Dr Kelsey Lauren Deane

PhD Psychology, Univeristy of Auckland; BA(Hons) Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada


Kelsey originates from New Brunswick, Canada where she completed her undergraduate studies in psychology focusing on cognitive neuropsychology. Her career focus shifted after several years of travel and practical experience in the youth work arena including a role as the coordinator of a youth centre in the Canadian arctic and as an international volunteer for a youth organisation in the Peruvian Andes. She arrived in New Zealand in 2006 and completed her PhD in 2012 under the mentorship of Associate Professor Niki Harré, in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her PhD was an evaluation of Project K, a New Zealand-based positive youth development programme owned by the Foundation for Youth Development (FYD). She joined the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work in June 2012 where she is involved in both the Bachelor of Human Services and the Bachelor of Social Work programmes and has continued to develop strong research partnerships with community-based organisations in the youth development sector. 

Research | Current

Kelsey's research is in the interdisciplinary fields of positive youth development and programme evaluation. To date, her research has primarily involved evaluation partnerships with youth-focused community organisations. Kelsey supports organisations by designing robust evaluation research processes to not only determine programme effectiveness and impact but also to identify the programme mechanisms that drive positive youth development and the individual, programme and external environmental factors that moderate programme success. Kelsey is interested in research that both advances the cumulative knowledge base in these dynamic fields of inquiry and directly informs quality youth service provision. 

As recent research points to the importance of adult-youth relationships to positive youth development, she is increasingly interested in pursuing in-depth observational investigations of adult-youth mentoring relationship dynamics to better understanding how specific relationships interactions can either help or hinder young people’s psychosocial development and wellbeing. 

You can view Kelsey's Google Scholar profile here

Teaching | Current

Kelsey is the Course Director and Lecturer for HUMSERV 305: Fieldwork for Human Services 1; HUMSERV 101: Psychology for Human Services, HUMSERV 102: Lifespan Development for Human Services, YOUTHWRK 152G: Understanding New Zealand Youth, and SOCYOUTH 233: Working with Young People.

Postgraduate supervision

Kelsey is willing to take on postgraduate students who are interested in youth development, intervention and/or programme evaluation research.

Current supervisions:

  • Dutton, H. Mentor self-disclosure in mentoring relationships with adolescents. (PhD Education) 

  • Walls, A. Creative approaches to youth wellbeing: A shared theoretical framework to inform practice. (PhD Education)

  • Burnett, F. What are the factors that enhance positive experiences in Project K? (PhD Education)

  • Kanakkappally Antony, M. L. Reintegration experiences of young people after a positive youth development programme. (PhD Social Work)

  • Elliot, S.  The psychosocial experiences of people living longer with haemophilia and their perceptions of services in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Master of Social Work)

Completed supervisions:

  • Dutton, H. Getting to the heart of it: Exploring relationship quality in a New Zealand youth mentoring programme (Master of Arts in Education) 

  • Dutton, H.  (2014). Youth mentoring for change: Building a framework for practice and evaluation. (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Education)

  • Yao, E. (2013). Trends and transitions from secondary school. (Bachelor of Arts(Hons) in Education)



  • 1st Prize Poster Presentation, Exposure Postgraduate Research Competition, University of Auckland
  • Special Prize for Research Contributing to Social Development, Exposure Postgraduate Research Competition, University of Auckland
  • 2nd Prize, Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland
  • Recipient of The University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship
  • Recipient of the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship


Kelsey is the Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Human Services and a member of the:

  • Faculty of Education & Social Work Workload and Timetabling Committee
  • Faculty of Education & Social Work Undergraduate Programmes Development Group
  • School of Counselling, Human Services & Social Work Executive Committee
  • School of Counselling, Human Services & Social Work Research Committee 

Areas of expertise

  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Youth Programming
  • Evaluation/Intervention Research
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Applied Research Methods
  • Social and Community Psychology

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Kelsey is a member of the Faculty of Education & Social Work Evaluation Practitioners Network, University of Auckland Child and Youth Research Network, Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association, Ara Taiohi, American Evaluation Association, and Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Deane, K., & Dutton, H. (2020). The Factors that Influence Positive Youth Development and Wellbeing: Key Concepts, Contemporary International Debates and a Review of the Issues for Aotearoa New Zealand Research, Policy and Practice. Wellington, New Zealand: Ara Taiohi. Related URL.
  • Pryce, J., Deane, K. L., Barry, J. E., & Keller, T. E. (2020). Understanding Youth Mentoring Relationships: Advancing the Field with Direct Observational Methods. Adolescent Research Review, online first10.1007/s40894-019-00131-z
  • Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2020). Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self-disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 10810.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49617
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen
  • Deane, K. L., Dutton, H., & Bullen, P. (2020). Theoretically integrative evaluation practice: A step-by-step overview of an eclectic evaluation design process. EVALUATION, 26 (1), 98-118. 10.1177/1356389019850201
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen
  • Deane, K., Dutton, H., & Kerekere, E. (2019). Ngā Tikanga Whānaketanga He Arotake Tuhinga = A Review of Aotearoa New Zealand Youth Development Research. Wellington, NZ: Ara Taiohi. Related URL.
  • Bullen, P., Deane, K. L., Meissel, K., & Bhatnagar, S. (2019). What constitutes globalised evidence? Cultural tensions and critical reflections of the evidence-based movement in New Zealand. International Journal of Psychology10.1002/ijop.12574
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen, Kane Meissel
  • Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2018). Distal and experiential perspectives of relationship quality from mentors, mentees, and program staff in a school-based youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 53-62. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.008
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42201
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen
  • Chapman, C. M., Deane, K. L., Harré N, Courtney, M. G. R., & Moore, J. (2017). Engagement and Mentor Support as Drivers of Social Development in the Project K Youth Development Program. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46 (3), 644-655. 10.1007/s10964-017-0640-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Niki Harre

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