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Contact details +6449793601

Dr Josh Faulkner PGDipClinPsyc, PhD, BSc(Hons), DipGrad, BSc,

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Psychology

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in Wellington. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation, as well as pediatric and adult physical rehabilitation services. I conduct research in neuropsychological assessment methods, neuroimaging, neurocognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy in neurological conditions. I have a particular interest in understanding the neuropsychological mechanisms that influence outcomes in concussion and the application of Acceptance and Commitment therapy in acquired brain injury. I am the current recipient of the Health Research Council Foxley Clinical Fellowship.


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 4 801 5799 x63601
    Location: 7C 64, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology - Victoria University (2015)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Victoria University (2015)
  • Bachelor of Sciences with Honours - Victoria University (2012)
  • Diploma for Graduates - University of Otago (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Otago (2010)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, New Zealand College of Clinical Psychology (Full) (2015)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging, neuropsychological rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, concussion, psychological flexibility, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Research Opportunities

  • mTBI and Mental Health Outcomes in NZ  (12/01/2021) An honours level project aimed to explore the psychosocial and mental health characteristics of mTBI patients referred to NZ concussion services
  • Psychological Trauma and mTBI  (12/01/2021) An honours level project aim to explore measures and characteristics of post traumatic stress symptoms in patients with mTBI in NZ
  • Executive Function and mTBI  (12/01/2021) This project aims to identify the impact of mTBI on specific executive function skills (i.e. reward based processing, cognitive flexibility, social cognition) and their influence on outcomes
  • Long term outcomes of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis (CVT)  (12/01/2021) This Masters level project aims to explore the long term cognitive, psychological and functional outcomes of individuals who have experienced CVT


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (179900): Personality, Abilities and Assessment (170109): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)


Neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging, traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological rehabilitation, acceptance and commitment therapy

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 0

Current Projects

Project Title: The role of psychological flexibility in recovery following a concussion

Date Range: 2020 - 2022

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs


Faulkner, JW., Snell, DL., Shepherd, D., & Theadom, A. (2021). Turning away from sound: The role of fear avoidance in noise sensitivity following mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 151
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Faulkner, JW., Snell, DL., Theadom, A., Mahon, S., & Barker-Collo, S. (2021). The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Recovery Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Rehabilitation Psychology. 66(4), 479-490
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Faulkner, JW., Snell, DL., Theadom, A., Mahon, S., Barker-Collo, S., & Skirrow, P. (2021). Psychological flexibility in mild traumatic brain injury: an evaluation of measures. Brain Injury. 35(9), 1103-1111
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Faulkner, J., Theadom, A., Mahon, S., Snell, D., Barker-Collo, S., & Cunningham, K. (2020). Psychological flexibility: A psychological mechanism that contributes to persistent symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury?. Medical Hypotheses. 143, Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Mahon, S., Faulkner, J., Barker-Collo,, S., Krishnamurthi, R., Jones, K., & Feigin, V. (2020). Slowed Information Processing Speed at Four Years Poststroke: Evidence and Predictors from a Population-Based Follow-up Study. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 29(2), Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Faulkner, J., & Wilshire, C. (2020). Mapping eloquent cortex: A voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping study of core speech production capacities in brain tumour patients. Brain and Language. 200, Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.
Faulkner, J., Wilshire, C., Parker, A., & Cunningham, K. (2017). An Evaluation of Language in Brain Tumor Patients Using a New Cognitively Motivated Testing Protocol. Neuropsychology. 31(6), 648-648
[Journal article]Authored by: Faulkner, J.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 175.751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Matt Lamb - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring the neuropsychological correlates of psychological flexibility in mild traumatic brain injury
  • Hannah Marshall - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The incidence and neuropsychological implications of Traumatic Brain Injury in individuals receiving treatment for substance-use disorder