Waikanae Professor features in King’s Honours

Waikanae Professor Christine Stephens made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
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Professor Christine Stephens of Waikanae has been awarded an ONZM for services to health psychology and seniors.

Professor Stephens has been co-lead with Professor Fiona Alpass of the Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) at Massey University since 2006.

Professor Stephens’ work has highlighted the importance of social and physical environments to health and provided opportunities for older adults to voice their perspectives on ageing well. Her research has made older adults’ needs, voices and strengths more visible and provided knowledge on many areas of ageing, especially housing needs.

Professor Stephens was a founding member, Treasurer from 2009 to 2020 and Chair from 2011 to 2013, of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology and has played a significant role in the development of Massey University’s flagship health psychology programme.

Professor Stephens serves on the Board of Age Concern Kāpiti and supported the Kāpiti Coast District Council in developing its Age Friendly Strategy in 2023.