Barbara is the Online Project Manager for DPSN. She also worked as Diversity New Zealand’s Executive Assistant from 2010 to 2014.
Barbara has a Masters in Health Science and is a registered Counselling Psychologist. When not online for Diversity NZ, she specialises in supporting clients with substance use concerns. As a regular blogger for DPSN, Barbara enjoys debating issues of diversity across all areas of society, but particularly in relation to mental health and addictions.
Barbara has contributed to both published academic research and a fictional book through her work with Diversity NZ. In 2012 Barbara and Philip together wrote and published a children's book "My Friend is a Superhero!", which aims to reframe disability through the lens of functional diversity, influencing children (and their parents) away from negative stereotypes.
Philip and Barbara have also completed an action-research study on portrayals of disability in the media, which was published in a special issue of The Journal of Popular Television ("Is New Zealand ready for more diversity on-screen? (2015), 3:2, pp. 277-285").