Dr Armon J Tamatea

Qualifications: PhD Massey, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato

Iwi: Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki

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About Armon

Armon Tamatea is a clinical psychologist who served as a clinician and senior research advisor for the Department of Corrections (New Zealand) before being appointed senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato where he has been involved in the post-graduate diploma of clinical psychology programme.  Armon has worked extensively in the assessment and treatment of people with histories of serious violence and sexual offending, and contributed to the design and implementation of an experimental prison-based violence prevention programme for high-risk offenders diagnosed with psychopathy.  His current research focus involves understanding and reducing violence in New Zealand prisons.


Clinical psychology; psychotherapy and behaviour change; criminal justice and foresnic psychology; personality disorders (especially psychopathic personality).

Research Interests

Armon’s research interests include prison violence and institutional aggression, psychopathy, New Zealand gang communities, and exploring culturally-informed approaches to offender management.  He was also New Zealand editor for Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  Armon currently divides his professional time between teaching, research, supervision, and clinical practice in the criminal justice arena.

Recent Publications

  • Tamatea, A. J. (2022). Humanising psychopathy, or what it means to be diagnosed as a psychopath: stigma, ‎disempowerment, and scientifically-sanctioned alienation. In L. Malatesti, J. McMillan, & P. Šustar (Eds.), History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences (Vol. 27, pp. 19-41). doi:10.1007/978-3-030-82454-9_3

  • Ward, T., Arrigo, B., Barnao, M., Beech, A., Brown, D. A., Cording, J., . . . Taxman, F. (2022). Urgent issues and prospects in correctional rehabilitation practice and research. Legal and Criminological Psychology. doi:10.1111/lcrp.12211

  • Day, A., Tamatea, A., & Geia, L. (2021). Cross-cultural practice frameworks in correctional settings. Aggression and Violent Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2021.101674

  • Plessas, A., Billot, M. W., Tamatea, A., Medvedev, O. N., McCormack, J., & Anderson, A. (2021). Barriers and Facilitators of Access to Psychological Services for Indigenous Populations: A Scoping Review and Thematic Analysis. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2021.747054

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Papers Taught

Associations and Memberships

Registered Clinical Psychologist

New Zealand Psychological Society [NZPsS] member, including the Institutes of Clinical Psychology [ICP] and Criminal Justice & Forensic Psychology [ICJFP] (2000–)

Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopaths [SSSP] student member (2007–)

Australia and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse [ANZATSA] Executive Committee member (2009–)

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: K1.01A
Phone: +64 7 858 5157
Fax: +64 7 858 5132