Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice

BA, BA(Hons), PhD(Auck)

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I te taha o tōku whaea ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Hokianga nui a Kupe te moana.

Ko ōku maunga karangaranga ko Rakautapu me Whiria.

Ko Te Rarawa, me Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngai Tupoto, Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Wharara, Te Pouka ngā hapū

No Motukaraka me Pakanae ngā marae.

I te taha o tōku matua he Pākehā, Devonport.

Born in Rawene, Hokianga, and raised in Northland and Auckland, I completed my undergraduate (BA, BAHons) and postgraduate education (PhD) at The University of Auckland.

I was appointed as a Research Officer at Te Roopu Whariki, Massey University in 2014, prior to my current appointment as a Lecturer, in 2015. 

Research | Current

My research approach situates mātauranga Māori, the diversity of Māori culture and identity, and the lived experiences of Māori people, as legitimate within our local psychology context, and consider institutionally responsive strategies.

One branch of my research programme applies this approach to the context of reproductive decision making, reproductive justice and inter-related domains of abortion, sexuality education, contraception, reproductive health, and maternity. Through this work I have also explored the importance of developing feminism that is historically congruent, and locally derived, to produce decolonizing psychological knowledge.

A second branch attends to the social and cultural conditions within which rangatahi Māori develop identities, navigate a colonial context, and create agentic pathways. This extends to decolonising sociocultural contexts of meaning making, understanding supportive relational contexts of whanaungatanga, attending to the development of Māori gendered sexual subjectivities, and Māori identities in the context of state care. 

Teaching | Current

I contribute to:

  • PSYCH 108: lectures on: Māori psychology
  • PSYCH 320: lectures on: Culture, identity, politics, and knowledge
  • PSYCH 319: lectures on: Reproduction and Māori women's knowledges (2020)

Postgraduate supervision

Current students

Logan Hamley – DClinPsy: Te mana tāne i ngā tāone nui e ai ki a mātou/Māori men’s experiences in the city (primary)

Ashley Gillon – PhD: Body Sovereignty and the Intersecting Isms (secondary)

Nicola Harrison – PhD: Mōrehurehu pūrākau of whakawhanaungatanga after familial childhood sexual abuse (secondary)

Sierra Tane – DClinPsy: Whakawhanaungatanga: Understanding mechanisms and pathways through which whānau relationships and practices influence rangatahi wellbeing (primary)

Fern Smith – Masters: Taitamariki Māori in state care & identities

Morgan Tupaea – Masters: Mātauranga Māori and taitamariki atawhai

Grace Jessup – Honours: Māori men and sexual violence prevention


Completed supervision

Maddison Freestone – Summer studentship – 2019: Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika student success

Aliesha Thompson-Baker – Summer studentship – 2019: Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika student success

Danielle Waiari – Summer studentship – 2019: Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika student success

Cinnamon Latimer – Masters – 2018: Māori mothers experiences at University

Fern Smith – Honours – 2018: Media representations of taitamariki Māori in state care

Wern Tje Lim – Honours – 2018: Spirituality in Māori sexual violence prevention initiatives

Morgan Tupaea – Honours – 2018: Whakahokia he tāonga tamariki: Resilience for tamariki and taitamariki Māori in state care through mātauranga Māori

Fern Smith – Summer studentship – 2018: What are the cultural and identity needs of tamariki and tai tamariki Māoir in state care? Mātauranga Māori and identity, wellbeing, belonging and connection

Shauney Thompson – Summer studentship – 2018: Pasifika perspectives on the practice of seclusion and restraint at inpatient mental health services

Josie Butcher – Summer studentship – 2018: Māori and Pasifika student resources and initiatives in Psychology

Shauney Thompson – Honours – 2017: Narratives of Femme-Identifying Cook Island People Living in New Zealand: Attending to the Flexibility and Fluidity of Gender and Sexuality

Sophie Stanford – Honours – 2017: Possibilities for Pākehā solidarity with Māori on Waitangi day

Cinnamon Latimer – Honours – 2016: Media Representations of Rangatahi Wāhine Māori

Jessee Fia’ali’I (co-supervision) – Summer studentship – 2016: 'O Le Toe Ulutaia: A Bibliography of Pacific Psychology Research

Julia Hyde (co-supervision) – Summer studentship – 2016: He Kohikohinga Rangahau: A Bibliography of Māori Psychology Research, 2nd Ed.


Marsden Fast Start (2019-2021) alongside PI Tracy Morison, and fellow AI Catriona Macleod to the value of $300,000 to research access and agency in Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) programming:
Developing a reproductive justice framework for Aotearoa New Zealand

Health Research Council Rangahau Hauora Award (2017-2020) alongside PI Terryann Clark, and fellow AIs Sonya Lewyka, Matt Shepherd, Shiloh Groot to the value of $1,198,178, to research associations between whānaungatanga, health care access and rangatahi wellbeing.

Health Research Council Erihapeti Rehu Murchie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2020) to the value of $365,885, to research Māori reccomendations for sexual violence prevention with Ngati Korokoro, Te Pouka, and Ngati Wharara at Pakanae marae.

Auckland Medical Aid Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018) to the value of $30,000, to publish and disseminate literature from my PhD work on mātauranga and tikanga Māori pertaining to reproduction.


  • 2017-onwards: Member of Critical Theory network, The University of Auckland

  • 2016-onwards: Member of Gender Studies network, The University of Auckland

  • 2015-onwards: Co-chair Māori and Pacific Psychology Committee, The University of Auckland

  • 2015/2016/2019 Facilitator of Māori and Pasifika psychology research supervision clinic

  • 2008-onwards: Member of Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group (co-ordinator, 2012; academic support from 2015)

  • 2006-onwards: Member of Psychology and Social Issues Group, prior name Gender and Critical Psychology Group

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2018-onwards: MAI Journal editorial board

2018-onwards: Board member of Thrive NZ

2017: Māori consultant on Abortion Supervisory Committee revision of Standards of Care for Women Requesting an Induced Abortion in New Zealand

2016-onwards: Executive member of Māori Association of Social Sciences

2015-onwards: Member of National Standing Committee on Bicultural Issues (NSCBI), New Zealand Psychological Society

2015-2016: Member Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Reference Group, Ministry of Health

2014-2016: Board member of Women’s Health Action, New Zealand

2011-2012: Member of Te Puawaitanga, Te Roopu Wāhine Māori (The Māori Women’s Welfare League), Aotearoa

2008: Youth advisor, Māori Health Gain Advisory Committee, Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 2, Room 217A
New Zealand

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