usman​.afzali​@pg​.canterbury​.ac​.nz

School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand




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usman​.afzali​@pg​.canterbury​.ac​.nz

School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton Christchurch, 8041 New Zealand




About


I am a psychology PhD candidate, and a fixed-term and guest lecturer, in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at University of Canterbury.

My PhD research is focused on two areas: neuroscience (forensic brainwave analysis) and cognitive psychology (memory suppression with the Think/No-Think paradigm). Please see the Projects section for further details.
 
Post March 15 attacks in New Zealand, I collaborated with researchers in the areas social psychology and clinical psychology as following:
  •  I collaborated with Associate Professor Kumar Yogeeswaran, Prof Chris Sibley, and Prof Joseph Bulbulia to study attitudes toward Muslims in New Zealand in the framework of New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (click here for further details and related publications).
  • The clinical psycholgy work involved serving as a team member with Professor Julia Rucklidge in a clinical intervention to provide micronutrients to survivors and families of victims in Christchurch in an attempt to improve their mental wellbeing (click here for further details and related publications).
Besides my eternal passion for teaching psychology and conducting research, I love teaching statistics and research methodology. I worked as a fixed-term lecturer for research methods and as a guest lecturer for cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and statistics; and have been rated high by students. Read more about my teaching experience and student ratings in the Courses section.

I volunteer as a member of the marketing committee in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing; and have also established and been part of various postgraduate student endeavours that facilitate social and educational activities.

I advocate for various valuable causes including Open Science, Preregistration,  use of open source software, and use of technology to address climate change.

I am a technology enthusiast and always want to learn more. I can confidently operate various statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, Statistica, Jamovi, and Excel) and have been learning Python - that should  enable me to programme and code psychology experiements.

Publications


Hate begets warmth? The impact of an anti-Muslim terrorist attack on public attitudes toward Muslims


Sadi Shanaah, Kumar Yogeeswaran, Lara Greaves, Joseph A. Bulbulia, Danny Osborne, M. Usman Afzali, Chris G. Sibley


Terrorism and Political Violence, 2021 Mar


Massacre, Earthquake, Flood: Translational science evidence that the use of micronutrients post-disaster reduces the risk of post-traumatic stress in survivors of disasters


Julia J. Rucklidge, M. Usman Afzali, Bonnie J. Kaplan, Oindrila Bhattacharya, Meredith F. Blampied, Roger T. Mulder, Neville M. Blampied


International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 2021 Jan, pp. 39-54


Perception of financial satisfaction and its implications for free first-year education in New Zealand university students


M. Usman Afzali, Julie Viviana Cedeño Bustos, Simon Kemp


New Zealand Journal of Psychology, vol. 49(2), 2020 Nov, pp. 4-14


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Projects


Forensic Brainwave Analysis


Brain Fingerprinting Countermeasures and Replication (click on the title to read more)



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Courses


Research Methods (PSYC344)


Lecturer in 2020


Stage 3 (undergraduate) research methods course in psychology.


Cognitive Psychology (PSYC340/416)


Guest Lecturer in 2020


Stage 3 and 4 (undergraduate and postgraudate) seminar style course


Forensic Psychology (PSYC441)


Guest Lecturer in 2020


Stage 4 (postgraduate) course in psychology


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