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Dr Simon Bennett

Kaimatai Hinengaro Matua: Maori Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Māori mental health

Bicultural issues in Clinical Psychology


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1
Team Member 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: Cognitive behaviour therapy for depression with Maori tangata whaiora - Clinical Research Training Fellowship - Simon Bennett

Date Range: 2006 - 2009

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 2
Co-supervisor 7 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Emma Reynolds - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A longitudinal exploration of the presentations of gender incongruence and psychosocial issues for transgender and non-binary individuals prior to and after seeking gender affirming hormone therapy.
  • Elle Brittain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Te Ao Maori and Clinical Psychology
  • Amelia Backhouse-Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    MĀ TŌ TĀTOU WHANAUNGATANGA E WHAKATAKI I TE RITENGA TIKA Māori Mental Health Service Engagement – A Narrative Woven by Tangata Whaiora, Whānau Member
  • Katharine Preston - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Development of a New Zealand Outcome Measure for the Wraparound Process

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kiri MacDonald-Nepe Apatu Nepe Apatu - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Jo Chapman - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Mapping the IFOF with a new test of semantic association
  • Sara Murugappa Chettiar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Developing a Psychological Resilience Treatment Manual (PRTM) based on 3-Part Model of Psychological Resilience(3-PR) for high-risk occupations and normal population in NZ
  • Gus Elkington - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Live Life to the Full: A low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy adapted to Maori
  • Jasmine Gillespie-Gray - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Power, Partnership and Pussy: women’s experiences of sex and consent in abusive relationships
  • Samuel Lindsay - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    'No Longer Bulletproof' Older NZ Men Discuss Aging and Masculinity
  • Madeleine Haerewa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Getting insight into the health needs of Maori youth: Perspectives of students attending alternative education

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Rachel Cotter - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Application in a Real-World Alcohol and Other Drug Community Setting
  • 2018 - Pixie Armstrong-Barrington - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Treatment Barriers for Maori with Social Anxiety: A Maori Perspective

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Charlotte Wainwright - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Stroke in Younger Survivors: An Investigation into Their Experiences and the Impact of Problem Solving Therapy on Post Stroke Depression, Anxiety, Quality of Life and Problem Solving Abilities
  • 2017 - Tamara Bejakovich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    "Presumed straight until demonstrated otherwise": The relationships between sexual identity, heteronormativity, sexual identity development and psychological well-being
  • 2015 - Arna Mitchell - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    E kore au e ngaro, he kakano ahau: Whakapapa sharing in the context of therapy

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