Iris S. Fontanilla

Iris has specialist knowledge and experience in the development and provision of evidenced based Health Psychology services tailored to meet the needs of those with co-morbid physical health and psychological conditions. Iris was one of the first New Zealand trained Health Psychologists from the University of Auckland. She currently works as the Health Psychologist for the New Zealand Heart Lung Transplant Service and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). She has been in the Transplant role for the last 12 years to date. Iris provides clinical supervision for Health Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists from Auckland Metro DHBs.

She has engaged in numerous research projects including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cardiac conditions, heart and lung transplantation, suicide prevention and wound healing following elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Iris is committed to professional development and has presented at conferences and scientific proceedings.

Iris is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland where she is involved in education, training, and supervision of pre-intern health psychology students and Intern Psychologists. She also teaches medical students and post-graduate nursing students. 

She is a Full Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) and has held governance positions, serving two consecutive terms on the Executive of the NZPsS. She is the current Chair of the NZPsS Institute of Health Psychology. She was an Executive member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Association of New Zealand (CRANZ).

Iris has experience in television, radio, and print media. Iris has appeared on Breakfast TV ONE (TVNZ). She was the Expert Psychologist on TV One’s series DO or DIE (TVNZ). She has featured as a guest psychologist for Newstalk ZB. Iris has also written featured articles for health related magazines such as Healthy Food Guide.   


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