Associate Professor of Psychological Practice

Wellington, New Zealand
17 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Do you have a completed PhD or professional doctorate in a relevant field (e.g. Doctor of Health Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology) or other relevant qualifications?
  • Will you have the ability to develop and lead a professional programme in psychology, focused on health psychology?
  • Do you have a well-established research record and agenda?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting an Associate Professor of Psychological Practice. The role will be responsible for developing professional health psychology and training students to work as Psychologists in health fields.

Key responsibilities:

  • Take a leading role in the development of professional practice within the new Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology Practice in the School of Health
  • Teach psychological practice and related topics in ways that enhance collaboration with other Schools and Faculties within the university and with external stakeholders, including registered psychologists
  • Develop relationships with external stakeholders and take the lead in setting up and supporting 1500-hour internships in health psychology practice
  • Conducting high-quality research in the area of health and wellbeing, attracting postgraduate students, collaborating with other researchers at Victoria University and elsewhere, and seeking external research
  • Contribute to achieving equity through a commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi and applying Mātauranga Māori to learning and research
  • Contribute to the development of the School's wider academic and strategic direction

Ō pūmanawa - About you

The preferred applicant will have experience working as a registered psychologist as well as academic teaching experience. They will have the ability to develop and lead a professional programme in psychology, focused on health psychology. They will be a collegial and collaborative team member who will contribute positively to the health psychology team, the broader multidisciplinary School of Health, and other professional psychology programmes in the University.

Key requirements:

  • A completed PhD or professional doctorate in a relevant field (e.g. Doctor of Health Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology) or other relevant qualifications commensurate with the seniority of the role
  • Postgraduate qualification in an applied area of Psychology
  • Experience working in an applied professional psychology setting
  • A well-established research record and agenda
  • Demonstrated evidence of academic leadership ability
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful tertiary teaching
  • Understanding of the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in research and teaching

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

The Faculty of Health was established in 2017 to support Victoria University's vision of Improving Health and Wellbeing in our Communities. The School of Health launched the Bachelor of Health in 2018, with major subjects in Health Psychology; Population Health, Policy and Service Delivery; Health Promotion; and Health Informatics. The Master of Health began in 2019 and in 2021 we launched the new Master of Health Psychology programme.

You will join a growing, multidisciplinary School with a team that is committed to the University's te Tiriti o Waitangi and equity obligations and values collaboration, innovative thinking, excellence in teaching, and critical and transformational engagement.

Please go to our careers site to view the role description.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with the Acting Head of School, Professor Joanne Crawford ( but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form. 

Click the apply now button and follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Friday, 4 February 2022.

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