
  • Catherine Whitehouse - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Social isolation effect on cognition in the aging

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Rachel Anna Hooks - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Psychological Impact of Resource Gains and Losses in An Ageing Population from the Perspective of Conservation of Resources Theory
  • 2013 - Lauren May Callow - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Assessing Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults and its Relationship to Quality of Life
  • 2009 - Nicola Sheree Murray - PhD
    Dispositional coping styles and adult literacy: Exploring stress and coping in adult vocational training environments
  • 2008 - Judy Ann Blakey - PhD
    Dyadic Partner Perspectives of Ageing with Hearing Handicap in the Audible World
  • 2007 - Charlotte Anna Mary Paddison - PhD
    Type 2 Diabetes: A Self-Regulatory Experience

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Louise Elizabeth Cooper - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Doing Good and Feeling Well: Understanding the Relationship Between Volunteering and Mental Wellbeing in Older Adult Populations Through the Application of a Social-Cognitive Theory of Depression
  • 2014 - Louise Laura Cowpertwait - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Exploration of the Relationship of Social Networks with Depression among Older Adults: A Prospective Study
  • 2012 - Annette Henricksen - PhD
    The Pursuit of Happiness: An Exploration of Older Adults' Intentional Happiness-Enhancing Activities & Their Association with Wellbeing & Health
  • 2010 - John Hamilton Noone - PhD
    Psychological and socioeconomic factors influencing men and women's planning for retirement
  • 2006 - Mrs Gretchen Ann Good - PhD
    Ageing and Visual Impairment: Activity, Independence and Life Satisfaction.

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