October 01, 2018
Whakama kaupapa for award
Research into Māori emotions has earned Karis Knight this year's Karahipi Tūmuaki President’s Scholarship from the New Zealand Psychological Society for Māori-centred research of value to the Māori community.
Ms Knight, from Ngāti Porou, is studying for a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Auckland.
Her research has covered whakama or shame and embarrassment and how Māori understand and experience it as psychological distress.
There is a growing area of kaupapa Māori research into emotions as a way to look at the effects of intergenerational and historic trauma on mental health.
The Postgraduate Student Social Justice Research Scholarship went to another Auckland student, Tycho Vandenburg, whose PhD thesis is on transgender and gender diverse youth and early adult homelessness in Aotearoa.
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