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Dr Kathryn McGuigan Mas, PhD


Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Psychology

Kathryn is within the health psychology team and teaches Social and health psychology plus research methods. Kathryn's main interests lie within the area of health psychology, gender and health, food and disordered eating and social aspects of health



  • Masters of Science - Massey University (2013)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2019)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am interesting in researching within the areas of health psychology, critical disability studies and gender and food. I am involved in research projects of chronic illness including endometriosis, disability, ASD, and eating disorders. I also have interests in the areas of medications, pharmacies and natural and complementary medicines and their role in health and illness. I am particularly interesting in exploring gender and its impact on health and illness. I also am interested in food as a social construct including disordered eating. I like using creative qualitative methods and my passion is for doing research that would have the potential to change health delivery, health outcomes and understandings of the interesections of health and society. 


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Gender Psychology (170105): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Health, creative qualitative research methods, gender, food, chronic illness, well-being. 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


Blake, D., Thompson, J., Chamberlain, K., & McGuigan, K. (2022). Accessing primary healthcare during COVID-19: health messaging during lockdown. Kotuitui. 17(1), 101-115
[Journal article]Authored by: McGuigan, K., Thompson, J.
McGuigan, K. (2020). Sara Hosey, Home is where the hurt is: Media depictions of wives and mothers. Feminism and Psychology.
[Book Review]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
Chamberlain, K., McGuigan, K., Anstiss, D., & Marshall, K. (2018). A change of view: arts-based research and psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 15(2-3), 131-139
[Journal article]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
McGuigan, KA., Legget, JA., & Horsburgh, M. (2015). Visiting the museum together: Evaluating a programme at Auckland Museum for people living with dementia and their carers. Arts and Health. 7(3), 261-270
[Journal article]Authored by: Legget, J., McGuigan, K.


Chamberlain, K., & McGuigan, K. (2019). Timelining. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, JW. Sakshaug, & RA. Williams (Eds.) SAGE Research Methods Foundations.
[Chapter]Authored by: McGuigan, K.Contributed to by: McGuigan, K.


McGuigan, K. (2018). Producing community pharmacy : complex performances in a hybrid space. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
McGuigan, K. (2012). The role of mothers in family health. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: McGuigan, K.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 0
Co-supervisor 9 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Yeseul Kim - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Understanding disability, housing accessibilities and mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Micah Rillstone - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Student Engagement and Psychological Wellbeing in University Students with ADHD using Mixed Methods.

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ruby Meek - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Involvement of individuals with lived experience of mental distress in the teaching of accredited psychology programs across Australia and New Zealand
  • Alannah Woolford - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Consumer and clinician-identified barriers and facilitators to eating disorder treatment-seeking.
  • Hester Roberts - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Narratives of masculinities in New Zealand men who experience depression
  • Melinda Lewthwaite - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring Entanglements of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Dietary Practices and Disordered Eating / Eating Disorders.
  • Leigh Gorringe - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Experiencing psychological unwellness and help-seeking: Perspectives of former police officers
  • Matthew Peacock - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Kiwi Men Talk About Wellbeing; Understanding Masculinities in Mental Wellbeing
  • Hannah Zimmerman - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Student perspectives of expert by experience involvement in clincial psychology training
  • Jessie Dennis - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Addressing sociopolitical context in therapy with survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence: Aligning trauma-informed and social justice praxis.
  • Olivia Jennison - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    ‘A Permanent Scar’: Exploring the Long-Term Experiences of Parents/ Caregivers after their Child’s Cancer Treatment