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Senior Clinical Psychologist Lecturer

Fiona Mathieson

Contact details

Email fiona.mathieson@otago.ac.nz

Field of interest

  • Clinical Psychology

Areas of interest

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Therapist Competence Development
  • Brief Interventions in Primary Care Study
  • Metaphors in Therapy

Current activities

Course lecturer, Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Sciences (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy) courses.

Piki pilot youth mental health project evaluation team

My current research interests include primary care mental health initiatives, such as the Piki project; the development of competence during cognitive behaviour therapy training; and the use of metaphor in psychotherapy.

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Publications

Mathieson, F., Bennett, S., Cargo, T., & Froggatt, W. (2022). Cognitive behavioral therapy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In M. D. Terjesen & K. A. Doyle (Eds.), Cognitive behavioral therapy in a global context. (pp. 9-30). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-82555-3_2

Mair, R., Every-Palmer, S., Mathieson, F., & Jenkin, G. (2022). ‘My work matters’: A qualitative exploration of why staff love working in acute mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 13619. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192013619

Mathieson, F. (2022, July). Integrating ACT components in CBT training: Trainee appetite and supervisor preparedness. Verbal presentation at the 50th Annual Conference of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies, London, UK.

Watson, S., Mathieson, F., & Huthwaite, M. (2021). Integrating ACT components in CBT training: Trainee appetite and supervisor preparedness. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 50(3), 46-54.

Stubbe, M., Hilder, J., Tester, R., Garrett, S., Dunlop, A., Gardiner, T., Fedchuk, D., Mathieson, F., Gordon, S., & Dowell, A. (2021, April). Transitioning to tele-health talking therapies for youth during the COVID 19 lockdown. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) 2020 Part 2, [Online].

Mathieson, F., Bennett, S., Cargo, T., & Froggatt, W. (2022). Cognitive behavioral therapy in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In M. D. Terjesen & K. A. Doyle (Eds.), Cognitive behavioral therapy in a global context. (pp. 9-30). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-82555-3_2

Chapter in Book - Research

Mair, R., Every-Palmer, S., Mathieson, F., & Jenkin, G. (2022). ‘My work matters’: A qualitative exploration of why staff love working in acute mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19, 13619. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192013619

Journal - Research Article

Gordon, S., Dowell, T., Fedchuk, D., Gardiner, T., Garrett, S., Hilder, J., Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., & Tester, R. (2021). Reflections on allyship in the context of a co-produced evaluation of a youth-integrated therapies mental health intervention. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 18(4), 571-585. doi: 10.1080/14780887.2020.1769240

Journal - Research Article

Watson, S., Mathieson, F., & Huthwaite, M. (2021). Integrating ACT components in CBT training: Trainee appetite and supervisor preparedness. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 50(3), 46-54.

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., & Stubbe, M. (2020). Recent application of metaphor research in cognitive behaviour therapy. Metaphor & the Social World, 10(2), 199-213. doi: 10.1075/msw.00003.mat

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Stanley, J., Dean, S., Abbott, J. H., Garrett, S., Wilson, R., Mathieson, F., & Dowell, A. (2019). The Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) approach to management of low back pain in general practice: A pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial. PLoS Medicine, 16(9), e1002897. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002897

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Collings, C., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. (2019). Cluster randomised controlled trial of a guided self-help mental health intervention in primary care. BMJ Open, 9(2), e023481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023481

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., Merrick, P., & Stubbe, M. (2017). Juicy conceptualizations: Increasing alliance through attending to client metaphoric language. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(6), 577-589. doi: 10.1017/s1352465817000339

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Dean, S., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2016). Putting physical activity while experiencing low back pain in context: Balancing the risks and benefits. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(2), 245-251. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.020

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., & Stubbe, M. (2016). Nailing down metaphors in CBT: Definition, identification and frequency. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(2), 236-248. doi: 10.1017/S1352465815000156

Journal - Research Article

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Hatcher, S., Goodyear-Smith, F., Lane, B., & Munsterman, A. (2015). Clinical effectiveness of an ultra-brief intervention for common mental health syndromes in primary care: Study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16, 260. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0778-y

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2015). Easy to harm, hard to heal: Patient views about the back. Spine, 40(11), 842-850. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000000901

Journal - Research Article

MacDonald, J., Garvie, C., Gordon, S., Huthwaite, M., Mathieson, F., Wood, A.-J., & Romans, S. (2015). 'Is it the crime of the century?': Factors for psychiatrists and service users that influence the long-term prescription of hypnosedatives. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 30(4), 193-201. doi: 10.1097/yic.0000000000000073

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., Carter, J. D., & Stubbe, M. (2015). The metaphoric dance: Co-construction of metaphor in cognitive behaviour therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 8, e24. doi: 10.1017/S1754470X15000628

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Acute low back pain management in general practice: Uncertainty and conflicting certainties. Family Practice, 31(6), 723-732. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmu051

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Melloh, M., Marsh, R., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). The development and exploratory analysis of the Back Pain Attitudes Questionnaire (Back-PAQ). BMJ Open, 4(5), e005251. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005251

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Stanley, J., Mathieson, F., Melloh, M., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Cross-sectional survey of attitudes and beliefs about back pain in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 4(5), e004725. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004725

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Dowell, A., Baxter, G. D., Mathieson, F., Perry, M., & Dean, S. (2013). The enduring impact of what clinicians say to people with low back pain. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(6), 527-534. doi: 10.1370/afm.1518

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Collings, S., Dowell, A., Goodyear-Smith, F., Stanley, J., & Hatcher, S. (2013). Collaborative research: A case example of dissemination of CBT in primary care. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 6, e4. doi: 10.1017/S1754470X13000093

Journal - Research Article

Collings, S., Mathieson, F., Dowell, A., Stanley, J., Jenkin, G., Goodyear-Smith, F., & Hatcher, S. (2012). Acceptability of a guided self-help mental health intervention in general practice. Family Practice, 29(1), 43-49. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr066

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Mihaere, K., Collings, S., Dowell, A., & Stanley, J. (2012). Maori cultural adaptation of a brief mental health intervention in primary care. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(3), 231-238. doi: 10.1071/HC12231

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F. M., Beaumont, G. R., & Barnfield, T. V. (2010). Making it stick: Factors that help and hinder ongoing practice after cognitive therapy training. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(3), 7-11.

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F. M., Barnfield, T., & Beaumont, G. (2009). Are we as good as we think we are? Self-assessment versus other forms of assessment of competence in psychotherapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 2, 43-50. doi: 10.1017/S1754470X08000081

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F., Barnfield, T., & Young, G. (2009). What gets in the way of clinical contact? Student perceptions of barriers to patient contact. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1292). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1292/3530/content.pdf

Journal - Research Article

Mathieson, F. (2008). Cognitive conceptualisation of procrastination: A review of the literature, proposed model and suggestions for treatment. New Zealand Clinical Psychologist Journal, Autumn, 2-8.

Journal - Research Article

Barnfield, T. V., Mathieson, F. M., & Beaumont, G. R. (2007). Assessing the development of competence during postgraduate cognitive-behavioral therapy training. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 21(2), 140-147.

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Stanley, J., Dean, S., Abbott, J. H., Garrett, S., Mathieson, F., & Dowell, A. (2017). The Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) approach to low back pain: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18, 484. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-2225-8

Journal - Research Other

Mathieson, F., Collings, S., & Dowell, A. (2009). Sub-threshold mental health syndromes: Finding an alternative to the medication of unhappiness [Essay]. Journal of Primary Health Care, 1(1), 74-77.

Journal - Research Other

Darlow, B., Stanley, J., Dean, S., Abbott, H., Garrett, S., Wilson, R., Mathieson, F., & Dowell, T. (2019). The Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) approach to management of low back pain in general practice: A pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial. Proceedings of the Academic General Practice & Primary Care Research Symposium. (pp. 6-7). Waikato, New Zealand: University of Waikato. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Dowell, A., Stubbe, M., Gordon, S., Mathieson, F., Hilder, J., Garrett, S., Tester, R., Fedchuk, D., Gardiner, T., & Stanley, J. (2019). Evaluation of the Piki Pilot: Integrated therapies for 18-25 year olds. Proceedings of the Academic General Practice & Primary Care Research Symposium. (pp. 7). Waikato, New Zealand: University of Waikato. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mathieson, F., & Stubbe, M. (2018). Using metaphors to enhance cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Proceedings of the 12th International Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) Conference. (pp. 153-154). Retrieved from http://www.raam.org.uk/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., Jordan, J., & Merrick, P. (2017). Metaphoric language in cognitive behaviour therapy. Proceedings of the Primary Health Care and General Practice Research Weekend. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/primaryhealthcaregeneralpractice/research/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., Jordan, J., & Merrick, P. (2017). Virtuoso CBT: Attending to client metaphors to enhance conceptualisation. Proceedings of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Annual Conference. (pp. 89-90). Retrieved from http://babcpconference.com/index.htm

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Melloh, M., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2015). Low back pain: Exploring underlying beliefs and how these have been influenced. Physiotherapy, 101(Suppl. 1), (pp. e295-e296). doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.489

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Stanley, J., Mathieson, F., Melloh, M., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). The attitudes and beliefs of New Zealanders about back pain: A cross-sectional survey. Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference: Linking the Chain. (pp. 76). Wellington, New Zealand: Physiotherapy New Zealand. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B., Dowell, A., Dean, S., Fullen, B. M., Hurley, D. A., Mathieson, F., & Baxter, G. D. (2012). The battle for hearts and spines. Proceedings of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) Neurodynamics & the Neuromatrix Conference. Retrieved from http://www.noi2012.com/programme.htm

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mathieson, F., Mihaere, K., Collings, S., Dowell, A., & Stanley, J. (2012). Māori adaptation of a low intensity mental health intervention in primary care. Proceedings of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsP) & New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing Together As One. (pp. 37). Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/cms_show_download.php?id=1585

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Barnfield, T., Beaumont, G. R., & Mathieson, F. M. (2002). Do we do it differently downunder? A preliminary study into CBT training in New Zealand. British Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy 30th Annual Conference. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Beaumont, G. R., Barnfield, T., & Mathieson, F. M. (2002). Measuring the development of therapist competence in psychotherapy: a pilot study. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Mental Health Nurses, section of the New Zealand Nurses Conference. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

MacDonald, J., Garvie, C., Gordon, S., Huthwaite, M., Mathieson, F., Wood, A. J., & Romans, S. (2015, July). Exhortation does not equal education: From evidence to practice. Poster session presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting: Inspiration and Innovation in Healthcare Education, Edinburgh, UK.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., & Stubbe, M. (2015, July). Exploring metaphor use in CBT: Identification method and co-construction of shared metaphors. Poster session presented at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) 43rd Annual Conference, Warwick, UK.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Mathieson, F. (2022, July). Integrating ACT components in CBT training: Trainee appetite and supervisor preparedness. Verbal presentation at the 50th Annual Conference of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies, London, UK.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Stubbe, M., Hilder, J., Tester, R., Garrett, S., Dunlop, A., Gardiner, T., Fedchuk, D., Mathieson, F., Gordon, S., & Dowell, A. (2021, April). Transitioning to tele-health talking therapies for youth during the COVID 19 lockdown. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) 2020 Part 2, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F. (2016, August). Metaphor-enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy: Does it improve therapeutic alliance and collaboration? Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate Research Student Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., Merrick, P., & Jordan, J. (2016, June). Breathing life into case conceptualisations: Use of client metaphor in CBT. Verbal presentation at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., Merrick, P., & Jordan, J. (2016, October-November). Increasing alliance and collaboration in case conceptualisations through attending to client metaphors. Verbal presentation at the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AnzaCBT) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F., Jordan, J., & Stubbe, M. (2014, October). The metaphoric dance: Co-construction of metaphor in CBT. Verbal presentation at the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AnzaCBT) Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F., Stubbe, M., & Jordan, J. (2014, June). Nailing down jelly: Exploring metaphor use in cognitive behaviour therapy. Verbal presentation at the 10th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM): Metaphor in Communication Science and Education, Cagliari Sardinia, Italy.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F. (2013, November). Use of metaphor in CBT. Verbal presentation at the Aotearoa New Zealand Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (AnzaCBT) Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathieson, F. (2012, August). Use of metaphor in cognitive behaviour therapy. Verbal presentation at the Primary Care and General Practice Research Weekend, Martinborough, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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