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Dr Matt Williams PhD, MA, GDipArts, BBS

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.

Professional

Contact details

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

Qualifications

  • 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)

Thematics

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)

Keywords

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

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Williams, M., & Albers, C. (2019). Dealing with distributional assumptions in preregistered research. Metapsychology. 3
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.
Lakens, D., Adolfi, FG., Albers, CJ., Anvari, F., Apps, MAJ., Argamon, SE., . . . Zwaan, RA. (2018). Justify your alpha. Nature Human Behaviour. 2(3), 168-171
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.
Philipp, MC., Williams, MN., Cannon, PC., & Drummond, A. (2018). Contribution to O’Donnell et al. (2017, in press). Registered replication report: Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg (1998).. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
[Journal article]Authored by: Cannon, P., Drummond, A., Philipp, M., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Bååth, RA., & Philipp, MC. (2017). Using Bayes Factors to Test Hypotheses in Developmental Research. Research in Human Development. 14(4), 321-337
[Journal article]Authored by: Philipp, M., Williams, M.
Furness, K., Williams, MN., Veale, JF., & Gardner, DH. (2017). Maximising potential: The psychological effects of the youth development programme project K. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 46(1), 14-23
[Journal article]Authored by: Gardner, D., Williams, M.
Towers, A., Williams, MN., Hill, SR., Philipp, MC., & Flett, R. (2016). What makes for the most intense regrets? Comparing the effects of several theoretical predictors of regret intensity. Frontiers in Psychology. 7(DEC)
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2016). Erratum to: Will climate change increase or decrease suicide rates? The differing effects of geographical, seasonal, and irregular variation in temperature on suicide incidence (Climatic Change, 130, (2015), 519-528, 10.1007/s10584-015-1371-9). Climatic Change. 134(1-2), 341
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Veale, JF., & Williams, MN. (2017). The psychometric properties of a brief version of the systemizing quotient. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. 33(3), 173-180
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2016). Do hotter temperatures increase the incidence of self-harm hospitalisations?. Psychology, Health and Medicine. 21(2), 226-235
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2015). The relationship between temperature and assault in New Zealand. Climatic Change. 132(4), 559-573
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2015). Will climate change increase or decrease suicide rates? The differing effects of geographical, seasonal, and irregular variation in temperature on suicide incidence. Climatic Change. 130(4), 519-528
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Grajales, CAG., & Kurkiewicz, D. (2013). Assumptions of multiple regression: Correcting two misconceptions. Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation. 18(9), 1-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2013). In response to "Temperature and violent crime in Dallas, Texas: Relationships and implications of climate change". Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 14(5), 567
[Journal article]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, MWM., & Williams, MN. (2012). Academic Dishonesty, Self-Control, and General Criminality: A Prospective and Retrospective Study of Academic Dishonesty in a New Zealand University. Ethics and Behavior. 22(2), 89-112
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN., & Jones, LM. (2012). Validating a measure of children's monitoring-blunting coping styles in dental situations. Psychology, Health and Medicine. 17(3), 274-284
[Journal article]Authored by: Williams, M.

Thesis

Williams, MN. (2016). How well do psychologists' research methods equip them to identify the impacts of climate change on behaviour? A methodological investigation with particular reference to the effects of temperature on violent behaviour. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN. (2010). Coping in the chair: A validation study of the Monitoring Blunting Dental Scale. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Williams, M.

Conference

Philipp, M., & Williams, M.The Open Science Workshop. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Other]Authored by: Philipp, M., Williams, M.
Williams, M., & Albers, C. (2018, September). Dealing with Distributional Assumptions in Pre-Registered Research.. Presented at Australasian Open Science Conference. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, M. (2018, November). Research methods in psychology. Presented at New Zealand Association of Psychology Teachers conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN. (2018, April). Why social psychologists using Structural Equation Modelling need to pre-register their studies. Presented at Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.
Smith, J., Buttle, H., van Ommen, C., & Williams, MN. (2016, September). Placing mindfulness under the lens: A network analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton, H., Van Ommen, C., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Furness, K., Veale, JF., & Gardner, DH. (2016, September). The effects of Project K on the wellbeing of adolescents: A multilevel model analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gardner, D., Williams, M.
Williams, MN. (2016). The robust negative relationship between mean temperature and national suicide rates. Poster session presented at the meeting of 28th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention. Chicago, United States of America
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN. (2016, May). Bayes factor null hypothesis tests are still null hypothesis tests. Presented at Modern Modeling Methods conference. Storrs, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, MN., Hill, SR., & Spicer, J. (2015, August). Will climate change increase or decrease suicide rates. Presented at NZPsS Annual Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, M., Towers, ., Philipp, MC., & Hill, S. (2014, August). Predictably regretful: A comparison of the effects of time, domain, justification, and life rule contradiction on the intensity of regrets. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference: Ka tū, ka oho - Te matai hinengaro me te ao hou: Psychology in a Changing World. Nelson, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hill, S., Philipp, M., Towers, A., Williams, M.
Williams, MN., & Hill, SR. (2013). Will hotter temperatures increase violent crime rates? The challenges of forecasting behavioural response to climate change. Poster session presented at the meeting of The New Zealand Climate Change Conference 2013. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Hill, S., Williams, M.
Williams, M., & Jones, LM. (2010, July). Interventions for children’s dental anxiety: Validating a coping styles scale. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2010: Psychology for a sustainable Future A hinengaro ma tokana a mua. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.

Other

Williams, M. (2019, May). Climate change, health, and psychology (Invited presentation: University of Auckland Health Psychology seminar series).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Williams, M.
Williams, M. (2019). Scales of measurement and statistical analyses.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Williams, M.
Brown, N., van Rongen, J., van de Velde, J., & Williams, M. (2019). A Reproduction of the Results of Onyike et al. (2003)..
[Internet publication]Authored by: Williams, M.
Lakens, D., Adolfi, FG., Albers, CJ., Anvari, F., Apps, MAJ., Argamon, SE., . . . Zwaan, RA. (2017). Justify Your Alpha: A Response to “Redefine Statistical Significance” [Preprint; submitted to Nature Human Behavior].
[Working Paper]Authored by: Williams, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 9 1

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.303 The Practice of Psychological Research
  • 175.746 Psychological Research: Multivariate Data Analysis

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Shoni Marshall-Edwards - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Client suicide: How do mental health practitioners respond?
  • Brooke Yelavich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Factors contributing to non-attendance of psychological appointments at an anxiety clinic in New Zealand
  • Donnella De Silva - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Relationship Between Self-Injury, Emotion Regulation, and Gender among Tertiary Students
  • Andy Walmsley - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Investigation into help seeking behavior among men within the construction industry
  • Charlotte Gibson - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The effectiveness of the psychoeducational mobile application, Babble, oh outcomes for parents with infants in the neonatal unit at Palmerston North Hospita
  • 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
    When Strings Begin to Attach: How Attachment and Ambivalent Sexism Impact Young Adults' Sexual and Romantic Decision-Making
  • Emily Cory - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Perfectionism in Young Adults

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

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

Media and Links

Media

  • 21 Jun 2015 - Newspaper
    New research finds connection between climate and
    An article in the Sunday Star Times entitled "New research finds connection between climate and crime" discussed my journal article "The relationship between temperature and assault in New Zealand".
  • 01 Dec 2016 - Online
    Interview:"Who Cares? What's the point?" (podcast)
    I was interviewed on Sarb Johal's "Who cares? What's the point?" podcast, with the episode focusing on my research on climate change and human aggression.
  • 01 Dec 2016 - Online
    Interview: "Who cares? What's the point?" podcast
    My research on climate change and assault resulted in an interview on Sarb Johal's "Who cares? What's the point?" podcast. The interview was subsequently covered on sciblogs.co.nz, which is New Zealan

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