Dr Hilary Mary Lapsley

BA MA(Hons) PhD Auck, MNZPsS


My PhD in Psychology was from University of Auckland in 1981, where I was a Junior Lecturer in Psychology. After a period as Deputy Director at the Mental Health Foundation, I became a Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies and Psychology, and head of the Women's Studies programme at the University of Waikato. I left there in 2000 to become Research Director of the Mental Health Commission in Wellington. A move into research management saw me managing health research programmes at the Chief Scientist Office, Edinburgh from 2007-2011 and then at the University of Auckland's Research Office (2012-14). The UK experience, where I held office portfolios for ageing, dementia and mental health research, led to an interest in ageing research and at the School of Population Health I've been involved with the LiLACS NZ research group in longitudinal studies of older people. Now, at the James Henare Māori Research Centre, I work on a programme of research into kaumātua wellbeing.

Research | Current

At the James Henare Māori Research Centre I participate in collaborative research on kaumātua wellbeing. I am particularly involved in research applications, qualitative data analysis, reports and publications.


Senior Prize in Psychology, 1973

University Postgraduate Scholarship 1979-81

Fulbright Senior Scholar, 1992

New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal, 1993

Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Best Non-Fiction 2000 (Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict:The Kinship of Women, University of Massachusetts Press)

Zonta Club of Auckland Cherry Raymond Award, 2014


Senior Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

ageing research, mental health, qualitative research, women's studies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Convenor, Women's Studies Association (NZ) 2013-2018

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lapsley, H., Kerse, N., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Wiles, J., & Jatrana, S. (2020). Do household living arrangements explain gender and ethnicity differences in receipt of support services? Findings from LiLACS NZ Maori and non-Maori advanced age cohorts. AGEING & SOCIETY, 40 (5), 1004-1020. 10.1017/S0144686X18001514
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Simon Moyes, Janine Wiles, Marama Muru-Lanning
  • Lapsley, H., Hayman, K. J., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Edlin, R., & Kerse, N. (2020). Caregiving, ethnicity and gender in Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders of advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ Kaiāwhina (Love and Support) study. Australasian journal on ageing, 39 (1), e1-e8. 10.1111/ajag.12671
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Hayman, Marama Muru-Lanning, Simon Moyes, Richard Edlin, Ngaire Kerse
  • Kerse, N., Lapsley, H., Moyes, S., Mules, R., & Edlin R (2016). Health, independence and caregiving in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32548
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Simon Moyes
  • Lapsley, H., Pattie, A., Starr, J. M., & Deary, I. J. (2016). Life review in advanced age: Qualitative research on the 'start in life' of 90-year-olds in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921. BMC Geriatrics, 16 (74)10.1186/s12877-016-0246-x
  • Lapsley, H., Barnett, H., & Clarke, S. (2006). Journeys with young adult mental health consumers: A narrative research project. Australian Community Psychologist, 18 (5), 19-25. Related URL.
  • Lapsley, H. (1999). Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The kinship of women. Amherst, Massachusetts, USA: University of Massachusetts Press. Pages: 376.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level G, Room G03
New Zealand

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