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
  • psychology of retirement
  • clinical and health psychology

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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 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 Working Committee (AWC) 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.

With Mary's recent grant funding her research has focused 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:

Lewis, S., Katsikitis, M., & Mulgrew, K. (in press). Like Mother, Like Daughter? An Examination of the Emotive Responses to Food. Journal of Health Psychology.

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.

Katsikitis, M., Bignell, K., Rooskov, N., Elms, L., & Davidson, G. (2013). The Family Strengthening Programme: Influences on parental mood, parental sense of competence and family functioning. Advances in Mental Health, 11, 143–151.

Katsikitis, M., McAllister, M., Sharman, R., Raith, L., Faithfull-Byrne, A., & Priaulx, R. (2013). Continuing Professional Development in Nursing in Australia:  Current awareness, practice and future directions. Contemporary Nurse, 45(1), 33–45.

Research grants

Project name Funding body Year
The Memory Keeper—A digital therapeutic approach to the treatment of Alzheimers disease     Wicking Trust and Mason Foundation 2013
Professional Development in Nursing: Current awareness, practice and future directions Sunshine Coast Health Foundation 2010
Knowing You, Knowing Me: A mother-daughter communication strategy Queensland Health (DRUG ARM) 2009
Knowing You, Knowing Me: A mother-daughter communication strategy auDA Foundation 2009
Knowing You, Knowing Me: A mother-daughter communication strategy DrinkSafe 2009
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