Katie Sutherland holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. Her project included researching and writing a creative non-fiction book about families living with autism, incorporating her own story and interviews. Her thesis examined personal storytelling as a method of illuminating parenting experiences of disability, illness and diversity. She holds a Bachelor of Communication (First Class Honours) from Western Sydney University and a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Curtin University. Katie is a freelance journalist, researcher and tutor within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.