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Professor Dave Harper

Dave was appointed to the Trust Board in 2019. He was appointed Dean of Science in November 2014. Dave came to Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington in 1994 as a lecturer in Psychology and was promoted to professor in 2013. He was head of the School of Psychology between 2006 and 2010, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science between 2012 and 2014, and Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture & Design Innovation in 2019. Dave’s research interests include the comparison of learning processes across animal species, laboratory analogues to study attention and decision making, the impact of drugs of abuse on cognition, and the comparative roles played by the brain’s neurochemical systems, serotonin, and dopamine in memory function.