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Dr Robyn Vertongen BA, MA, PGDipCBT, PGDipClinPsych, PhD

Senior Professional Clinician

School of Psychology

Robyn Vertongen is an Academic Senior Clinical Psychologist who has been with Massey University since 2004. Robyn works with adolescents and adults with various mental health challenges and has been in practice since 1996. Robyn is the Albany Campus Clinical Psychology Programme Coordinator at Massey University and has served on the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy executive committee board for several years while teaching into the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT). Areas of interest include mental health and wellbeing, sexuality and diversity, neurodevelopment disorders, and cognitive behaviour therapy.


Contact details

  • Location: 3.22, School of Psychology
    Campus: Albany


  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1994)
  • Master of Arts - Massey University (1996)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Massey University (2002)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology - Massey University (2000)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2023)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Registration, NZPSYCHBD, New Zealand Psychologists Board

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Clinical psychology and inequities in mental health

Consumer perspectives on wellbeing, sexuality and diversity and neurodevelopment disorders

Cognitive behaviour therapy

Research Outputs


Vertongen, R., van Ommen, C., & Chamberlain, K. (2022). Adolescent Dilemmas About Viewing Pornography and Their Efforts to Resolve Them. Journal of Adolescent Research.
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C., Vertongen, R.
Vertongen, R., Chamberlain, K., & van Ommen, C. (2022). Pornography and adolescents: unravelling dominant research assumptions. Porn Studies. 9(4), 430-444
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C., Vertongen, R.
Williams, MMW., Haarhoff, BA., & Vertongen, R. (2017). Mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand: Rising to the challenge of the fourth wave?. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 46(2), 16-22 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Vertongen, R.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 5 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Jinling You - Doctor of Philosophy
    Factors of Problematic Use of Short-Form Video Application Among Senior High School Students
  • Louise Dore - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    What helps to promote sleep heath in autistic children and young people
  • Andrew Murray-Brown - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Understanding the development of emotional expression for adolescent males - barriers and facilitators in social worlds
  • Keita Fuller - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Kaupoai ki Aotearoa: The reproduction of cultural knowledge and the potential for enhanced wellbeing for Māori through participation in rodeo.
  • Emma De Lautour - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Surviving strangulation: Cognitive impairment following non-fatal strangulation