Dr Eileen Britt - People - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Eileen Britt

Dr Eileen Britt

Takitaki Mai - Guide to motivational interviewing for  Māori (pdf - 12.83MB)

Dr Eileen Britt, in collaboration with Daryl Gregory, Tohi Tohiariki, and Terry Huriwai, has developed Takitaki mai: A guide to Motivational Interviewing for Māori, as a resource for Māori seeking to learn Motivational Interviewing. The guide has been made freely available through Te Pou and Matua Raki websites. Takitaki mai comes from the phrase ‘ka takitaki mai te ata’ which speaks to the harbingers of morning’s arrival. The art and science of the motivational practitioner is to pick up and enhance the glimmer of new dawns. (published 2014)


Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology - part-time
Senior Lecturer in School of Health Sciences - part-time

Qualifications and Affiliations

BSc (University of Canterbury)
MSocSc (University of Waikato)
PGDipClinPsych (University of Waikato)
PhD (University of Canterbury)
Fellow of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists (FNZCCP)
NZ Psychological Society (MNZPsS)
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Contact Details

Room: 515
Email: eileen.britt@canterbury.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 369 3694 (direct)
Internal ext: 93694

Postal address:
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Eileen Britt is a registered Clinical Psychologist, and has worked in mental health, health, criminal justice, and research settings. She has a broad range of research interest including, mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders, and forensic and health psychology. She has developed a particular interest in the training and supervision of others, motivational interviewing, clinically-based research, and bicultural practice.

Eileen has a long-standing interest in Motivational Interviewing (MI), including its application to health behaviour change. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing of Trainers, an international collective of MI trainers and researchers, and teaches MI on the PGDipClinPsyc programme as well as papers on Motivating Behaviour Change in the Health Sciences Centre.


  • 2016 Kaupapa Māori Teaching Award, College of Science, University of Canterbury
  • 2016 Teaching and Development Grant, University of Canterbury
  • 2014 Teaching and Development Grant, University of Canterbury
  • 2009 Research/Study Award, NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
  • 2008 Teaching and Development Grant, University of Canterbury
  • 2007 Fellowship, NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
    *Awarded a Fellowship by the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, recognising significant and pre-eminent contribution to the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists or the Psychology profession in general.
  • 2005 Professional Development Award, NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes
  • 2002 Teaching and Development Grant, University of Canterbury
  • 2000 Nordisk Diabetes Research Grant, NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes


PSYC643: Year 1 Practicum - Lecturer
PSYC651: Psychotherapeutic Methods - Lecturer
PSYC662: Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology II - Course Coordinator & Lecturer
HLTH430: Motivating Behaviour Change I - Course Coordinator & Lecturer
HLTH431: Motivating Behaviour Change II - Course Coordinator & Lecturer

Publications and UC Research Profile