Our People

Lab Director


Dr Jaimie Veale (she/her) is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato. Her research interests include social determinants of health for transgender people. Originally from Ashburton / Hakatere, Jaimie is a Pākehā trans woman.

Jaimie completed her PhD in psychology at Massey University in 2012. She worked for three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, researching the health of Canadian transgender young people.

Jaimie is the founding President of the Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA), on the Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of
Transgender Health

Senior Research Officer and Co-investigator


Jack Byrne (he/him) is a health and human rights researcher based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Jack’s trans research and activism nationally, regionally and internationally has focused on the right to health, depathologisation and legal gender recognition. He has written national and regional reports on trans health. Jack is a tauiwi trans man, born in Māwhera / Greymouth, of Irish descent.

Postgraduate Students

Kyle Tan (he/him) is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Waikato. Originally from Malaysia, he has Chinese whakapapa. His research interest lies in mental health and wellbeing of the rainbow communities.

Juliana Brown (she/her) is a PhD student at the University of Waikato.


Ryan Bentham (he/him) is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Waikato. He is a tauiwi cisgender man originally from Te Kūiti of European descent. His research interests lie in mental health, gender, and sexuality.

Past and Present Research Collaborators

Dr Beth Clark, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University, USA

A/Prof Sonja Ellis, Human Development, University of Waikato

Dr John Fenaughty, Education and Social Work, University of Auckland

Prof Lynda Johnston, Geography, University of Waikato

Alex Ker, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Auckland

Dr Tāwhanga Nopera, University of Waikato

Dr George Parker, Midwifery, Otago Polytechnic

Dr Jeannie Oliphant, Auckland District Health Board

Dr Ruth Pearce, University of Leeds and University of Surrey, UK

Prof Elizabeth Saewyc, Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr Johanna Schmidt, Social Science, University of Waikato

A/Prof Gareth Treharne, Psychology, University of Otago

Dr Ryan Watson, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut, USA

Ashe Yee, Psychology, University of Waikato (Research Assistant)

Previous Students

Ryan Bentham: Problematic Eating Behaviour Among Trans and Non-binary People: Examining the Risk and Protective Factors in Aotearoa New Zealand. Honours dissertation 2019.

Laura O'Flaherty: Experiences of Discrimination of Transgender and Non-Binary People in Aotearoa New Zealand. Honours dissertation 2018.

Sam Guy: The Good, the Bad, and the Disappointingly Transphobic: Healthcare Accessibility for Trans and Gender Diverse New Zealanders. Master's thesis, 2018.

Moses Simpson: Risk and Protective Factors for SADness in the Furry Community; An Exploration of Suicide, Anxiety and Depression Within the Furry Community. Master's thesis, 2018.

Selena Clark: Comparison Investigations to Determine the Prevalence of Violence Exposures Among Canadian Transgender Youth. Honours dissertation, 2017.