David R Thomas is Emeritus Professor in Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His degrees are from Victoria University in Wellington (BA, MA) and the University of Queensland in Australia (PhD in social and cross-cultural psychology). He was previously a lecturer and then professor in psychology at the University of Waikato (1973-1996)where he taught courses in community psychology and cross-cultural research. He is currently a research and evaluation consultant and runs workshops on research methods. Specialist areas include evaluation research, survey research, qualitative methods, proposal writing and management of projects. His publications include 65 journal articles and book chapters and two books.