Health science, technology and psychology research

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Our research in the Health Science, Technology and Psychology arena delves into child development, exercise science and stroke recovery. 

One of our multidisciplinary teams is the Canterbury Child Development Research Group (CCDRG), which is investigating critical child development issues concerned with early developmental risks, brain development, parenting and family functioning.

Our Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group is finding nutritional interventions that are effective in treating psychological illness. They test new, groundbreaking multinutrient formulae, probiotics and other natural, beneficial substances; running studies on psychological disorders including ADHD.

The Sport and Exercise Research Lab (SERL) focuses on research and development in and around sport and exercise. SERL has strong international leadership.

The state-of-the-art Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research at St Georges Medical Centre is building on the successes of the current Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in mathematics and statistics health and ageing research include:

  • International Residential Assessment Instrument (interRAI) clinical assessment tool
  • Healthcare analytics
  • Mathematical modelling in health-related areas
  • Biostatistics and environmental statistics for health research
  • Analysis of large data sets (Big Data), graphical displays of data, survey design and design of experiments

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Jennifer Brown

Head of Department
Jack Erskine 400
Internal Phone: 95892

Michael Plank

Professor
Jack Erskine 614
Internal Phone: 92462

Carl Scarrott

Associate Professor
Jack Erskine 721
Internal Phone: 92472

Areas of current research in health geography include:

  • Health geography
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Geographical Information Systems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Simon Kingham

Professor
Human Geography,Chief Science Advisor, MoT
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 308
Internal Phone: 94064

Malcolm Campbell

Senior Lecturer
Human Geography
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 309
Internal Phone: 94181

Areas of current research in health services collaboration and effectiveness include:

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of health services in New Zealand
  • Analysis of health care and technology

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Ray Kirk

Professor
Deputy Head of School
Rehua 206
Internal Phone: 93702

Dr Arindam Basu

Senior Lecturer
Manawa 405F
Internal Phone: 93509

Areas of current research in epidemiology include:

  • Environmental risk factors for breast cancer
  • Population attributable risks for breast cancer
  • Head and neck cancer support services
  • Patterns in male and female breast cancer

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Ann Richardson

Professor
Rehua 304
Internal Phone: 93520

Dr Arindam Basu

Senior Lecturer
Manawa 405F
Internal Phone: 93509

Areas of current research in sleep problems include:

  • Sleep intervention
  • Infant sleep development and prevention of sleep problems

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Karyn France

Associate Professor
Rehua 301
Internal Phone: 93990

Neville Blampied

Professor
Psychology Lab Block 469
Internal Phone: 94385

Areas of current research in childhood development include:

  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants born very preterm
  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants exposed to methadone during pregnancy 
  • Childhood exposure to family violence and later parenting risks

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Jacki Henderson

Senior Lecturer
Psychology Rm 430
Internal Phone: 94358

Areas of current research in employee resilience include:

  • The Building Resilient Infrastructure Project (Resilient Organisations website) 
  • Wellbeing research
  • The long tail of organisational recovery from disaster
  • Resilience development research

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Katharina Naswall

Head of Department
Professor
Psychology 221
Internal Phone: 94332

Joana R C Kuntz

Associate Professor
Director of Applied Psychology
Psychology 201
Internal Phone: 94397

Sanna Malinen

Associate Professor
Meremere 337
Internal Phone: 93787

Areas of current in mental health nutrition include:

  • Nutritional interventions for treating psychological illness

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Julia Rucklidge

Professor of Clinical Psychology
Psychology 465
Internal Phone: 94398

Areas of current research in stroke rehabilitation and recovery include:

  • Biofeedback in Strength and Skill Training (BiSSkiT) training protocol and software program
  • Patients, Engineers, Researchers and Clinicians (PERC) rehabilitation technologies
  • Pharyngeal high resolution manometry (HRM)
  • Strength and endurance of submental and lingual muscles
  • Cough strength testing in acute dysphagia management

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Maggie-Lee Huckabee

Professor of Communication Disorders
Communications Disorders
Internal Phone: 95124

Phoebe Macrae

Senior Lecturer
Communications Disorders
Internal Phone: 95126

Kristin Gozdzikowska

Internal Phone: 95230

Paul Gaynor

Associate Professor
Head of Department
Link Rm 506
Internal Phone: 94346

Areas of current research in sport and exercise research include:

  • Enabling success in elite level team sport for Indigenous Australians
  • Keeping girls in sport
  • Pasifika engagement in science and technology through sport
  • Sport-specific measurement and evaluation tools for rock climbing
  • Citywide approaches to increasing physical activity levels
  • Muscle trauma and stress in rugby players and cage fighters
  • Inflammation in sports injuries
  • Concussive and sub-concussive impacts on rugby players

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Richard Light

Professor
Rehua 302
Internal Phone: 93442

Nick Draper

Professor
Physiology Lab G140 Kirkwood
Internal Phone: 93878

Dr Carl Petersen

Senior Lecturer
Rehua 320
Internal Phone: 93438

Dr Chris North

Senior Lecturer
Associate Deputy Head of School
Rehua 320
Internal Phone: 93436

Piet Van Hasselt

Rehua 302
Internal Phone: 90640

Phillip Borell

Lecturer in Te Maori and Maori Performing Arts
Te Ao Marama 162
Internal Phone: 95957

Areas of current research in Intelligent and adaptive health systems include:

  • Personalisation in aphasia rehabilitation
  • Increasing motivation in rehabilitation by enlisting help from the patient
  • Prospective memory rehabilitation

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Moffat Mathews

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies (International)
Jack Erskine 213
Internal Phone: 92452

Tanja Mitrovic

Professor
College of Engineering Associate Dean (Postgraduate)
John Britten Rm 113
Internal Phone: 94269

Matthias Galster

Senior Lecturer
Director of Software Engineering
Jack Erskine 314
Internal Phone: 92172