Dr Armon J Tamatea

Armon Tamatea

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD Massey, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato

Iwi: Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki

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.

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Tamatea, A., Day, A., & Geia, L. (2019). Towards effective throughcare approaches for Indigenous people leaving prison in Australia and New Zealand (Research Brief 25). Australian Institute of Criminology.

  • Tamatea, A., & Day, A. (2019). Indigenous offenders: Issues and challenges for Correctional Psychologists. In D. Polaschek, A. Day, & C. Hollin (Eds.), The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology (pp. 282-296). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.. doi:10.1002/9781119139980.ch18

  • 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.

  • Tamatea, A. (2018). “I know our people”: Exploring community approaches to gang member reintegration II. Practice - The New Zealand Corrections Journal, 6(1), 65-72.

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

Contact Details

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