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Our people in the Department of Psychology

Head of Department

Thumbnail Jamin Halberstadt Professor Jamin Halberstadt BA(Swarth) PhD(Indiana)
Email psy.hod@otago.ac.nz

Lucy Beres
Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 7644
Email psy.hod@otago.ac.nz

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Academic staff

Thumbnail Cliff Abraham Professor Cliff Abraham BA(Virg) PhD(Flor) FRSNZ
Neural mechanisms of learning and memory, cellular and molecular events underlying nervous system plasticity and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Dr Brent Alsop MSc PhD(Auck)
Experimental analysis of human and animal behaviour in detection and choice procedures.

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Dr Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 5695
Email hitaua.arahanga-doyle@otago.ac.nz
Social identity perspective, belonging, cultural and cross-cultural understanding towards identity, behaviour and motivation.

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Dr Vanessa Beanland BAppSc(Deakin) GradCertInfoMgt(RMIT) MBioethics(Monash) BSc(Hons) PhD(ANU)
Human factors, applied cognitive psychology, transport safety, visual attention.

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Professor David Bilkey BA(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Biological basis of memory and learning. Spatial memory and navigation. Hippocampal function in schizophrenia.

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Dr Amanda Clifford PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 8613
Email a.clifford@otago.ac.nz
Children's socio-emotional and language development, parent-child Interactions, culture and clinical and developmental psychology

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Professor Mike Colombo BA(Colorado) MS PhD(Rutgers)
Neural basis of memory and learning, effects of brain damage on behaviour, comparative animal cognition.

Thumbnail Tamlin Conner Associate Professor Tamlin Conner BA(Colorado) PhD(Boston College)
Emotional and physical well-being, happiness, nutrition, genetics, mobile-phone based experience sampling methods.
Thumbnail Liz Franz Professor Liz Franz BA(Whittier) MSc PhD(Purdue)
Planning, attention, and memory processes of complex actions in neurologically-normal and impaired individuals, with a specific focus on bimanual skills.

Dr Charles Gibson PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 4798668
Email charles.gibson@otago.ac.nz

Thumbnail Jamin Halberstadt Professor Jamin Halberstadt BA(Swarth) PhD(Indiana)
Interaction of emotion and cognition, intuition and reasoning in decision making, social cognition.
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Tel +64 3 479 8818
Email olivia.harrison@otago.ac.nz

Harlene Hayne Professor Harlene Hayne ONZM BA(Colorado) MS PhD(Rutgers) FRSNZ

Memory development in infants and children, childhood amnesia, the development of children’s drawing skills, interviewing children in clinical and legal contexts, risk-taking by adolescents.

Thumbnail Dione Healy Associate Professor Dione Healey BA(Hons) MSc PhD DipClinPsych(Cant)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, temperament and psychopathology, neuropsychological development in childhood.
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Dr Kristin Hillman BSc PhD(North Dakota)
Neural basis of decision-making and motivation, effects of training/drugs/brain stimulation on goal-directed behaviour.

Thumbnail Jackie Hunter Associate Professor Jackie Hunter BSc DPhil(Ulster)
Social identity, self-esteem, prejudice, intergroup relations.
Thumbnail Richard Linscott Associate Professor Richard Linscott BSc(Hons) PhD GDipCIPs(Otago)
Schizophrenia and risk for psychosis; ethics and informed consent; taxometrics.
Thumbnail Liana Machado Associate Professor Liana Machado BA(UCLA) PhD(UCDavis)
Neuropsychology, visual attention, automaticity, and control.
Thumbnail Neil McNaughton Professor Neil McNaughton MA(Oxf) PhD(S'ton)
The neural basis of anxiety and its disorders; the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of human personality; neuroeconomics; the contribution of theta rhythm to these various aspects of mental processing.
Thumb Jeff Miller Professor Jeff Miller BA(Ohio State) PhD(Mich) FRSNZ
Cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, visual perception and attention, mathematical and statistical models and methods.
narun-web Dr Narun Pat (Pornpattananangkul) BSc(Chula) MSc PhD(Northwestern)
Decision-making; reward-processing; cognitive, affective and social neuroscience; human neuroimaging and electrophysiology (fMRI and M/EEG); mood disorders; aging.
Richie Poulton Professor Richie Poulton CNZM MSc PGDipClPs(Otago) PhD(NSW) FRSNZ
Developmental psychopathology, gene X environment prediction of complex disorders, and psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease.
Thumbnail Elaine Reese Professor Elaine Reese BA(Trin Texas) MA PhD(Emory)

Research interests: autobiographical memory development; language and literacy development; social influences on cognitive development.

Thumbnail Ted Ruffman Professor Ted Ruffman BA(York Can) MEd PhD(Tor)
Social understanding in infants, children, older adults, and dogs.
Thumbnail Damian Scarf Dr Damian Scarf BSc PhD(Otago)
Comparative animal cognition; eg, testing the ability of pigeons to learn novel sequences and solve problems. Developmental psychology; eg, testing the ability of 3- and 4-year-old children to plan for the future and delay gratification.
Sellbom-Martin-thumb Professor Martin Sellbom BA(Tri State) MA(Ball State) PhD(Clinical)(Kent State)
Integration of personality and psychopathology; personality disorders; psychopathy; personality assessment; forensic psychology.
Thumbnail Libby Shaughency Dr Elizabeth Schaughency BS(Pittsburgh) MS PhD(Georgia)
How to promote evidence-based practices and decision-making to bridge the research-to-practice gap in professional practice with children.
Thumbnail Mele Taumoepeau Dr Mele Taumoepeau BA(Well) BSc(Hons) QM Edin) PhD(Otago)
Children’s social understanding, parent-child conversations about mental states, culture and social understanding
Thumbnail Gareth Treharne Associate Professor Gareth Treharne BSc(Hons) PhD(Birm)
The experience of chronic illness. Treatment decisions and adherence to medications and lifestyle advice. Social constructions of health, illness and identity. Reflexivity and research methods.
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Neurobiology of motivation, cognition, and their interaction, temporal information processing and learning
Rachel Zajac 2019 thumbnail Professor Rachel Zajac BSc BA(Hons) PhD PGDipCIPs(Otago)
Psychology and the law, eyewitness testimony, legal/investigative procedures for witnesses.

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Emeritus Professors

Bob Knight Emeritus Professor Bob Knight MA PhD DipClinPsych(Cant) FNZPsS    
Emeritus Professor, Retired
Thumbnail Janice Murray Professor Janice Murray BSc(Dal) MA PhD(Wat)
Visual cognition, face and object recognition, face perception and aging, visual attention.
Thumbnail David O'Hare Professor David O’Hare BA PhD(Exe)
Cognitive ergonomics, human factors, aviation psychology, expertise and decision-making.
Thumbnail Geoff White Emeritus Professor Geoff White ONZM BSc PhD(Otago) FNZPsS FAPS FABAI FRSNZ
Emeritus Professor, Retired

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Professional Practice Fellows

sasha-thumb Sasha McComb BA MA(Massey) PGDipCIPs(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 4229
Email sasha.mccomb@otago.ac.nz
Chris Perkins
Tel +64 3 479 7625
Email chris.perkins@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Jo Prince Joanna Prince BSc MSc PGDipCIPs(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 4227
Email jo.prince@otago.ac.nz
Aimee Richardson BSc(Hons)(Cant) MSc PGDipCIPs(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 4229
Email aimee.richardson@otago.ac.nz

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Teaching Fellows

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Sabrina Goh BA(Hons) MSc(Otago)
300-Level Teaching Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 7719
Email sabrina.goh@otago.ac.nz

Thumbnail Celia Lie Dr Celia Lie BSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)
100-Level Teaching Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 3765
Email celia.lie@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Ann Reynolds Dr Ann Reynolds BA(Massey) MA PhD(Otago)
200-Level Teaching Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 7646
Email ann.reynolds@otago.ac.nz

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Academic Research Fellows

Kirsten Cheyne

Dr Kirsten Cheyne BSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 5239
Email kirsten.cheyne@otago.ac.nz

Jules Gross

Dr Julien Gross BSc PGDipSci MSc PhD(Otago)
Senior Research Fellow, Early Learning Project
Tel +64 3 479 8843
Email julien.gross@otago.ac.nz

Dr Hayley Guiney BSc MSc PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 4760
Email hayley.guiney@otago.ac.nz

Dr Owen Jones BSc(Hons)(Liverpool) PGDipSci PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow, Neural Mechanisms of Memory Lab
Tel +64 3 479 7632
Email owen.jones@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Bruce Mockett BSc DipSci PhD(Massey)
Senior Research Fellow, Neural Mechanisms of Memory Lab
Tel +64 3 479 3474
Email bruce.mockett@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Phoebe Neo BA(Hons)(Singapore) PGDipSci PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow, Personality, Psychopathology, and Measurement Lab
Tel +64 3 479 7287
Email phoebe.neo@otago.ac.nz

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Dr Sandhya Ramrakha BA(Honolulu) MA(Sydney) MA(Hons) ClinPsy (Woollangong) PhD(Otago)
Senior Research Fellow / Research Manager, DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 5019
Email sandhya.ramrakha@otago.ac.nz

Shabah-Shadli

Dr Shabah Shadli BSc(Hons) MSc(Bangladesh) PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow, Neuropsychology of Anxiety Lab
Tel +64 3 479 5835
Email shabah.shadli@otago.ac.nz

Moana-Theodore

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore BA(Auck) PGDipArts(Otago) PhD(Auck)
(Ngapuhi, Te Arawa)
Senior Research Fellow, NCLR
Tel +64 3 479 4171
Email moana.theodore@otago.ac.nz

Karen-Tustin

Dr Karen Tustin BA(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow – Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ), NCLR
Tel +64 3 479 5089
Email karen.tustin@otago.ac.nz

calvin-thumb Dr Calvin Young BSc(Hons) MSc(Otago) PhD(Calg)
Research Fellow, Neuropsychology of Anxiety Lab
Tel +64 3 479 5835
Email calvin.young@otago.ac.nz

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Jillian Hayhurst BSc MSc PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 8843
Email jill@psy.otago.ac.nz
blake-thumb Dr Anurag Singh BSc(VBS Purv) MSc(Jiw) PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 5835
Email anurag.singh@otago.ac.nz
weiwei-thumb Dr Weiwei Zhang BS(BNU) MS(SWU) PhD(Otago)
Tel +64 3 479 5835
Email weiwei.zhang@otago.ac.nz

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Research staff

jane-thumb Dr Jane Carroll PGDipLitEd(Auck) BEd(Cant) DipTchg(SLT(ChchCE)PhD(Cant)
Tel +64 3 479 5267
Email jane.carroll@otago.ac.nz
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Jackie Clearwater
Early Learning Project
Tel +64 3 479 7642
Email jackie@psy.otago.ac.nz

Vanessa Hayes

Vanessa Hayes BA(Hons)(Brighton Poly) MSocWk(York)
Research Interviewer, DMHDRU
Mob 022 199 4451 (Wellington)
Email vanessa.hayes@otago.ac.nz

Sean-Hogan

Sean Hogan BA(Hons)(Surrey) MSW(York) GIPM(KingstonBus)
Cohort and Assessment Manager, DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 5551
Email sean.hogan@otago.ac.nz

Thumbnail Barbara Logan Barbara Logan BSc DipSci(Otago)
Neural Mechanisms of Memory Lab
Tel +64 3 479 7632
Email barbara.logan@otago.ac.nz

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Technical staff

Thumbnail Jeremy Anderson Jeremy Anderson (NZCE)
Senior Technical Officer / Lab Manager
Tel +64 3 479 7669
Email jeremy.anderson@otago.ac.nz
francis-thumb Francis Baster
Technician
Tel +64 3 479 7668
Email francis.baster@otago.ac.nz
Thomas Bullock
Technician
Tel +64 3 479 8668
Email tommy.bullock@otago.ac.nz
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Technician
Tel +64 3 479 5945
Email sophie.french@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Richard Hamelink Richard Hamelink (NZCE)
Technician
Tel +64 3 479 7668
Email richard.hamlink@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Natasha O'Docherty Natasha O'Docherty
Technician
Tel +64 3 479 5945
Email natasha.odocherty@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Russell Phillips Russell Phillips (NZCE)
Technical Officer
Tel +64 3 479 7668
Email russell.phillips@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Lindsay Robertson Lindsay Robertson (NZCE)
Senior Technician / Safety Officer
Tel +64 3 479 7668
Email lindsay.j.robertson@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Stephanie Sherbund Stephanie Sherburd
Technician
Tel +64 3 479 5945
Email steph@psy.otago.ac.nz

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Support staff

Hussein Al-Foj
Technician
Email hussein.alfoj@otago.ac.nz
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Kally Barton
Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 7627
Email psy.clinicaladmin@otago.ac.nz

Lucy Beres
Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 7644
Email psy.hod@otago.ac.nz
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Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 6542
Email shae.macmillan@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Michelle Moss Michelle Moss
Lead Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 6541
Email michelle.moss@otago.ac.nz
Colette Rivera BSc(UCSC) MSc(Otago)
Administrator Client Services
Tel +64 3 479 7645
Email psy.psyc300@otago.ac.nz  Email psy.postgrad@otago.ac.nz
Thumbnail Jacinta Taylor Jacinta Taylor BCom(Otago)
Finance Associate
Tel +64 3 479 7521
Email jacinta.taylor@otago.ac.nz
Jane Wilcox BSc(Hons)(Manc)
Administrator Client Services - DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 8507
Email jane.wilcox@otago.ac.nz

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Research units

Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Research Unit (DMHDRU)

Dr Hayley Guiney BSc MSc PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow DMHDRU, Early Learning Project
Tel +64 3 479 4760
Email hayley.guiney@otago.ac.nz
Richie Poulton

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM MSc PGDipClPs(Otago) PhD(NSW) FRSNZ
Director
Tel +64 3 479 8507
Email richie.poulton@otago.ac.nz

Jane Wilcox BSc(Hons)(Manc)
Administrator Client Services - DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 8507
Email jane.wilcox@otago.ac.nz
Vanessa Hayes

Vanessa Hayes BA(Hons)(Brighton Poly) MSocWk(York)
Research Interviewer
Tel +64 3 479 5550
Email vanessa.hayes@otago.ac.nz

Sean-Hogan

Sean Hogan BA(Hons)(Surrey) MSW(York) GIPM(KingstonBus)
Cohort and Assessment Manager
Tel +64 3 479 5551
Email sean.hogan@otago.ac.nz

Sandhya-Ramrakha

Dr Sandhya Ramrakha BA(Honolulu) MA(Sydney) MA(Hons)ClinPsy (Woollangong) PhD(Otago)
Senior Research Fellow / Research Manager
Tel +64 3 479 5019
Email sandhya.ramrakha@otago.ac.nz

Kirsten Cheyne

Dr Kirsten Cheyne BSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow DMHDRU
Tel +64 3 479 5239
Email kirsten.cheyne@otago.ac.nz

Dr David Ireland BMedScHon(Syd) PhD(NSW)
Tel +64 3 479 5550
Research Interviewer
Email david.ireland@otago.ac.nz

National Centre for Lifecourse Research

Richie Poulton

Professor Richie Poulton MSc PGDipClPs(Otago) PhD(NSW) FRSNZ
Co-Director
Tel +64 3 479 8507
Email richie.poulton@otago.ac.nz

Moana-Theodore

Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore BA(Auck) PGDipArts(Otago) PhD(Auck)
(Ngapuhi, Te Arawa)
Senior Research Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 4171
Email moana.theodore@otago.ac.nz

Karen-Tustin

Dr Karen Tustin BA(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Research Fellow – Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ)
Tel +64 3 479 5089
Email karen.tustin@otago.ac.nz

Kirsten Cheyne

Dr Kirsten Cheyne BSc(Hons) PhD(Otago)
Scientific Officer – Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ (GLSNZ)
Tel +64 3 479 5239
Email kirsten.cheyne@otago.ac.nz