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Associate Professor Paul Merrick

Associate Professor

School of Psychology

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Roberts, MH., Merrick, PL., Fletcher, RB., & Furness, K. (2017). Understanding the experiences of anxiety in community dwelling older adults - Understanding anxiety in older adults. Open Journal of Nursing. 7(11), 1197-1208 Retrieved from http://www.scirp.org/journal/OJN/
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Merrick, P.
Burmester, B., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2017). Influence of assessment methods on subjective and objective memory impairment. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry. 30(2), 79-84
[Journal article]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., Merrick, PL., & Stubbe, M. (2017). Juicy conceptualizations: Increasing alliance through attending to client metaphoric language. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy. 45(6), 577-589
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Roberts, MH., Fletcher, RB., & Merrick, PL. (2016). Evaluation of the Factor Structure of the Adult Manifest Anxiety Scale - Elderly Version (AMAS-E) in Community Dwelling Older Adult New Zealanders. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 45(3), 41-47
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Merrick, P.
Burmester, B., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2016). Subjective Cognitive Complaints and Objective Cognitive Function in Aging: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Recent Cross-Sectional Findings. Neuropsychology Review. 26(4), 376-393
[Journal article]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Burmester, B., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2015). Assessing subjective memory complaints: A comparison of spontaneous reports and structured questionnaire methods. International Psychogeriatrics. 27(1), 61-77
[Journal article]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
McKinlay, A., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2014). Diagnostic processes and disclosure: A survey of practitioners diagnosing cognitive impairment. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 43(2), 20-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Roberts, MH., Fletcher, RB., & Merrick, PL. (2013). The validity and clinical utility of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) with older adult New Zealanders. International Psychogeriatrics. , 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Fletcher, R., Merrick, P.
Kazantzis, N., Calvert, SJ., Orlinsky, DE., Rooke, S., Ronan, K., & Merrick, P. (2010). Professional development perceptions and activities of psychiatrists and mental health nurses in New Zealand. The New Zealand Medical Journal. 123(1317), 24-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Boston, AF., & Merrick, PL. (2010). Health anxiety among older people: An exploratory study of health anxiety and safety behaviors in a cohort of older adults in New Zealand. International Psychogeriatrics. 22(4), 549-558
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Kazantzis, N., Calvert, SJ., Orlinsky, DE., Rooke, S., Ronan, K., & Merrick, PL. (2009). Activities influencing the professional development of New Zealand counsellors across their careers. New Zealand Journal of Counselling. 29(1), 73-96
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Calvert, SJ., Kazantzis, N., Merrick, PL., Orlinsky, DE., Ronan, KR., & Staniforth, BL. (2008). Professional development of New Zealand social workers who engage in psychotherapy perceptions and activities. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work. XIX(4), 16-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Kennedy-Merrick, SJ., Haarhoff, BA., Stenhouse, LM., Merrick, PL., & Kazantzis, N. (2008). Training cognitive behavioural therapy practitioners in New Zealand: From university to clinical practice. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 37(2), 8-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Haarhoff, B., Merrick, P.
Kazantzis, N., Busch, R., Ronan, KR., & Merrick, PL. (2007). Using homework assignments in psychotherapy: Differences by theoretical orientation and professional training?. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 35(1), 121-128
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL., & Dattilio, FM. (2006). The contemporary appeal of cognitive behaviour therapy. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 35(3), 117-119
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Foo, K., Merrick, P., & Kazantzis, N. (2006). Counseling/psychotherapy with Chinese Singaporean clients. Asian Journal of Counselling. 13(2), 271-293
[Journal article]Authored by: Merrick, P.

Book

Prasadarao, PSDV., & Merrick, PL. (2016). Mental health of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand : Issues and challenges. In WW. Waitoki, JS. Feather, NR. Robertson, & JJ. Rucklidge (Eds.) Professional Practice of Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 525 - 542). Wellington, New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Chapter]Authored by: Merrick, P.

Conference

Miller, E., McNaught, AJ., Haarhoff, B., & Merrick, PL. (2016, October). A web-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for clinical perfectionism: A pilot study. Presented at AnzaCBT Workshop and Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Haarhoff, B., Merrick, P.
Martyn, J., Cannon, PR., Lethem, J., & Merrick, P. (2015, October). Well-Being in later years: Guided self-help for community dwelling older adults. Presented at AnzaCBT 2015. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Cannon, P., Merrick, P.
McKinlay, AR., Leathem, JM., & Merrick, PL. (2014). Practitioners' processes and attitudes involved in the diagnosis of cognitive impairment. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World(pp. 38 - 38). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Burmester, B., Leathem, JM., & Merrick, PL. (2014). Assessing subjective memory complaints. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2014 NZCCP/ACPA Joint Conference: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini ke. My strength does not come from me alone but also from others. Christchurch, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
McKinlay, AR., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2012). PeArLS : 'Where did I park my car?': How do older adults cope with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. In New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Standing Together as One: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 48 - 48). , New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Standing Together as One New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2012, September). Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders: The Potential Role and Value of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Presented at International Psychogeriatric Association International Meeting 2012. Cairns, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
McKinlay, A., Leathem, J., & Merrick, P. (2012, April). “Where did I park my car?” How do Older Adults Cope with a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Presented at Joint NZCCP and NZPsS Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
McKinlay, AR., Leathem, JM., & Merrick, PL. (2011). "Where did I park my car?" How do older adults cope with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Inaugural Stroke and Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZSANC). Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Leathem, J., Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2011, November). Tolerating the Ambiguity: Change and Challenges in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapies. Presented at Annual Aotearoa NZ Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapies Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2011, November). Tolerating the Ambiguity: Change and Challenges in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapies. Presented at Annual AnzaCBT Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Good, K., Merrick, PL., & Kazantzis, N. (2009, September). "Is the black dog really a Dalmatian? An investigation into whether stress impact and attributional style lead to different outcomes for individuals receiving 20 sessions of CBT for depression". Presented at 39th Annual European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) Congress. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Boston, A., & Merrick, PL. (2009). An exploratory study of health anxiety and safety behaviours in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of Combined 2009 Conference of The RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and The APS Psychology of Ageing Interest Group. Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Scheibmair, R., & Merrick, PL. (2009, September). Overcoming depression: The acceptability and effectiveness of a self-help computer programme for depression. Presented at The 32nd Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. Perth, WA, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2008). Moving beyond a No. 8 fence wire solution: Preparation for working as a clinical psychologist with older people in New Zealand. In National PSIGE Conference 2008: Extending the boundaries(pp. 31 - 31). , National PSIGE Conference 2008: Extending the boundaries United Kingdom: The British Psycological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2008, February). Preparing clinical psychologists to work with older people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Presented at 9th National New Zealand Psychologists for Older People (POPs) Annual Conference: Psychology of Older Age. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Mitrovic-Tosovic, S., Merrick, PL., Bryce, J., Melding, P., Stapelberg, F., Worrall, R., . . . Clarke, A. (2008). Psychological distress and cognition. Poster session presented at the meeting of 31st Annual Brain Impairment Conference: "Brain Impairment and Ageing". Melbourne, VIC, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL. (2007, February). Psychotherapy with older people: It is worth the effort?. Presented at 8th National NZPOPs Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Merrick, PL., & Scheibmair, R. (2006, October). Computerised self-help cognitive behaviour therapy in the management of depression in primary health care settings. Presented at 29th Annual National Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Foo, KH., Merrick, PL., Kazantzis, N., & Williams, MW. (2006). Cognitive behaviour therapy in New Zealand and Singapore: From a doctoral study and personal experience. In 1st Asian Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Conference: Evidence-based assessment, theory & treatment(pp. CBT 38 - CBT 38). , 1st Asian Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Conference: Evidence-based assessment, theory & treatment Hong Kong: Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Australia
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Foo, KH., Merrick, PL., Kazantzis, N., & Williams, MW. (2006, May). Cognitive behaviour therapy in New Zealand and Singapore: From a doctoral study and personal experience. Presented at 1st Asian Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Conference: Evidence-based assessment, theory & treatment. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.

Other

Merrick, PL. (2014, July). Treatment Resistance and the Silver Tsunami. In Mental health Services for Older People, North Shore Hospital, Auckland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Merrick, P.
Stillman, JA., & Merrick, PL. (2007). Don't blame the coach, the players or the ref, blame the coin.
[Other]Authored by: Merrick, P.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 11
Co-supervisor 6 16

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Aramis Dennan - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    When Strings Begin to Attach: How Attachment and Ambivalent Sexism Impact Young Adults' Sexual and Romantic Decision-Making
  • Gus Elkington - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Live Life to the Full: A low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy adapted to Maori
  • Sophie Buchanan - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Coping in Older Adult Caregivers: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Purpose in Life and Subjective Wellbeing

Co-supervisor of:

  • Dominika Stasiak - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Clarifying perceptions and countering misperceptions about cognitive functioning in normal aging and after Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Yvonne Woodhead - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Elder Abuse in New Zealand: Social Risk Factors
  • Emma Johnston - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Web-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Clinical Perfectionism
  • Mary Miller - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    MINT pilot study: a text message package as an adjunct to existing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in an Early Intervention setting.
  • Mindy Hung - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Psychological Changes in Patients Undergoing Elective Aesthetic Surgery: A Longitudinal Study
  • Michelle Pedersen - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    'Feels a bit naughty when you¿re a mum¿- Alcohol use amongst mothers with preschool children.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - James Martyn - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Group Guided Low Intensity Self-Help for Community Dwelling Older Adults Experiencing Low Mood
  • 2015 - Louise 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
  • 2015 - Victoria Weedon - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Evaluation of the Good Way Model: A strengths-based integrative model of therapy for young people (with & without an intellectual disability) who have harmful sexual behaviours
  • 2013 - Ann Boston - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Health anxiety and older adults: A cross sectional study comparing predictors of health anxiety between an older and younger cohort
  • 2012 - Janis Prosser - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Cognitive Therapy for Depression: The Moderating Effect of Personality Beliefs on Homework Adherence and Outcome for Depression
  • 2012 - Nicole Foster - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Investigation of Early Sudden Gains in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression:Client and Within Therapy Predictors of Change
  • 2011 - Rebecca Scheibmair - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The acceptability and effectiveness of computerised cognitive-behavioural self-help for depression in primary care.
  • 2010 - Carol Osborne - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The role of alliance and symptomatic change within cognitive behaviour therapy for depression
  • 2008 - Gillian Craven - Doctor of Philosophy
    Sociotropy and Autonomy in Older Adults, and the Relationships Between the Personality Styles, Social Support, and Affect
  • 2007 - Jacqueline Feather - Doctor of Philosophy
    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Abused Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Development and Evaluation of a Manualised Treatment Programme
  • 2007 - Koong Foo - Doctor of Philosophy
    "Comparing Characteristics, Practices and Skills of Mental Health Practitioners in New Zealand and Singapore: Implications for Chinese Clients and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy"

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Tamara Bejakovich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    "Presumed straight until demonstrated otherwise": The relationships between sexual identity, heteronormativity, sexual identity development and psychological well-being
  • 2017 - Bridget Burmester - Doctor of Philosophy
    Understanding Subjective Memory Complaints in Ageing
  • 2017 - Katie Weastell - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Experience of Stigma by Association, its Impact on Caregiver Wellbeing, the Influence of Signature Strengths, and the Experience of Growth
  • 2016 - Alison McKinlay - Doctor of Philosophy
    Where Did I Park My Car?: A Mixed Methods Investigation on Mild Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis in New Zealand
  • 2014 - Kirsty Furness - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Maximizing Potential: The effectiveness of Project K on self-efficacy, resilience,and connectedness
  • 2014 - Bronwyn Castell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Missing Pieces? Considering Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health Care
  • 2013 - Lucia Munoz Larroa - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    What do I want to do and how do I get there?: A possible selves approach to motivation in education.
  • 2012 - Gunnar Scheibner - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Improving Memory in Midlife: A multiple case study evaluation of a group-based memory programme for healthy middle-aged individuals
  • 2012 - Hilary Bradley - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Adults' Perspectives of Causes and Influences on their Depression
  • 2012 - Sara Poananga - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Positive "Whanau Management" Privileging the Centrality of Whanau and Culturally Specific Understandings of Child Discipline for Effective Psychological Practice with Maori
  • 2012 - Maren Klum - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Coping in Caregivers of Family Members with Traumatic Brain Injury & the Effects on the Caregiver's Quality of Life
  • 2012 - Rachel Findlay - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Explanatory style and depression: The role of activity
  • 2011 - Isabelle Miclette - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Past in the Present: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Group Intervention for Loneliness and Well-being among Older People
  • 2011 - Margaret Roberts - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Roberts anxiety scale for the elderly: Development and psychometric evaluation
  • 2008 - Nicola Curtis - Doctor of Philosophy
    Multisystemic Treatment (MST) of Antisocial Behaviour in Youth: The Role of the Family in Facilitating Change
  • 2005 - Susan Watson - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Congruency Hypothesis: A Closer Look at the Components. Interpersonal and Achievement Orientated Personality and Life events.

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