Postdoctoral Research Officer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a Registered Psychologist (Health Registrar), Postdoctoral Research Officer in the School of Biomedicine, and a Titleholder (Clinical Lecturer) in the School of Psychology. With a background in both psychology and public health, I am broadly interested in research and practice in the area of health psychology, particularly relating to child, family and reproductive health.
My PhD was a mixed methods program of research exploring men's grief and support needs after pregnancy loss and neonatal death, and I am currently working on a funded multi-disciplinary project exploring information and support needs for men diagnosed with male-factor infertility. You can read more about my PhD and the wider team's related research here: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/mens-grief
Recent Media/Outreach Activities:
- Invited Expert Contributor to the Baby Loss Project Training Program for Australian workplaces
- Invited Guest Editor for the Autumn Edition of the 2021 Australian Fatherhood Bulletin
- Article for Westpac Wire on workplace leave and support for men following pregnancy loss
- Invited blog post for the Stillbirth Advocacy Group on men's grief following stillbirth
- Invited blog post for the BMC Series on a systematic review of men's grief
- Invited interview about my research with Dr Hunter Mulcare for Two Shrinks Pod
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Psychologist (Health Registrar) Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) 2022 - ongoing Postdoctoral Research Officer University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Research Award School of Psychology Prize University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Research Award Vernon Roy East Prize The Vernon Roy East Bequest Australia - 2018 Award School of Psychology Prize University of Adelaide Australia - 2018 Award Vernon Roy East Prize The Vernon Roy East Bequest Australia - 2018 Scholarship 2018 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Australia - 2017 Award Best Individual Oral Presentation University of Adelaide Australia - 2017 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship South Australian Health and Medical Research Insititute Australia - 2016 Achievement Golden Key Scholar Golden Key International Honour Society Australia - 2016 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship School of Psychology, University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 - 2022 University of Adelaide Australia Combined PhD and Master of Psychology (Health) 2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours)
Date Title Institution name Country 2022 Registered Psychologist Psychology Board of Australia -
Year Citation 2020 Obst, K. L., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2020). Factors contributing to men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal death: further development of an emerging model in an Australian sample. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. 2020 Obst, K. L. (2020). Men and pregnancy/neonatal loss: understanding grief and contributing factors. Poster session presented at the meeting of Men's Health Connected: Australian Men's Health Form. 2019 MEN'S GRIEF FOLLOWING PREGNANCY LOSS AND NEONATAL LOSS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW (2019). Poster session presented at the meeting of Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Wiley.
2019 Obst, K. L. (2019). How do men experience grief following pregnancy loss?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2019 APS College of Health Psychologists Conference. Glenelg, South Australia. 2018 Obst, K., & Due, C. (2018). Australian men's experiences of support following pregnancy loss. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstract E-Book. Glasgow, UK: ISPID-ISA. 2018 Obst, K. L. (2018). How do men experience grief following pregnancy loss?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th Annual Florey Postgraduate Conference. University of Adelaide. 2018 Obst, K. L. (2018). Improving bereavement care guidelines for all family members in Australia: Starting with fathers. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 Annual Stillbirth CRE Workshop. UQ Business School Executive Education Venue, Brisbane, Queensland. 2017 Obst, K. (2017). Australian men's experiences of support following pregnancy loss. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research. University of Adelaide, South Australia. - Obst, K., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (n.d.). Men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss: A systematic review and emerging theoretical model. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference. Research Square Platform LLC.
Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship: Australian Government.
Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship: Westpac Scholars Trust.
Clinical Lecturer, School of Psychology.
Co-supervisor for Psychology Honours students.
Tutor and marker for third year Health and Lifespan Development, School of Psychology.
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - ongoing Member Marcé Society Australasian Chapter Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Australian College of Health Psychologists Australia 2018 - ongoing Member The Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (The Stillbirth CRE) Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2019 - ongoing GriefLink Management Committee Advocacy Australia 2017 - ongoing Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health Youth Research Council Scientific research Australia
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