Professor Merryn Gott

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Associate Head - Research, The University of Auckland

Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 25 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. http://goo.gl/REg0P4.

In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Research Medal, an annual award which recognises ‘outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences’. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science. In 2019 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Apārangi.

Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group: https://tearairesearchgroup.org. The group conducts multi-disciplinary bicultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.