Kate is currently undertaking a PhD in family sociology at Monash and is due to complete in late 2015. Her thesis explores Anglo-Australian / Tongan cross-cultural couples' experiences of the life transitions of becoming a couple and becoming parents.
In addition to her doctoral research, she is a Research Associate at the Health in Society Research Network at Monash University, working on research that seeks to broaden our understanding of experiences of health and illness (particularly mental health) in social context. Projects she has worked on include the recently-completed Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families project (funded by Healthdirect Australia) and Experiences of Depression and Recovery in Australia (ARC Linkage Project).
Kate's research interests are in the social, cultural and emotional dimensions of life-course transitions.