ACE cluster

I am currently the leader of the Affect, Cognition and Environment (ACE) research cluster at Massey University. The cluster is made up of academics and students in the School of Psychology who conduct research in the areas of affect/emotion, cognition, and environmental psychology. We have a particular interest in climate change research and open science. The cluster operates a fortnightly research seminar conducted via Zoom. If you would like to join the mailing list for the cluster, please email with the subject line subscribe psych-labseminar.

Members of the ACE cluster in Ohakune Members of the ACE cluster at a retreat in Ohakune, 2015.


I lead a lab of DClinPsych, Honours and Masters students. The lab has a focus on open science issues, especially as applied in clinical psychology. We meet fortnightly to discuss research issues and share presentations.

Some students in the lab and their respective research topics include:

  • Brooke Yelavich (DClinPsych) - Factors contributing to non-attendance of psychological appointments
  • Natalija Damnjanovic (DClinPsych) - An evaluation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for weight loss among overweight/obese individuals with disordered eating
  • Shoni Marshall-Edwards (DClinPsych) - Client suicide: How do mental health practitioners respond?

New Zealand Open Research Network

I am currently the interim co-ordinator of the New Zealand Open Research Network (NZORN). NZORN is a nascent chapter of the wider Australia/New Zealand Open Research Network (ANZORN). You can follow NZORN on Twitter, and join our mailing list here.


I am currently the co-ordinator for the following courses at Massey University: