Dr Nike Franke

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), University of Auckland; Master of Science in Education and Child Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands; Bachelor of Science in Educational Sciences, Leiden University, the Netherlands


Dr Nike Franke is an emerging researcher in the area of parenting and family psychology. Nike completed her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland in 2016. After handing in her thesis Nike started lecturing in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice. Nike now holds a research fellow position in the same school.

Nike's strong interest in early intervention is demonstrated by her doctoral research investigating the effects of an online parenting programme for parents of hyperactive preschoolers and her latest research project regarding an intervention to help young children develop self-control.

Research | Current

Research interests:

  • Early intervention
  • Normal and abnormal child development
  • Executive functioning
  • Self-control development
  • ADHD

Teaching | Current

Teaching | Previous

  • 2018, 2016  - EDUC 221 Child Development
  • 2018, 2016 - EDUC 742 Developmental Psychology
  • 2016-2018 - EDUC 113 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development
  • 2016-2017 - EDUC 352 Adolescence

Postgraduate supervision

  • Youngzie Lee -  Korean parents of children with a developmental disability: Parenting practices, programme preferences, and programme effectiveness
  • Yun Wei - Parenting programme preferences and effectiveness of Group Triple P with Chinese immigrant parents of primary school-aged children
  • Ripi Kaur - Parent involvement, father-adolescent relationships, and adjustment of adolescents in Indian immigrant families in New Zealand


2013  Harriette Jenkins Award, New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional societies

  • 2012 - current - Member of the Parenting Research Group, University of Auckland
  • 2012 - current - Triple P level 4 practitioner, member of Triple P International
  • 2012 - 2018 - Member of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (NZFGW)
  • 2009 - current - VIPP-SD practitioner (Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline)


  • 2018, 2019 - Ad hoc reviewer for a range of educational and psychology journals
  • 2013 - Elected chair of the Faculty of Education PGSA, New Members Officer, Research Committee member, University of Auckland
  • 2013 - Faculty of Education Postgraduate Committee, University of Auckland
  • 2013 - Secretary PGSA at Faculty of Education, University of Auckland


  • 2019 - 2020 - Te Papa Reo 1-year course, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • 2016 - Teaching Catalyst course, University of Auckland
  • 2016 - Supervision workshops, University of Auckland
  • 2013 - Tutoring workshop, University of Auckland

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Keown, L. J., Sanders, M. R., Franke, N., & Shepherd, M. (2018). Te Whānau Pou Toru: A randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a culturally adapted low intensity variant of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program for indigenous Māori families in New Zealand. Prevention Science, 19 (7), 954-965. 10.1007/s11121-018-0886-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48511
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Keown
  • Keown, L. J., Franke, N., & Kaur, R. (2018). Role of fathers in supporting children’s development. In M. R. Sanders, A. Morawska (Eds.) Handbook of parenting and child development across the lifespan (pp. 121-142). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-94598-9_6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Keown
  • Franke, N., Keown, L. J., & Sanders, M. R. (2016). An RCT of an online parenting program for parents of preschool-aged children with ADHD symptoms. Journal of Attention Disorders10.1177/1087054716667598
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31951
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Keown
  • Franke, N., Keown, L., & Sanders, M. (20/3/2015). A randomized controlled trial of Triple P Online for parents of hyperactive/ inattentive pre-schoolers. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35184
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Keown
  • Franke, N. (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating an Online Parenting Programme for Parents of Preschool-Aged Children with Hyperactive/Inattentive Behaviour Difficulties The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28020

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 115
New Zealand