Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Bridgette is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waikato. She is the Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) and Director of New Zealand’s only Board accredited Community Psychology Professional Practice Training Programme delivered at Waikato University.

As an active research science-practitioner, Bridgette draws on mātauranga Māori to inform best practice with real-world impact. Bridgette’s work comes from a staunch mātauranga Māori position, which embraces Māori cultural ways of knowing and being – by Māori, for Māori, with Māori and as Māori. Her approach lends itself to finding pathways for those most impacted by power and resource inequities. She is currently engaged in health research that privileges whānau-centred perspectives in policy development and review.