Cate is a voice specialist, speech pathologist and university lecturer and researcher. She specializes in the area of experimental and applied clinical research into the processes and efficacy of voice training for professional voice users and people with functional voice disorders.
She was awarded her PhD in 2008 following successful completion of a large research project investigating whether vocalists trained to manipulated specific muscular parameters of their voice, were perceived to have a specific personality traits as a result of the change in their voice. The research findings were remarkable in revealing that listeners make specific personality attributions based on voice quality alone and further the negative impact of voice disorders that change vocal quality. These findings also provide significant evidence for the efficacy and impact of voice training to not only train specific muscular movements of the larynx, but to change listener perceptions of personality via the resultant change in voice quality. This research has been of significant public interest and Cate has conducted numerous radio and newspaper interviews.
Cate's reserach findings have been disseminated via national and international conference presentations and publication in an international peer-reviewed journal
She is currently manger and director of the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory. She maintains her interest in clinical work via clinical support of voice clients in the Communication Disorders Treatment & Research Clinic at Lidcombe, support of public hospital voice clinics, private practice and membership of the numerous national and international voice associations.
University of Sydney University Medal, 1998.