Associate Professor Ian Lambie

PhD, DipClinPsych

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Associate Professor


Ian worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist before joining the University in 1990. He has worked with youth offenders for the past 20 years, specialising in adolescents who sexually offend, children who deliberately light fires and children displaying violent and antisocial behaviour.

Research | Current

  • Sexual offending in adolescents and adults
  • Arson in children and adults
  • Severe antisocial and violent behaviour in children and adolescents
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Programme evaluation



  • Ann Ballin Award, New Zealand Psychological Society for services to Clinical Psychology in New Zealand, 2006
  • Faculty of Science Deans Excellence Teaching Award, 2005
  • New Zealand Psychological Society Public Interest Award for his longstanding community work with adolescent sexual offenders in New Zealand, 2001

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the Ministry of Justice Independent Advisory Group on Youth Offending chaired by Chief Youth Court Judge, Judge Becroft
  • Member of the Ministry of Social Development advisory group on the treatment of conduct disorder
  • Member of the New Zealand Psychologists Board Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Member of the Film and Literature Review Board of Review
  • Officer of the Chief Censor, Department of Internal Affairs
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Aggression

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lim, S., Lambie, I., & van Toledo, A. (2019). Characteristics of Female Youth Offenders in New Zealand. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 63 (2), 198-217. 10.1177/0306624x18799002
  • Morgan, S., & Lambie, I. (2019). Understanding men who access sexualised images of children: exploratory interviews with offenders. JOURNAL OF SEXUAL AGGRESSION, 25 (1), 60-73. 10.1080/13552600.2018.1551502
  • Lambie, I., Randell, I., Krynen, A., Reed, P., & Ioane, J. (2019). Risk Factors for Future Offending in Child and Adolescent Firesetters Following a Fire Service Intervention Program. Criminal Justice and Behavior10.1177/0093854819842907
  • Hieu, T., Lambie, I., Best, C., & Krynen, A. (2018). Naked flames: University students' peer norms about unsafe fire behavior. FIRE SAFETY JOURNAL, 102, 11-17. 10.1016/j.firesaf.2018.10.001
  • Bowden, F., Lambie, I., & Willis, G. (2018). Road runners: Why youth abscond from out-of-home care in New Zealand. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 94, 535-544. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.08.032
  • Shepherd, M., Merry, S., Lambie, I., & Thompson, A. (2018). Indigenous Adolescents' Perception of an eMental Health Program (SPARX): Exploratory Qualitative Assessment. JMIR serious games, 6 (3)10.2196/games.8752
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sally Merry, Andrew Thompson
  • McArdle, S., & Lambie, I. (2018). Screening for mental health needs of New Zealand youth in secure care facilities using the MAYSI-2. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 28 (3), 239-254. 10.1002/cbm.2067
  • Bland, V. J., Lambie, I., & Best, C. (2018). Does childhood neglect contribute to violent behavior in adulthood? A review of possible links. Clinical psychology review, 60, 126-135. 10.1016/j.cpr.2018.02.001


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level B, Room B00C11
New Zealand

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