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Prof Mark Henrickson PhD, MSW, MDiv, BA

Professor of Social Work

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
School of Social Work

Mark worked for many years in HIV-related health and mental health care and management before joining Massey, both in the US and New Zealand. He has published on HIV prevention, care delivery, and programme design and evaluation. He is the project leader on Lavender Islands: Portrait of the Whole Family, the strengths-based national study of sexual minorities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the author or co-author of a number of publications from this study. "Standing in the Fire": Experiences of HIV Positive Black African Migrants and Refugees Living in New Zealand was completed in 2011.  He was the lead investigator on AfricaNZ Health, a collaborative study with the University of Otago and African new settler communities in New Zealand that seeks to advise the Ministry of Health on  HIV-related prevention and health promotion in African migrant and refugee communities in NZ.

Mark plays an active role in international social work education, and participates on editorial boards and reviews for research journals.

Roles and Responsibilities

In addition to teaching and research Mark has served on the boards of a number of community and international organisations, including:



    ·      Asia-Pacific Representative of IASSW to the Joint Committee on the Definition of Social Work (2012-present)

    ·      Member, International Planning Committee, Global Social Work Congress 2014, Melbourne.

    ·      Member, Planning and Scientific Committees, Social Worker’s Registration Board/Kahui Whakamana Tauwhiro 10th Anniversary Conference, November, 2013, Wellington.

    ·      Member, Steering Committee on the Process for Recognition/Re-recognition of Social Work Qualifications in New Zealand, Social Workers Registration Board/Kahui Whakamana Tauwhiro (2012)

    ·      Asia-Pacific representative to Board, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), 2010-present

    ·      Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Association of Social Work Education (APASWE); Treasurer, 2006-2011, Vice President, 2011-2013; Board member 2013-present


    ·      Member, Council on Social Work Education in New Zealand (CSWEANZ) 2009-present; Treasurer 2012-present

    ·      Member, Massey University Human Ethics Committee (July, 2007-present); Acting Chair, June, 2013 - present

    ·      Co-chair, SWinNZ2009: The Asia Pacific Regional Social Work Conference (Auckland, 11-13 November 2009)

    ·      Member, Board of Trustees, New Zealand AIDS Foundation, 2006-2010; Chair, 2008, 2009

    ·      Member, Board of Governance, Connect Supporting Recovery (North Shore-Rodney), 2005-2008


    ·      Editorial Board, Journal of LGBT Youth (December 2007-present)

    ·      Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development (June 2009-present)

    ·      Asia-Pacific Region Advisor, British Journal of Social Work (January 2009- present)

    ·      Editorial Consultant, Chenoweth & McAuliffe – The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice (3rd ed.)


    ·      Registered Social Worker (Reg #2779) with current APC, May, 2007- present

    ·      Full Member, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, 2002-present

Mark worked for many years in HIV-related health and mental health care and management before joining Massey, both in the US and New Zealand. He has published on HIV prevention, care delivery, and programme design and evaluation. He was the project leader on Lavender Islands: Portrait of the Whole Family (2004), the strengths-based national study of sexual minorities in New Zealand; a co-investigator on Standing in the Fire, a qualitative study of Black African new settlers living with HIV; and AfricaNZ Health, a study of African new settlers in New Zealand and their HIV related prevention and treatment needs.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 2136350
    Location: 3.47, Quad A
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of California (1996)
  • Master of Social Work - University of Connecticut (1990)
  • Master of Divinity - The Episcopal Divinity School (1980)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (1977)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University
  • Licence, Registered Social Worker, Social Worker Registration Board

Research Expertise

Research Interests


Sexual minorities

Gender minorities

International social work

African new settlers

Research Opportunities

  • HIV+ Black African Migrants and Refugees in NZ  (01/06/10) The HIV+ Black African Migrants study is a collaborative project with Prof Cynthia Pointdexter, Fordham University (Fulbright Fellow) and Assoc Prof Christa Fouché of University of Auckland. It is a qualitative project which recruited and interviewed a number of HIV+ migrants to New Zealand from countries with predominantly black African populations.
  • AfricaNZ Health  (09/01/2012) AfricaNZ Health was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health. It is a two phase proposal which responds to the need for improved understanding about the health and social services needs of African migrant and refugee communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. This project was conducted in close collaboration with A/Prof Nigel Dickson at Otago University and African community partners. There are two technical reports from this project: The phase 1 report, AfricaNZ Count: An estimate of currently resident and HIV positive Africans in New Zealand; and the phase 2 report, AfricaNZ Care: A report on knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and beliefs about HIV among Black Africans living in New Zealand. Both reports can be found on the project website, http://africanz.massey.ac.nz
  • Lavender Islands  (01/03/2003) Lavender Islands: Portrait of the Whole Family is the first national study of sexual minorities in Aotearoa New Zealand that includes both men and women. It was an online and hard-copy study of 2,269 participants that considered identity and self-definition, relationships, families of origin, families of choice, community connections, political viewpoints, migration/immigration, well-being and spirituality and other key demographic features.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Clinical Social Work Practice (160701):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Residential Client Care (111718):
Social Program Evaluation (160703): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, sexuality and sexual minorities, international social work

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 2

Current Projects

Project Title: What counts as consent? Sexuality and ethical deliberation in residential aged care

Date Range: 2018 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: HIV risks and concerns among African communities in New Zealand

This two-phase proposal responds to the need for improved understanding about African migrant and refugee communities in New Zealand. The project aims to provide information that will inform appropriate HIV-related prevention and health promotion among Black African communities in New Zealand. An essential component of this proposal is a steering group of African community and religious leaders that will be formed to guide the implementation of the entire project.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2016

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Consultancy and Languages


  • 08/09-10/09 - Technical Support Facility-Southeast Asia/Pacific
    Produced an evaluation report of the Ninth International Congress on AIDS in the Asia/Pacific (ICAAP 9) for the AIDS Society of the Asia-Pacific. The report is titled ICAAP 9: The evaluation report. Kuala Lumpur: AIDS Society of the Asia Pacific [ASAP]. Available from HIV/AIDS Technical Support Facility-Southeast Asia and the Pacific, 246, Lorong Enau, Jalan Ampang 50450,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 06/10-07/10 - Technical Support Facility-Southeast Asia/Pacific
    Assessed the Kingdom of Tonga against UNGASS Milennium Develop Goals of Universal Access to care and treatment for people with HIV. Produced report Kou Lele Atu/On the Way: A Report on the Universal Access Review 2010 for the Kingdom of Tonga. Report completed for UNAIDS, available from HIV/AIDS Technical Support Facility-Southeast Asia-Pacific, 246, Lorong Enau, Jalan Ampang 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 11/10-02/11 - Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
    Assessed HIV counselling training by the Pacific Counselling and Social Services (PC&SS) in Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati, for the Global Fund and the Response Fund. The report is titled We talk together: An evaluation of the VCCT training program implemented by the Pacific Counselling & Social Services in selected PICTs. Report completed for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, available from the Public Health Division/Division Santé Publique, Secretariat of the Pacific Community/Secretariat de la Communauté du Pacifique, B.P. D5 – 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Currently teaching the following papers:


Introducing Social and Community Work Practice

Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions


Applied Research in Social Work and Social Policy

Courses Coordinated

  • 179.110 Introducing Social and Community Work Practice
  • 179.210 Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions
  • 179.891 Applied Research in Social Work
  • 179.912 Advanced Studies in International Social Work
  • 179.930 Thesis Doctor of Social Work

Graduate Supervision Statement

My main areas of graduate supervision include gender and sexual diversity, HIV, sexuality and ageing, and related topics. I am particularly interested in international projects related to social justice and stigmatised, vulnerabilised, and marginalised communities and populations. I have done consultations for international organisations in a number of Pacific Island countries and territoriesm and am very familiar with Pasifika and Black African-related issues and topics.

I have been approved as a mentor supervisor at Massey, and I am available for consultations and support particularly in the above areas, for projects using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. I served for six years on Massey's Human Ethics Committee-Northern, and am familiar with the challenges and issues of preparing HEC applications. I am particularly interested in challenges related to postcolonial ethics, and the ethics of research with vulnerabilised and stigmatised populations. I have carried out projects (and peer-reviewed) for the Health Research Council of New Zealand; I have a Royal Society Marsden Fund project; and I have reviewed for the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, as well as a number of international granting bodies. I peer review 25-30 papers per year for an array of social work, nursing, public health, interdisciplinary and HIV-related journals. One of my great personal and professional pleasures is seeing committed people doing great research that promotes human dignity.

Prof Mark Henrickson is not currently available for Masters or Doctoral supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 6 3
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Sajedul Khan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Health and social risks to women waste pickers in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Gloria Gao - Doctor of Social Work
    An Age-friendly Asian Community Development Model in Auckland
  • Lydia Teatao - Doctor of Social Work
    The journey of Kiribati men to become violence free.
  • Kanamik Khan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Can healthcare be a human right for sexual and gender diverse population in Bangladesh?
  • Jacek Kolodziej - Doctor of Philosophy
    The use of pre-exposure prophylaxis by men who have sex with men in New Zealand.

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ro-Ann Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Navigating differences in institutions to co-create value in service encounters: An investigation into social services for former refugees in New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Tiffany Vague - Doctor of Philosophy
    The sexual stories of adults who have lived in out-of-home care as young people
  • 2017 - Alesana Pala'Amo - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fetu'utu'una'i le va Navigating relational space: An exploration of traditional and contemporary pastoral counselling practices for Samoans
  • 2015 - Ram Prasad Aryal - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Reconstruction of Identity in People Living with HIV in Nepal

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