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Dr Simon Bennett

Kaimatai Hinengaro Matua: Maori Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Māori mental health

Bicultural issues in Clinical Psychology


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Cognitive behaviour therapy for depression with Maori tangata whaiora - Clinical Research Training Fellowship - Simon Bennett

Date Range: 2006 - 2009

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Bennett, ST., & Liu, JH. (2018). Historical trajectories for reclaiming an indigenous identity in mental health interventions for Aotearoa/New Zealand—Māori values, biculturalism, and multiculturalism. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 62, 93-102
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Liu, J.
Pitama, SG., Bennett, STM., Waitoki, W., Haitana, TN., Valentine, H., Pahina, J., . . . McLachlan, A. (2017). A proposed hauora Māori clinical guide for psychologists: Using the hui process and Meihana model in clinical assessment and formulation. New Zealand journal of psychology. 46(3), 7-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Pahina, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Valentine, H.
Chalmers, C., Leathem, J., Bennett, S., McNaughton, H., & Mahawish, K. (2017). The efficacy of problem solving therapy to reduce post stroke emotional distress in younger (18–65) stroke survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation. , 1-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Leathem, J.
Tassell-Matamua, N., Lindsay, N., Bennett, S., Valentine, H., & Pahina, J. (2017). Does Learning About Near-Death Experiences Promote Psycho-Spiritual Benefits in Those Who Have Not Had a Near-Death Experience?. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. 19(2), 95-115
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Tassell-Matamua, N., Valentine, H.
Bennett, ST., Flett, RA., & Babbage, DR. (2016). Considerations for culturally responsive Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Māori with depression. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 10(e8), 1-11 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Flett, R.
Bennett, ST., Flett, RA., & Babbage, DR. (2015). Culturally adapted cognitive behavour therapy for Māori with major depression. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (2014). 7(e20), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Flett, R.
Bennett, ST., & Babbage, DR. (2014). Cultural adaptation of CBT for aboriginal Australians. Australian Psychologist. 49(1), 19-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S.
Bennett, STM., & Flett, RA. (2001). Te Hua O te Ao Maori. He Pukenga Korero. 6(2), 29-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Flett, R.


Bennett, STM. (2016). Ngā Rākau a te Pākehā: Matiu's story. In W. Waitoki, & M. Levy (Eds.) Te Manu Kai i te Mātauranga: Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand. (pp. 125 - 140). Hamilton, NZ: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Chapter]Authored by: Bennett, S.


Gammon, RA., Preston, K., & Bennett, STM. (2015, July). Measurements of Change in Wraparound Programs. Presented at 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bennett, S., Gammon, R.
Bennett, STM. (2015, July). Culturally responsive cognitive behavioral therapy: Adaptation and Beyond. Presented at International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology Conference. San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico,.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bennett, S.
Bennett, STM. (2015, October). Finding our Voice - Indigenous Aspirations in Clinical Psychology. Presented at INIHKD / Manitoba NEAHR 2014. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bennett, S.
Bennett, STM., & Banks, CM. (2014, April). The next frontier for the Scientist Practitioner in Aotearoa: Adaptation and Beyond. Presented at ACPA and NZCCP joint CONFERENCE 2014. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bennett, S.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 0
Co-supervisor 6 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Elle Brittain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Te Ao Maori and Clinical Psychology
  • Amelia Backhouse-Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Maori Engagement with Mental Health Services: Tangata Whaiora, Whanau, and Maori Clinician Perspectives
  • Pixie Armstrong-Barrington - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Treatment Barriers for Maori with Social Anxiety: A Maori Perspective

Co-supervisor of:

  • Renee Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Tangata Tonui, Tangata Mauri Ora
  • Samuel Lindsay - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Older New Zealand Men Negotiate Masculinity
  • Madeleine Haerewa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Getting insight into the health needs of Maori youth: Perspectives of students attending alternative education
  • Katharine Preston - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Development of a New Zealand Outcome Measure for the Wraparound Process
  • Charlotte Wainwright - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Rachel Cotter - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Acceptance and commitment therapy and its application to group treatment intervention with an alcohol and other drug community sample

Completed Doctoral Supervision

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
  • 2015 - Arna Mitchell - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    E kore au e ngaro, he kakano ahau: Whakapapa sharing in the context of therapy

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