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Roy Kerr receives University's highest honour

10 May 2016 UC awards the rare honour of the title Canterbury Distinguished Professor to Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr who is also to receive the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Sweden. (read article)

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WHEN: Thursday, 29 September, 2016, 12.00 - 1.00pm

WHERE: Room 252, Level 2, Psychology Building

PRESENTER: Professor Geoff Cumming

CHAIR: Professor Neville Blampied

TOPIC: "Significance Roulette and Open Science: The research practices we need for better science" Prof Geoff Cumming (PDF, 293KB)

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‘I tailored my degree for a future career as a criminal behavioural analyst...’

Belinda Davies BA in Sociology and Media and Communication and BSc in Psychology
Master’s student, Bond University, Australia
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2016 Department Handbook

The 2016 Psychology Department Handbook is now available online. The hard copy will be available from the Department within the next week. If you would like one, please collect it from the Main Office, or contact us to have one posted out.

UoC Psychology Students' PSYC Conference

A very scucessful conference was held on 16th November showcasing our students' research. This will be come an annual event and we look forward to 2016.

Starting a Thesis in 2016 / 17

If you are anticipating starting a thesis in 2016 or in 2017 please contact Assoc. Prof. Roeline Kuijer, our PG PhD / Thesis Coordinator for advice about how to enrol, find a supervisor and to look at your possible options. 'Getting Started on a Thesis' - ppt pdf / 6 slides per page pdf - (20/10/15)

Recent Book Publications

Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Chris Burt who has recently published a book entitled “New Employee Safety: Risk Factors and Management Strategies”. This book introduces an innovative new-employee safety risk model, keyed to a typical new worker becoming acclimated to a new job and workplace. It reviews risk factors, their root causes, and how they can be addressed and minimized through targeted strategies at each stage of a worker’s early months on the job. You can find out more about this book at

Congratulations also to Professor Brian Haig who has co-authored a book entitled “Realist Inquiry in Social Science”. “The current replication crisis in psychology makes Professors’ Haig and Evers book as timely as it is erudite. Using philosophical realism as their organizing principle, they take the reader on a creative and insightful tour through validity, grounded theory, factor analysis and case studies in an effort to improve and advance psychological research” - James W. Grice, Professor of Psychology, Oklahoma State University. Find out more at (Nov 2015)

College of Science Emerging Researcher Award 2015 

Congratulations to Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran who has been awarded the College of Science Emerging Researcher Award for 2015. Kumar is an experimental social psychologist, with special expertise in the area of intergroup relations. Kumar carries out research on a range of issues associated with diversity, social identity and prejudice and is publishing in the top journals in these areas with collaborators from around the world.  In 2015 he was identified as an ‘Admired Scholar’ by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Diversity Committee, the leading professional society in the area, and is receiving a wide range of invitations from around the world of various kinds. Kumar is bringing the benefits of his work to bear at UC through his work with the University’s Māori Development Team to find research-based interventions that support Māori student success. Personal website with further research information and postgraduate supervision (October 2015)

Why do so many experienced hunters shoot their mates?

Mistaken for Game Hunting Accidents - A Human Factors Review: the report's author is PhD student, Kyle Wilson. A Radio New Zealand interview given by Kyle and a colleague can also be downloaded. (October 2015)

Two UC professors Women of Influence finalists

Two University of Canterbury professors are among the finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015. UC academics Jennifer Hay, Professor of Linguistics, and Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology, are among eight finalists in the Innovation category of the prestigious annual awards. (Sept. 2015)

NZPsS Ballin Award

Congratulations to Professor Julia Rucklidge who was awarded the NZPsS Ballin Award at the NZPsS Annual Conference held in Hamilton recently. This award honours Dame Ann Ballin, ONZ, DBE clinical psychologist and first woman President of the NZPsS who received the DBE for a lifelong contribution to advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.  The Ballin Award is awarded to a Member/Fellow of the Society who is deemed to have made a notably significant contribution to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context through, original research; dissemination of research and/or best practice; the sustained exemplary or innovative practice of clinical psychology; or through professional development, organization, supervision and/or mentoring of others in the field of clinical psychology.  (Sept. 2015)

Positive thoughts potentially dangerous (CTV 17 July 2015)

Positive images of the Christchurch recovery are a "time travel dream machine", but more distracting than negative ones, according to UC research findings. Postgraduate student Nicola Hancock, UC Psychologist Professor Deak Helton and colleagues from UC and industry partner Opus have been examining the effects of the Christchurch recovery on people, and have been surprised by the results. (read article) (July 2015)

Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group

The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group was the cover story in the NZ Listener back in June. Check the article out the “Pills & Ills” (July 2015)

Computer Information Getting Closer

The university’s psychology experts are collaborating with their human interface technology colleagues to investigate how skills used in daily lives can be made easier or improved by using the in-development Google Glasses. Research is being carried out by Professor Deak Helton and Psychology PhD student Matt Ward, along with the university’s HIT Lab Professor Mark Billinghurst. (15 Jan 2015) more


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