School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
A skilled and knowledgeable researcher with a passion for helping others. I work extremely well as part of a team and I am a motivated self-starter. I have over 10 years experience working in tertiary education in a variety of roles. I am adaptable and embrace challenges with a “can-do” attitude. I am dedicated and passionate about my work, with a strong desire to make a substantial and positive impact in research as well as towards the success of the organisation and my own career growth.
My honours research was conducted at Macquarie University in Sydney and involved investigating a potential therapeutic for methamphetamine addiction using an animal model. My PhD research involved an exploration of the clinical and molecular expressivity associated with protocadherin-19 (PCDH19) variants and PCDH19 clustering epilepsy. My current research investigates decision-making in major depressive disorder.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - 2023 Adjunct Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Demonstrator, Research Placement (Neuroscience) University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2018 - ongoing Teaching Assistant, Biological and Psychosocial Factors in Addictions University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2015 - 2015 Research Assistant Macquarie University 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Scholar Macquarie University 2014 - 2014 Accessibility Coach Macquarie University 2013 - 2015 Educator Camp Australia 2012 - 2013 Clinic Coordinator and Therapist MindSpot Clinic 2012 - 2013 Peer-Assisted Learning Coach and Founder Macquarie University 2006 - 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Assistant Macquarie University
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2016 Invitation Graduate speaker at the Human Sciences graduation ceremony Macquarie University Australia - 2015 Award The Head of Department Prize Macquarie University Australia $100 2015 Award The Department of Psychology Prize for Psychopathology Macquarie University Australia $100 2014 Award The Department of Psychology Prize for Principles of Psychological Assessment Macquarie University Australia $100 2012 Award Mollie Thomson Prize Macquarie University Australia $150
Date Institution name Country Title Macquarie University Australia Honours (First Class) Degree of Bachelor of Science - Psychology University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
Year Citation 2016 McLachlan, K., & Kolc, K. L. (2016). The Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Program at Macquarie University: Exploring Critical Success Factors.. In C. Pratt (Ed.), The diversity of university-community engagement: An international perspective (pp. 47-56). Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: Asia Pacific University-Community Engagement Network.
Year Citation 2022 Perkes, I. E., Kolc, K. L., Cooper, D., Farrell, L., & Grisham, J. R. (2022). OCD BOUNCE: A TRANSLATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR CLINICAL CARE AND RESEARCH. In AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Vol. 56 (pp. 73-74). SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 2022 Cooper, D., Lam-Po-Tang, J., Kolc, K. L., Farrell, L., Grisham, J. R., & Perkes, I. E. (2022). DEVELOPMENT OF A CLINICIAN DIRECTORY FOR OCD. In AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY Vol. 56 (pp. 75). SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD.
2016 Pham, D., Kolc, K. L., Schulz, R., Corbett, M., Gardner, A., Pitson, S., . . . Gecz, J. (2016). In vitro and in silico assessment of PCDH19 variation. In Human Epilepsy - Understanding biology to improve outcomes. Vibe Hotel, Marysville VIC.
Year Citation 2020 Gecz, J., Kolc, K., Sadleir, L., Depienne, C., Marini, C., Scheffer, I. E., . . . Roberts, R. (2020). Clinical and molecular complexity of X-linked clustering epilepsy, a disorder of cellular mosaics. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS. SPRINGERNATURE. 2018 Kolc, K. L. (2018). PCDH19 systematic review and questionnaire preliminary
findings. Poster session presented at the meeting of Translational Neurogenetics Retreat 2018.
2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Male mosaics with PCDH19-GCE. Poster session presented at the meeting of Epilepsy Research Mini-Retreat 2017. Melbourne, Victoria. 2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Neuropsychiatric profile of protocadherin-19 girls clustering epilepsy (PCDH19-GCE): A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Epilepsy Research Retreat. Marysville, VIC. 2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Neuropsychiatric profile of PCDH19 epilepsy:
A systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Conference on PCDH19: Scientific Research Status and Therapeutic Perspectives. Rome.
2021 - 2022 ($150,000): Mindgardens Neuroscience Network "Building community-based treatment capacity for children and young people across NSW".
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