Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice

BA, BA(Hons), PhD(Auck)

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No Motukaraka me Pakanae ngā marae.

Hokianga Whakapau Karakia te awa.

I te taha o tōku whaea o Ngai Tupoto, Motukaraka, me Ngati Korokoro, Pakanae, me Te Mahurehure.

I te taha o tōku matua he Pākehā, Devonport.

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka ōku tūpuna ko Mate Sarich me Connie Morgan.

Ko ōku maunga karangaranga ko Rakautapu me Whiria.

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 programme attenuates to the cultural nexus of indigenous and western knowledge, colonising influence, response, and intervention. I am particularly interested in how we make meaning of culture, ethnicity, gender, youth and other patterns of human experience.

My PhD investigated what reproduction means for Māori, casting a net around the wider phenomenon to understand reproductive decisions, parenting, sexuality education, maternities and abortion, as spheres of mutual influence. I have since been involved with further research collaborations on youth and health, sexualisation, and suicide, as well as research that has investigated the affective-discursive dimensions of bicultural national recognition.

Teaching | Current

I contribute to:

  • PSYCH 108: lectures on Māori psychology
  • PSYCH 208: lectures on Kaupapa Māori research
  • PSYCH 320: lectures on Māori women, politics, and knowledge

Postgraduate supervision


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

Wern-Tje Lim (BAHons) - Māori reccomendations for sexual violence prevention

Morgan Tupaea (BAHons) - Understanding the cultural needs of tamariki Māori in State Care

Fern Smith (BAHons) - Understanding the cultural needs of tamariki Māori in State Care



Cinnamon Lindsay (MSc) - Balancing Aspirations: Māori Parents' Experiences at University 

Sophie Stanford (BAHons) - Possibilities for Pākehā Resistance to Colonial Discourse on Waitangi Day 

Shauney Thompson (BAHons) - Cook Island Women's Narratives of Gender and Sexuality 

Fern Smith (summer scholar) - Mātauranga Māori and Identity, Wellbeing, Belonging and Connection 

Josie Butcher (summer scholar) - Māori and Pasifika student resources and initiatives in Psychology



Cinnamon Lindsay (BAHons) - Media Representations of Rangatahi Wāhine Māori 

Jessee Fia'Ali'i (summer scholar co-supervised with Shiloh Groot) - 'O Le Toe Ulutaia: A Bibliography of Pacific Psychology Research 

Julia Hyde (summer scholar co-supervised with Shiloh Groot) - He Kohikohinga Rangahau: A Bibliography of Māori Psychology Research, 2nd Ed. 


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

  • 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

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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