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Lecturer (Psychology), Southern Cross University

Dr Mary-Anne Kate is a researcher specialising in interpersonal trauma, attachment, and post-traumatic disorders. She is a Scientific Committee member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), where she also teaches the introductory course on dissociation. Mary-Anne has written textbook chapters and articles on post-traumatic disorders, including dissociative disorders, Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and somatic disorders. In 2018 she was awarded the Chancellor's Doctoral Research Medal from UNE and in 2019 the David Caul Award from the ISSTD for her PhD on childhood maltreatment, parent-child dynamics, and dissociation. In 2021 Mary-Anne won the Morton Prince award for Scientific Research. Mary-Anne also has over a decade's experience as a policy analyst and program manager (Canberra-Cairo-Brussels) improving quality of life outcomes, including mental health, for vulnerable client groups such as migrants, refugees, and other minorities. In addition to teaching on the Mental Health Masters at SCU, she holds an adjunct research position at UNE.


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, Southern Cross University


  • 2018 
    Univeristy of New England, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Edinburgh, Masters of Social Policy

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation