Kate Senior has a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University. Her PhD involved a study of people's understandings of health and illness and their relationships with their health services in a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land.
Kate is currently the leader of the youth health and well-being teamat the Menzies School of Health Research. Before taking up this position Kate was the coordinator of the public health program at Menzies School of Health Researcg and a lecturer in anthropology at Charles Darwin University ..
In 2012, Kate was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to develop a research focus on the health and quality of life of young people in the Northern Territory. Under this project, Kate has continued her research into youth sexual health and sexual decision making and young people's lived experiences of the social determinants of health.
During 2012-2013 Kate has also been building a research relationship with the University of Battambang, Cambodia, to develop research capacity in the area of youth health and well being.