Research Cluster - Mental Health and Well-Being

Purpose

The Mental Health and Well-Being cluster is involved in research aimed at improving mental health and promoting well-being for all New Zealanders and focuses on the following related themes:

  • That the trend known as ‘positive psychology’ places renewed emphasis on prevention, coping, resilience, problem-solving, and social support in promoting mental health and well-being.
  • That in addition to personal responsibility and agency, individual well-being is derived from and sustained by the social contexts in which we all function: family, Whānau, and community services and organizations.
  • That theories and models of growth and change, starting with healthy childhood developmental trajectories, provide a key rationale for professional services and their evaluation.
  • That the most effective interventions are those which address the concerns, goals and aspirations of both the individual and those of their immediate and extended social networks.
  • That research and scholarship within this overall focus should be practical and functional, so that knowledge is translated into ethical and culturally sensitive innovations in psychological practice.

Members

Ian de Terte - Wellington
Aaron Drummond - Manawatu
Ian Evans (Emeritus Professor)
John Fitzgerald - Wellington
Linda Jones - Wellington
Barbara Kennedy - Manawatu
Petar Milojev - Auckland
Benita Stiles-Smith - Auckland
Tatiana Tairi - Wellington
Joanne Taylor - Manawatu
Matt Williams - Auckland

Cluster news

Cluster members outlined their research activities to the School of Psychology staff in a multi-campus seminar in July 2016.  A PDF version of their presentation is available here. MHWB Cluster Presentation 13 July 2016 (449 KB)

Four members of the Mental Health and Well-Being cluster presented at the MidCentral Health DHB Suicide Prevention/Postvention forum on the 3rd December 3rd 2015, held at the Education Centre, in Palmerston North Hospital. Linda Jones presented on “Lessons from a NZ study of dentists’ occupational stress and a review of dentists’ suicide”; John Fitzgerald on “Family Resilience, Coping and Suicide Risk: Research & Practice”; Matt Williams on “Suicide in a changing climate: Environmental and temporal influences on suicide incidence”; and Tatiana Tairi on “Clinical, Psychosocial and Family Characteristics of Suicide Attempts among Greek Adolescents”.

Contact

Tatiana Tairi
Email: T.Tairi@massey.ac.nz

John Fitzgerald
Email: J.M.Fitzgerald1@massey.ac.nz

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