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Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

My research platform encompasses two primary threads: Indigenous psychology and exceptional human experiences.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 85080
    Location: 3.21, Psychology
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Indigenous psychology, with a focus on mātauranga Māori as it relates to: ethics, spirituality, well-being, and the environment

Exceptional Human Experienes, with a particualr focus on near-death experiences [NDEs]

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Kaupapa Maori Psychology (170108): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)

Keywords

Indigenous psychology, with a focus on mātauranga Māori as it relates to: ethics, spirituality, well-being, and the environment

Exceptional Human Experienes, with a particualr focus on near-death experiences [NDEs]

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 7

Current Projects

Project Title: Interpretation of anomalous experiences: Implications for wahine Maori

Date Range: 2019 - 2021

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Frewin, KE. (2019). Psycho-spiritual transformation after an exceptional human experience. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. 21(4), 237-258
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Lindsay, N. (2017). Undergraduate psychology students' knowledge and attitudes about near-death experiences: Does education about NDEs make a difference?. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 36(1), 27-52 Retrieved from http://iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Valentine, H., Tassell-Mataamua, N., & Flett, R. (2017). Whakairia ki runga: The many dimensions of wairua. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 46(3), 64-71
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Pitama, SG., Bennett, ST., Waitoki, W., Haitana, TN., Valentine, H., Pahina, J., . . . McLachlan, A. (2017). A proposed hauora Māori clinical guide for psychologists: Using the hui process and meihana model in clinical assessment and formulation. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 46(3), 7-19 Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Pahina, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Taylor, J., Valentine, H.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Steadman, KL. (2017). I feel more spiritual. Increased spirituality after a near-death experience. Journal for the Study of Spirituality. 7(1), 35-49
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N., Lindsay, N., Bennett, S., Valentine, H., & Pahina, J. (2017). Does Learning About Near-Death Experiences Promote Psycho-Spiritual Benefits in Those Who Have Not Had a Near-Death Experience?. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. 19(2), 95-115
[Journal article]Authored by: Bennett, S., Tassell-Matamua, N., Valentine, H.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & McCormick, BME. (2016). After-death communication: A typology of therapeutic benefits. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 34(3), 151-172 Retrieved from http://iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Lindsay, N. (2016). “I’m not afraid to die”: the loss of the fear of death after a near-death experience. Mortality. 21(1), 71-87
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015). Of love and light: A case report of end-of-life experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 34(1), 5-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA., & Murray, M. (2014). Near-death experiences: Quantitative findings from an Aotearoa New Zealand sample. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 33(1), 3-29 Retrieved from http://iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2013). Phenomenology of near-death experiences: An analysis of a Māori case study. Journal of Near-Death Studies. 32(2), 107-117 Retrieved from http://www.iands.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2013). Near-death experiences and the psychology of death. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 68(3), 259-277 Retrieved from http://baywood.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2013). Psychology and near-death experiences: Challenges to and opportunities for ongoing debates about consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 20(11-12), 150-172
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2012). Ich war mal kurz weg (Near-death experiences across cultures). Kulturaustausch: Zeitschrift für internationale perspektiven. Ausgabe IV, 30-30 Retrieved from http://www.ifa.de/pub/kulturaustausch/archiv/ausgaben-2012/vom-sterben/
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Lock, AJ. (2012). Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Ethics and Social Welfare. 6(1 (March 2012)), 56-73 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resw20
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Lock, AJ. (2011). Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Ethics and Social Welfare. , 1-18 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/resw20
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Flett, R. (2011). Motivation in humanitarian health workers: A self-determination theory perspective. Development in Practice. 21(7), 959-973
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., Flett, RA., & Gavala, JR. (2010). Individualism/collectivism and academic self-enhancement in New Zealand māori university students. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 4(2), 138-151
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2008). Community noticeboard [3]. Psychologist. 21(4), 347
[Journal article]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Flett, R. (2007). Obsessive Passion as an Explanation for Burnout: An Alternative Theoretical Perspective Applied to Humanitarian Work. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling. 13(2), 101-114
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Flett, R. (2005). Stages of change for fruit and vegetable intake and dietary fat modification in Maori women: Some relationships with body attitudes and eating behaviours. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 34(1), 28-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Flett, R., Tassell-Matamua, N.

Conference

Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2016, June). The Language of Death: Transcultural Continuity across Time. Presented at The 7th International Conference on Language, Culture and Minds. CHangsha, China.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Steadman, K., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). Acceptance after NDEs: Qualitative findings from a New Zealand sample. Presented at IANDS International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc 2015 Conference: Explore the Extraordinary: NDEs as Rites of Passage. San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). The transformative nature of NDEs. Do you have to have an NDE to be changed by one?. Presented at IANDS International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc 2015 Conference: Explore the Extraordinary: NDEs as Rites of Passage. San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, November). Near-death experiences (NDEs): The untouched pearl of the South Pacific. Presented at Pasifika@Massey 8th Annual Research Conference: Making your research count. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, January). Near-Death Experiences and consciousness. Presented at The Australian Afterlife Explorers Conference. Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014, August). "A thorn in the side": Near-death experiences and consciousness. Presented at International Conference for Humanity's Evolution of Consciousness. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014, June). Of love and light: Using reports of extraordinary phenomena to assist the bereaved. Presented at The 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society (ICGB) 2014: EAST meets WEST: Expanding Frontiers and Diversity. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014, June). "I'm not afraid to die". The loss of death anxiety after a Near-Death Experience (NDE). Presented at The 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society (ICGB) 2014: EAST meets WEST: Expanding Frontiers and Diversity. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2012). Defining death: The challenge posed by near-death experiences (NDEs). In Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. Unpaginated). , Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Probing the Boundaries Austria: Inter-Disciplinary Net
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N. (2012, November). Defining death: The challenge posed by near-death experiences (NDEs). Presented at Making Sense of Dying and Death 9th Global Conference: Probing the Boundaries. Salzburg, Austria.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012). Near-Death Experiences and psychology. In Death Down Under 2012 Conference Programme and Abstracts(pp. Unpaginated). , Death Down Under 2012 Conference New Zealand: University of Otago
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA.NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012, June). Near-Death Experiences and psychology. Presented at Death Down Under 2012 Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2012). Near death experiences: A New Zealand-based study. In Death Down Under 2012 Conference Programme, Death Down Under 2012 Conference New Zealand: University of Otago
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2012, June). Near Death Experiences: A New Zealand-based study. Presented at Death Down Under 2012 Conference. Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, T. (2012, April). What can near-death experiences contribute to psychology?. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing together as one. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010, November). Near-death experiences: A New Zealand-based study. Presented at Death Studies in Aotearoa/New Zealand - A Symposium. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, July). Applying self-determination theory to the development of burnout in humanitarian health workers. Presented at 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, July). Professional practice and ethics invited symposium: Psychology, ethics and social justice. Presented at 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, VIC.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2010, June). Incorporating indigenous content into undergraduate psychology: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective. Presented at Celebrating indigenous knowledges: Peoples, lands, cultures. Peterborough, ON.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2009). Motivation, passion, and burnout in humanitarian health workers. (pp. 58 - 58). , The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2009: Conflict ... Process ... Resolution: Pāpa ... Mahi ... Ratanga Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2009, August). Motivation, passion, and burnout in humanitarian health workers. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Lock, AJ. (2009, July). Te tirohanga ahurea hei whakatakato tika, whakapakari te aro ki te tangata: Te ahua ki Aotearoa. Cultural considerations for professional psychology ethics: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective. Presented at The 11th European Congress of Psychology. Oslo, Norway.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Book

Groot, S., Masters-Awatere, B., van Ommen, C., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2017). Conclusion: Towards building an equitable society. In S. Groot, C. van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, & N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 254 - 257). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.Edited by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.
Masters-Awatere, B., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2017). Native disruption: Māori and the precariat: Introduction. In Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 110 - 114). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
van Ommen, C., Groot, S., Masters-Awatere, B., & Tassell-Matamua, N. (2017). Introduction. In S. Groot, C. van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, & N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 13 - 19). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.Edited by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.
Groot, S., Van Ommen, CH., Masters-Awatere, B., & Tassell-Matamua, N. (Eds.) (2017). Precarity: Uncertain, insecure, and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.
Tassell, NA., Herbert, AML., Evans, IM., & Young, PTWA. (2012). Principles of indigenous ethics and psychological interventions. In MM. Leach, MJ. Stevens, G. Lindsay, A. Ferrero, & Y. Korkut (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics. (pp. 176 - 190). United States: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2011). Haunted Aotearoa: Ghostly happenings close to home: NEAR-DEATH IN NEW ZEALAND. In J. Davy, & J. Gilberd (Eds.) Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand. (pp. 57 - 61). New Zealand: Random House
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Murray, M., & Tassell, N. (2011). Near-death In New Zealand: Interview about NZ near death experience research. In J. Davy, & J. Gilberd (Eds.) Spooked: Exploring the paranormal in New Zealand. (pp. 57 - 61). New Zealand: Random House New Zealand
[Chapter]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Other

Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2017). Do we fear death less after a ‘near-death experience’? An interview with Dr Sarb Johal.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2017). Near-death experiences. A live interview with the AM Show.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2016, June). Near-death experiences. In Te Waka Rangahau Annual Research Day, Massey University, June 2016.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2016). Could brush with death affect your sleeping pattern?.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2016). Could brush with death affect your sleeping pattern?.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2016, July). Near-death experiences: What they are and their relevance to psychology. In NZ Psychological Society, Central Districts Branch.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Edited by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). New Zealand Māori and near-death experiences. In Greek Life Center at the University of North Texas, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015, September). What do we learn from near-death experiences? Insights from a Māori case study.. In Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas, United States of America.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2015). Near-death experiences in New Zealand. (pp. 1 - 6). Radio New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015). near-death experiences: What it feels like to die. Independent Online
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2015). Confronting death. The Doctus Project
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Death isn't scary — if you've had a near-death experience. The Conversation
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Near-death experiences.
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell-Matamua, N. (2014). Near-death experiences..
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Moir, J., Steadman, K., & Tassell-Matamua, NA. (2014). Study probes near-death experiences. The Dominion Post
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.Contributed to by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA. (2012). Life after death. (pp. 33 - 33). New Zealand Woman's Weekly
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA., & Murray, M. (2010). Researchers dying to discuss the afterlife. (pp. A3 - A3). The Dominion Post
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010). Life after death. Interview with the magazine North and South.. (pp. 54 - 65).
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, N., & Murray, M. (2010, October). Near-death experiences: Introduction to a New Zealand-Based Study. An oral presentation provided to the Palmerston North Lunch Club, as a result of an invitation.. In Palmerston North Lunch Club. Presented at Cloverlea Tavern, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.
Tassell, NA.Life after death. A media interview shown on TV3 60 Minutes program..
[Other]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Thesis

Tassell, NA. (2009). Motivation and well-being in humanitarian health workers: Relating self-determination theory to hedonic vs. eudaimonic well-being vitality and burnout. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Tassell-Matamua, N.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Te Reo Maori
    Last used: Yesterday
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Spanish
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Cultural psychology and indigenous psychologies

Courses Coordinated

  • 175.210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology
  • 175.729 Psychology and Culture

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 7 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Kiri MacDonald-Nepe Apatu Nepe Apatu - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Shabeena Hussain - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The development of a measure of Suspicion of Motives (SOM)
  • Lisa Stewart - Doctor of Philosophy
    Te Rakau Totara: What does bi-cultural competence look like in Industrial and Organisational Psychology teaching and practice?

Co-supervisor of:

  • Hulita Tauveli - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring Faith-based tools utilized by Pacific youth as coping strategies for mental wellbeing
  • Nancey Crookes - Doctor of Philosophy
    What religious or spiritual practices contribute to the purpose in life (PiL), meaning in life (MiL), and quality of life (QoL) of older New Zealanders, and is there a difference in whether these practices are God-centred or not?
  • Rochelle Nafatali - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Towards an understanding of the lived experiences, and of language and culture transfer, within Pasifika Autism families in Aotearoa
  • Irie Schimanski - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Assessing the efficacy of the 3-Step Theory and applicability of the Decompensation Framework on suicidality among queer and takatapui populations: A sequential explanatory mixed methodology.
  • Renee Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Tangata Tonui, Tangata Mauri Ora
  • Amelia Backhouse-Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Maori Engagement with Mental Health Services: Tangata Whaiora, Whanau, and Maori Clinician Perspectives
  • Leith Pugmire - Doctor of Philosophy
    Parenting from the start: Evaluating a preventative intervention to improve attachment and health outcomes for first-time mothers and their babies

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Nicole Lindsay - Doctor of Philosophy
    One foot on the other side: Changed orientations to death after a near-death experience

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Katie Weastell - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Experience of Stigma by Association, its Impact on Caregiver Wellbeing, the Influence of Signature Strengths, and the Experience of Growth

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