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  • Auckland campus +64 9 414 0800
  • Manawatū campus +64 6 356 9099
  • Wellington campus: +64 4 801 5799

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85080

Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua PhD, MA, BA

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

I am primarily interested in consciousness. I believe investigation into extraordinary circumstances or states of conscious ability provide a useful means for discovering the nature of consciousness. To that end, my primary research interests are near-death experiences, and other extraordinary psychological phenomena.


Contact details

  • Ph: 85080
    Location: 3.21, Psychology
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctorate (2010)
  • Master of Arts [1st Class Honours] (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Near-death experiences [NDEs]

Other subjectively extraordinary psychological phenomena [OSEPP]


Indigenous ethics


21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Near-death experiences [NDEs]

Other extraordinary subjective psychological phenomena [OESPP]


Indigenous ethics

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 4

Consultancy and Languages


  • Te Reo Maori
    Last used: Yesterday
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Spanish
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 5 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Nicole Lindsay - PhD
    One foot on the other side. changed orientations to death after a near-death experience

CoSupervisor of:

  • Jhanitra Gavala - PhD
    Understanding the determinants of 'surf rage' in New Zealand
  • Renee Smith - PhD
    Tangata Tonui, Tangata Mauri Ora
  • Amelia Backhouse-Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Maori Engagement with Mental Health Services: Tangata Whaiora, Whanau, and Maori Clinician Perspectives
  • Leith Pugmire - PhD
    Parenting from the start: Evaluating a preventative intervention to improve attachment and health outcomes for first-time mothers and their babies
  • Diane Koti - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Te Manaakitanga o nga Turoro Hanga Mate: End-of-life care a Ngati Porou Perspective.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Katie Michelle 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

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