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Contact details +6469517968

Dr Kirsty Ross PGDipClinPsych, PhD, BA(Hons), BA

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Psychology

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 84968
    Location: 1.06, Bernard Chambers C
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology - Massey University (2006)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) - Massey University (1998)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1996)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Paediatric Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Clinical Health Psychology; Family Therapy; Palliative Care for children with terminal conditions

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

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

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Healy-Cullen, S., Taylor, JE., Ross, K., & Morison, T. (2021). Youth Encounters with Internet Pornography: A Survey of Youth, Caregiver, and Educator Perspectives. Sexuality and Culture.
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T., Ross, K., Taylor, J.
Gibson, C., Ross, K., Williams, M., & de Vries, N. (2021). The Experiences of Mothers in a Neonatal Unit and Their Use of the Babble App. SAGE Open. 11(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ross, K., Williams, M.
Healy-Cullen, S., Taylor, JE., Morison, T., & Ross, K. (2021). Using Q-Methodology to Explore Stakeholder Views about Porn Literacy Education. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
[Journal article]Authored by: Morison, T., Ross, K., Taylor, J.
Jeffrey, JS., Leathem, J., King, C., Mefford, HC., Ross, K., & Sadleir, LG. (2021). Developmental and epileptic encephalopathy: Personal utility of a genetic diagnosis for families. Epilepsia Open. 6(1), 149-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Ross, K.
Cameron, N., Ross, K., Baken, D., & Bimler, D. (2021). The psychosocial interactions of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and the possible relationship with their development. Cancer Nursing. 44(1), E23-E33
[Journal article]Authored by: Baken, D., Ross, K.
Matthews, T., Baken, D., & Ross, K. (2020). Single cases from multiple perspectives: a qualitative study comparing the experiences of patients, patients' caregivers, surgeons, and nurses when bad news is delivered about cancer.. J Psychosoc Oncol Res Pract. 2(3), e32
[Journal article]Authored by: Ross, K.
Matthews, T., Baken, D., Ross, K., Ogilvie, E., & Kent, L. (2019). The experiences of patients and their family members when receiving bad news about cancer: A qualitative meta-synthesis. Psycho-Oncology. 28(12), 2286-2294
[Journal article]Authored by: Baken, D., Ross, K.
Baken, DM., Harvey, ST., Bimler, DL., & Ross, KJ. (2018). Stigma in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and its association with functioning. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health and Behavior. 6(1), 30-40
[Journal article]Authored by: Baken, D., Ross, K.
Rifshana, F., Breheny, M., Taylor, JE., & Ross, K. (2017). The Parental Experience of Caring for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 26(11), 3226-3236
[Journal article]Authored by: Ross, K., Taylor, J.
McIvor, J., Taylor, JE., & Ross, KJ. (2011). Will the needle make me bleed to death? Cognitions of chronically ill children. Psychology Aotearoa. 3(2), 141-144
[Journal article]Authored by: Ross, K., Taylor, J.
Ross, K., Malthus, S., Berrett, M., & Harvey, S. (2009). Providing clinical health psychology services in a primary health world. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 38(1), 39-47
[Journal article]Authored by: Malthus, S., Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Handy, JA. (2005). Using written accounts in qualitative research.. South Pacific Journal of Psychology. 16(1), 40-47
[Journal article]Contributed to by: Ross, K.

Thesis

Ross, KJ. (2006). “Father’s without children”: A discursive study of the accounts and identities presented by sperm donors.. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Ross, K.

Conference

Ross, K., Baken, D., Macfarlane, S., Kiddle, R., Mcdowell, H., Purcell, M., . . . Masina, J.A Narrative, Strengths-Based Approach to Distress Screening in the Community for Parents of Paediatric Cancer Patients. PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER. (pp. S169 - S169). 1545-5009.
[Conference]Authored by: Ross, K.
Gibson, C., Ross, K., Williams, M., & de Vries, N. (2019). Parents' experiences of the neonatal unit and the role of the Babble App. Poster session presented at the meeting of Paediatric Society of New Zealand 71st Annual Scientific Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Ross, K., Williams, M.
Ross, K., Baken, D., MacFarlane, S., & Kiddle, R. (2019). A narrative approach to distress screening for families experiencing paediatric cancer. In Pediatric Blood & Cancer Vol. 66 (pp. S476 - S476). , 51st Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP): Wiley
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Baken, D. (2017, August). The role of psychology in addressing childhood obesity. Presented at Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) 2017 Conference: Making a difference with social science. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Shailer, J., Ross, KJ., & Baken, D. (2017, August). Working with Health and Cancer Services' clients. Presented at Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) 2017 Conference: Making a difference with social science. Massey University Albany Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2015, November). How to manage chronic pain in young people. Presented at Pediatric Society of New Zealand 67th Annual Scientific Meeting. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2014, September). Assessment of emotional well-being and strategies for early interventions. Presented at Diabetes Nurse Specialist Symposium. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2014, November). Demystifying working with children and young people. Presented at Pyschosocial Oncology New Zealand. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2014). Paediatric Pain workshop - emotional distress. Presented at NZ Pain Society Conference. Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
McIvor, J., Taylor, J., Ross, K., Blampied, NE., & Gammon, R. (2013). 'Stupid little pointy needle!' Evaluating a treatment for kids with needle-related distress. , 23rd New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists [NZCCP] National Conference: Upping our Game 'Nga Ringa Raupa' New Zealand: New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Ross, K., Taylor, J.
McIvor, J., Taylor, J., Ross, K., Blampied, NE., & Gammon, R. (2013, April). 'Stupid little pointy needle!' Evaluating a treatment for kids with needle-related distress. Presented at 23rd New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists National Conference: Upping our Game 'Nga Ringa Raupa'. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K., Taylor, J.
Ross, KJ. (2012, November). Pediatric society conference workshop on pediatric pain. Presented at Pediatric Society of NZ. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Daud, NM., Coombes, L., Venkateswar, S., & Ross, K. (2013). Globalisation: The experience of Malay adolescents with conduct problems.. In A. Rogerson, & S. Denne (Eds.) Refereed Proceedings of Doing Psychology: Manawatū Doctoral Research Symposium. Vol. 2 (pp. 73 - 80). Palmerston North: Doing Psychology: Manawatū Doctoral Research Symposium
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Coombes, L., Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Berrett, MJ. (2011, November). Psychosocial issues in the management of ESRD. Presented at Renal Society of Australasia. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Contributed to by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2009). Psycho-social Interventions with Children: The Massey University Health Conditions & Psycho-Oncology Services. Presented at NZ Psychological Society Conference. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Berrett, MJ. (2009). Disordered Eating. Presented at Diabetes Youth Conference. Nelson.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Contributed to by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Berrett, MJ. (2009). The role of psychology in the management of diabetes. Presented at Diabetes Youth Conference. Nelson.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Contributed to by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ. (2009). DEMYSTIFYING WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE. Presented at Psycho-Oncology NZ. Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Handy, JA. (2004). Using written accounts in qualitative research. In Psychological Science in Action(pp. 133 - 137). , Australiain Psychological Society Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Contributed to by: Ross, K.
Handy, J., & Ross, K. (2004). Using written interviews in qualitative research. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. 189 - 189). : AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Handy, J., Ross, K.
Ross, KJ., & Handy, J. (1997). Family perceptions of anorexia nervosa: A qualitative study of two families' histories. In Looking back and moving forward: 50 years of New Zealand Psychology, NZ Psychological Society Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Ross, K.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 7 4
Co-supervisor 11 9

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Christina Gillmore - Doctor of Philosophy
    Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth of Women who have Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Aotearoa-Based Qualitative Study
  • Katie Armstrong - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The development of a needs-based psychosocial intervention that supports siblings of children with serious chronic health conditions in Aōtearoa/New Zealand
  • Alana Clapperton - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Gaining deeper insight into the role of social media in young peoples’ lives: developing a sense of self in the modern world.
  • Olivia Jennison - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring the Experiences of Parents in their Child’s Cancer Survivorship
  • Brooke Yelavich - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    An Investigation of the Factors Relating to Non-Attendance of Psychological Appointments
  • Charlene Tipene - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder amongst school-aged children in New Zealand
  • Jennifer Beckett - Doctor of Philosophy
    The survival skill programme: Designing, implementing and participant evaluation of an adapted DBT skill training programme for at risk tertiary students who have borderline personality disorder

Co-supervisor of:

  • Chantel Fewtrell - Doctor of Philosophy
    Assessing how information on digital screens can be used to provide support for cancer patients in oncology unit wait rooms.
  • Isi Cash - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Spiritual and Ethnic Identities for Pacific Youth
  • Andrew Dodge - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Generational Divide: Exploring Differences in Mental Health Literacy Across Generations of New Zealand Men
  • Amelia Shelton - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Developing a Social Compass: An Ethical Response to Genered Sexual Violence and Shame
  • Sonia Barnes - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Developing a podcasting in intervention to increase the mental health literacy of parents
  • Natasha Amarasekara - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring the Narratives of People with Lived Experiences of Eating-Related Distress and their Stories of Recovery
  • Olivia Sievwright - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    False memories in therapy: Do eye movements increase susceptibility to misinformation?
  • Jeronimo Figueira Menezes - Doctor of Philosophy
    When pain cannot be translated: consumers discourses about failed clinical psychological interventions
  • Siobhan Healy-Cullen - Doctor of Philosophy
    'Porn Literacy' as Pedagogy?: Understanding and Responding to Young People's Engagement with Internet Pornography
  • Lucy Lightfoot - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Wraparound New Zealand: an evaluation of outcomes
  • Caroline Stark - Doctor of Philosophy
    Perceptions of the role of Psychic Mediums in the helping professions. What do psychic mediums do to help people who are grieving?

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2021 - Charlotte Gibson - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Babies and Babble: Parents' Experiences of the Neonatal Unit and the Role of the Babble App
  • 2021 - Natalija Damnjanovic - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The “ACT-ive” Pursuit of Loss and Gain: The Impact of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Intervention on Post Weight-Loss Surgery Individuals.
  • 2020 - Amy Edwards - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Emotions in the classroom: Exploring relationships between students' perceptions of teachers' practices and students' strengths and difficulties
  • 2020 - Jana Oskam - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    One parent’s advice to another: An exploration of self-care for parents of children with high-need disabilities and the development of a psychoeducational resource

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2021 - Jennifer Jeffrey - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Lived Experience of Families with Children with Genetically Solved Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies
  • 2021 - Sharon Crooks - Doctor of Philosophy
    Un-strangering ‘the stranger’ in a strange land: A multi-perspective, participant-led, exploration of in/ex-clusion in NZ mainstream high schools - privileging the voices of senior ‘high functioning’ autistic students.
  • 2020 - Aramis Dennan - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Dominant Swipe: Does Ambivalent Sexism Impact Young Adults’ Engagement with Dating Applications?
  • 2020 - Tamyra Matthews - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Breaking Bad News about Cancer: The Experience of Patients, Patients’ Family/Whānau Members and Healthcare Professionals
  • 2019 - Nicole Cameron - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The psychosocial interactions of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer survivors and the possible relationship with their development
  • 2017 - Chelsea Dowling - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Sexual Masquerade: The Performance of Desire and Femininity in a Fifty Shades of Grey Era
  • 2017 - Mohd Najmi Daud - Doctor of Philosophy
    Globalisation in the Malaysian context: The experience of Malay adolescents with 'conduct disorders'
  • 2017 - Fathimath Rifshana - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Lived Experience of Parents Caring for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes
  • 2014 - Jessica McIvor - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Stupid Little Pointy Needle! Dismantling a Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment for Chronically Ill Children with Needle-Related Distress