Janet May

Janet May

​Senior Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 8974



Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Doctorate in Health Science, Auckland University of Technology, current.
  • Master of Science in Counselling, Supervision and Training, Bristol University, England, 1996.
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Massey University, 1984.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Professional/clinical supervision.
  • Counselling.

Research Activity

‘Participatory action research with a team of counsellor educators collectively considering pedagogy’. Doctoral research.

‘Evaluation of professional supervision in Aotearoa/New Zealand’. Industry research project.

‘The evaluation of professional supervision: An interprofessional perspective’. Presented at the Te Ao Maramatanga NZ College of Mental Health Nurses Conference, Wellington, 2015, with Burns, B., Davys, A. M., and O’Connell, M.

‘Internal coherency in counsellor education – is it desirable and/or achievable?’ Presented at the Inaugural New Zealand Association of Counsellors Educators Conference, Weltech, Wellington, 2011.

Select Publications

Davys, A. M., O’Connell, M., May, J., & Burns, B. (2016). Evaluation of professional supervision in Aotearoa/New Zealand: An interprofessional study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. doi:10.1111/inm.12254

May, J. (2013). The rise of pluralism: Issues for educators in a theoretically and culturally diverse climate of practice. In Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR) National Tertiary Teaching and Learning Conference Special Edition, pp. 31-43.

May, J. (2011). Internal coherency in counsellor education – is it desirable and/or achievable? In Crocket, A. (Ed.). Conference Proceedings, 51-60. Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: Weltech.

May, J., & Stanfield, D. (2010). Experienced supervisors reflect on the impact for supervision of an increasingly ‘legislatively managed’ health and social services field. In Beddoe, L. & Davys, A. (Eds.). Conference Proceedings Professional Supervision: Common threads different patterns, pp. 18-31. Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand: University of Auckland Faculty of Education.