Associate Professor Claire Cartwright

PhD, DipClinPsych

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Associate Professor


I am currently Deputy Head (Academic) of the School of Psychology.

I have been in the School since 2003 and teach in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology programme. I teach at both post-graduate and also undergraduate level.  I have a number of areas of research interest, which are outlined below. My professional experience is mainly in the area of adult mental health.

Research | Current

I have a number of areas of research interest.  These include:

  1. The impact of family transitions of divorce and repartnering/remarriage on parents and children. My post-graduate students and I have conducted a number of studies relevant to this area – young adults’ experiences of divorce; children’s experiences of gaining a stepfather/stepmother; men’s experiences of the stepfather role; women’s experiences of stepmother stereotypes; parent-child relationships after repartnering; stepcouples relationships and impact of co-parenting relationships; and repartnering processes. 
  2. Countertertransference.  I teach “Understanding and managing countertransference” to clinical psychology students.  I have developed a trans-theoretical training approach to assist trainees to understand and manage countertransference. I have conducted a study of clinical psychology students’ reports of countertransference with colleagues in Australia and in 2015 gained an AKO Aotearoa grant to national study of this teaching approach with other clinical psychology programs in New Zealand. IN 2018, I also conducted a study of trainees' experience of countertransference incorporating Prof. Jeff Hayes approach to countertransference.
  3. Patients’ perspectives of antidepressant treatment.  Along with colleagues, I have conducted research that aims to investigate patients’ perspectives of antidepressant.  We conducted a large online survey of New Zealanders Views and Experiences of Antidepressants and have followed up with interview studies with men and women.



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Miller, A., Cartwright, C., & Gibson, K. (2017). Stepmothers’ perceptions and experiences of the wicked stepmother stereotype. Journal of Family Issues10.1177/0192513X17739049
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerry Gibson
  • Gibson, K., Cartwright, C., & Read, J. (2016). 'In my life antidepressants have been…': A qualitative analysis of users' diverse experiences with antidepressants. BMC Psychiatry, 1610.1186/s12888-016-0844-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerry Gibson
  • Gibson, K., Cartwright, C., Kerrisk, K., Campbell, J., & Seymour, F. (2016). What young people want: A qualitative study of adolescents' priorities for engagement across psychological services. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25 (4), 1057-1065. 10.1007/s10826-015-0292-6
  • Cartwright, C., Barber, C., Cowie, S., & Thompson, N. (2016). A trans-theoretical training designed to promote understanding and management of countertransference for trainee therapists. Psychotherapy Research, 1-15. 10.1080/10503307.2016.1252071
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sue Cowie
  • Cartwright, C., Gibson, K., Read, J., Cowan, O., & Dehar, T. (2016). Long-term antidepressant use: Patient perspectives of benefits and adverse effects. Patient Preference and Adherence, 10, 1401-1407. 10.2147/ppa.s110632
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerry Gibson
  • Cartwright, C., Rhodes, P., King, R., & Shires, A. (2015). A pilot study of a method for teaching clinical psychology trainees to conceptualise and manage countertransference. Australian Psychologist, 50 (2), 148-156. 10.1111/ap.12092
  • Read, J., Cartwright, C., Gibson, K., Shiels, C., & Haslam, N. (2014). Beliefs of people taking antidepressants about causes of depression and reasons for increased prescribing rates. Journal of Affective Disorders, 168, 236-242. 10.1016/j.jad.2014.06.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerry Gibson
  • Cartwright, C., Rhodes, P., King, R., & Shires, A. (2014). Experiences of countertransference: Reports of clinical psychology students. Australian Psychologist, 49 (4), 232-240. 10.1111/ap.12062


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 263
New Zealand

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