Dr Kate Jonathan - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Kate Jonathan

BA (Hon), BSc(Hon), MPH (Sheffield, UK), PGCE, PhD (York, UK)

  • Lecturer, Social Work (Fraser Coast)
+61 7 5456 3868
Office location
Fraser Coast 1.13J
Fraser Coast

Dr Kate Jonathan is a social worker and mental health nurse from the United Kingdom. She has held academic positions at two British universities before moving to Australia. Kate earned her PhD in Social Work and Social Policy from the University of York, UK, where her research explored how socio-cultural characteristics and maternal health influence the parenting patterns of families of Pakistani origin living in Bradford, UK.

Kate completed her MPH at the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and BSc at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK. Her overarching research interest is the mental health of individuals, families and its impact on the community. As a practitioner, Kate worked in homelessness, criminal justice and mental health and ran a charitable organisation for homeless people in the town she resided then.

Kate's current research focus is on suicide prevention in a regional community

Professional membership

  • AASW - Eligibility for membership

Awards / Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK
  • USC Research Collaboration grant (2018)
  • University of Teesside, Best Student Award
  • University of Teesside, Best Dissertation - Citation
  • National Health Service Research grant (2008-2009)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Research Collaboration Grant Kate Jonathan, Daniel Banos & Dr Kees USC (A$10,000) 1 Year Suicide prevention @ Fraser Coast
In-kind support Kate Jonathan, Daniel Banos & Dr Kees WBHHS ($17,698) 1 year Suicide prevention @ Fraser Coast

Research areas

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Religion, spirituality, health and wellbeing
  • Social work education in regional areas
  • Mental health of individuals and impacts on families and community

Teaching areas

  • Mental Health
  • Professional Ethics
  • Social Work and Human Services
  • Community Development and Social Action
  • Children, Youth and Families