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Dr Kate Murray

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling


Dr Kate Murray
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology, Cultural Studies, Public Health and Health Services
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PhD in Psychology (Arizona State University), MPH , Masters in Psychology (Arizona State University)

Professional memberships
and associations
Australian Psychological Society
Society for Behavioral Medicine
mental health, acculturation, health equity, community-based participatory research, immigrant and refugee health
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Kate received a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from Arizona State University and an MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University in 2012. Her research focuses on the role of acculturation, stress, and health behaviors and their contribution to mental health and chronic disease concerns among immigrant and refugee communities.

Examples of current research projects include:

1. The settlement experience of women from a refugee background in the initial months and at 1-year follow-up. A prospective study design examines the role of social and contextual factors in supporting the adaptation and well-being of women in the context of resettlement.

2. Examination of psychological principles underlying: 1. the effects of online media messaging on knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs toward asylum seekers in an Australian context; 2. the role of identity and sense of community in predicting attitudes toward diverse populations.

3. Identification of factors influencing family stress, adaptation, and well-being following migration and intervention development and evaluation to support families during periods of transition.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kate Murray.


2017 QUT Teaching Activities

  • Course Coordinator, PYN025 Psychological Interventions I (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy)
  • Course Coordinator, PYN030/603 Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Course Coordinator, PYB000 Psychology in Professional Contexts
  • Guest Lecturer on topics related to Research Methods, Clinical, Health, and Cross-Cultural Psychology
Research supervision for Honour’s, Master’s and Doctoral Students
This information has been contributed by Dr Kate Murray.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Developing Best Practice for Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Refugee Women; Health And Wellbeing; Settlement


Current supervisions

  • Finding a way home; How can successful permanent placement outcomes be achieved for children in out-of-home care?
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Dr Ron Frey
  • Migration of adult children and its effects on the health and wellbeing of the elderly parents of Nepali emigrants
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez
  • Adequacy of health promotion initiatives for refugee women
    Masters, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Mark Brough
  • Speaking about death wishes: A qualitative study about the lived experience of family therapy for suicidal adolescents and their parents
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ian Shochet
  • Bipolar Mood Disorders: The Relationship between Metacognitive Capacities, Associated Correlates, and Functional Status
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robert Schweitzer
  • Personality functioning and metacognition in perpetrators of domestic violence
    Masters, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robert Schweitzer