Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Community Psychology Graduate Programme Convenor, Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPsych(Comm), PhD

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Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau

About Bridgette

My research speciality for the past 15+ years has been in the area of indigenous evaluation research. I have lead, been a team member, and/or supervised evaluations in the general area of indigenous social well-being. Project areas include: family violence; intimate partner relationships; women’s and children’s health; tobacco, alcohol, drug, use and reduction; positive learning environments (primary, secondary and tertiary institutions); cultural competency and evaluation training. Within the range of projects that I have been involved, I have worked with different types of agencies including: iwi and hapū, central and regional government, district health boards, private companies, and not-for-profit agencies.

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Research Interests

Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngāi te Rangi, Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau

Position: Senior Lecturer, co-Director Māori & Psychology Research Unit (MPRU), School of Psychology, University of Waikato

Bio: Dr Masters-Awatere is a Faculty member in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato. In addition to her role as Convenor of the Community Psychology postgraduate programme for registration as a psychologist, she is the Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit situated within the School of Psychology Bridgette trained as a psychologist, with a special interest in community and indigenous wellbeing. Before joining the academy she managed a successful private practice that refined her evaluation research skills within Indigenous contexts. She teaches some of these skills to postgraduate students at Waikato. Bridgette is currently involved in leading three major health projects: ‘He Pikinga Waiora’ within the Healthier Lives challenge of the National Science Challenges , ‘Harti Hauora Tamariki’, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the ‘Hospital Transfers’ project of the Tertiary Education Commission Māori Centre of Excellence (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga) research programme

Recent Publications

  • Scott, N., Bennett, H., Masters-Awatere, B., Sarfati, D., Atatoa-Carr, P., & Harris, R. (2020). Indigenous Cancer Research: Reflections on Roles and Responsibilities. JCO Global Oncology, (6), 143-147. doi:10.1200/jgo.19.00124 Open Access version:

  • Masters-Awatere, B., Rarere, M., Gilbert, R., Manuel, C., & Scott, N. (2019). He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāangata! (What is the most important thing in the world? It is people!). Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25, 435-442. doi:10.1071/PY19027 Open Access version:

  • Rarere, M., Oetzel, J., Masters-Awatere, B., Scott, N., Wihapi, R., Manuel, C., & Gilbert, R. (2019). Critical reflection for researcher–community partnership effectiveness: the He Pikinga Waiora process evaluation tool guiding the implementation of chronic condition interventions in Indigenous communities. Australian Journal of Primary Health. doi:10.1071/py19022

  • Masters-Awatere, B., & Graham, R. (2019). Whānau Māori explain how the Harti Hauora Tamariki tool assists better access to health services. Australian Journal of Primary Health. doi:10.1071/PY19025 Open Access version:

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Culture; Health; Maori; Maori Development and Education; Psychology

Evaluation of Māori service programmes that contribute to Māori health and development.

Contact Details

Room: K.1.22
Phone: +64 7 837 9228