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Dr Julia Ioane

Folasāitu Dr Julia Ioane is a Samoan matai with strong genealogical connections to the villages of Leauva’a and Fasito’outa in Samoa. She is a senior lecturer in psychology at Auckland University of Technology and a registered clinical psychologist. She has over 10 years of working with children and young people involved in care and protection; and youth justice matters. She has also adapted western models of psychology including therapeutic models and contextualising practice to the worldviews of the indigenous clients that she continues to serve. Dr Ioane has been working in Samoa for their Judiciary to introduce psychological frameworks of practice and contextualising these within a Samoan and collective worldview often consisting of a person-centred approach that includes aiga, family, village and community.