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Dr Kathryn McGuigan PhD, Mas


Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Psychology

Kathryn is within the health psychology team and teaches Social and health psychology plus research methods. Kathryn's main interests lie within the area of health psychology, gender and health, food and disordered eating and social aspects of health



  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2019)
  • Masters of Science - Massey University (2013)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am interesting in researching within the areas of health psychology, critical disability studies and gender and food. I am involved in research projects of chronic illness including endometriosis, disability, ASD, and eating disorders. I also have interests in the areas of medications, pharmacies and natural and complementary medicines and their role in health and illness. I am particularly interesting in exploring gender and its impact on health and illness. I also am interested in food as a social construct including disordered eating. I like using creative qualitative methods and my passion is for doing research that would have the potential to change health delivery, health outcomes and understandings of the interesections of health and society. 


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Gender Psychology (170105): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Health, creative qualitative research methods, gender, food, chronic illness, well-being. 

Research Outputs


Blake, D., Thompson, J., Chamberlain, K., & McGuigan, K. (2022). Accessing primary healthcare during COVID-19: health messaging during lockdown. Kotuitui. 17(1), 101-115
[Journal article]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
McGuigan, K. (2020). Sara Hosey, Home is where the hurt is: Media depictions of wives and mothers. Feminism and Psychology.
[Book Review]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
Chamberlain, K., McGuigan, K., Anstiss, D., & Marshall, K. (2018). A change of view: arts-based research and psychology. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 15(2-3), 131-139
[Journal article]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
McGuigan, K., Legget, J., & Margaret, H. (2015). Visiting the museum together: Evaluating a programme at Auckland Museum for people living with dementia and their carers. Arts and Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice. 7(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: McGuigan, K.


Chamberlain, K., & McGuigan, K. (2019). Timelining. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, JW. Sakshaug, & RA. Williams (Eds.) SAGE Research Methods Foundations.
[Chapter]Authored by: McGuigan, K.Contributed to by: McGuigan, K.


McGuigan, K. (2018). Producing community pharmacy : complex performances in a hybrid space. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: McGuigan, K.
McGuigan, K. (2012). The role of mothers in family health. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: McGuigan, K.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
  • 175.303 The Practice of Psychological Research

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Leigh Gorringe - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Psychological support: The perspective of ex-Police officers
  • Matthew Peacock - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    "She'll Be Right." An Investigation of Men's Attitudes Towards Mental Health & Support
  • Olivia Jennison - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    ‘A Permanent Scar’: Exploring the Long-Term Experiences of Parents/ Caregivers after their Child’s Cancer Treatment