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Lois Surgenor


MA DipClinPsych (Cant) PhD (Otago) FNZCCPsych


Professor Lois Surgenor's research interests are in the area of eating disorders, psychological aspects of long-term and life-shortening medical conditions, and health workforce well-being and regulation.

She publishes in a variety of fields including eating disorders, rehabilitation, and workforce health. Professor Surgenor supervises research projects across a range of health and mental health areas. She encourages students to contact her directly to discuss possible research proposals and supervision.

Professor Surgenor is the Associate Dean (Academic) in the Health Sciences Division. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Eating Disorders and on the Editorial Board of Eating Disorders, Journal of Treatment and Prevention.

She served on the NZ Psychologist Board between 2002–2011 and previous chair of the Health Regulatory Authorities of New Zealand.

Professor Surgenor is course convenor of a number of postgraduate papers including

    As a registered clinical psychologist for just over 30 years, Professor Surgenor has worked in a variety of mental health and acute medical settings, as well as private practice.


    Snell, D. L., Faulkner, J. W., Williman, J. A., Silverberg, N. D., Theadom, A., Surgenor, L. J., Hackney, J., & Siegert, R. J. (2023). Fear avoidance and return to work after mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2023.2180663

    Surgenor, L., Diesfeld, K., Rychert, M., Kelly, O., & Kersey, K. (2022). Criminal convictions of disciplined health practitioners in New Zealand. Journal of Law & Medicine, 29(1), 117-128.

    Surgenor, L. J., Dhakal, S., Watterson, R., Lim, B., Kennedy, M., Bulik, C., … Jordan, J. (2022). Psychosocial and financial impacts for carers of those with eating disorders in New Zealand. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10, 37. doi: 10.1186/s40337-022-00565-2

    Holloway, A., & Surgenor, L. (2021, July). Discussing professional misconduct by medical professionals. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Medico-Legal Congress: Analysing the Interface of Clinical and Legal Practice, Healthcare Policy, Regulation, and Biomedical Ethics, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Macleod, C., Surgenor, L. J., Levack, W., Hackney, J., Theadom, A., Siegert, R. J., … Snell, D. L. (2021). Patient and clinician experiences of a computerised cognitive battery for use after concussion: A preliminary qualitative study. Brain Impairment, 22, 189-204. doi: 10.1017/BrImp.2020.14

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