Health and counselling

Targeted research in the school of health and counselling addresses three main areas of interest, all of which enable positive outcomes for students' education and their current and future clients. Academics at the school of health and counselling value research as it enhances professional knowledge and postulates evidence-based practices.

The school's three broad streams of research focus on pedagogy, best practice therapeutic approaches, and societal issues. Current research projects include the changes in pedagogy when the Bachelor of Applied Counselling programme utilised more online delivery; and an evaluation of Grace Foundation - a social service for New Zealand's marginalised communities. Student research projects include an assessment of a community programme for teen fathers; considering the unintended consequences when fathers' names are excluded from birth certificates, and community support for people on parole.

The Health and counselling team welcomes collaboration so please don't hesitate to contact their Academic Lead (Research).

Researchers and their research interests:

Catherine Dickey — Researches pedagogy for online teaching and social issues afflicting those in low socio-economic regions

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead (Research) at the School of Health and Counselling.  She has a Master in Education which focussed on issues around Māori and Pasifika achievement and is currently working on her PhD on pedagogy that is needed for the transformation of teaching from face-to-face to mainly online in undergraduate counselling and social work.

Dr Kaberi Rajendra — Researches culture, social inclusion and mental health and she utilises qualitative methodologies

Dr Rajendra is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Counselling and a registered social worker. She has a PhD and 25+ years of experience as a mental health clinician since completing her social work training in India. Dr Rajendra is passionate about supporting mental well-being in individuals and communities.

Melanie Grey — Researches bicultural counselling

Melanie is a Lecturer at the School of Health and Counselling, holds a Master of Counselling and is currently working on her PhD on Te Whare Tapa Wha for Counselling.