Left to Right: Ryan Bentham, Jack Byrne, Jaimie Veale, Ashe Yee, Tāwhanga Nopera, Kyle Tan and Sam Guy

Dr Jaimie Veale is the Principal Investigator for Counting Ourselves and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. She was awarded a Health Research Council Emerging Researcher Grant for this research and subsequently a Royal Society Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. Jaimie is the founding President of the Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA), and is  an Associate Editor of the journal, International Journal of Transgender Health. Her main area of research is in the inequities and unique issues transgender people face in their health and well-being. Originally from Ashburton/Hakatere, Jaimie is a Pākehā trans woman of Scottish, English, and Australian descent.

Jack Byrne is a senior researcher and policy analyst based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, working part-time as the Senior Researcher and Co-Principal Investigator for Counting Ourselves.  He is passionate about applied research and human rights based policy making that ensures people can participate effectively in decisions that affect their lives. Jack’s main areas of research are on the human rights of transgender people, with particular expertise on transgender health and wellbeing and legal gender recognition, including for refugees and asylum seekers. He is a tauiwi trans man born in Māwhera / Greymouth, of Irish descent.

Dr Kyle Tan is a Co-Investigator for Counting Ourselves and initially started working for the team when he was studying for his PhD in Psychology at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. Originally from Malaysia, he has Chinese whakapapa. His research passion lies in the social determinants of health and wellbeing of rainbow communities, ethnic minorities and migrants. Kyle is a Research Fellow and part of the research team for the Working to End Racial Oppression (WERO) project.

Dr Tāwhanga Nopera is a takatāpui artist and researcher of Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Wahiao, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Amaru, and Ngāi Tawake whakapapa. He is an artist and academic who works with kaupapa Māori approaches to address historical trauma and promote healthy sexual and gendered identities. Tāwhanga is a Co-Investigator for Counting Ourselves and works as a Research Fellow on the WERO Project at Te Ngira, and as the Health Promotions Coordinator at Student Health at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. 

Ryan Bentham is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Waikato/Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. He is a tauiwi cisgender man originally from Te Kūiti of European descent. His research interests lie in mental health, gender, and sexuality.

Ashe Yee is a Psychology Honours graduate from Newcastle, Australia, based in Hamilton, who has worked as a Research Assistant on the Counting Ourselves project. Her research interests lie in the welfare and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority groups. Ashe is a tauiwi trans woman with Australian Aboriginal and Chinese whakapapa.

Sofia Gonzalez is a Masters and Clinical Psychology student at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, who started working with the team when she was doing her honours and then as a summer scholar supporting the development of the survey questions for the 2022 Counting Ourselves survey. She is originally from Chile. Her research interests lie in mental health, healthcare, and gender.

Sam Guy worked on the first Counting Ourselves survey as part of his Masters studies at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. His qualifications are in Health Science and Public Health. He is a cisgender man of Ngāti Maru (Hauraki) whakapapa.

Other staff and postgraduate students and staff at the University of Waikato / Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato have supported this project as reviewers and by helping to analyse the data we collect.

The Project Team
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