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Kayla Steele

Postdoctoral research fellow and clinical psychologist, UNSW Sydney

Kayla Steele, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW School of Psychology, based at the Black Dog Institute. She has a particular research focus on anxiety and mood disorders, developing and evaluating novel psychological interventions, personality disorder and parent-child attachment relationships.

Clinically, Kayla has worked across various settings including public mental health inpatient units, community adult and child and adolescent mental health, university clinics and private practice. She specialises in working with individuals and families who experience complex and severe mental health difficulties, particularly personality disorder.

Kayla is also interested in intersectionality, and how overlapping and interdependent systems of race, class, ability, gender and sexuality impact the individual and their experience of mental ill-health.


  • 2023–present
    Casual academic, UOW
  • 2024–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, UNSW
  • 2021–2024
    Clinical psychologist, NSW Health


  • 2023 
    University of Wollongong, PhD (Clinical Psychology)
  • 2019 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)