Meg Stairmand

Victoria University and Waikato University Meg Stairmand

Forensic Psychology

Meg is currently (2018) completing a PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Waikato. Meg's passion for psychology began when she worked as a Care and Protection Social Worker with Child, Youth and Family. There she observed the devastating impact of intergenerational cycles of family violence, but also the transformations that are possible when people are empowered to make positive changes in their lives. A desire to be involved in this process of long-term change drew Meg to a career in Clinical Psychology.

 After spending several years living and travelling abroad, including a year spent living in Torres Strait Islands, Meg returned to New Zealand to complete her undergraduate psychology degree. She began a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Forensic Psychology at Victoria University, Wellington in 2016, and will return to her clinical studies after completing her PhD.

Meg's research focuses on developing a theoretical understanding of what happens, and why, during a family violence event from a perpetrator's perspective. Specifically, Meg will explore what factors (and why these factors) contribute to family violence events, whether these factors differ for male and female perpetrators, and whether they generalise to family violence events at differing levels of severity. Meg hopes that the findings of her research will contribute to the effective delivery of prevention and intervention services for family violence perpetrators in New Zealand. Funding from the Sylff scholarship allowed Meg to attend and present at various local conferences, to travel to other parts of New Zealand to conduct participant interviews, and to engage professional services to assist with data transcription.

When Meg isn't studying she enjoys netball, running, yoga, volunteer work, learning Te Reo Māori, and crossing destinations off her travel bucket list.