Professor Mary Katsikitis

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Professor Mary Katsikitis


Teaching areas

  • Clinical and Health Psychology

Research areas

  • mother–daughter relationships
  • transitioning to aged care
  • using web-based media to deliver positive interventions across the lifespan
  • positive psychology
  • FASD Assessment and Diagnosis
  • FASD training

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Professor Mary Katsikitis is the Foundation Professor of Psychology and Discipline Leader at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has spent many years in a clinical / health environment during her appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide.

Mary was also Manager for Science and Education at the Australian Psychological Society (APS) managing accreditation and professional development processes for the members.

Mary is a previous member of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Board (APAC), the national accrediting body for psychology programs in Australia. She is also a member of the Accreditation Assessment Committee (AAC) for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Mary holds the position of National Course Approvals Chair for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and is a member of the Program Development and Accreditation Committee (PDAC) for the APS.

Mary is currently the Consortium Lead for USC on 2 recent successful grant funded projects involving FASD diagnosis, assessment and training.

Mary's other grant funding success has allowed her to focus on using web-based media to deliver positive interventions, and measuring their effect on adolescent and adult mental health.


  • USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to Dr Kate Mulgrew as the team leader and the PSY102 teaching team (including Mary Katsikitis)


Mary's selected research publications:

Campbell, B., Curran, M., Kannis-Dymand, L., Inkpen, R., & Katsikitis, M. A preliminary evaluation of metacognitive beliefs in high functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Advances in Autism, accepted for publication January 2018.

McAllister, M., Dayton, J., Oprescu, F., Katsikitis M., & and Jones, C.M. (2017). Memory Keeper: A prototype digital application to improve engagement with people with dementia in long-term care. Dementia,

Doak, J., & Katsikitis, M. Terrorism catastrophisation: An investigation of predicting and moderating factors. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology, accepted for publication August, 2017.

Sliwinski, J., Katsikitis, M., & Jones, C.M. (2017). A review of interactive technologies as support tools for the cultivation of mindfulness. Mindfulness, 5, pp.1150-1159.

Allen, A., Kannis-Dymand, L., & Katsikitis, M. (2017). Problematic internet pornography use: The role of craving, desire thinking, and metacognition. Addictive Behaviours, 70, 65-71.

Katsikitis, M., Lane, B., Ozols, I., & Statham, D (2017). Consumer perspectives in the development of a mental health research, treatment, and teaching facility: A thematic analysis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24, pp.534-544.

Curtis, E., Gibbon, P., & Katsikitis, M. (2016). Group identity and readiness to change unemployment status. Journal of Employment Counselling, 53, 50-59.

Lewis, S., Katsikitis, M., & Mulgrew, K. (2015). Like Mother, Like Daughter? An Examination of the Emotive Responses to Food. Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 828-838.

Sliwinski, J., Katsikitis, M., & Jones, C.M. (2015). Mindful gaming: how digital games can improve mindfulness. Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT, 167-184.

Katsikitis, M., Jones, C., Muscat, M., & Crawford, K. (2014). Knowing You, Knowing Me (KYKM): An interactive game to address positive mother–daughter communication and relationships. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00721.

Hay, P.J., & Katsikitis, M. (2014). Emotional responses to images of food in adults with an Eating Disorder: A comparative study with healthy and clinical controls. Eating Behaviour, 15, 371–374.

Jones, C., Scholes L., Johnson, D., Katsikitis, M., & and Carras, M.C. (2014). Gaming well: links between videogames and flourishing mental health. Frontiers in Psychology. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00260.

Oprescu, F., Jones, C., & Katsikitis, M. (2014). From games to gamified workplaces. I PLAY AT WORK principles for transforming work processes through gamification. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00014.

Recent Research Funding

Project name Funding body

Improving wellbeing outcomes for children diagnosed with FASD and their families: Expanding existing services through enhancement of referral pathways, diagnostic capacity and provision of evidence-based models

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Services and Models of Care Grant

Expansion of FASD services in Queensland: Establishing diagnostic services in remote communities

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Services and Models of Care Grant

The Memory Keeper — A digital therapeutic approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease     Wicking Trust and Mason Foundation
Professional Development in Nursing: Current awareness, practice and future directions Sunshine Coast Health Foundation
Knowing You, Knowing Me: A mother-daughter communication strategy

Separate grant funding from

(1) Queensland Health (DRUG ARM)
(2) auDA Foundation
(3) DrinkSafe

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