Research Cluster - Mental Health and Well-Being


The Mental Health and Well-Being cluster is involved in research aimed at improving mental health and promoting well-being for all New Zealanders and focuses on the following related themes:

  • That the trend known as ‘positive psychology’ places renewed emphasis on prevention, coping, resilience, problem-solving, and social support in promoting mental health and well-being.
  • That in addition to personal responsibility and agency, individual well-being is derived from and sustained by the social contexts in which we all function: family, Whānau, and community services and organizations.
  • That theories and models of growth and change, starting with healthy childhood developmental trajectories, provide a key rationale for professional services and their evaluation.
  • That the most effective interventions are those which address the concerns, goals and aspirations of both the individual and those of their immediate and extended social networks.
  • That research and scholarship within this overall focus should be practical and functional, so that knowledge is translated into ethical and culturally sensitive innovations in psychological practice.


Ian de Terte - Wellington
Aaron Drummond - Manawatu
Ian Evans (Emeritus Professor)
John Fitzgerald - Wellington
Linda Jones - Wellington
Barbara Kennedy - Manawatu
Petar Milojev - Auckland
Benita Stiles-Smith - Auckland
Tatiana Tairi - Wellington
Joanne Taylor - Manawatu
Matt Williams - Auckland

Cluster news

Cluster members outlined their research activities to the School of Psychology staff in a multi-campus seminar in July 2016.  A PDF version of their presentation is available here. MHWB Cluster Presentation 13 July 2016 (449 KB)

Four members of the Mental Health and Well-Being cluster presented at the MidCentral Health DHB Suicide Prevention/Postvention forum on the 3rd December 3rd 2015, held at the Education Centre, in Palmerston North Hospital. Linda Jones presented on “Lessons from a NZ study of dentists’ occupational stress and a review of dentists’ suicide”; John Fitzgerald on “Family Resilience, Coping and Suicide Risk: Research & Practice”; Matt Williams on “Suicide in a changing climate: Environmental and temporal influences on suicide incidence”; and Tatiana Tairi on “Clinical, Psychosocial and Family Characteristics of Suicide Attempts among Greek Adolescents”.


Tatiana Tairi

John Fitzgerald

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