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Dr Sam Manuela

Lecturer, PhD in Psychology

Sam is psychological researcher of both Cook Island and European descent. He has recently completed his PhD and will soon be taking up a lecturing position in the School of Psychology at The University of Auckland.

Sam’s research focuses on the relationship between Pacific ethno-cultural identity and positive wellbeing outcomes. He has a strong background in psychometrics and quantitative methods, which he used to develop the Pacific Identity and Wellbeing Scale. Sam has been heavily involved in UoA’s Tuakana programme, providing support for Maori and Pacific psychology students. He aims to continue this relationship within his new position, in addition to developing the quantitative research skills for Pacific researchers and Pacific theoretical understandings of Psychology as a discipline.