School of Psychology

At Waikato, we welcome students into a community full of innovative thinkers. Our students work alongside internationally respected psychological scientists and psychologists to understand individuals and advocate for inclusive communities.

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Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology

Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri School of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour of humans and non-human animals. It's about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.

As both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, psychology is dedicated to the study of human behaviour and how we act, react and interact - and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations behind it.

In our School, we have strong connections to a range of other subjects such as medicine, social sciences, sport, management and education. We specialise in the most critical areas of psychology, where we can make a real difference to New Zealand society.

Welcome from the Head of School

I absolutely love the discipline of Psychology. It is an incredibly broad and diverse academic subject. As  much, it comes in all sorts of flavours and is often difficult to pin down in a definition. For me, Psychology is the science of how we understand and improve how humans and animals perceive and think. It is the study of how we act, react and interact. This field lets us make great strides in creating new knowledge that positively helps our society.

The School of Psychology at Waikato contains all the flavours of Psychology – from neuroscience to social science. We are a very special community that is warm and welcoming. We continually strive to be world leading experts in our respective fields. This is reflected in the way that we teach. We bring our excitement, knowledge and passion to our lecture theatres and labs. This means that our students learn about the most up-to-date advances in psychology together with how psychology can be applied in the modern world.

Professor Vincent Reid
Head of School

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Our School is home to leading researchers and clinicians who are making exciting discoveries in the field of psychology. 

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