About the School of Psychology

Find out what makes us unique and what you can look forward to if you come to study with us or join us in our research.


I absolutely love the discipline of Psychology. It is an incredibly broad and diverse academic subject. As such, 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

Our Māori name

On Wednesday 27th May 2020 Associate Professor Tom Roa and Dr Haki Tuaupiki, in consultation with the Kaupapa Māori Management Committee (KMMC), gifted a Māori name to the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato: Te Kura Whatu Oho Mauri. Read the full story here.

Our Staff

Our staff provide research-led teaching and conduct internationally recognised research in a range of psychological specialisations. To discover the breadth of expertise in our School, please see the staff directory. This allows you to easily search or filter to find a potential research partner or prospective postgraduate research supervisor.

List of psychology staff

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School of Psychology

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Phone: 07 838 4032

General Enquiries

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Phone: 0800 924 5286