Kealagh Robinson

Institution: Victoria University Wellington (Youth Wellbeing Study, and the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, School of Psychology), New Zealand.

Supervisory team: Professor Marc Wilson and Associate Professor Gina Grimshaw.

Position: PhD Student.

Current research: I am interested in how people experience and regulate their emotions, and especially in how these processes relate to wellbeing. My PhD research uses longitudinal self-report and experimental psychophysiology methods to understand how young people who self-injure respond to emotional challenges, and how this response relates to their future self-injury and suicidality. Ongoing research includes projects focusing on understanding student mental health needs on university campuses, how self-injury effects young adolescent peer relationships, and developing virtual reality as a tool for mood inductions.

Research interests:

  • Emotion regulation
  • Neurobiology of self-injury
  • Self-injury within school and educational settings
  • Development of self-injury and suicidality
  • Ethics of conducting sensitive research

Key publications:

  • Robinson, K., Garisch, J.A., Kingi, T., Brocklesby, M., O’Connell, A.., Langlands, R.L., Russell, L & Wilson, M.S. (2019). Reciprocal risk: The longitudinal relationship between emotion regulation and non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(2), 325–332. doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0450-6
  • Hasking, P. A., Lewis, S. P., Robinson, K., Heath N. L., & Wilson, M. S. (2019). Conducting research on nonsuicidal self-injury in schools: Ethical considerations and recommendations. School Psychology International, 40(3), 217–234.
  • Whitlock, J., Lloyd-Richardson, E., Baetens, I., Hasking, P., Heath, N., Lewis, S., Franz, P., & Robinson, K. (2018). Helping schools help parents of youth who self-injure. School Psychology International, 39(3), 312–328. doi: 10.1177/0143034318771415
  • Robinson, K., Brocklesby, M., Garisch, J.A., O’Connell, A., Langlands, R., Russell, L., Kingi, T., Brown, E., & Wilson, M.S. (2017). Financial deprivation and non-suicidal self-injury in New Zealand adolescents: The mediating role of depression and anxiety. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 126–136.
  • Fraser, G., Wilson, M., Garisch, J., Robinson, K., Brocklesby M., Kingi, T., O’Connell, A., & Russell, L. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury, sexuality concerns, and emotion regulation among sexually diverse adolescents: A multiple mediation analysis. Archives of Suicide Research, 3, 432–452. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2017.135822

Can help with: I can help with experimental research, longitudinal survey research, psychophysiology methods, and school-based adolescent research. I can also help with questions about applications for international study visits, working within international collaboration teams, and public engagement.

What’s essential to your well-being? Spending time with my friends and family, playing with kittens at the SPCA, tramping and exploring the beautiful New Zealand scenery, live music gigs, coffee, and good books.

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