Dr Maria L Ulloa

Centre of Learning: Health and Social Services 

School: School of Health

Teaching ProgrammeMasters of Professional Practice 

Research Speciality : Infant and adult attachment, Interpersonal neurobiology, Early Childhood Education practices, trauma informed based, emotional experience of learning and teaching, emotions in online learning, interprofessional education and practice.


Academic Qualitifications

2011. PhD. Psychology. Massey University. School of Psychology.  Wellington.

2006. MA (with Distinction) in Therapeutic Childcare. University of Reading. UK.

2004. Dip. ED. Advanced Child Development Open University. UK.

2003. Dip. Psychology.  Open University. UK.

1999. PGD. Clin. Dip Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Tavistock Clinic and University of East London. UK.

1993. BSc Psychology (Hons). Pontifical Xaveriana University.  Colombia.


Teaching qualifications

2007. Graduate Dip Early Years Professional (EYP). Equivalent of Early Childhood Teaching Diploma (Level 7 QTS). Faculty of Education. University of Reading. UK (Currently in process of registration with The New Zealand Education Council)

2014. Certificate in Adult Teaching and Learning. WelTec & CPIT, New Zealand.

2015. Cert. in Supervision. Wellington Institute of Technology


Professional Positions Held

Masters of Professional Practice, Programme Manager. Whitireia New Zealand and Wellington Institute of Technology (2016 – on going)

Senior Lecturer in Alcohol and Drugs, Counselling, Health Psychology, and Bachelor of Youth Development. Wellington Institute of Technology (2011 –  2015)

Massey University, Cherubs lab. Research Lab coordinator. Tutor and PASS Leader (Peer Assisted Study Session). Massey University. Wellington. New Zealand (2008 – 2011)

ECE teacher/ Early Years Professional. The Orchard School. Newbury, England (2008)

Therapeutic practitioner. Mulberry Bush School, Oxford, England (2006 – 2008)

Professional Development Leader. Bright Horizons, Family Solutions. Wallingford, England (2005 – 2006)

Preschool Head Teacher. University of Reading.  Reading, England (2003 – 2005)

Team leader Psychotherapy.  National Health Service.  NUCI. Reading, England (2001 – 2003)

Lecturer. Academic leader for Clinical programmes. Pontificia Universidad Xaveriana. Colombia (1997 – 2000)

Community Projects Coordinator. Pontifica Universidad Javeriana. Colombia (1997 – 2000)


Professional Distinctions and Memberships

Vice chancellor Doctoral Scholarship Award. Massey University, 2008

Postgraduate Board of Studies. Whitreia/WelTec, 2015 – 2017

Editorial Board: Magis, International Journal of Research in Education, since 2016


Journal Articles

Ulloa, M (2017) Editorial Interprofessionalism and Transprofessionalism: Towards a More Integrated Approach to Health and Social Care and Education, Whitireia Nursing & Health Journal, 23, 9-10

Ulloa, M, Evans, I.M, & Jones, L. (2016). The benefit of emotional awareness training on teachers’ ability to manage preschool children’s affect: An experimental study.  Psychological writings, 1, 1-14

Ulloa, M, Evans, I.M, & Parkes, F. (2010). Teaching to care: emotional interactions between preschool children and their teachers. NZRECE Journal, 13, 145 – 156.


Conference Proceedings

2008.  New Zealand Psychological Society Annual conference. Paper presentation. Christchurch. NZ. “Emotion in Behavioural Change”. Research Studies at the Developmental-Clinical Interface. (Co –chair)

2009. New Zealand Early Childhood Conference. Paper presentation. It is just better go” An exploratory study of the anxieties and defences related to the quality of the attachment relationship in a pre-school settings. Wellington, New Zealand

2010. International conference on Infant, Toddler and Preschool Mental Health. Paper Presentation. How emotional interactions influence classroom environments and learning experiences in young children. Auckland, New Zealand

2010. World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Boston. Poster presentation. Primary prevention: Ecological and direct teachers influences on preschool children’s emotional competence. Boston, USA.

2010. 12th Annual NZ Early Childhood Research Symposium. Christchurch. Key Note presentation: Teaching to care’ Emotional Interactions between Preschool Children and their Teachers. Christchurch, New Zealand

2011. The Institute for Early Childhood Studies. Victoria University. Spring Research Seminar: Challenge, Change and Choice. (Sept 2011). Workshop presentation: How emotionally intelligent ECE teachers support young children's emotional competence.  Wellington, New Zealand

2011. Early Childhood Council. Early Childhood Education Beyond Today: what does our future hold? Paper presentation: The teachable aspects of Emotional Competence: an intervention aimed to enhance Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Education. Wellington, New Zealand

2014. International conference, childhood trauma: Understanding the basics of change and recovery. Melbourne. August 4.

2015. The collaborative conference (April 2015). Pushing boundaries: Attachment, brain development and resilience in adolescence. Christchurch, New Zealand

2015. Homebase Childcare Association (September 2015). The impact of attachment relationships in young children’s brain development and resilience. Auckland, New Zealand

2016. Whanau Maanaaki Conference (April 2016). Kindergarten Conference Association. Presented at Kindergarten Conference Association Conference, Wellington. Conference Contribution - Oral Presentation

2017. WelTec Whitireia Research Symposium (February, 2017). Student engagement, affect, participation and success in a polytechnic online learning environment: Initial findings.

WelTec Teaching and Learning Forum. ( February 2017)  Keynote: Emotional safety supports learning: Latest findings from neuroscience.

Kelly, S., Domdom, J., Crawford, R., & Ulloa, M. (2017). A shared space: An innovative approach to interprofessional education in New Zealand. Oral presentation. National Tertiary Learning  & Teaching Conference, Unitec, Auckland, 2-3 October, 2017. Proceedings in press.

Whitireia/ Weltec Symposium. The neuroscience of Resilience: Findings from current research. Wellington.   23 November 2018. 

Arcus, K & Ulloa, M :  Shared Spaces: co-creating a curriculum to advance health and social practice. Oral presentation. 3rd International Higher Education Curriculum Design & Academic Leadership Symposia Programme. December 6-8 2017. Proceedings in press.



Guest reviewer: Hopwood, J.C, Flato, C.G, Ambwani, S, Garland B, H & More, L.C. (2009). A comparison of Latino and Anglo socially desirable responding. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65.

Editorial Reviewer: Deans, J, Frydenberg, E & Liang. R. (2012) Building a shared language of coping: Dynamics of communication between parents and preschool children. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 15, 61-83.

Editorial Reviewer: Social-emotional competences of undergraduate students and graduates from the Faculty of Education Magis, International Journal of Research in Education. 2017( in press)

Editorial Board: Magis, International Journal of Research in Education since 2016

Examiner Master of Professional Practice

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