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Multi-disciplinary applied research to understand the impacts of natural, man-made and environmental disasters on communities and improve the way societies manage disaster reduction, readiness, response and recovery.
Our research is related to understanding the status and determinants of health and wellbeing for older New Zealand adults. It explores critical factors influencing inequalities in healthy ageing worldwide, including socioeconomic status, early life events, disability and health behaviours. We also look at how social and health care services support older people and their families undergoing major life transitions.
Income inequalities, poverty and homelessness
Our research focuses on addressing barriers that prevent people from maximizing their potential and living healthy lives. Current projects explore experiences of hardship, the practicalities of living wages, sustainable livelihoods, and the efficacy in service provisions. This involves collaborating with a range of communities and stakeholder groups.
Indigenous Māori psychology
A range of research aligned to a kaupapa Māori Indigenous psychology perspective, including clinical psychology, industrial/organisational psychology, disaster management, homelessness, long-term health conditions, and wairua/spirituality.
Mental health and addictions
Our evidence-based research primarily addresses significant practice issues in mental health and addictions service delivery. We also focus on risk aversion and workplace mental health for health workers, especially nurses.
Pacific-Indigenous humanitarian psychology
Innovative interdisciplinary research connecting with local and Pacific regional communities of Oceania, to improve the effectiveness and accountability of community resilience and development to climates of change, family violence prevention and intervention, forensic therapeutic rehabilitation, disaster preparedness, humanitarian response and post-emergency reconstruction.
Workplace ill treatment and stress
Expertise in workplace bullying, violence and other forms of ill-treatment in the workplace and how that affects employee productivity. Including cyberbullying and psychological stress caused by bullying.
We are developing a framework for prevention and management of workplace violence.
Find programmes with a research element, including the PhD.
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Psychology)
- Master of Arts (Psychology)
- Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology
- Master of Emergency Management
- Master of Health Science (Psychology)
- Master of Science (Psychology)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychology)
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Senior citizens are getting out on the streets around New Zealand to gather data on how suitable a neighbourhood is for older residents. The project is a partnership with Massey health psychology researchers, and the results are available on an online map of New Zealand.
New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study
The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (HWR) is a study of people aged 55 years and over who live in New Zealand. The study aims to provide information on issues such as health, work, retirement and housing.
Pathways to mauri ora for tāngata Māori with long-term conditions
Long-term conditions (LTCs) are identified as the major global health epidemic. Māori have disproportionally higher prevalence of LTCs compared to any other ethnic group in Aotearoa. This project examines the experiences, supports and needs of tāngata Māori with LTCs.
Project GLOW: Global Living Organisational Wage
Project GLOW: Global Living Organisational Wage is a global network of research and teaching hubs. It investigates whether there is a global living wage that enables people, organisations and communities to prosper and thrive. Massey researchers from psychology and business are collaborating on this multidisciplinary, international, inter-generational, applied research project.
Meet our graduates
Dr David Anstiss's research on the growing popularity of community sheds reveals older men relish the chance to collaborate over projects and socialise – and by doing so their health is benefitting.David Anstiss
Dr Ella Kahu was awarded the Sutton Smith Award for Excellence in a Doctoral Thesis for her work exploring the experiences of mature students as they transition to distance education at Massey University.Ella Kahu
Massey University School of Psychology senior tutor
I completed my practicum placement with Women’s Health Action, a women’s health promotion NGO that considers the social determinants of health. After my practicum, I continued working at Women’s Health Action part-time and was offered a full-time role upon completion of my master's, leading a health information service for women and coordinating health promotion events.Holly Coulter
Cervical Screening Systems Adviser in Kiribati
MSc (Psychology) with endorsement in health psychology
The opportunities presented by studying and researching in health psychology set Massey apart from other universities. Being surrounded by a great team of staff and students helped make the experience what it was.Lydia Stallard
Senior Manager, Together for Mental Wellbeing charity, London (2015–2018)
Master of Science (Psychology) with endorsement in health psychology
I began studying via distance at Massey University. The flexibility has allowed me to continue working and parenting my four children while studying.Michelle Blick
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology
I got the opportunity to do an internship at a Youth Mental Health Respite facility and apply some of the theory we had learnt. This was really rewarding as it gave me the opportunity to think about and apply what I had learnt in a real-world setting.Minette Forder
Psychologist (Captain), New Zealand Army
Master of Science (Psychology) with endorsement in health psychology
If you have a passion for working with people, enjoy a challenging role and want a career that gives you diverse experiences, then a Master of Educational Psychology at Massey University is a great choice for you.Rachel Malins
Master of Educational Psychology
International Media Psychology Laboratory
The International Media Psychology (IMP) Laboratory houses a state-of-the-art, fully ambulatory, room-scale Virtual Reality (VR) system for research investigating how humans interact with new and emerging VR technologies. The Laboratory Director is Dr Aaron Drummond and the laboratory is managed by Lauren Hall.Contact Laboratory Manager Lauren Hall
Stress and Anxiety Research Society Lifetime Career Award
Health psychology lecturer Dr Linda Jones has received the Stress and Anxiety Research Society Lifetime Career Award for an academic career of applied research addressing issues around anxiety and stress in the dental profession and among patients.
Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal for collating and distributing original research into social aspects of natural hazards, disasters and related psychological trauma, with a focus on Australasia.
Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
The journal aims to fill a void in contemporary psychology, with a focus on a region of the world that is extraordinarily vast, easily recognizable, and rich in cultural diversity. It includes Oceania, Australasia, East Asia and the Western Seaboard of the Americas, and the 'hub' in the wheel - the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific Island Nations.
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Psychology research surveys
Psychology staff and postgraduate students need participants for research projects. We would appreciate you taking the time to help us with our research.Research surveys
Health and Ageing Research Team
The Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) was established in 2006 to undertake a programme of research related to understanding the status and determinants of health and wellbeing for older New Zealand adults.
Joint Centre for Disaster Research
The Joint Centre for Disaster Research is an international centre for research and teaching in disaster risk and emergency management. It is a joint venture between Massey University School of Psychology and GNS Science.
International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience
The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence in Community Resilience aims to discover how a community makes itself resilient to disasters.
Visiting Scholar Programme
This programme supports visits to the School of Psychology by distinguished scholars.
Visiting International Researcher Fund
This fund enhances collaborations between the School of Psychology and international researchers visiting the South Pacific.