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Co-Head, Human Capability; ARC Life Course Centre Chief Investigator

BAppSc PGradDipHlthSc PhD FSPA

Areas of research expertise: Child development, language development, literacy development, social determinants of health, development and learning, speech pathology, twins, early childhood services, research-government-community partnerships.

Cate is a child health researcher dedicated to creating knowledge about child health, development and learning for the benefit of children and their families. She holds a professorial appointment at the Telethon Kids Institute and is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia.

Cate specialises in large-scale longitudinal studies of children’s health, development, education and wellbeing. Her primary research is in children’s language and literacy development, which build the foundation for educational achievement, employment, health, wellbeing, prosperity and social connectedness. She has developed successful multidisciplinary research partnerships with government agencies and uses linked cross-sectoral government agency datasets to provide practical analysis and insights into best practice service provision and the role of early childhood health and education services in supporting families and young children. She began her career as a pediatric speech pathologist working with children and families in health and education settings.