May 29, 2015

Dr Kate Lemerle

OrgPsych Dr Kate Lemerle

Dr Kate LemerleDr Kate Lemerle BSc (Psychology) (Hons), B.Ed DipEd (Graduate), Grad Dip Social Ecology, Grad Dip Health Promotion, MAppSci (Social Ecology), PhD

With over 35 years’ experience in clinical, organisational, academic and community settings, Kate is one of Brisbane’s most experienced psychologists. For the past decade her passion for the application of Positive Psychology has continued to grow, inspired by work during the 1990’s setting up innovative health promotion programs in rural NSW and more recently growing from her PhD research on organisational factors influencing positive health outcomes for teachers working in Health Promoting Schools (a precursor to Positive Education). She subsequently undertook postdoctoral research designing and evaluating school-based interventions promoting children’s resilience within a cross-cultural framework, leading to a deep appreciation of cultural determinants of wellbeing. Kate’s academic research has been presented at a number of prestigious conferences and published in several journals and book chapters.

Kate also has an extensive teaching career at several universities including the University of New England, Charles Sturt University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, and most recently at the University of Southern Queensland where she introduced Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology courses, the first to be offered to undergraduates in Queensland. Kate has also taught undergraduate courses in Developmental, Abnormal, Social and Community Psychology, and Health Promotion at several universities, and supervised innovative Honours research in Positive Psychology.

In 2012 Kate initiated an informal networking group in Brisbane for other health, education and coaching professionals to expand professional linkages and build skills in applying Positive Psychology in practice. This expanded into offering a number of workshops followed by Master Classes, and last year she established the Institute for Applied Positive Psychology to focus on bringing practical training in Positive Psychology to professionals across disciplines. The IAPP continues to grow and has become established as a key provider of practical training in this approach to wellness promotion. Apart from the IAPP, Kate also operates a part-time private practice in south west Brisbane, supervises intern psychologists in the 4+2 and 5+1 programs, and co-ordinates the Brisbane West APS Peer Network. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society as well as numerous international associations relevant to Positive Psychology and Coaching.

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