John Fitzgerald

Mental health expert, Clinical Psychology, Massey University


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John is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to this he was Director of The Psychology Centre in Hamilton (2001-2015) and Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Professional Advisor with Taranaki District Health Board (1992-2001). He is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist within the Clinical Scope of Practice.

John obtained his qualification in clinical psychology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 1988. He has work experience in adult mental health and alcohol/drug services, however, most of his clinical and research time has been spent focussed on the areas of child, youth and family psychological health, with interests in various aspects of professional ethics and practice, suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury.

John is President and a Fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society and a member of the Society’s Institute of Clinical Psychology. He recently completed a ten year period as Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology. He is on the Psychology Panel of the Health Practitioner’s Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Expert Advisory Group of the National Depression Initiative.

John is an experienced clinician, clinical practice supervisor and trainer, who regularly contributes to conferences and workshops on a range of clinical, professional and ethical issues. He has supervised and examined student research at all levels (Honours to Doctorate). John currently coordinates and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology and Clinical Psychology Assessment, in addition to teaching on the Massey University Clinical Psychology Training Program, and coordinating the program on the University’s Wellington campus.