Jessica McIvor

Jessica McIvor Massey University

Jessica has completed a BA and MA and is now currently working towards a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Her doctoral thesis expands on her Masters research by dismantling a cognitive-behavioural treatment manual for chronically ill children with needle-related distress. The intervention was delivered with 12 chronically ill children throughout Palmerston North and Wellington, some diagnosed with arthritis, cancer, diabetes and cystic fibrosis.

Receiving a SYLFF scholarship in 2011 for her Masters opened many doors for future development. The first opportunity was to attend the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) Conference where she was awarded best student presentation. A write up in the Manawatu Standard and New Zealand Doctor, as well as an interview with a radio programme regarding the research came from receiving the award. Since then she has received many accolades including the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists President’s Award and again best student presentation for her Doctoral thesis in 2013. Most recently she has been granted a Claude McCarthy Fellowship to present her doctoral research findings in America for 2014.

Jessica is also the national student representative for the Institute of Clinical Psychology, and more recently become an Executive Board Member of the NZPsS. In her spare time she enjoys playing in team sports such as netball and basketball, and doesn’t mind a little bit of exhilaration having done the Kawarau Bridge Bungy in Queenstown.