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Dr Matt Williams PhD, MA, GDipArts, BBS

Senior Lecturer in Psychology: Research Methods and Methodology

School of Psychology

I am a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. My primary interest is in the use of quantitative research methods in the social sciences. I'm especially interested in how psychological research methods can be used to study the relationship between human behaviour and climate change. I am strongly committed to Open Science practices in my research.


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 414 0800 x43117
    Location: 3.23, School of Psychology
    Campus: Auckland


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2016)
  • Master of Arts - Massey University (2010)
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts - Massey University (2007)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies - Massey University (2006)

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship - Massey University (2010)
  • Dean's Award for my PhD thesis. I.e., my PhD thesis, "How well do psychologists’ research methods equip them to contribute to climate change research? A methodological investigation with particular reference to the effects of temperature increase on violent behaviour", was placed on Massey University's Dean's List of Exceptional Theses for 2015. - Massey University (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • The interface between psychology and climate change research
  • Bayesian data analysis in psychology
  • Psychometric theory and analysis
  • Mental health (especially self-harm and suicide)


Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Statistics (010401):
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106):
Mathematical Sciences (010000):
Personality, Abilities and Assessment (170109): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Statistics (010400)


Multivariate data analysis, psychometric theory and analysis, climate change and psychology, mental health.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 4

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design
  • 175.746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 7 0
Co-supervisor 6 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Casey Scott-Campbell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the role of evolutionarily adaptive psychological abilities in suicide
  • Mikayla Holman - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Temporal Network Analysis of Risk Factors for Suicide
  • Sarah Kember - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Anticipating regret, discounting the future and vaccines: Do perinatal anxiety or depression impact mothers’ decisions on vaccination in Aotearoa?
  • Shoni Marshall-Edwards - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An investigation into the personal and professional experiences of bereaved mental health practitioners following client suicide
  • Andy Walmsley - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Investigation into help seeking behavior among men within the construction industry
  • Donnella De Silva - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Relationship Between Self-Injury, Emotion Regulation, Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion among Tertiary Students
  • Emily Cory - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Perfectionism in Young Adults

Co-supervisor of:

  • Shaun Garea - Doctor of Philosophy
    Loot Boxes and proximal gambling practices found in video games: Questions of harm.
  • Brooke Yelavich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Factors contributing to non-attendance of psychological appointments at an anxiety clinic in New Zealand
  • Charlotte Gibson - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Babies and Babble: Parents' Experiences of the Neonatal Unit and the Role of the Babble App
  • Natalija Damnjanovic - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An evaluation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for weight loss among overweight/obese individuals with disordered eating.
  • Kalym Lipsey - Doctor of Philosophy
    A ‘rightful’ way forward: exploring the impact of ethnic discrimination and inequality on the fulfilment of rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Aramis Dennan - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Dominant Swipe: Does Ambivalent Sexism Impact Young Adults’ Engagement with Dating Applications?

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Joseph Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Network Models of Mindfulness

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