17591_IMG_0401_PhotographersInc_PortraitNickola Overall leads the REACH group at the University of Auckland. Her research interests focus on identifying the factors that determine the relative success of different communication strategies used when couples are trying to resolve relationship problems or support each other. She also examines how depression, attachment insecurities and sexist attitudes impact relationship functioning, and the relationship and family processes that exacerbate or overcome these difficulties. [Read More]

matthewMatthew Hammond completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in 2015, and is now a lecturer (assistant professor) at Victoria University of Wellington. His primary research involves how gender, power and sexist stereotypes influence relationship functioning. His research has demonstrated how sexist stereotypes can influence behaviours and perceptions within relationships in ways that reinforce gender inequality. [Read More]

ygirmeYuthika Girme completed her PhD at the University of Auckland in 2015, and is now is now an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University. Her primary research goals involve identifying the ways people can effectively provide support and generate closeness in their romantic relationships. Her research focuses on how contextual factors and partners’ relationship insecurities can help explain when providing support can be beneficial or costly. [Read More]

Emily Cross is currently completing her PhD at the University of Auckland. Her primary areas of research focus on the intersection between social attitudes, individual differences and functioning within close, intimate relationships. This includes research examining the impact of sexist attitudes, attachment insecurity and power dynamics. [Read More]

Shanuki Jayamaya is currently completing her PhD. Her research explores the factors that determine the success of different strategies couples use to resolve relationship problems. Her current research projects also involve examining support with close relationships, including identifying dispositions of support providers that undermine the effectiveness of support. [Read More]

phoebePhoebe Molloy completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in early 2016, and is now a practicing clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on interpersonal theories of depression. She investigates the ways in which depression produces relationship perceptions and behaviours that propagate depression and relationship difficulties.

Rachel Low is currently completing her PhD. Her primary research involves examining emotion regulation processes as they develop, emerge and impact familial interactions. Her research includes examining what emotion regulation strategies are effective during adult relationship interactions, such as when people are striving to achieve personal goals and need support or when couples are managing conflict. Rachel’s research also focuses on how emotion regulation processes within couples’ interaction spill over to subsequent family interactions, such as when parents are playing or interacting with their children. Rachel is also interested in investigating how parents’ emotion regulation strategies influence children’s emotional experiences and regulation abilities. [Read More]

valValerie Chang is currently completing her PhD. Her main area of research focuses on how depression and rumination affect how individuals respond within interpersonal relationships and the interpersonal processes that sustain depression across time, such as biased perceptions and memories. [Read More]

 DSC_7709_2Holly Dixon has completed her Masters and is currently designing her PhD research. Holly dedicates her time to uncovering the ways individuals can strengthen their internal psychological resources in order to adapt well to life’s challenges. Holly’s Masters research examined how dispositional levels of mindfulness can reduce the negative outcomes associated with daily stress, relationship conflict and insecurity.


Rebecca Thomson is originally from New York, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina, in the USA. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program and her research interests involve family systems, intimate relationships and potential barriers to effective communication and conflict resolution.


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