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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43440

Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 43440
    Location: 3.28, Level 3 of the North Shore Library Building (Albany Village)
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise

Keywords

Fa'aSamoa and psychology,SamoanPsyche and Identity development

Cultural-historical/Cultural Psychology, Pacific human development - motivation and performance

Pacific forensic therapeutic rehabilitation - violent offending

Pacific Indigenous approach to Post-Disaster psychosocial support

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 4

Current Projects

Project Title: HRC - Indigenous approaches to family restoration and wellbeing - Sesimani Havea

Date Range: 2017 - 2020

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Curbing the tide of violence! Exploring a Pacific psychological faith-quotient

Date Range: 2017 - 2019

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Alefaio - Tugia, S., Carr, SC., Hodgetts, D., Mattson, T., & van Ommen, C. (2015). Ending poverty and inequality? Toward psychologies of sustainable development. Psychology Aotearoa. 7(1), 32-37 Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Van Ommen, C.
Alefaio, S., Satele, M., Kingi, D., Faleafa, M., Brown, T., Aoina, A., . . . Olo-Whaanga, E. (2010). Pasifikology. Psychology Aotearoa. 2(1), 39-41 Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2009). Reflections of a practitioner: Purely a journey of the heart. Pacific Health Dialog: Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific. 15(1), 171-176 Retrieved from http://www.pacifichrc.org/archive.asp
[Journal article]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.

Book

Alefaio, S. (2007). Supporting the wellbeing of Pasifika youth. In P. Culbertson, MN. Agee, & CO. Makasiale (Eds.) Penina Uliuli. (pp. 5 - 15). Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America: University of Hawai'i Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.

Conference

Alefaio-Tugia, S. (2012, April). Saili Matagi: "Winds of Change" in offender rehabilitation. Presented at GPS 2012
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2011, August). Galuega Toe Fuata'ina (A reviving work): Samoa tsunami response. Presented at 3rd Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2011, August). Galuega toe Fuata'ina: Samoa post-tsunami recovery. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011: Peoples, places, paradigms: Growing and changing: Hāpori, Wāhi, Anga Tauira: Rere ā Tipunga. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Evans, I., & Alefaio, S. (2011). Cultural competence in the internship: What parts are really training?. In New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011: Peoples, places, paradigms: Growing and changing: Hāpori, Wāhi, Anga Tauira: Rere ā Tipunga(pp. 39 - 40). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011: Peoples, places, paradigms: Growing and changing: Hāpori, Wāhi, Anga Tauira: Rere ā Tipunga New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S.(2011, July 4). Galuola: A niu-wave for informing psychology from Samoa cultural knowledge systems. , Samoa Conference II: "Tracing footprints of tomorrow: Past lessons, present stories, future lives"
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2009, August). Saili Matagi: The redevelopment of a cultural intervention for male violent offenders from the Pacific. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Pāpa ... Mahi ... Ratanga. Palmerston North Convention Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2009, August). A cultural perspective on training postgraduate students for general practice. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Pāpa ... Mahi ... Ratanga. Palmerston North Convention Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S., & Ngaro, M. (2009, July). Using Pacific nations cultural principles as psychological tools for healing in the rehabilitation of violent offenders. Presented at Kaveinga Ora - The future is in our hands: Cook Islands Health Conference. Cook Islands.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2008). A nui wave encountering Psychology from the shores of the Pacific. In M. Levy, LW. Nikora, B. Masters-Awatere, MR. Rua, & W. Waitoki (Eds.) "Claiming Spaces": Proceedings of the 2007 National Maori and Pacific Psychologies Symposium. (pp. 105 - 110). Hamilton, New Zealand: 2007 National Maori and Pacific Psychologies Symposium: "Claiming Spaces"
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Brown, T., Olo-Whaanga, E., & Alefaio, S. (2007, November). Charting a course for the journey of pacific in psychology. Presented at 2007 National Maori & Pacific Psychologies Symposium: "Claiming Spaces". Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S. (2006, September). Pasifika well-being. Presented at 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS: Psychology bridging the Tasman: Science, culture and practice. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.

Other

Alefaio, S. (2011, May). Galuola: A niu (new) wave (way) for informing psychology from the cultural context of FaaSamoa.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.
Alefaio, S.Mainstream western physiological approaches to counseling and rehabilitation do not work for cultures such as that of Pacific peoples.
[Other]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.

Report

Alefaio-Tugia, S., & Havea, S. (2016). Formative evaluation of Pacific faith-based family violence services. ( Report No. 1). Pasefika Proud.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2006-2011 - Counties Manukau Police
    Member, Pacific Advisory Group
  • 2008-2012 - Department of Corrections
    Facilitator training and Cultural Supervision

Languages

  • Samoan
    Last used: everyday
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Sesimani Havea - PhD
    Indigenous approaches to kainga (family) restoration and wellbeing

Media and Links

Media

  • 23 Oct 2015 - Newspaper, Online
    Domestic violence within Pasifika community drops
    Commentary in the dominion post on the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS)

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