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Contact details +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63410

Dr Linda Jones PhD, DipTchg, MNZPsS, MRSNZ

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Roles and Responsibilities

Massey University Academic Board member 2007 – 2010 Massey University Human Ethics Committee member 2003 – 2005

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Board 2004-2010 and 2014-present

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Wellington Forum Deputy Chair 2005 – 2010, and 2015-

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Acting Regional Director, Wellington Campus Jan 2011

Wellington Campus Coordinator,School of Psychology 1999 - 2007 inclusive (9 years)

Pacific Peoples' Consultation Group (Col.HSS representative) 

School of Psychology Strategic Management Group 2000–2007

School of Psychology Undergraduate Studies Committee 1999 – 2000 ; Bi Cultural Committee 1999 – 2000 International committee 2013-present

NZ representative for the Society for Stress and Anxiety Research from 2007 -

Past member of the scientific committee of the International Academy of Design and Health 

Past member of the Editorial Advisory Borad of the journal World Health Design.

My reasearch focusses on occupational health psychology, with a special interest in applied research in dentistry. In addition I am especially interested in the role of the environment on well-being, including the workplace environment, as it can be easier to change the environment than a worker's behaviour where health and safety are an issue.  

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 4 801 5799 x 63410
    Location: C62, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington


  • PhD - Massey University (2005)
  • Diploma of Teaching - Victoria University of Wellington (1989)
  • MNZPsP - New Zealand Psychological Socity (1998)
  • Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand - Royal Society of New Zealand (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Psychology in dentistry

communication in the dentist-patient relationship

Environmental psychology 

Occupational stress

Dental Anxiety

tremor assessment

(New interrest - denmentia and well-being


Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101):
Built Environment And Design (120000): Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999):
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107):
Other Built Environment and Design (129900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Urban and Regional Planning (120500)


Psychology in dentistry

Environmental influences on health and wellbeing

occupational stress

dental anxiety

tremor assessment

communication in the dentist patient relationship

mercury poisoning

Assessing workplace induced tremor (award winning field assessment in construction)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 11

Consultancy and Languages


  • 2012-2013 - New Zealand Dental Association
    1. Survey of occupational stress in NZ dentists 2. Self-care for Dentists - author of a new edition with dentist Jeff Annan
  • August 2014-December 2014 - New Zealand Public Service Association
    Commission to write a report on the 1970s occupational exposure of School Dental Nurses to mercury vapour.
  • 1999 - Health Sponsopship Council
    Exploring behaviour modification with groups of Maori and Pasifika smokers.


  • Fa'asamoa
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 0 3


health psychology - developed and taught the Massey University 300-level course from 2000 -  2013

Ocupational health psychology (post graduate level) currently under development

Psychology as a natural science Paper coordinator for distance and Wellington courses.

Superviision of Hons, Masters and PhD theses, all in health but with either an environmental or a dental focus.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Rosemary Helen Gibson - PhD
    Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Sleep Problems: Community-Based Research with Older New Zealanders
  • 2012 - Maria Luisa Ulloa Ceron - PhD
    Teaching to Care: Emotionally Intelligent Teachers Support Preschool Children's Emotional Competence
  • 2009 - Susan Elizabeth Street - PhD
    Two Agent-Based Models of Trust in Social Networks

Media and Links


  • 26 Apr 2015 - Online, Newspaper
    Poison case puts Polman’s green boasts on the line
    I was contacted by a journalist investigating the alleged mercury poisoning of a village in India - Kodaikanal. I have been involved for 5 years in advising an Indian Environmental Protection NGO on a
  • 23 Aug 2013 - Television
    Dental week
    Edited comment on occupational stress in dentistry (recorded interview from 21.08.2013
  • 22 Jan 2014 - Online
    It's my life - Smokefree
    Edited comments in video made by students in the Smokefree programme, communications coursei
  • 17 Jun 2017 - Magazine
    Dental as Anything
    Report on the Dental Jungle project for reducing children;s dental anxiety.

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