Dr Hilary Lapsley

BA MA(Hons) PhD Auck, MNZPsS

Email: h.lapsley@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64-22-1284546
Location: Room G03, Building 225, 18 Wynyard Street, City Campus

My current research focus is ageing. At James Henare Research Centre I work with colleagues on a programme of qualitative research into kaumātua wellbeing, as well as retaining links with the LiLACS NZ study of advanced ageing. Previously I led a qualitative study of 90 year olds from the
University of Edinburgh’s Lothian Birth Cohort. My research career has been varied, beginning with a PhD in Psychology from University of Auckland in 1981.

I then became involved in mental health research (Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Commission) and women’s studies (University of Waikato). I’ve also spent time in research management in Scotland and New Zealand. My most cited publications are a research study carried out in association with Linda Waimarie Nikora and Roseanne Black, Kia Mauri Tau: Narratives of Recovery from Disabling Mental Health Problems (Mental Health Commission, 2002) and a biographical work, Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women (University of
Massachusetts Press, 1999).