Katie has worked for the Hunter Institute since 2008 and is a clinical psychologist with clinical, research and project management experience. She holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Macquarie University, Masters of Psychology (Clinical) and a B.A Honours (Psychology) both from University of Newcastle. Katie has an interest and expertise in mental health promotion and suicide prevention with a strong research background including coordination of clinical trials, program evaluation and systematic consultations. She currently holds two positions - LifeSpan Newcastle Coordinator for the Hunter Institute and Suicide Prevention Research Manager with Hunter New England Health MH-READ (Mental Health, Research, Evaluation, Analysis and Dissemination) unit.
“The joy and challenge of working on LifeSpan is that I get to work with real people on real problems- which, if we can work out, will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Prior to her role as LifeSpan Newcastle Coordinator, Katie has worked across a variety of suicide prevention and mental health projects, and as a clinician within a university counselling service, CAMHS and primary care services. Katie led the national dissemination of the Hunter Institute's Partners in Depression program (2009-2012), worked on the development of the beyondblue The Way Back information resources for people who have attempted suicide and their family and friends, and has led and managed the development and dissemination of mental health resources, training packages and evaluations for a variety of other sectors, including for the mining sector, emergency services, schools, and general and primary health care providers.
Katie is actively engaged in wide range of suicide prevention research, including working closely with Professor Greg Carter and research supervision of two psychology postgraduate students. She has two children who give her ample opportunity to try and put evidence into practice (usually unsuccessfully) and who, regardless, light up her life.