Usman Afzali, PhD

Lecturer (Teaching and Admin), Psychology, University of Canterbury


I am a Lecturer (Teaching and Admin) in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury, teaching Intermediate Research Methods and Statistics. My upcoming course in 2023 is Computational Contemplative-Neuroscience. Over the past four years, I have taught in to statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, and forensic psychology (read more).

Being trained as a multi-disciplinary researcher, my PhD research (2019-2022) focused on cognitive psychology and forensic neuroscience. In addition to my eternal love for cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, my other close-to-heart ongoing research projects include the science of flourishing, cross-cultural psychology, and contemplative neuroscience (details in Research section). I use observational (cross-sectional and longitudinal), experimental, and neuroscientific research methods. Additionally,  I have been supervising Master's and BSc/BA Honours students' research projects, and am available to take on  students.

I can confidently operate various statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Statistica, Jamovi, and Excel) and have been currently gaining expertise in EEGLab, R, Python, and Matlab.

My academic mission includes strong advocacy for Open Science, Pre-registration, and psychological research reform movements.


School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing

University of Canterbury

20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand

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