Dr. Melanie Wong
Dr. Melanie Wong
PhD, MEd(Hons), PGDip, CounsTh, BEd
Academic lead research and academic lead students
Research, academic skills, human growth and development, and mental health
Mel is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work. Mel is also a counsellor, dream therapist and interactive drawing therapist who likes to work with those who connect with the world differently. Mel holds a PhD from the University of Canterbury, she has an extensive research interest in supporting individuals' mental and emotional needs using the lens of social constructionism and a holistic approach.
Why I love MIT
I learn a lot from working with our students. It is very rewarding to see their commitment and dedication to making changes in their lives. I also enjoy working with the South Auckland community; here is where I feel I belong.
- Wong, M. (2021). Inequity in equity: Social justice for gifted children and their family. Encyclopedia of Social Justice in Education – Early Childhoods and Childhood Studies. [submitted for publication]
- Wong, M., Beekmans, T., Taliaoa, F., & Oades, L. (2021). Effectiveness of the Breaking Ground Programme in Transforming Parenting Skills and Practice. Unitec ePress Research Report Series (1). Retrieved from http://www. unitec.ac.nz/epress/
- Wong, M. (2020). Meanings ascribed to the concept of “giftedness”: Implications for counselling with young people. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 40(1), 31-43.
- Wong, M., Pomore, K., Hendrikse, N., & Grey, M. (2020). Supporting learning in a holistic way: Exploring mental health issues of social work degree students. In H. Hamerton & C. Fraswer (Eds.), 2020 ITP Research Symposium: Kotahitanga: He mahingā tahi - working in partnership to improve outcomes for learners and communities (pp. 58-66). Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology. Otara residents survey report 2018
- Wong, M. (2020). How giftedness is understood and practised in initial teacher education programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 29(1), 41 - 51.
- Wong, M. (2020, Autumn). Supporting multi exceptionalities of giftedness - A counselling perspective. Tall Poppies Magazine of The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children, 14-17. http://online.fliphtml5.com/tmopd/fpnp/
- Wong, M. (2020). Unpacking giftedness in early childhood education: What does this mean for inclusion? In A. C. Gunn, N. Surtees, D. Gordon-Burns & K. Purdue (Eds). Te Aotūroa Tātaki Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice, and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand (2nd ed.) (pp. 126-140). Wellington, NZ: NZCER Press.
- Wong, M. & Whitburn, B. (2019). Reductive measurements of giftedness and twice-exceptionality: An analysis of education policy and associated documents from New Zealand and Australia. In T. McMenamin & A. Guerin (Eds) Belonging: Rethinking inclusive practices to support well-being and identity (pp. 75-94). Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill.
- Wong, M. (2018). New interpretations of giftedness in early years: Looking through the lens of social constructionism. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/16352
- Wong, M. (2018). Challenging assumptions about giftedness in early childhood. Tall Poppies Magazine of The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children, 43(1), 26-28.
- Wong, M., Hendrikse, N., Mason, H., Pomare, K., Petelo, F. & Otara Health Charitable Trust. (2018). Thriving Otara: Otara Residents Survey Report 2018. Retrieved from http://www.thrivingotara.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/OHCTrust-Report-Digital-Download.pdf
- Invitation: Visiting Scholar to the Institute of Educational Psychology and Research on Excellence at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 2022 or 2023, led by Professor Albert Ziegler
- Guest Lecturer (University of Canterbury, Otago University, Unitec, Te Rito Maioha, other Schools at MIT)
- Keynote speaker (Te Rito Maioha)
- Master thesis supervision and examiner
- Secretary (New Zealand Association for Gifted Children)
- International and national conferences presentation.
- Giftedness and twice-exceptionality
- Social constructionism
- Mental health
- Using the community to support community.
Awards and grants
- MIT Research Excellence 2020
- MIT Teaching Excellence 2010.
Memberships and affiliations
- Full Teacher Registration (Current)
- Provisional membership (New Zealand Association of Counsellors)
- Auckland Justice of the Peace Association
- Dream Therapy NZ
- SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted).