Sam is a PhD candidate working with the NZAVS. Her PhD research focuses on subjective wellbeing in New Zealand across a wide range of demographics. Using current and future waves of NZAVS data, Sam investigates how trends in wellbeing may be changing with time and a rapidly developing society. Sam has authored several papers on Facebook use and its relationship with felt belonging, and body satisfaction across gender and age, in order to assess how new technologies are impacting on New Zealanders health and wellbeing. She has also worked on papers on a number of diverse topics such as ethnic identity, support for political rights, psychological distress and sexual orientation.