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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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.

Success stories

Psychology is one of the most popular subjects at university and our graduates go on to a wide range of careers and further study. Hear from our current and previous students about their time studying here and how it prepared them for their careers.

Our Research

We ensure psychology is scientific and accountable, producing world-leading research in a friendly and welcoming environment. Our staff and research students are engaged in collaborative research that aims to improve our understanding of how people function and to contribute to the welfare of individuals, communities, and the non-human animals with which human beings interact.


Bouncing unborn baby research between time zones secret to success

Bouncing work back and forth between time zones has allowed research into fetal development to move at a 24hour cycle, thanks to a Marsden grant and dedicated researchers from Aotearoa and England.

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Waikato psychologists receive international honours

Two University of Waikato academics have been recognised by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), one of the world’s leading international bodies for psychology. In the announcement this month, Professor Vincent Reid was made a Fellow of the APS, while Dr Aleea Devitt received a Rising Star award.

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App to help prevent postnatal depression and anxiety among expectant mothers

An app designed to help prevent postnatal depression and anxiety among expectant mothers has been relaunched by the University of Waikato to help women find the support and strategies they need for positive mental health.

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Psychologists urged to do more on climate change

Psychologists should be doing more to mitigate the health effects of climate change, according to an extensive new report from the American Psychological Association (APA) – the largest organisation for psychologists in the US and with influence around the world.

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University of Waikato Fulbright Scholar to study how kava can be used to reduce PTSD

Dr Apo Aporosa, a former police officer who left policing with PTSD, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to work for three months with institutes in Hawai’i on two projects. One of the projects will investigate the potential of kava’s effectiveness in reducing PTSD symptoms among post combat soldiers, which recent studies report is at ‘epidemic’ levels

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$3.6m given to Waikato University in an attempt to reduce prison violence

An opportunity to understand and reduce the amount of violence in our prisons has been given to Waikato University.

Research funding of $3.9 million over five years was awarded to Dr Armon Tamatea to continue his work on reducing violence in prisons

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Saving lives: Psychology programmes celebrate 50 years

More than 85 people gathered to celebrate the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology on Sunday at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton.

The event marked 50 years since its postgraduate clinical and applied behaviour analysis psychology programmes began in 1973.

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School of Psychology

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Phone: 07 838 4136

General Enquiries

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Phone: 0800 924 5286