Professor Karen Elizabeth Waldie

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Dr Karen E Waldie is currently a Professor in the School of Psychology and a Principal Investigator with the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. She was born in Victoria, BC Canada, and received her BSc at the University of Victoria. She received her MSc and PhD (1998; Neuropsychology) at the University of Calgary and went on to become a research fellow with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS). She became a member of The University of Auckland academic faculty in 2001 after falling in love with New Zealand.

Research | Current

Dr Karen Waldie’s research interests can be broadly categorised into those that rely on acute cross-sectional experimental techniques, and those which rely on data collected from longitudinal studies. Her experimental work combines techniques from cognitive neuroscience (e.g., functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG)) and clinical neuropsychology. She is currently leading a large fMRI study to determine the neural basis of dyslexia, dyscalculia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Auckland Comorbidity Study).

Her involvement with national longitudinal studies (Dunedin Study, Auckland Birthweight Collaborative Study, Growing Up in NZ) reflects her interest in life-span development as well as the precursors and determinants of neurodevelopmental disorders. She is a member of numerous professional societies and has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.


Teaching | Current

Psych326 (coordinator and lecturer) and Psych744 (coordinator and lecturer)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Named Investigator for the new national longitudinal study "Growing Up in NZ" (
  • Principal Investigator for the Auckland Birthweight Collaborative Study (small for gestational age children)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 3, Room 335A
New Zealand

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