Kate is a Clinical Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) in the School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW. Her research focuses on understanding the psychosocial impact of cancer on children and their parents, and the development of interventions and supports to ameliorate its negative impacts. Since June 2019 Kate has been Ethics and Genetics Team Leader within the BSU, co-leading a number of large-scale projects focused on understanding families' and health professionals' experiences of precision medicine and genetic testing for childhood cancer.
Prior to joining the BSU, Kate completed both her Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and PhD in the School of Psychology at UNSW. Her doctoral research investigated psychological mechanisms involved in the onset and maintenance of depressed mood, with a particular focus on repetitive thinking. Kate has experience in a variety of clinical and research settings.
Kate leads the Ethics & Genetics team in the Behavioural Sciences Unit, overseeing the psychosocial substudies of PRISM (PRISM-Impact), ZERO2 (ZERO2-Experiences), PREDICT and SMOC-Junior, as well as the evaluation of the By My Side and Walking Alongside resources for bereaved families and the health professionals who support them. More recently Kate has expanded her research focus to include the psychosocial impact of novel and emerging treatment of other childhood illnesses, including genetic vision loss and neurodevelopmental disorders.
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