Katie is completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University's Writing and Society Research Centre. Her research project is a collection of narratives about families living with autism, utilising an autoethnographic methodology. Her exegesis follows on from her First Class Honours thesis entitled 'Illness narrative and the sense of connection'. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Curtin University. Katie is a freelance journalist and a tutor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.