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Dr Teah Carlson PhD, MAP, BsocSci(Hon), BSocSci

Research Officer

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
Whariki Research Centre

Researcher, evaluator, artist and academic. I draw on these identities to express, connect and articulate Indigenous solidarity, self-determination and hope. Community psychology trained and practising as a Kaupapa Māori researcher and evaluator. My work highlights the importance of the Indigenous voice and control with respect to the design and delivery of health services, qualitative methods, strategy and evaluation. She has a PhD in Public Health, which was a Health Research Council-funded project entitled ‘Kaupapa Māori evaluation: Transforming health literacy.’ The doctoral research was about mainstreaming Indigenous health literacy practice, building capacity for institutional change at all levels; health workforce, organisations, systems all contributing towards building health literacy.  The research is grounded on the underpinning principle of self-determination promoting the re-claiming of health literacy as a space for Indigenous peoples to be ourselves, a space that is negotiated, adaptive and shaped by people, whānau and communities.

Mai i te toka-a-taiau ki te-taumata-ō-Apanui. Dr Teah Carlson is a kairangahau/kaupapa Māori researcher and evaluator at SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre, Massey University. She has experience in qualitative methods, strategy and evaluation, especially involving working with Māori communities where collaboration, partnership and participatory community action were key to the research development, process and outcomes. Her strengths are in kaupapa Māori research, evaluation, participatory action research, community psychology, co-design and co-creation. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 094140800
    Location: Level 6, 90 Symonds Street
    Campus: SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2018)
  • Masters in Applied Psychology - University of Waikato (2011)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours - University of Waikato (2009)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences - University of Waikato (2006)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Wairua and birthing, action research, model of care, allied health, hauora, health and wellbeing, community psychology, health literacy, cultural safety, Kaupapa Māori, decolonisation, Indigenisation, co-creation methodology and art-based methodology.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Public Health and Health Services (111700)


Kaupapa Māori, Kaupapa Māori theory, Kaupapa Māori evaluation, co-design, co-creation, participatory research, participatory action research, participatory community action research, Kaupapa Māori psychology, Indigenous psychology, psychology, qualitative research and social science.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1

Research Outputs


Anstice, NS., Alam, K., Armitage, JA., Biles, B., Black, JM., Boon, MY., . . . Bentley, SA. (2022). Developing culturally safe education practices in optometry schools across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Clinical and Experimental Optometry.
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T.
Carlson, T., Calder-Dawe, O., & Jensen-Lesatele, V. (2022). ‘You can’t really define it can you?’ Rangatahi perspectives on hauora and wellbeing. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 52(4), 409-425
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T.
Carlson, T., Moewaka Barnes, H., & McCreanor, T. (2019). Health literacy in action: Kaupapa Māori evaluation of a cardiovascular disease medications health literacy intervention. AlterNative. 15(2), 101-110
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T., McCreanor, T., Moewaka Barnes, H.
Carlson, T., Moewaka Barnes, H., & McCreanor, T. (2017). Kaupapa Māori evaluation: A collaborative journey. Evaluation Matters—He Take Tō Te Aromatawai. 1(4), 1-33
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T., McCreanor, T., Moewaka Barnes, H.
Calson, T., Moewaka Barnes, H., Reid, S., & McCreanor, T. (2016). Whanaunatanga: A space to be ourselves. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing. Volume 1(Issue 2), 44-59
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T., McCreanor, T., Moewaka Barnes, H.
Nikora, LW., Hodgetts, D., Carlson, T., & Rua, M. (2011). Māori and medications: What happens when the pills go home?. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 7(2), 87-99 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T., Hodgetts, D.
Hodgetts, D., Chamberlain, K., Gabe, J., Dew, K., Radley, A., Madden, H., . . . Waimarie Nikora, L. (2011). Emplacement and everyday use of medications in domestic dwellings. Health and Place. 17(1), 353-360
[Journal article]Authored by: Carlson, T., Hodgetts, D.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Isla Whittington - Doctor of Philosophy
    Decolonising occupation: A Kaupapa Māori theory of everyday acts.

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