Dr Mary-Anne Kate is a researcher specialising in interpersonal trauma, attachment and post-traumatic disorders. She has worked for over a decade as a Public Policy Analyst, Senior Policy Officer and Policy Advisor assessing and developing national and European Union policies and practices to improve quality of life outcomes for vulnerable client groups. Mary-Anne is a Scientific Committee member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She is the lead author of the Dissociative disorders and somatic symptom-related disorders in Wiley's Australasian edition of Abnormal Psychology. Mary-Anne was recently awarded the Chancellor's Doctoral Research Medal from UNE and the David Caul Award from the ISSTD for her PhD on childhood maltreatment, parent-child dynamics and dissociation. Mary-Anne is currently teaching on the Mental Health Masters course at Southern Cross University.