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Featured Researcher - Matthew Sanders

Professor Matthew Sanders is trying to help parents with raising children.

Matthew Sanders

How did you get into psychology?

By accident really. I left school without any real idea of what I wanted to do. I started University at age 16 as a part-time student and took courses that fitted in with my cleaning job. In those days all first year students in psychology got to work with rats on learning experiments. I found it fascinating. I was blown away by the power of the environment in creating new behavioural repertoires through shaping via successive approximation. I was hooked after I tried a year of law after 3rd year and really didn’t like it.

What do you think makes a good clinical researcher?

Curiosity, ability to collaborate and work in a team, a concern for the well being of others and the desire to find solutions to psychological problems that really work. I found the scientist-practitioner approach with its emphasis on careful evaluation of outcomes and the application of sound principles of behavioural, affective and cognitive change really appealing.

What are your current research interests?

Prevention of social, emotional behavioural and health problems in children and adolescents behaviour. Promotion of children’s health and well being through positive parenting. Creating positive environments to raise children. The role of the media and web technology in promoting positive parenting

Something that people might be interested to know about you?

I enjoy camping, bushwalking, listening to good classical guitar music, cooking, being a grand dad, returning home after travel abroad and a decent drop of Savblanc from the Marlborough region. I am a rugby union fanatic.

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