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Professor Harlene Hayne

Harlene Hayne


Professor Harlene Hayne has maintained uninterrupted extramural funding for her research and has published over 100 scholarly books, chapters, and journal articles. To date, she has successfully supervised 20 PhD students and 25 Master's students.

Professor Hayne is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the American Psychological Society. She has served on the Royal Society's Academy Council, the Marsden Fund Council, and the New Zealand National Science Panel. She is the Associate Editor of Psychological Review and of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology and she serves on the editorial boards of 5 additional international journals.

In 2009, she was awarded a New Zealand Royal Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), for services to scientific and medical research. She was recently appointed by the American Ambassador to NZ/US Fulbright Board. Professor Hayne is the Past President of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and is a member of other international associations, including the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society for Infant Studies, and the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Professor Hayne is also Co-Chair of the working party, Reducing Social and Psychological Morbidity during Adolescence, which reports directly to the Office of the Prime Minister. She is the co-director of the New Zealand Innocence Project and she is now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago.

Harlene holds a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from Rutgers University. She joined the University of Otago in 1992 following three years at Princeton University as a postdoctoral fellow. She was awarded a personal chair in psychology at the University of Otago in 2002 and she was Head of the Psychology Department for three years before being appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise).

Research Interests

  • Memory development
  • Interviews with children in clinical and legal contexts
  • Risk taking during adolescence

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