Kate Obst

Dr Kate Obst

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
  • Appointments

    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 Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    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)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2022 Registered Psychologist Psychology Board of Australia -
  • Research Interests

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship: Australian Government.
Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship: Westpac Scholars Trust.

Westpac Scholar


Clinical Lecturer, School of Psychology.

Co-supervisor for Psychology Honours students.

Tutor and marker for third year Health and Lifespan Development, School of Psychology.

  • Memberships

    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
  • Consulting/Advisories

    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
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Officer
  • Email: kate.obst@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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