Dr Wendy Wrapson

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Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 6136

Email: wwrapson@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Auckland University of Technology (Room AR345)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland 0627
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Auckland University of Technology
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


2008 PhD in Psychology, University of Auckland
2001 MA in Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Auckland
2000 BA (Hons) in Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Auckland
1998 BA, Massey University


Dr Wendy Wrapson has a background in health psychology and social psychology. Wendy completed her PhD at the University of Auckland and since then has held research positions in the UK, Australia and at the University of Auckland, before joining AUT in 2013.
Currently employed in The National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research within the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies. Her research focus is on the health and wellbeing of older people.

Current Research Projects:

Loneliness and social isolation in those with complex medical issues (Wrapson, W., Theadom, A., & Siegert, R.). Estate of Jeanette Crossley.

The MAST (Mindfulness After Stroke) Study (Siegert, R., Theadom, A., Kayes, N., Babbage, D., Wrapson, W., Taylor, S., Rutherford, S., Snell, D., Roche, M.). Health Research Council of New Zealand.

The SCOPIC (Social Connectedness of Older People in Care) Study (Wrapson, W., McKenzie-Green, B.). InternetNZ.

The Pacific Islands Families: Healthy Pacific Grandparents Study (Tautolo, E-S., Paterson, J., Wrapson, W., Wright-St Clair, V., Neville, S., Dewes, O., Iusitini, L.). Ageing Well National Science Challenge.

Mindfulness at Work – The impact of Mindfulness training on residential aged care staff and their caregiving role (Wrapson, W., Dorrestein, M., Taylor, T., Sumich, A., Wang, G., Merien, F., Krageloh, C., Roche, M., Csako, R., & Siegert, R.). Auckland University of Technology Strategic Research Investment Fund.

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Taylor, T., Dewes, O., Taufa, N., Wrapson, W., & Siegert, R. (2018). Factors associated with preoperative attrition in bariatric surgery: A protocol for a systematic review 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services. Systematic Reviews, 7(1), 1-5. doi:10.1186/s13643-018-0855-x

  • Krageloh, C. U., Medvedev, O. N., Taylor, T., Wrapson, W., Rix, G., Sumich, A., . . . Siegert, R. (2018). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial for a Videoconference-Delivered Mindfulness-Based Group Intervention in a Nonclinical Setting. Mindfulness. doi:10.1007/s12671-018-1024-y

  • Wang, G. Y., Taylor, T., Sumich, A., Merien, F., Borotkanics, R., Wrapson, W., . . . Siegert, R. J. (2017). Associations between immunological function and memory recall in healthy adults. Brain and Cognition, 119. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2017.10.002

  • Tautolo, E. -S., Wrapson, W., Paterson, J., Wright-St Clair, V., Neville, S., Dewes, O., & Iusitini, L. (2017). Healthy Pacific grandparents: A participatory action research project exploring ageing well among Pacific people in New Zealand. Self and Society, 45(2). doi:10.1080/03060497.2017.1334973

  • Dickinson, A., Wrapson, W., & Water, T. (2014). Children's voices in public hospital healthcare delivery: Intention as opposed to practice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1405). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25399039

  • Devine-Wright, P., Wrapson, W., Henshaw, V., & Guy, S. (2014). Low carbon heating and older adults: Comfort, cosiness and glow. Building Research and Information, 42(3). doi:10.1080/09613218.2014.883563

  • Wrapson, W., & Devine-Wright, P. (2014). 'Domesticating' low carbon thermal technologies: Diversity, multiplicity and variability in older person, off grid households. Energy Policy, 67. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.078

  • Mannion, O., Lay-Yee, R., Wrapson, W., Davis, P., & Pearson, J. (2012). JAMSIM: A microsimulation modelling policy tool. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 15(1). Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

  • Wrapson, W., & Mewse, A. J. (2011). Does the doctor or the patient control sick leave certification? A qualitative study interpreting patients' interview dialogue. Family Practice, 28(2). doi:10.1093/fampra/cmq088

  • Wrapson, W., & Mewse, A. J. (2011). Supervisors' responses to sickness certification for an episode of low back pain: employees' personal experiences.. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(19-20). doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.544836

  • Mewse, A. J., Lea, S. E. G., & Wrapson, W. (2010). First steps out of debt: Attitudes and social identity as predictors of contact by debtors with creditors. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(6). doi:10.1016/j.joep.2010.08.009

  • Wrapson, W., Harré, N., & Murrell, P. (2006). Reductions in driver speed using posted feedback of speeding information: social comparison or implied surveillance?. Accidident Analysis and Prevention, 38(6). doi:10.1016/j.aap.2006.04.021

  • Harré, N., & Wrapson, W. (2004). The evaluation of a central-city pedestrian safety campaign. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 7(3). doi:10.1016/j.trf.2004.07.002

Book chapters

  • Lea, S. E. G., Mewse, A. J., & Wrapson, W. (2012). The psychology of debt in poor households in Britain. In R. Brubaker, R. M. Lawless, C. J. Tabb, & C. J. Tabb (Eds.), A debtor world: Interdisciplinary perspectives on debt (pp. 151-166). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://global.oup.com/

Conference contributions

  • Krageloh, C., Medvedev, O., Taylor, T., Wrapson, W., Wang,, G. Y., Csako, R., . . . Sumich, A. (2017). Mindfulness Webinar: A new approach to teaching mindfulness in nonclinical settings. In Proceedings of the Mind Humanities International Conference (pp. 167-189). Iksan: Wonkwang University. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/

  • Paterson, J., Iusitini, L., Taylor, S., & Wrapson, W. (2015). Factors associated with bullying involvement among a cohort of nine-year-old Pacific children in New Zealand. In Australasian Human Development Association 19th Biennial Conference. Wellington.

Other outputs

  • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Wrapson, W. (2017). Editorial: Gender & wellbeing at work. In New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Iss. 3). Retrieved from http://www.nzjournal.org/