Wendy Wrapson


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

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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.


Journal articles/book chapters

Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Wrapson, W. (in press). Gender and wellbeing at work [editorial]. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (special issue).

Wang, G.Y., Taylor, T., Sumich, A., Merien, F., Borotkanics, R., Wrapson, W., Krägeloh, C., & Siegert, R.J. (2017). Associations between immunological function and memory recall in healthy adults. Brain and Cognition, 119, 39-44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2017.10.002.

Tautolo, E-S., Wrapson, W., Paterson, J., Wright-St Clair, V., Neville, S., Dewes, O., Iusitini, I. (2017). Healthy Pacific grandparents: a participatory action research project exploring ageing well amongst Pacific people in New Zealand. Self & Society, 45(2), 134-148.

Dickinson, A., Wrapson, W. & Water, T. (2014). Children’s voices in public hospital health care delivery – intention as opposed to practice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1405), 24-31.

Devine-Wright, P., Wrapson, W., Henshaw, V., & Guy, S. (2014). Low carbon heating and older adults: comfort, cosiness and glow. Building Research & Information, 42(3), 288-299. 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, 807-817.

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 (Eds.), A Debtor World: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an Indebted Global Society (pp. 151-166). New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873722.003.0006.

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), 8.

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), 202-209. 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), 1728-1736. 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), 1021-1034. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2010.08.009.

Wrapson, W., Mewse, A. J., & Lea, S. E. G. (2008). The psychology of poverty. In J. Strelitz & R. Lister (Eds.), Why Money Matters (pp. 80-88). London: Save the Children.

Wrapson, W., Harré, N., & Murrell, P. (2006). Reductions in driver speed using posted feedback of speeding information: Social comparison or implied surveillance? Accident Analysis & Prevention, 38(6), 1119-1126. doi:http://dx.doi.org/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), 167-179. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2004.07.002.

Moss-Morris, R., & Wrapson, W. (2004). Functional somatic syndromes. In G. S. Kolt & M. B. Andersen (Eds.), Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies (pp. 293-319). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Moss-Morris, R., & Wrapson, W. (2003). Representational beliefs about functional somatic syndromes. In L. D. Cameron & H. Leventhal (Eds.), The self regulation of health and illness behaviour (pp. 119-137). London: Routledge.

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

Wrapson, W., & Dorrestein, M. (2017). The impact of Mindfulness training on residential aged care staff. Invited speaker at Selwyn Foundation 2017 Ageing and Spirituality Conference, Auckland, 1 September 2017.

Krägeloh, C., Medvedev, O., Taylor, T., Wrapson, W., Wang, G.Y., Csako, R., Ranta, J., Patel, N., Siegert, R.J., Sumich. A. Mindfulness Webinar: A new approach to teaching mindfulness in nonclinical settings. Proceedings of the Mind Humanities International Conference Mindful living – practices and applications of mindfulness, Iksan, South Korea, 25-26 May 2017.

Siegert, R.J., Krägeloh, C., & Wrapson, W. (2016). Mindfulness at Work. Invited oral presentation at Managing Resilience in the Workplace Symposium, Auckland University of Technology Business School, 12 September 2016.

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

Wrapson, W., & Devine-Wright, P. ‘I’m not moving again’: older adults’ perceptions about living in their current home when they are older and frailer. Paper presented at British Society of Gerontology's 41st Annual Conference, Keele University, UK, 11 13 July 2012.

Wrapson, W., & Devine-Wright, P. ‘There’s always ways around something’: the home heating practices of older people in rural areas. Paper presented as part of the Conditioning Demand symposium at British Society of Gerontology's 41st Annual Conference, Keele University, UK, 11 13 July 2012.