Dr Armon J Tamatea

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD Massey, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato

Iwi: Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki

School of Psychology


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. He has worked extensively in the assessment and treatment of violent and sexual offenders, and contributed to the design and implementation of an experimental prison-based violence prevention programme for high-risk offenders diagnosed with psychopathy.  Armon is principally involved in the post-graduate diploma of clinical psychology programme in the School of Psychology. His research interests include psychopathy, New Zealand gang communities, and exploring culturally-informed approaches to offender management.  He is 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.


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

Recent Publications

  • Tamatea, A. (2018). Psychological reports regarding convicted offenders. In New Zealand Psychological Society Jubilee Conference. Conference held at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Myers, J., & Tamatea, A. (2018). What do we expect of New Zealand clinical psychology trainees. In New Zealand Psychological Society Jubilee Conference. Conference held at The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Castell, B., Kilgour, G., & Tamatea, A. (2018). Are psychologists meeting the needs of Māori? A perspective from Psychological Services. Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 6(2), 14-19.

  • Seymour, F., Blackwell, S., & Tamatea, A. (2018). Introduction. In F. Seymour, S. Blackwell, & A. Tamatea (Eds.), Psychology and the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand (2nd edition) (2nd ed., pp. 1-2). The New Zealand Psychological Society.

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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

Room: K1.01A
Phone: +64 7 858 5157
Fax: +64 7 858 5132