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Honorary titles within the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing are conferred upon persons of appropriate distinction, other than members of staff, who have an on-going association with the University in the area of research. They are leaders in their field, and below is a list of our current Honorary Fellows.


Dr Doug King

Honorary Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

A photograph of Doug King

Discipline: Injury epidemiology, Injury prevention, head impact biomechanics, mild traumatic brain injuries



Experience: Registered Comprehensive Nurse with 25 yrs experience in medical, surgical, orthopaedics, mental health, Emergency and now Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency Medicine. Retired serviceman from the Royal New Zealand Navy (1977-1987) and Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (1995-2000). Awarded NZOSM, NZGSM(IO) and NZDSM(R) Medals. Recipient of Te Amorangi National Māori Academy Excellence Award, PhD New Investigator Award – AUT University and PhD Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Award for translation of thesis to publication.


Research Overview: Focus on researching injuries in sports by investigating injury mechanisms at the amateur level of participation to identify possible injury reduction strategies, sports-related concussion assessment and management through to rehabilitation focusing on transferability of the research to non-sporting environments focusing on intimate partner violence and non-accidental injury.


Co-leader of the SPRINZ Rugby Codes Research Group, Honorary Research fellow at the School of Science & Technology; University of New England, Armidale. New South Wales. Australia and a Research Associate of the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ, AUT University).