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Dr Ruth Tarrant

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 4 801 5799 Ext 63411
    Location: 7C61, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Psychosocial aspects of natural disasters 

Studies have investigated such topic areas as, for example, children's coping following the Canterbury earthquakes, teenagers' needs following the Canterbury earthquakes, resilience in natural disasters, leadership and coping following an adverse event, and the role of schools in a disaster.

Resilience studies

Stress, anxiety, and coping in adverse situations.

Anxiety in performance situations.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Research Outputs

Journal

Mooney, M., Tarrant, R., Paton, D., Johal, S., & Johnston, D. (2017). Getting though: Children's effective coping and adaptation in the context of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2012. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 21(1), 19-30
[Journal article]Authored by: Johal, S., Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.Contributed to by: Tarrant, R.
Tipler, K., Tarrant, R., Tuffin, K., & Johnston, D. (2017). Legislative requirements and emergency management practitioner expectations of preparedness in New Zealand schools. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 32(1), 32-39
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Johnston, D., Tarrant, R., Tipler, K., Lambie, E., Crawford, M., Johnson, V., . . . Ronan, KR. (2016). Towards tsunami-safer schools in the wellington region of New Zealand: Evaluating drills and awareness programs. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 31(3), 59-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tipler, KS., Tarrant, RA., Johnston, DM., & Tuffin, KF. (2016). New Zealand ShakeOut exercise: lessons learned by schools. Disaster Prevention and Management. 25(4), 550-563
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R., Tuffin, K.
Pine, NS., Tarrant, RA., Lyons, AC., & Leathem, JM. (2015). Rolling with the shakes: an insight into teenagers’ perceptions of recovery after the Canterbury earthquakes. Kotuitui. 10(2), 116-125
[Journal article]Authored by: Leathem, J., Lyons, A., Tarrant, R.
Kahu, ER., Tarrant, RA., & Jones, LM. (2015). Teaching psychological concepts alongside research design: An active learning exercise using a psychological questionnaire (The PESIS). Journal of Basic and Applied Research International. 5(2), 90-99 Retrieved from http://www.ikpress.org/journal/42
[Journal article]Authored by: Jones, L., Kahu, E., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2014). Leadership and faith in a school tragedy: A school principal's perspective. Psychology. 5(5), 413-420 Retrieved from http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=45146
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
King, TA., Tarrant, RAC., & Tchg, D. (2013). Children's knowledge, cognitions and emotions surrounding natural disasters: An investigation ofyear 5 students, Wellington, New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2013(1), 17-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2011). Leadership through a school tragedy: A case study (Part 2 - The next two years). Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2011(3), 77-87 Retrieved from http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2011-3/contents.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2011). Leadership through a school tragedy: A case study (Part 1 - The first week). Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 2011(3), 65-76 Retrieved from http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/issues/2011-3/contents.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Johnston, D., Tarrant, R., Tipler, K., Coomer, M., Pedersen, S., & Garside, R. (2011). Preparing schools for future earthquakes in New Zealand: Lessons from an evaluation of a Wellington school exercise. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 26(1), 24-30
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., Leathem, JM., & Flett, RA. (2010). What have sport and music performance taught us about test anxiety. Psychology Journal. 7(2), 67-77
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2008). No choke - Strategies for coping with anxiety attacks. NEWZATS. , 15-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Tarrant, R.

Book

Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2007). A CBT-based therapy for music performance anxiety. In DA. Einstein (Ed.) Innovations and Advances in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. (pp. 3 - 18). Sydney: Australian Academic Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.

Thesis

Tarrant, RA. (2005). Anguish and accolades: A psychological therapy for music performance anxiety. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, NZ)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Tarrant, R.

Report

Johnston, D., Tipler, K., Tarrant, R., & Lambie, E.(2017). The Tairuaumoko Project: An evaluation of the East Coast Tsunami Roadshow for Schools.. (Report No. /). Wellington: GNS Science
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tipler, KS., Tarrant, RA., Tuffin, K., & Johnston, DM.(2015). Emergency preparedness in New Zealand Schools: A summary of survey results. (Report No. 2015/48). Wellington, New Zealand: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R., Tuffin, K.
Coomer, M., Johnston, D., Edmonson, L., Monks, D., Pedersen, S., & Rodger, A.(2008). Emergency management in schools - Wellington survey.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, R., Burton, M., & Cummings, S.(2013). Leadership through a school tragedy: Part 2. (Report No. 92(4)). Wellington: Ministry of Education
[Technical Report]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, R., Burton, M., & Cummings, S.(2013). Leadership through a school tragedy: Part 1. (Report No. 92(3)). Wellington: Minstry of Education
[Technical Report]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., Coomer, MA., Hughes, ME., & Johnson, V.(2012). Coomer, M.A.; Tarrant, R.A.C.; Hughes, M.E. and Johnson, V. 2012. An earthquake emergency response and evacuation exercise in a New Zealand school: A 2011 case study report, GNS Science Report 2012/03.. (Report No. 2012/03). : GNS Science
[Technical Report]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Johnston, DM., Tarrant, RAC., Tipler, K., Coomer, MA., Pedersen, S., & Garside, R.(2010). An earthquake emergency response and evacuation exercise in a New Zealand school: A case study report. (Report No. GNS Science Report 2010/01). New Zealand: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Johnston, DM.(2010). Preparedness to cope with hazards: A survey of Wellington Intermediate schools. (Report No. 2010/2 January 2010). : Institute of Geological And Nuclear Sciences Limited
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tipler, K., Tarrant, R., Coomer, M., & Johnston, D.(2010). School children's access to hazard education: An investigation according to socio-economic status.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.

Conference

Tipler, K., Tarrant, R., Tuffin, K., & Johnston, D. (2017, March). 2012 New Zealand Shakeout Exercise: Lessons Learned By Schools. Presented at Emergency Management Summer Institute. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R., Tuffin, K.
Mooney, M., Tarrant, R., Paton, D., Johal, S., & Johnston, D. (2016, November). How children coped effectively with the Canterbury earthquake disaster of 2010-2012.. Presented at 6th International Workshop on Psychology Interventions After Disasters (PIAD). Manila, Philippines..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johal, S., Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., Pine, N., Lyons, A., & Leathem, J. (2016, July). Youth talk about their needs and support following a major earthquake. Presented at Stress and Anxiety Research (STAR) conference. Zagreb, Croatia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Lyons, A., Tarrant, R.
Mooney, M., Johal, SS., Johnston, DM., Tarrant, R., & Paton, D. (2016). Getting through: Children and youth post-disaster effective coping and adapting in the context of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2012. http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/conference/Proceedings_People_in_Disasters_Conference_2016.pdf. (pp. 38 - 38). : People in Disasters 2016
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Gammon, RA., McNatty, G., Tuffin, K., & Tarrant, R. (2015, July). Wraparound theory of Change: Does it match consumers' experiences. Presented at 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gammon, R., Tarrant, R.
Pine, N., Tarrant, R., Lyons, A., & Leathem, J. (2014). Canterbury earthquakes through the eyes of youth.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Leathem, J., Lyons, A., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2012, November). A principal responds to a school tragedy. Presented at Education Outsdie thee Classroom (EOTC): Ministry of Education. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2012, July). A principal responds to a school tragedy. Presented at Australasian Conference of Child Trauma. Gold Coast, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Johnston, D., Becker, J., Coomer, M., Cronin, S., Daly, M., Doyle, E., . . . Wilson, T. (2011). Exploring elements of an effective recovery process. Proceedings of the Ninth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Society. (pp. 1 - 8). New Zealand: 9th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering [PCEE 2011]: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Society
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: de Terte, I., Glavovic, B., Hudson-Doyle, E., Johal, S., Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Johnston, DM., Ronan, K., & Tarrant, R. (2011, September). Community resilience. Presented at 3rd Australasian Mental Health & Psychosocial Disasters Conference 2011: Responding to the Human-Social Impact. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2011, September). Leadership in a school tragedy. Presented at 3rd Australasian Mental Health & Psychosocial Disasters Conference 2011: Responding to the human-social impact. Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2011, June). Leadership through a school tragedy: A case study. Presented at Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences 10th Annual Conference 2011. Honolulu, Hawaii.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA.(2011, June 1). Leadership through a school tragedy: A case study. , 10th HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL SCIENCES
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Tarrant, R. Multiple authors in alphabetical author., JD.(2011, April). Exploring elements of an effective recovery process. Proceedings of the ninth Pacific conference on Earthquake Engineering: Building an earthquake-resilient society..
[Conference]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tipler, K., Tarrant, R., Coomer, M., & Johnston, D. (2010, August). School children's access to hazard education: An investigation according to socio-economic status. Presented at 4th Australasian Hazards Management Conference: From warnings to effective response and recovery. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Bell Booth, S., Leathem, J., Podd, J., & Tarrant, R. (2010). Enhancing explanatory style, well-being & cognitive coping in older adults: A preliminary investigation. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 11th International Mental Health Conference: Depression & Anxiety: Who, What, Where, When and How?. Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, R., & Johnston, DM. (2009). Earthquake and tsunami risk: A survey of Wellington intermediate school children's understanding, perceptions, anxiety, and readiness to cope. (pp. 48 - 48). , The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Pāpa ... Mahi ... Ratanga Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Johnston, DM. (2009, August). Earthquake and tsunami risk: A survey of Wellington intermediate school children's understanding, perceptions, anxiety, and readiness to cope. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict Process Resolution: Papa Mahi Ratanga. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Hunt, BD., Humphries, SA., Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2009, August). Anxiety depression and everyday risk avoidance. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Papa ... Mahi ... Ratanga. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, R., & Leathem, J. (2006, October). A CBT-based therapy for music performance anxiety. Presented at SYD06: 29th Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (AACBT) National Conference. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2005). Cognitive-behavioural therapy for music performance anxiety. Poster session presented at the meeting of Massey University Celebrating Research Day. Massey University, Wellington
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Jones, LM., Blackler, DJ., & Tarrant, RA. (2004). Prejudice in health care providers' attitudes, explored by patient's illness type and sexual orientation. (pp. 26 - 27). , Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine: Pushing the Boundaries: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Behavioural Medicine Research and Practice
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Jones, L., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2004, May). Keynotes programme for musicians: A CBT intervention for music performance anxiety. Presented at 27th Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy National Conference. Sheraton Hotel, Perth, WA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Jones, LM., Blackler, DJ., & Tarrant, RA. (2004, February). Prejudice in health care providers' attitudes, explored by patient's illness type and sexual orientation. Presented at Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine. Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jones, L., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., Leathem, JM., & Flett, RA. (2004). Butterflies: Music performance anxiety in university student musicians. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Psychological Society 2004 Annual Conference and AGM. Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Flett, R., Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2004). Shaking like a leaf: What is performance anxiety?. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Psychological Society 2004 Annual Conference. Te Papa, Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2003, August). Music performance anxiety in student-musicians: A preliminary investigation, and implications for treatment. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference and AGM. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, R., & Leathem, J.Music performance anxiety: A pilot study for experimental intervention.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA., & Leathem, JM. (2002, July). Who gets butterflies: Performance anxiety in student musicians. Presented at 23rd Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Leathem, J., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2001, July). Making friends with performance anxiety. Presented at 22nd International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.

Other

Mooney, M., Tarrant, R., Paton, D., Johal, S., & Johnston, D. (2016, November). Avenues of support for children's coping and positive adaptation following the Canterbury earthquakes. In Ministry of Edcuation.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Johal, S., Johnston, D., Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2014, July). Coping in a school tragedy: A school principal's perspective.. In Stress and Anxiety Research (STAR) conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Presented at Cluj-Napoca, Romania. : Stress and Anxiety Research conference.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2007). No choke: How to make the demons of stage fright or performance anxiety work for you. (pp. 4 - 5).
[Other]Authored by: Tarrant, R.
Tarrant, RA. (2004, September). Anguish & accolades: Performance anxiety in musicians. : Massey University, Conservatorium of Music.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tarrant, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 1
CoSupervisor 2 6

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Karlene Tipler - PhD
    Emergency Preparedness and Response in New Zealand Schools

CoSupervisor of:

  • George Guthrie - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Consequence of exposure to secondary trauma in Clinical Psychologists: A quantitative inquiry
  • Yasir Syed - PhD
    Development of a Framework to Model Interdependencies between Critical Lifeline Utilities and their effect on Outage Time of different regions

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2016 - Nicola Stacey Pine - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Teenagers' perspectives on the Canterbury earthquakes: An insight into their needs and experiences

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Grace Ellexandra Dunnachie McNatty - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Becoming the Spoke in the Wheel: Wraparound and the Theory of Change: An Investigation into What Promotes Changes within Wraparound
  • 2016 - Maureen Frances Mooney - PhD
    Getting through: Children and youth post-disaster effective coping and adaption in the context of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2012
  • 2013 - Lucia Jazmin 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.
  • 2013 - Anna Claire Reynolds - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Introspectiveness during Adolescence: An Investigation of a Personality Trait and its Relationship with Psychological Well-Being
  • 2012 - Brett David Hunt - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The impact of anxiety, depression, and cognitive factors associated with anxiety on everyday risk taking behaviour
  • 2010 - Sarah Julie Bell-Booth - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Enhancing explanatory style well-being and cognitive coping in older adults: A preliminary investigation

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