Mrs Maria Terese Corkin

BA(Hons) GradDipTchg(Primary) Auck.

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Maria began her doctoral studies at the University of Auckland in October 2016, in the School of Psychology, having also completed a BA(Hons) and Graduate Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland. She has been teaching for 12 years, mainly Science, Maths and Technology to Year 7 and 8 students. Before starting her doctoral studies this year, she had the opportunity to work at Growing Up in New Zealand as a Research Assistant, helping to prepare for the 8 Year data collection wave, and is very pleased to be able to continue working there on a part-time basis while studying.

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Maria's doctoral research is in the area of developmental psychology and will investigate the role of media exposure in childhood development. New digital technologies are being developed at a rapid rate and are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. Although there are many benefits that come from technology, there is concern that very young children are now engaging with an increasing range of screen-based devices before the effects on childhood development are fully understood. The broad aim of Maria's doctoral research will be to investigate the determinants and impact of exposure to electronic media for children aged 0- 5, using Kotchick and Forehand’s (2002) model of the ecology of parenting. Maria will use data from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study to conduct her research, which will enable her to explore the role of media exposure in children’s cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional development using a large representative sample of New Zealand children.


  • Dr Elizabeth Peterson
  • Dr Annette Henderson



The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2016)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 2, Room 237
New Zealand

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