Amanda Perry Head of Education School of Social Practice

  • MEd, GDipECE, BEd, BA (Psychology), DipProfCounselling, PGCert (Therapeutic Play Skills)

Amanda took up the role of Head of Education in August 2021. Her role is to ensure the flourishing of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and Christian Education programmes at Laidlaw. 

Her qualifications are in psychology, primary school teaching, early childhood education, counselling, play therapy and adult education. Professionally, Amanda has worked in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and health settings. She is currently completing her PhD studies, examining how qualified moderators of online community health forums support individuals in suicidal crisis. 

Amanda lives in Waimauku with her family and is part of the Church Unlimited community in Glendene. Beyond her role at Laidlaw and her PhD studies, Amanda has a small private counselling practice in Waimauku.



Perry, A., Lamont-Mills, A., duPreez, J., & du Plessis, C. ‘I want to be stepping in more’–Professional Online Forum Moderators’ Experiences of Supporting Individuals in a Suicide Crisis. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.863509


Perry, A., Pyle, D., Lamont-Mills, A., du Plessis, C. & du Preez, J. (2021). Suicidal behaviours and moderator support in online health communities: a scoping review. BMJ Open;11:e047905.

Pyle, D., Perry, A., Lamont-Mills, A., Tehan, G. & Chambers, S.K. (2021), A scoping review of the characteristics and benefits of online prostate cancer communities. Psycho-Oncology, 30, 659-668.


Perry, A., Lamont-Mills, A., du Plessis, C., du Preez, J. & Pyle, D. (2021). Suicidal behaviours and moderator support in online health communities: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open 10:e034162.