Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate and Fixed-term Lecturer


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School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand




Usman Afzali


Psychology PhD Candidate and Fixed-term Lecturer


School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand



About


I am an immigrant from Afghanistan, currently living in the Christchurch city of New Zealand. A physician by profession, I am currently completing my PhD in psychology at the University of Canterbury after completing a BSc and a BSc Honours in psychology.

My PhD research is focused on two areas: neuroscience (forensic brainwave analysis) and cognitive psychology (memory suppression with the Think/No-Think paradigm). I also synthesize research  from both these areas completing a cognitive neuroscience project. Please see the Projects section for further details.

Post March 15 attacks in New Zealand, I collaborated with researchers in New Zealand in the framework of New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study to examine anti-Muslim prejudice in New Zealand (click here to find more).
I actively collaborate nationally and internationaly with various research teams. I am currenlty involved in forensic psychology and neuroscience research detailed in the Projects section. Additionally,  I supervise research projects of three postgraduate students.

Over the past four years, I worked as a lecturer, a teaching assistant coordinator, and as a teaching assistant in various postgraduate and undergraduate psychology courses. I taught in to statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, social psychology, as well as introductory psychology. Please visit the Courses section to read more.

I am a strong advocate of Open Science, Pre-registration, and psychological research reform movements.

I can confidently operate various statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Statistica, Jamovi, and Excel) and have been currenlty learning R and Python.