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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84969

Dr Sara Joice PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, BSc (Hons), RHV, RGN, NZPB, HCPC

Health Psychologist

School of Psychology


Contact details

  • Ph: 06 350 5180 reception or 06 356 9099 ext 84969
    Location: 1.04, Bernard Chambers C Building
    Campus: Turitea


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Andrews (UK) (2005)
  • Chartered Psychologist (Health) - The British Psychological Society (2005)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society - The British Psychological Society (2006)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours (Psychology) - Manchester Metropolitan University UK (1988)
  • Registered Health Visitor - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (1990)
  • Registered General Nurse - Kings College Hospital UK (1984)
  • Registered Psychologist - New Zealand Psychology Board (2013)
  • Health Psychologist - Health Care and professional council UK (2013)

Research Expertise


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Outputs


Morris, JH., Oliver, T., Kroll, T., Joice, S., & Williams, B. (2017). Physical activity participation in community dwelling stroke survivors: synergy and dissonance between motivation and capability. A qualitative study. Physiotherapy (United Kingdom). 103(3), 311-321
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Morris, J., Toma, M., Kelly, C., Joice, S., Kroll, T., Mead, G., . . . Williams, B. (2016). Social context, art making processes and creative output: A qualitative study exploring how psychosocial benefits of art participation during stroke rehabilitation occur. Disability and Rehabilitation. 38(7), 661-672
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Booth, J., Connelly, L., Lawrence, M., Chalmers, C., Joice, S., Becker, C., . . . Dougall, N. (2015). Evidence of perceived psychosocial stress as a risk factor for stroke in adults: A meta-analysis. BMC Neurology. 15(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Morris, JH., Kelly, C., Toma, M., Kroll, T., Joice, S., Mead, G., . . . Williams, B. (2014). Feasibility study of the effects of art as a creative engagement intervention during stroke rehabilitation on improvement of psychosocial outcomes: Study protocol for a single blind randomized controlled trial: The ACES study. Trials. 15(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Morris, JH., Oliver, T., Kroll, T., Joice, S., & Williams, B. (2015). From physical and functional to continuity with pre-stroke self and participation in valued activities: A qualitative exploration of stroke survivors', carers' and physiotherapists' perceptions of physical activity after stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation. 37(1), 64-77
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Morris, JH., Van Wijck, F., Joice, S., & Donaghy, M. (2013). Predicting health related quality of life 6 months after stroke: The role of anxiety and upper limb dysfunction. Disability and Rehabilitation. 35(4), 291-299
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Joice, S. (2012). Self-management following stroke.. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987). 26(22), 39-46
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Joice, S., Jones, M., & Johnston, M. (2012). Stress of caring and nurses' beliefs in the stroke rehabilitation environment: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 19(4), 209-216
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Joice, S., Johnston, M., Bonetti, D., Morrison, V., & MacWalter, R. (2012). Stroke survivors' evaluations of a stroke workbook-based intervention designed to increase perceived control over recovery. Health Education Journal. 71(1), 17-29
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Ietswaart, M., Johnston, M., Dijkerman, HC., Joice, S., Scott, CL., MacWalter, RS., . . . Hamilton, SJC. (2011). Mental practice with motor imagery in stroke recovery: Randomized controlled trial of efficacy. Brain. 134(5), 1373-1386
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Gillespie, D., Joice, SA., Whittick, J., & Lawrence, M. (2011). Emotional disturbance & depression in stroke: preparing the SIGN guidelines International. Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. 18(3), 545-553
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Smith, LN., James, R., Barber, M., Ramsay, S., Gillespie, D., & Chung, C. (2010). Rehabilitation of patients with stroke: summary of SIGN guidance. BMJ: British Medical Journal. 340(7760), 1356-1358
[Journal article]Contributed to by: Joice, S.
Morris, JH., van Wijck, F., Joice, S., Ogston, SA., Cole, I., & MacWalter, RS. (2008). A Comparison of Bilateral and Unilateral Upper-Limb Task Training in Early Poststroke Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 89(7), 1237-1245
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Molloy, GJ., Johnston, M., Johnston, DW., Pollard, B., Morrison, V., Bonetti, D., . . . MacWalter, R. (2008). Spousal Caregiver Confidence and Recovery From Ambulatory Activity Limitations in Stroke Survivors. Health Psychology. 27(2), 286-290
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Johnston, M., Bonetti, D., Joice, SA., Pollard, B., Morrison, V., & Francis, JJ. (2007). Recovery from disability after a stroke as a target for a behavioural intervention: Results from an RCT. Disability & Rehabilitation. 29(14), 117-127
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Ietswaart, M., Johnston, M., Dijkerman, HC., Scott, CL., Joice, SA., Hamilton, S., . . . MacWalter, RS. (2006). Recovery of hand function through mental practice: A study protocol. BMC Neurology. 6
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Molloy, GJ., Johnston, DW., Johnston, M., Morrison, V., Pollard, B., Bonetti, D., . . . MacWalter, R. (2005). Extending the demand-control model to informal caregiving. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 58(3), 243-251
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.
Kincey, J., & Statham, S. (1991). Women undergoing colposcopy: their satisfaction with communication, health knowledge and level of anxiety. Health Education Journal. 50(2), 70-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Joice, S.


Joice, SA., & Baken, D. (2017, August). Developing the role of a peer-led support group facilitator for MidCentral DHB. Presented at Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) 2017 Conference: Making a difference with social science. Massey University Albany Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Joice, S.
Morris, J., Kelly, C., John, A., Joice, S., Mead, G., Kroll, T., . . . Williams, B.Is evaluation of psychosocial effects of an arts based creative engagement intervention during in-patient stroke rehabilitation possible? A feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE. (pp. 7 - 7). 1747-4930.
[Conference]Authored by: Joice, S.
Booth, J., Lawrence, M., Connolly, L., Fraser, H., Dunipace, L., Joice, S., . . . Chalmers, C.Perceived psychosocial stress: A risk factor for TIA?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE. (pp. 26 - 26). 1747-4930.
[Conference]Authored by: Joice, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Jana Oskam - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    One parent’s advice to another: An exploration of self-care for parents of children with high-need disabilities and the evaluation of a developed psychoeducational resource.

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