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Libby Shaughency

Tel 64 3 479 5864

Dr Elizabeth Schaughency's research interests are in the interplay between important socialisation environments (home and school) and children's developing competencies and how these may be fostered. She leads an applied developmental science research group within the Department of Psychology and collaborates with other developmental scientists within the Department of Psychology and other child-oriented units within the University (Women's and Children's Health, Education).

She has authored 24 papers, 9 book chapters, co-edited a special series on building capacity to better serve children, and delivered over 70 presentations at national and international conferences, university colloquia, and professional development seminars. Recent recognitions include the 2006 Article of the Year for School Psychology Review.

She joined the Department in 2004. She has over 25 years of university teaching experience, at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to joining the Department, Dr Schaughency completed her postgraduate studies and taught at universities in the USA.


PSYC 402 Assessment in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

PSYC 435 Developmental Psychopathology

Research Interests

  • What are the factors that promote children's development in important domains and how might they be fostered?
  • How can we support localised yet effective service delivery?

Find out more about Dr Schaughency's research interests


Beanland, V., Ritchie, C., Ousset, C., Galland, B. C., & Schaughency, E. A. (2024). Distracted and unfocused driving in supervised and unsupervised teen drivers: Associations with sleep, inattention, and cognitive disengagement syndrome symptoms. Transportation Research Part F, 100, 169-180. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2023.11.013

Bird, A., Reese, E., Schaughency, E., Waldie, K., Atatoa-Carr, P., Morton, S., & Grant, C. (2024). Talking, praising and teaching: How parent interaction during a learning task relates to children's early learning. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 66, 255-268. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2023.10.001

Barrett-Young, A., Martin, R., Clifford, A. E., Schaughency, E., McLauchlan, J., & Healey, D. (2023). Assessment of self-regulation at school entry: A literature review of existing screening tools and suitability for the Aotearoa New Zealand context. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/07342829231219291

McDonald, R.-R., Schaughency, E., Boddie, K., Cameron, T. A., & Carroll, J. L. D. (2023). Contributions of school-entry oral language, early literacy skills, and name writing to writing in the first 2 years of school. Reading & Writing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11145-023-10492-6

Reese, E., Kokaua, J., Guiney, H., Bakir-Demir, T., McLauchlan, J., Edgeler, C., Schaughency, E., Taumoepeau, M., Salmon, K., Clifford, A., Maruariki, N., McNaughton, S., … Amjad, S., Trudgen, A., & Poulton, R. (2023). Kia Tīmata Pai (Best Start): A study protocol for a cluster randomised trial with early childhood teachers to support children's oral language and self-regulation development. BMJ Open, 13, e073361. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073361

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