Kate Obst

Ms Kate Obst

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD - Master of Psychology - Health Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am currently completing a combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Health) program under the supervision of Dr Clemence Due, Dr Melissa Oxlad and A/Professor Philippa Middleton. With a background in both psychology and public health, I am broadly interested in research and practice relating to loss and grief, and family wellbeing including perinatal mental health. My PhD is exploring the psychological impact of pregnancy loss and neonatal death for under-researched populations in Australia, with a particular focus on improving our understanding of men's grief and subsequent support needs.

You can read more about my current program of research here: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/mens-grief

Recent Media:

  • 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 our systematic review of men's grief
  • Interview about my research with Dr Hunter Mulcare for Two Shrinks Pod
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 PhD/Master of Psychology (Health) Candidate 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
    2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2018 Provisional Psychologist Psychology Board of Australia
  • Research Interests

2018-2022
Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship: Australian Government.
Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship: Westpac Scholars Trust.

Westpac Scholar

2018
Tutor and marker for third year Health and Lifespan Development, School of Psychology.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    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: PhD - Master of Psychology - Health Candidate
  • Phone: 83136972
  • Email: kate.obst@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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