Gloria Fraser

Victoria University of Wellington Gloria Fraser

Gloria Fraser (Ngāi Tahu) is a PhD and Clinical Psychology student
at Victoria University of Wellington. She was born and raised in Auckland,
and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at
the University of Auckland. 

Gloria is passionate about mental health and
sex-sexuality-gender diversity, and with her PhD research has finally
found a way to bring these interests together. In her thesis, Gloria aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences of queer and transgender New Zealanders as they access mental health support in Aotearoa. Gloria hopes that an understanding of these experiences will inform the development of resources to promote inclusive and responsive mental health care for our rainbow communities. 

Gloria has worked in various support roles for Youthline New Zealand, Work and Income, the Anxiety Trust New Zealand, and local feminist organisations. She currently volunteers at Aunty Dana’s op shop, which raises funds for the national takataapui, transgender, and intersex organisation Gender Minorities Aotearoa. Gloria also works as a research assistant for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), a 20-year longitudinal national study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes. Gloria has been involved in the NZAVS since 2013, and is currently adapting the study’s gender identity measures to ensure that they include people of all genders. 

When Gloria isn’t working on her PhD research, you can find her cuddling her cat Poppy, having a boogie at a Zumba class, or practising her (slowly progressing) te reo.