Associate Professor Karen Elizabeth Waldie

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Karen E Waldie is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience 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) 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 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 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Slykerman, R. F., Thompson, J., Waldie, K. E., Murphy, R., Wall, C., & Mitchell, E. A. (2017). Response to a letter to the editor. Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)10.1111/apa.13809
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Edwin Mitchell, Clare Wall
  • D'Souza S, Waldie, K. E., Peterson, E. R., Underwood, L., & Morton, S. M. (2017). Psychometric Properties and Normative Data for the Preschool Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in Two-Year-Old Children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45 (2), 345-357.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31978
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie D'Souza, Lisa Underwood, Susan Morton, Elizabeth Peterson
  • Moreau, D., & Waldie, K. E. (2016). High-intensity training enhances executive function in children. Paper presented at 2016 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference, University of Newcastle, Shoal Bay. 24 November - 27 November 2016. 6th ACNS Conference. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau
  • Slykerman, R. F., Thompson, J., Waldie, K. E., Murphy, R., Wall, C., & Mitchell, E. A. (2016). Antibiotics in the first year of life and subsequent neurocognitive outcomes. Acta Paediatrica10.1111/apa.13613
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Wall, Edwin Mitchell, Rinki Murphy, John Thompson
  • Waldie, K. E. (2016). Genes, brains and neuroplasticity in developmental dyslexia. Paper presented at 24th Annual Conference of the International Society for Neurofeedback& Research (ISNR), Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida. 19 September - 25 September 2016.
  • Moreau, D. M., & Waldie, K. E. (2016). High-intensity training enhances executive function in children. In B. Leitch (Ed.) Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, 2016 Queenstown. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Moreau
  • Lamb, Y. N., McKay, N. S., Singh, S. S., Waldie, K. E., & Kirk, I. J. (2016). Catechol-O-methyltransferase val(158)met Polymorphism Interacts with Sex to Affect Face Recognition Ability. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-8. 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00965
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30504
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Kirk
  • D'Souza S, Thompson, J. M., Slykerman, R., Marlow, G., Wall, C., Murphy, R., ... Waldie, K. E. (2016). Environmental and genetic determinants of childhood depression: The roles of DAT1 and the antenatal environment. Journal of affective disorders, 197, 151-158.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30258
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie D'Souza, Edwin Mitchell, Clare Wall, Lynnette Ferguson, John Thompson, Rinki Murphy

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Primary location

HUMAN SCIENCES BUILDING - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 6, Room 626
10 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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