Kate is an Academic Teaching Scholar in the First Year College. She undertook all her studies at Victoria University and started her career teaching undergraduate psychology classes while completing her PhD.

She is now a permanent teaching scholar who teaches predominantly psychology units but also teaches health related units to Biomedicine and Exercise Science first year students.

Her research interests include cognitive processing, in particular memory and visual perception, neuropsychology and psychological assessment. She is also currently part of two cross discipline research projects exploring student perspectives on university models and the use of kinaesthetic models in anatomy classes, and the link between university degrees and job outcomes.


Kelly, K., & Lock, E. (2019). ‘Constructing a career mindset in first year students: The building blocks for curriculum design’, 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEA’d 19), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia

Appearances in the media

Dodd, T. (2018). Failure rate plummets in VU’s block teaching plan, The Australian

Barba, R., Kelly, K. (2018). Victoria University, Radio Ed Week, [Radio broadcast]. Melb, Vic : Live FM. Victoria University (2018). The Proposition - A New First Year Model. Melb, Vic.

Victoria University (2018). Mid Year Intake Advertisement [Print campaign]. Melb, Vic.

Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive Psychology - Memory and Visual Perception
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychological assessment

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5888