DClinPsy, MSc Psychology
Emerald Muriwai is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in kaupapa Māori research, public health, indigenous psychology and sport psychology.
She is a Clinical Psychologist at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland in Adult Mental Health. She also serves as co-chair on the Executive Governance Board for Ngā Pou Mana Tangata Whenua Allied Health, which was established to provide a forum for Māori allied health professionals to discuss Māori allied health issues within and between professions. Emerald is also a certified Les Mills group fitness instructor who continues to participate in the exercise sector.
Emerald recently graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland. Her thesis was entitled Ngā kaiwhakaako, whakapakari tinana me te hauora hinengaro Exercising Hauora: The contribution of Māori exercise professionals to wellbeing. Her current research and practice interests span across Māori mental health, exercise and sport psychology, trauma informed care, cultural safety, indigenous healing and indigenous data sovereignty. Drawing from her experience as a personal trainer, Emerald maintains the kaupapa of exercising hauora, seeking to advocate for integrating physical activity across the health sector and within mental health services.