Dr Jaimie F. Veale

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD

Iwi: Ngāti Pākehā

School of Psychology


About Jaimie

I completed my PhD in psychology at Massey University in 2012. I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, researching the health of Canadian transgender youth. I returned home to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2015 to take a position in Psychology at the University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.

I am an executive board member of the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism. I also helped to establish the University of Waikato Rainbow Staff/Student Alliance.


Gender; Health; Human Rights; Psychology

Public health, transgender studies

Research Interests

My main area of research is in the inequities and unique issues transgender people face in their health and well-being. I have a particular interest in mental health, sexual health and substance use.  I research the social determinants of these health outcomes, including experiences of discrimination, stigma, harassment and barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare, as well as how social and community support and gender affirmation can reduce these effects. This research involves collaboration with the transgender community, health professionals, policy makers and other researchers in the fields of psychology, nursing, education and human geography.

I also conduct research on the sexuality of transgender people, particularly on portrayals of transgender women's sexuality within psychology and medicine.

Current Projects

Counting Ourselves: The Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Non-Binary Health Survey

Recent Publications

  • Clark, B. A., Veale, J. F., Townsend, M., Frohard-Dourlent, H., & Saewyc, E. (2018). Non-binary youth: Access to gender-affirming primary health care. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(2), 158-169. doi:10.1080/15532739.2017.1394954

  • Watson, R., & Veale, J. (2018). Transgender youth are strong: Resilience among gender expansive youth worldwide. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(2), 115-118. doi:10.1080/15532739.2018.1474832

  • Saewyc, E., Frohard-Dourlent, H., Ferguson, M., & Veale, J. F. (2018). Being safe, being me in British Columbia: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, University of British Columbia. Retrieved from

  • Watson, R. J., Veale, J. F., & Saewyc, E. M. (2017). Disordered eating behaviors among transgender youth: Probability profiles from risk and protective factors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(5), 515-522. doi:10.1002/eat.22627

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Papers Taught

Associations and Memberships

Australian and New Zealand Professional Association For Transgender Health

World Professional Association For Transgender Health

Contact Details

Room: JK.1.03
Phone: (07) 837 9216