BSc, MHealthPsych (Hons), PGDipHealthPsych
My name is Jessee Fia’Ali’i. I identify as a New Zealand-born Sāmoan being born and raised in Māngere. My parents come from the villages of Fōgāsavai’i and ‘Āfega in Samoa.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau working within the Department of Anaesthetic and Pain Medicine, helping people to understand and manage complex, and chronic pain.
I have been in this role for the last five years and have also worked concurrently as a contracting psychologist to GP practices in Māngere and Ōtara providing psychological support, served as a general board member of Rainbow Youth for two terms, and contribute to research and teaching at the University of Auckland.
My interests include Pasifika understandings of health and wellbeing in the context of healthcare settings and validity/workability of therapeutic models.