Miss Mikaela Michelle Law

Master of Health Psychology (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Science

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Mikaela is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychological Medicine, working with Professor Elizabeth Broadbent and Dr Paul Jarrett. Her PhD thesis is examining the effects of environmental enrichment on stress and wound healing in humans. This includes a focus on conducting experimental laboratory studies to assess the effects of various interventions (including music, artwork, companion robots and sensory enrichment) on levels of stress and skin healing rates in humans. She hopes to translate this experimental work into real-life settings, where these simple psychological interventions could have tangible effects for patients.

Mikaela has also worked on a variety of research projects as a research assistant on various projects across the University of Auckland. This has included working with the Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science to develop a healthcare robot to be used to assist the lives of people with dementia. She has also worked on research projects within the health psychology, pharmacy, engineering and art history departments.  

Research | Current

  • Psychological interventions and complementary therapies
  • Environmental enrichment in humans
  • Stress and wound healing
  • Companion robots
  • Psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology

Teaching | Current

Tutor: HLTHPSYC 715: Research Methods in Health Psychology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3010
New Zealand

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