Awarded Profiles - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Successfully defended PhD theses since 2005

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2016

Dr Kyle Wilson - thesis titled “Friendly fire and the sustained attention to response task”. His oral examiner was Professor David David O'Hare (University of Otago). Dr Victor Finomore (U.S. Air Force Academy) was the international examiner. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Professor Deak Helton and Associate Professor Katharina Naswall. The oral chair was Professor Bain Haig.

Dr Lin Li - thesis titled "Cross-language negative priming from unattended number words: Extension to a non-alphabetic language". His oral examiner was Dr Liana Machado (University of Otago). Associate professor Ellick Wong (Chinese University of Hong Knog) was the international examiner. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Dr Zhe Chen and Dr Ewald Neumann. The oral chair was Professor Simon Kemp.

Dr Lara Aitchison - thesis titled “The behavioural implications of postnatal exposure to benzylpiperazine and methamphetamine—a longitudinal dose-related study in male and female rats”. Her oral examiner was Professor David Harper (Victoria University of Wellington). Professor Charles Vorhees (University of Cincinnati) was the international examiner. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Professor Rob Hughes and Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer was the oral chair.

Dr Neil de Joux - thesis, titled “Local-Global feature discrimination: How configural elements of visual stimuli impact sustained attention”. The oral examiner was Professor Stuart Carr from Massey University. Dr Tyler Shaw of George Mason
University, USA, was the international examiner. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Professor Deak Helton and Paul Russell. The oral chair of the examination was Assoc. Prof. Katharina Naswall.

Dr Victoria Escaip - thesis entitled “The acquisition of phrasal vocabulary by native and non-native speakers of three major Western languages: Spanish, English, and French”. Her oral examiner was Dr Anna Siyanova (Victoria University of Wellington). Professor Antonio Pamies (University of Granada) was the international examiner. The thesis was completed under the supervision of Professor Kon Kuijer and Professor Neville Blampied was the chair.

Dr Kirsten Ritchie - thesis, titled “The social competence of children born very preterm at age 12 years”. The oral examiner was
Professor Janis Paterson from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the second examiner was Professor Vanessa Green from Victoria University of Wellington (formerly of the University of Queensland). The thesis was begun under the supervision of Professor Lianne Woodward, with assistance from Dr Jacki Henderson, and completed under the supervision of Professor Neville Blampied and Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer. The oral chair of the examination was Assoc. Prof. Katharina
Naswall.

2015

Dr Heather Gordon - thesis entitled “An investigation into the effects of micronutrients on mood and behaviour in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A pilot study using a single case ABABA design with six-month follow-up”. Her examiners were Professor Mary Fristad (Ohio State University), and Professor Andrew Scholey (Swinburne University). Her primary supervisor was Professor Julia Rucklidge and her associate supervisor was Professor Neville Bloampied.

Dr Emma Marshall - thesis entitled “The impact of the Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquakes on couples’ relationship quality: A dyadic and longitudinal investigation”. Her examiners were Professor Carolyn Cutrona (Iowa State University), and Dr Gery Karantzas (Deakin University). Emma’s primary supervisor was Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer and her associate supervisors were Professor Jeffry Simpson (University of Minnesota) and Professor Neville Blampied. Professor Brian Haig was the Oral Chair.

Dr Louella Orillaza - thesis entitled “Attachment, illness perceptions, and health outcomes: The mediating role of support-seeking, supportive, and negative interactions in couples experiencing Type 2 Diabetes”. Louella's examiners were Professor
Christine Stephens (Massey University) and Associate Professor Kerry Sherman (Macquarie University). Louella’s primary supervisor was Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer, and Professor Garth Fletcher was her associate supervisor.

Dr James Perry - thesis entitled "Progesterone and the striatal6-hydroxydopamine model of Parkinson's Disease". His examiners were Dr Jian Guan (Liggins Institute, University of Auckland), and Dr Iqbal Sayeed (Emory University). James' primary supervisor was Professor John Dalrymple-Alford, and his associate supervisor was Professor Rob Hughes.

Dr Amy Romijn - thesis entitled “Efficacy of a probiotic supplement as an intervention for the symptoms of depression: A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, open label extension and 6 month follow-up”. Amy's examiners were Associate Professor Felice Jacka (Deakin University), and Professor David Benton (Swansea University). Her primary supervisor was Professor Julia Rucklidge. Associate Professor Katharina Naswall was the Oral Chair.

Dr Amy Wang - thesis entitled “Cognitive enrichment in patients with mild cognitive impairment”. Amy's examiners were Dr Donel Martin (Sydney Neurostimulation Centre), and Associate Professor Suzanne Barker-Collo (University of Auckland). Her primary supervisor was Professor John Dalrymple-Alford, and her associate supervisor was Professor Tim Anderson (University of Otago, Christchurch).

2014

Dr Jacqui Tither - thesis entitled “Influence of family disruption/father absence on daughters’ age of menarche: A genetically and environmentally controlled sibling comparison study”. Jacqui's oral examiner was Professor Tony Ward (Victoria University of Wellington) and her internal examiner (and also her Supervisor) was Professor Brian Haig; overseas examiner was Professor Elizabeth Susman (Pennysylvania State University).

2013

Dr Johannah Betman - thesis entitled "Expanding rumination: An investigation into the contributors to and emotional and interpersonal consequences of ruminative thought”. The examiners, Assoc. Prof. Jamin Halberstadt (University of Otago) and Dr Lee Kannis (University of the Sunshine Coast) commended the thesis. Johannah’s primary supervisor was Assoc. Prof. Janet Carter (UoC) and her co-supervisor was Dr Kumari Fernando. Assoc. Prof. Deak Helton (UoC) was the oral chair.

Dr Nadia Borlase - thesis entitled "The thalamus in Parkinson's Disease". Nadia was supervised by Professor John Dalyrmple-Alford, (UoC), Professor Tim Anderson and Dr Tracy Melzer of the New Zealand Brain Research Institute.

Dr Jessica Boyce - thesis entitled “Experimental exposure to ideal-body media images: Restrained eaters’ self-evaluation, mood and food intake"; highly commended by her examiners, Assistant Professor Catharine Evers (Utrecht University), and Professor Marika Tiggemann (Flinders University). Jessica’s primary supervisor was Dr Roeline Kuijer (UoC) and her associate supervisor was Professor David Gleaves (ex UoC, now University of South Australia). Professor Brian Haig (UoC) was the Oral Chair.

Dr Jason Brown - thesis entitled “The impact of lifetime ADHD on neuropsy-chological functioning in young adults with bipolar disorder: A comparison of Bipolar Disorder with and without childhood ADHD, ADHD and control group”; commended by the examiners, Dr Audrey McKinlay (Monash University, Australia) and Professor Maggie Toplak (York University, Canada). Jason’s primary supervisor was Assoc. Prof. Janet Carter (UoC), and his associate supervisors were Professor Julia Rucklidge (UoC) and Professor Peter Joyce (University of Otago). Dr Katharina Naswall (UoC) as the oral chair.

Dr Bruce Harland - thesis entitled "Recovery of function after lesions of the anterior thalamic nuclei: CA1 neuromorphology". The examiners were Professor Mike Colombo, University of Otago and Professor Jean-Christophe Casel, from Strasbourg. Dr Juan Canales (UoC) was the Chair. Bruce's thesis was supervised by Professor John Dalrymple-Alford (UoC) and Associate Professor Anthony McLean (UoC).

Dr James Head - thesis entitled "An empirical investigation of text-speak processing". James thesis was highly commended by his examiners, Professor Tyler Shaw (George Mason University), and Professor Stuart Carr (Massey University). James' primary supervisor was Dr Ewald Neumann and his associate supervisors were Professor Deak Helton and Paul Russell.

Dr Lehan Stemmet - thesis entitled "General and specific avoidance coping: The deveolopment and validation of a new scale". Lehan's thesis was examined by Professor Yvonne Birks, York Univerity (as the International Examiner) and Dr Dianne Gardner, Massey University (as the Oral Examiner). His supervisors were Dr Derek Roger (Psychology Dept Adjunct) and Dr Joanna Kuntz,

Dr Mairin Taylor - thesis entitled “Risk-taking and psychosocial func¬tioning in adults with at-tention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder”. Mairin's thesis was commended by her examiners, Professor Gail Tripp (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology), Professor John Reid (University of Auckland) and Professor Martin Dorahy (UoC). Mairin’s primary supervisor was Associate Professor Julia Rucklidge, and her associate supervisor was Dr Roeline Kuijer; Professor Haig was the oral chair.

2012

Dr Samudragupta Bora - thesis entitled “Behavioural adjustment sequelae in children born very preterm: Measurement issues and neonatan neurological correlates”. Sam's thesis was highly commended by his examiners, Dr Chiara Nosarti (Institute of Psychiatry, London), and Associate Professor Karen Waldie (University of Auckland). Sam’s primary supervisor was Professor Lianne Woodward, and his associate supervisors were Dr Verena Pritchard (ex UoC staff) and Dr Zhe Chen. Professor Haig was the Oral Chair.

Dr Zhijie (Jerry) Dai - thesis entitled “Delay discounting, probability discounting, reward con¬trast and gambling: A cross-cultural study”. Jerry very ably defended his Doctoral thesis via videoconference. He was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace. His oral examiner was Dr Lewis Bizo from the University of Waikato.

Dr Sebastian Koenig - thesis entitled “Virtual Reality Rehabilitation of Spatial Abilities after Brain Damage”
Supervisor: Professor John Dalyrmple-Alford

Dr Brad Miles - thesis entitled “Social perception of the human voice: Perceiver attune¬ment to the vocal specifi¬cation of speaker physical characteristics”; commended by his examiners, Professor David Feinberg (McMaster University, Canada), and Associate Professor Jamin Halber¬stadt (University of Otago). Brad’s primary supervisor was Professor Lucy Johnston, and his Associate Supervisor was Professor Brian Haig.

2011

Dr Alison Davie-Gray - thesis entitled "The early development and family environments of children born to mothers engaged in methadone maintenance treatment during pregnancy". Her examiners, Dr Trecia Wouldes (University of Auckland) and Dr Marjorie Beeghly (Wayne State University) both recommended the degree be awarded. Alison's supervisor was Professor Lianne Woodward (ex UoC staff, presently Adjunct in the Psychology Dept.,UoC).

Dr Petra Hoggarth - thesis entitled "Prediction of driving ability in healthy older adults and adults with Alzheimer's dementia and mild cognitive impairment" the external examiners, Dr Maria Schulteis (Drexel University) and Professor Kathryn McPherson (AUT) recommended the degree be awarded. Her supervisors were Professor John Dalrymple-Alford, Dr Richard Jones and Carrie Innes.

Dr Aaron Jarden - thesis entitled "Relationships between personal values, and depressed mood and subjective wellbeing" was highly commended by his examiners, Dr Michael Allen (University of Sydney) and Associate Professor Mark Wilson (Victoria University of Wellington. Aaron's primary supervisor was Professor Simon Kemp.

Dr Julianne Wilcke - thesis entitled, "An evaluation of means of inquiry into the biological evolution of consciousness", successfull and ably defended her PhD thesis in January. The examiners comended Juliane for the originality and creativity of her work, and recommended that her thesis be accepted after some monor revisions were made. The examiners were Dr Anthony Atkinson (Durham University) and Professor Tony Ward (Victoria University of Wellington). Juliane's primary supervisor was Professor Brian Haig and her associate supervisor was Dr Kevin Moore (Lincoln University).

2010

Dr Averil Worner - thesis entitled, "Tactile communication across the first year of life: The complexity of naturalistic dyadic patterns and effects of contextual, age and affectual factors". Averil was commended by her examiners for her mature knowledge of the topic area. The external examiners were Professor Lynne Sanford Koester (University of Montana) and Associate Professor Nathan Consedine (University of Auckland). Averils primary supervisor was Professor Ken Strongman.

Dr Gabrielle Wall - thesis entitled "What affects student achievement?" was commended by her external examiners Professor Fred Oswald (Rice Unversity) and Dr Richard Fletcher (Massey University). Her supervisors were Professor Simon Kemp and Professor John Hattie (University of Auckland)

Dr Annette Dunham - thesis entitled, “Knowledge management in the context of an ageing workforce: Organizational memory and mentoring”, was highly commended by her examiners. Professor Harvey Sterns (University of Akron and Northeastern Ohio Universities), and Associate Professor Fiona Alpass (Massey University). Annette’s examiners recommended that she be awarded her doctorate without amendment to the thesis. Annette’s primary supervisor was Assoc. Prof. Christopher Burt and her associate supervisor was Professor Simon Kemp.

Dr Joyce Alberts - thesis entitled “Inhibitory control as a mediator of individual differences in rates of false memories in children and adults”, was commended by her external examiners, Professor David Bolota (Washington University, St Louis), and Professor Harlene Haynes (University of Otago). Joyce’s primary supervisor was Dr Ewald Neumann and her associate supervisor was Assoc. Prof. Christopher Burt.

Dr Elena Loukavenko - thesis entitled “Recovery following anterior thalamic lesions”. In the opinion of the examiners, Professor Christian Kelche (University of Strasbourg) and Dr Ping Liu (University of Otago), this was a fine thesis and she demonstrated comprehensive mastery of the material when she responded to questioning. Elena was supervised by Professor John Dalrymple- Alford. Elena is currently living in Nelson and has a private practice as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr Lavinia Tan - thesis entitled “The dis-crimination and representation of relative and absolute number in pigeons and humans”. On the strength of the independent examiner’s reports, Lavinia was placed on the Dean’s list for excellence. The examiners were Professor William Roberts, University of Western Ontario and Dr Doug Elliffe, University of Auckland. Lavinia was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace and Associate Professor Anthony McLean. Lavinia has been offered a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship at Reed College in Oregon.

Dr Mark Berg - entitled “Visual category learning with dimensionally-separable stimuli: A comparison of performance between pigeons and humans”. The examiners were Professor Charles Shimp, (University of Utah) and Dr Brent Alsop (University of Otago). He was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace. Mark has taken up a position as Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Dr Karyn Taylor-Moore - thesis. The work entitled “Towards a new understanding of psychological suffering”, was highly commended by her examiners, Associate Professor John Cromby (Loughborough University), and Associate Professor John McDowell (Victoria University of Wellington. Karyn’s primary supervisor was Professor Ken Strongman, and her Associate Supervisor was Professor Victoria Grace (Social and Political Sciences). Both examiners strongly suggested that the thesis be published, with one recommending that it be published as a book.

2009

Dr Akila Sadisivan - thesis entitled “Comparing the efficacy of phonological awareness intervention with neuropsychological intervention in children with specific reading disorder”. Her work was commended by her examiners Professor Uma Hirsave, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuroscience, Bangaladore, Dr Elizabeth Schaughency, University of Otago, and Dr Catherine Moran from Communication Disorders. She was supervised by .Professor Julia Rucklidge and Professor Gail Gillon, from Education. The examination was chaired by Professor Brian Haig.

Dr Sanna Malinen - thesis entitled “Implicit and explicit attitudes towards older workers: The predictive utility and the role of attitude malleablility”. The oral examiner was Professor Stuart Carr from Massey University, Albany Campus and her overseas examiner was Professor Kerry Marsh, University of Connecticut. Sanna’s supervisor was Professor Lucy Johnston. The examination was chaired by Professor Rob Hughes.

Dr Matt Healey - thesis entitled “Effects of birth order on personality: A within-family examination of sibling niche differentiation”. His examiners were Professors Bill Healy from the University of Queensland and Professor Garth Fletcher and the overseas examiner was Dr Catherine Salmon from the University of Redlands, USA). His principal supervisor was Professor Garth Fletcher (ex UoC staff). The examination was chaired by Professor Rob Hughes.

Dr Marion Van Nobelen - thesis entitled “Fear, pain and amygdaloid complex”. Her examiners were, Professors Cliff Abraham from the University of Otago, and Professor Rob Hughes; the overseas examiner was Professor Hymie Anisman from Carleton University in Canada. Her Principal Supervisor was Professor Rob Hughes. The examination was chaired by Professor Lianne Woodward (ex UoC staff, presently Adjunct in the Psychology Dept.,UoC).

Dr Liz Kyonka - thesis entitled “Identifying the mechanisms that generate choice and timing behaviour in dynamic concurrent choice procedures”. Her examiners, Prof Doug Elliffe from the University of Auckland and Associate Professor Anthony McLean were very impressed with her oral defence and she has been put on the Dean’s list. Liz was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace. The examination was chaired by Professor Rob Hughes.

Dr Kathie Overeem - thesis entitled “Retrograde signalling within fear neurocircuitry: Nitric oxide signalling from the lateral nucleus of the amygdala regulates thalamic EGR-1 mediated alterations of presynaptic protein levels during auditory fear conditioning”. Kathie began her work with former colleague, the late Professor Larry Kokkinidis, completed much of the experimental work at Yale and wrote it all up under the supervision of Professor Rob Hughes. Kathie accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at Otago. The external examiner, Professor Michael Dragunow of Auckland University, commented very favourably on the logical series of experiments making up the thesis, and on Kathie’s evident grasp of her research area.

Dr Gwenda Willis - thesis entitled “From prison into the community: The impact of release planning on sexual recidivism for child molesters”. The examiners, Professor Tony Ward from Victoria University and Professor Tony Beech from Birmingham University both praised the originality and importance of Gwenda’s research. Gwenda was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace and Professor Lucy Jonston.

Dr Kelly Hood - thesis entitled “Social competence at age 4 years of children born very preterm”. Kelly was supervised by Professor Lianne Woodward (ex UoC staff, presently Adjunct in the Psychology Dept.,UoC) and her examiners were Professor Janis Paterson from the Auckland University of Technology, Public and Psychosocial Studies Department and Professor Heather Mohay, Queensland Australia.

Dr Steve Haultain - thesis entitled “Deciding to enter tertiary education and taking on debt: A longitudinal perspective” - commended by the examiners; Professor Stephen Lea (University of Exeter) was the overseas external examiner, Dr Lyn Boddington (Lincoln University) was the New Zealand external examiner, and Professor Simon Kemp, the principal supervisor, was the internal examiner.

Dr Juliet Rosewall - thesis entitled “Prevalence, correlates and moderators of eating pathology in New Zealand women, adolescent and preadolescent girls”. The examiners, who all indicated that they were very impressed with her thesis, were Dr Virginia McIntosh and Professor Marita McCabe. Her primary supervisor was Assoc.Profesor David Gleaves (ex UoC staff).

2008

Dr Tracey McLellan - thesis entitled “Sensitivity to emotion specified in facial expressions and the impact of aging and Alzheimer's’ disease’”; commended by the examiners. Professor John Gray (Newcastle University) was the overseas examiner, Associate Professor Ted Ruffman (University of Otago) was the New Zealand external examiner, and Professor Richard Porter (Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Science) was the internal examiner. Professor Lucy Johnston was the principal supervisor.

Dr Caron (Carrie) Clark - thesis entitled “Executive function at early school age in children born very preterm” (earlier profile); placed on the Deans List. Carrie was supervised by Professor Lianne Woodward (ex UoC staff, presently Adjunct in the Psychology Dept., UoC) and Dr Kathleen Liberty (College of Education) and the examiners were Dr Kimberly Epsy (University of Nebraska) and Dr Peter Anderson (University of Melbourne) who was also the oral examiner.

Dr Audrey McKinlay: - thesis entitled "A investigation of the cognitive and psychiatric profile for people with Parkinson's Disease without dementia" (profile). The examiners unanimously judged that her thesis was of the highest quality, no revisions were suggested, and it has been placed on the Dean's List. The oral examiners were Professor Randolph Grace and Professor Michael Saling ( University of Melbourne ) and the non-attending external examiner was Professor Martin Sheridan ( University of Hull ). Audrey was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace, and co-supervisors Dr Derek Roger and Professor Rob Hughes.

Dr Sarah Beggs - thesis entitled “Treatment outcome, risk assessment, and recidivism among sexual offenders against children.” The external examiners were Professors Tony Ward (Victoria) and Anthony Beech (Birmingham) and she was supervised by Professor Randolph Grace.

Dr Phil Kavanagh - thesis entitled “Social exclusion, self-esteem, and mating relationships: Testing a domain-specific variant of sociometer theory”. Phil was supervised by Professor Garth Fletcher (ex UoC staff) and Dr Bruce Ellis (ex UoC staff) and the examiners were Jamin Halberstadt, who was also the oral examiner, and Mark Leary.

Dr Nigel Guenole - thesis entitled “A close look at the nomology of support for national smoking bans amongst hospitality industry managers: An application of growth mixture modeling”. His work was highly commended by his examiners, and will be placed on the Dean's list for excellence. The external examiners were Ho Moon-Ho Ringo, Nanyang Technological University, and Dr Stuart Carr, Massey University. Dr Sasha Chernyshenko (ex UoC staff) was the principal supervisor with Professor Simon Kemp as the associate supervisor.

Dr Eileen Britt - thesis entitled “Enhancing diabetes self-management: Motivational enhancement therapy”. The examiners were Prof Kim Halford, School of Psychology, Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University, Assoc. Professor Garry Welch, Behavioural Medicine Research, Baystate Medical Center Springfield as external examiners and Assoc. Prof. Neville Blampied as internal examiner. Eileen was supervised by the late Assoc. Prof. Steve Hudson and Neville Blampied and then after Steve passed away, Neville and Dr Roeline Kuijer took over. Eileen took up her new Academic position in the Clinical programme (from her previous role as Clinical Educator) on the 3rd of March; she is also joint-director of the Clinical Programme.

2007

Dr Ali Maginness - thesis entitled “The development of resilience: A model”. The thesis was judged by all three examiners to be of exceptional quality, and it has, therefore been recommended to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies that it be placed on the Dean's List. David Clarke (Monash University) was the overseas external examiner, John McDowall (Victoria University) was the New Zealand examiner and Professor Ken Strongman (ex UoC staff) was the supervising examiner.

Dr Verena Pritchard - thesis entitled “Identity-based negative priming: Individual differences in typical and atypical development”. Verena was supervised by Dr Ewald Neumann and Dr Zhe Chen. Her external examiners were Dr David Balota, from Washington University and Dr Tony Lambert from Auckland University . Dr Lambert also acted as the oral examiner. Verena has taken up a UoC Postdoctoral Fellowship position with Professor Lianne Woodward (ex UoC staff, presently Adjunct in the Psychology Dept., UoC) in conjunction with CMRF.

Dr Stephen Murray - thesis entitled “The effects of simulated cellular phone conversation on road-crossing safety”. Steve was supervised by Dr Zhe Chen and Dr Dean Owen (ex UoC staff); his external examiners were Professor John Flach, Department of Psychology, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and Dr Brenda Lobb, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland.

Dr Courtney Clyne - thesis entitled “Emotion-focused psychoeducational group therapy for binge eating disorder in women and men”. Courtney was supervised by Assoc. Prof. David Gleaves (ex UoC staff) and Dr Janet Latner (ex UoC staff). Her external examiners were Dr Lois Surgenor from the Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Assoc. Prof. Debra Safer from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Dr Jay McLean - thesis entitled "Psychological eustress: An exploratory regulated process". The external examiners were Professor Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi and Dr Dianne Gardner, and Jay's supervisor was Professor Ken Strongman (ex UoC staff).

2006

Dr Emily O'Leary - thesis entitled “Cognitive processing characteristics in obsessive-compulsive disorder subtypes”. Both examiners were impressed with the quality of her work. She was supervised by Professor Julia Rucklidge.

Dr Alice Boyes - thesis entitled “Meta-awareness of bias in intimate relationships”. Alice's thesis received considerable praise from all the examiners, Professor Linda Acitelli, Department of Psychology, University of Houston and Dr Bill von Hippel, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales. Alice was supervised by Professor Garth Fletcher (ex UoC staff).

Dr Quentin Greba - thesis entitled “The involvement of amygdale neurons and amygdaloid dopaminergic and glutametergic receptors in the acquisition and reinstatement of fear-potentiated startle in rats”. Quentin was examined by Professor Hymie Anisman, Life Science Research Centre, Carleton University and Dr Cliff Abraham, Department of Psychology, University of Otago .

Dr Alexander Mackenzie - thesis entitled "Almost certain loss: The psychology of pyramid schemes". His external examiners were Linda Cameron (also oral examiner) and Stephen Lea. Professor Brian Haig presided.

Dr Myron Friesen - thesis entitled "Evidence for a distinct forgiveness prototype: Convergent and discriminant validity". The examiners were Professor Beverley Fehr from the University of Winnipeg and Assoc. Prof. John McClure from Victoria University. Myron was supervised by Professor Garth Fletcher (ex UoC staff). He received considerable praise from the external examiners.

Dr Karla Mattson - thesis entitled "The value of signals for reward: Choice in concurrent chains". Upgraded from her Masters thesis of three years ago. Drs Doug Eliffe and Edmund Fantino were her external examiners with her internal supervisor being Associate Professor Anthony McLean.

2005

Dr Dione Healey - thesis entitled “Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity and creativity: An investigation into their relationship.” The examiners were Dr Gail Tripp, University of Otago and Dr Mark Runco, California State University – Fullerton and her supervisor Professor Julia Rucklidge. The examiners commented on the excellence of both the research and her performance in the oral examination.

Dr David Wales - thesis entitled “Personality and sexual offending against children.” David started work on this thesis in the mid-1990's, under the supervision of Dr Steve Hudson. Associate Professor Anthony McLean took up supervision after Steve passed away.

Dr Lynden Miles - thesis entitled “Smiles, affordances, and social interaction”.  The examiners were Dr Jamin Halberstadt, University of Otago; Professor Leslie Zebrowitz, Brandeis University, supervisors, Associate Professor Lucy Johnston (Dean of Postgraduate Research, UoC) and Dr Dean Owen (ex UoC staff), and the chair of the examination, Professor Brian Haig, were all extremely complimentary about the quality of Lynden's work and the way he answered tough questions in his examination.

Dr Nickola Overall - thesis entitled “Why do people try to change their intimate relationships? The regulation function of ideal standards”. The examiners were Dr Judy Feeney, University of Queensland and Dr John Lydon, McGill University and her supervisor Professor Garth Fletcher (ex UoC staff). The examiners commented on the excellence of both the research and her performance in the oral examination.

Dr Sarah Wright - thesis entitled "Loneliness in the workplace". Supervised by Associate Professor Chris Burt and Professor Ken Strongman (ex UoC staff); external examiners were Dr Dianne Gardener (Massey-Albany) and DrYuka Fujimoto (Deakin University). Her thesis was highly commended.

Dr Subhadra Evans - thesis entitled "The interface of maternal and child psychological and physical health: What maternal chronic pain means for children's functioning". Supervised by Dr Tom Keenan and Professor Ted Shipton [Christchurch School of Medicine (Otago)].  Examiners were Dr Nancy McMurray (Melbourne) and Professor Kenneth Craig (University of British Columbia).  Both examiners commented on the importance and the quality of the work carried out by Dr Evans.

Dr Anna Mitchell - thesis entitled "Involvement of the medial thalamus in multiple attributes of memory". Professor John Dalrymple-Alford was her primary supervisor and Associate Professor Anthony McLean was her co-supervisor.