Kate Fitzgerald

Kate Fitzgerald

Ms, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M256), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Kate Fitzgerald is a PhD Candidate and Research Officer in the School of Allied Health at UWA. Kate completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Population and Global Health in 2018. Kate is committed to research that promotes social justice and aims to improve physical and mental health outcomes for vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in trauma-informed and restorative practice research within the education sector. Kate’s current doctoral research is exploring facilitators and barriers to positive relationship development between teachers and students in Western Australian schools, viewed through a trauma-informed lens.  

Alongside her studies Kate has been part of the Thoughtful Schools research team, led by Professor Karen Martin, since it’s conception. The increasing awareness about the physiological, psychological and behavioural impacts of trauma led Professor Martin and her team to develop the Thoughtful Schools Program. This early intervention program provides schools with a toolkit based on current best-evidence to assist them in becoming trauma-informed. The Program in currently being implemented and evaluated in schools throughout Western Australia.

To find out more about Thoughtful Schools visit: https://thoughtfulschools.org.au/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research expertise keywords

  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Mental Health
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Childhood Adversity
  • Teacher-Student Relationships
  • Restorative Practice
  • Qualitative Methods


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