Personal details

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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Identifiers and profiles

PhD in Psychology (Arizona State University), MPH , Masters in Psychology (Arizona State University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australian Psychological Society

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. She uses community-based participatory research (CBPR), mixed methods, and research designs that allow the examination of community context in affecting individual health and wellbeing. Examples of current research projects include:

  1. The settlement experience of women from a refugee background in the initial months following arrival and 1-year later. 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 individual and community-level factors that influence resilience outcomes in the face of adversity.
  3. Examination of psychological principles underlying: a. the effects of online media messaging on knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs toward asylum seekers in an Australian context; b. the role of identity and sense of community in predicting attitudes toward diverse populations;
  4. Identification of factors influencing family stress, adaptation, and well-being following migration and intervention development and evaluation to support families during periods of transition.
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Ongoing QUT Teaching Activities

  • Unit Coordinator, PYB007, Communication for Health Professionals
  • Unit Coordinator, PYN030/603 Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Guest Lecturer on topics related to Research Methods, Clinical, Health, and Cross-Cultural Psychology

Research supervision for Honour’s, Master’s and Doctoral Students

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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

  • Examining the influence of war-related trauma on refugees' social adjustment: Developing a multi-dimensional intervention
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Nigar Khawaja, Dr Zahra Izadikhah Najafabadi
  • International migration of adult children and its effect on the health of older parents in Nepal
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez
  • Bipolar Mood Disorders: The Relationship between Metacognitive Capacities, Associated Correlates, and Functional Status
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robert Schweitzer
  • The lived experience of family therapy for suicidal adolescents, their parents and health professionals
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ian Shochet
  • Rethinking couple resilience: Risk, protective factors, and positive adaptation within romantic relationships
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ian Shochet