Research clusters

The School of Psychology is distributed around the three campuses of Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington in a number of buildings, Clinics and Centres.   With more than 60 academic staff and clinicians, there is a diverse range of research conducted by our staff.  A number of research groups have clustered around general themes to foster greater collegiality and support between staff across the various locations.

The purpose of the clusters is to create an organic system for managing the diverse energies of the School to allow greater productivity, insight, and collegiality that builds a community of Research, Service, and Teaching. These clusters are intended to foster collegial networks. They may vary in size and permanence. They may form, dissolve, and reform from year to year. They can act as loose discussion groups, or be as tight as project teams, and move between these poles. They are intended to increase social interaction and collegiality in the School, connecting disparate members of the School in a web of collaborative social relations.

List of clusters

Affect, Cognition and Environment Cluster

The Affect, Cognition, and Environment Cluster conducts research and teaching activities that investigate human affective and cognitive processes in laboratory and field settings.

Clinical Psychologists Service Cluster

The Clinical Psychologists Service Cluster will explore the issues surrounding the role and competence of clinical psychologists, to develop a comprehensive understanding of their role and function.

Community Health in Practice and Service (CHiPS)

Research with the Community Health in Practice and Service (CHiPS) Cluster is service and practice driven, whereby needs associated through community service and practice is identified and explored.

Critical Health and Social Psychology Cluster

The Critical Health and Social Psychology Cluster is involved in research into the broader social and political issues involved in health and wellbeing.

Ending Poverty and Inequality (EPIC)

The EPIC Research Cluster focuses on amplifying the contribution made by Psychology to sustainable human flourishing, and to the eradication of poverty and inequality in particular.

Health and Ageing Research Team (HART)

The Health and Ageing Research Team is an interdisciplinary group involved in a number of research projects related to health and aging in New Zealand.

The Hearth

The Hearth Cluster conducts research that analyses wicked problems of intimate and sexual violence, exploitation, abuse, exclusion and marginalisation to inform praxis and build capacity for community movements towards social justice and safety.

Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori me Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa ki te Hinengaro Tangata (Māori and Pasifika Psychology Research Cluster)

The goals of Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori ki te Hinengaro Tangata are to engage in research to find solutions to problems which impact on Māori and Pasifika peoples.

Mental Health and Well-Being

The Mental Health and Well-Being Cluster will focus on improving mental health and promoting well-being for all New Zealanders.

Neuropsychology/Psychogeriatrics Cluster

The Neuropsychology and Psychogeriatrics Cluster is involved in research in various areas of neuropathology, neuropsychological functioning across the lifespan and psychogeriatrics.

Professional Psychology and Applied Research Cluster

The Professional Psychology and Applied Research Cluster will advance the integration of research and teaching, particularly as it relates to the practice of professional psychology in the School of Psychology and will engage in applied research within a wide variety of organisational settings.

Psycurity Research Cluster

The Psycurity Research Cluster will interrogate questions of citizenship, identity, culture, environment, communication, technology, society, governance and government, social responsibility as well as individual, community, national and international well-being.

Resilience Cluster

The Resilience Cluster is involved in research in all domains of resilience, but especially in relation to recovery from disasters.

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