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Department of Psychology news

Doctorate graduate explores what gender can engender

Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:58pm

Marea Colombo, the eldest daughter of Otago Vice-Chancellor and Psychology Professor Harlene Hayne and Head of the Department of Psychology Professor Mike Colombo, will graduate on Saturday with her PhD in … Psychology. She spoke to the Otago Bulletin Board about her studies and her future plans.

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University of Otago announces academic promotions

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 2:45pm

Seventeen University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Division of Sciences presents 2018 awards

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:39pm

The Division of Sciences recently celebrated its annual awards recognising the breadth of work undertaken across many areas of University life including research, teaching, community engagement, technical and administrative support.

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Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 7:58am

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 4:48pm

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Call for attention to "Māori positive ageing" as numbers set to climb

Monday, 29 October 2018 2:16pm

There is a call for attention to focus on "Māori positive ageing" as the number of older Māori is set to double over a short period with higher rates of disability and dependence than the general population.

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Māori positive ageing

Monday, 29 October 2018 5:00pm

There is a call for attention to focus on "Māori positive ageing" as the number of older Māori is set to double over a short period with higher rates of disability and dependence than the general population.

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The pros and cons of cannabis

Friday, 19 October 2018 4:51pm

Christchurch Health & Development Study Deputy Director Associate Professor Joseph Boden outlines important information on the effects of cannabis use. This evidence comes from findings from New Zealand's longitudinal studies and can be used to inform the upcoming cannabis referendum.

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The major lifecourse symposium - He ora te whakapiri - will take place this Thursday at Te Papa in Wellington

Monday, 15 October 2018 3:35pm

On Thursday, lifecourse research experts from around New Zealand will be meeting to discuss the future of lifecourse research.The conference, He ora te whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand's lifecourse research will take place at Te Papa Tongarewa.


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NCLR member Dr Lisa Te Morenga awarded the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

Thursday, 4 October 2018 2:17pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research member Dr Lisa Te Morenga has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

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Emeritus Professor David Fergusson remembered

Thursday, 4 October 2018 2:22pm

Former Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study and former co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research passed away overnight on Wednesday, aged 74.

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Study confirms positive youth development in Māori and New Zealand European teens through adventure education

Monday, 20 August 2018 2:38pm

University of Otago researchers have identified adventure education as a potential tool to help tackle the mental health challenges facing Māori and New Zealand European adolescents in New Zealand. The findings of the study have recently been published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences.

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Otago researcher secures funding for therapy to help prevent disorders in preterm babies

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 10:09am

A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely.

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Science Festival: Otago staff and students recognised with awards

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:56pm

A University of Otago frog expert who has dedicated more than 30 years at the forefront of amphibian conservation, was last week recognised for his lifelong commitment to science at an awards ceremony to launch the 11th biennial New Zealand International Science Festival.