Kate is a Teaching Focused Academic in the First Year College and has been successful in obtaining the Deputy Head of Scholarship and Professional Learning role within the College.

Kate teaches skills-based units to aspiring health professionals and outdoor-leadership students that aim to prepare them for life after university by developing authentic interpersonal skills. Her personalised approach involves firstly helping students explore themselves, their own values, cultural influences and upbringing before developing communications skills within the context of this personal paradigm. This approach prepares students for work with a diverse range of individuals and helps them understand how they respond cognitively and emotionally in a safe environment prior to commencing placement. Kate also teaches an employability unit for psychology students that helps them to consider their reasons for pursuing psychology and engage actively in the planning of their own futures.

Since completing her PhD in cognitive neuropsychology (more specifically visual memory), Kate’s research interests have shifted to focus more on curriculum design and delivery. She is part of an ongoing project exploring employability curriculum design and delivery and in extending her discipline research to explore the psychological impacts of living with chronic disease. She readily engages in smaller, isolated projects to enhance her scholarship and gain deeper understanding and insight into the effectiveness of various education strategies.

Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive neuropsychology
  • Memory
  • Psychological assessment
  • Curriculum design
  • Employability Teaching
  • Active learning

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 5888

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Kelly, K., & Lock, E. (2019) Constructing a career mindset in first year students: The building blocks for curriculum design. Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica Valencia. 47-54.  

Kelly K., Klein R., Sinnayah P., Winchester M. (2020) First year University student experiences of block-mode intensive learning compared to the traditional university model. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.  

Tripodi, N., Kelly, K., Husaric, M, Wospil, R., Fleischmann, M., Johnston, S., & Harkin, K. (2020) The effect of 3D printed anatomical models on first year student engagement and performance related anxiety. Anatomy Sciences and Education.

Lock E., & Kelly, K. (2020) Ignorance is Risk: An Exploratory Study on Commencing Students Expectations of Degree Outcomes. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability.  

Kelly, K. (2020) Ankylosing Spondylitis and Undifferentiated Spondyloarthritis: The Relationship Between Living with these Conditions and Psychological Wellbeing. Musculoskeletal Care. 

Conference presentations

International Mental Health Conference
Kelly K. (2020) Investigating how chronic pain and diagnostic process influences psychological wellbeing in individuals with seronegative spondyloarthritis. International Mental Health Conference. Australia.  

Higher Education Advances
Kelly, K., & Lock, E. (2019) Constructing a career mindset in first year students: The building blocks for curriculum design. Fifth International Conference on Higher Education Advances. Universitat Politecnica Valencia. 47-54.  

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia  (HERDSA)
Kelly, K., Klein, R., Winchester, M., & Sinnayah, P. (2019) Intensive teaching method is liked by poor performing students. Abstract HERDSA 05.07.2019 New Zealand.  

Improving University Teaching (IUT)
Kelly, K., Klein, R., Winchester, M., & Sinnayah, P. (2019) First year student achievement with block mode intensive learning compared to the traditional University model. Improving University Teaching conference July 24-26, 2019 Mulheim an der Ruhr Germany.  

Australian Physiology Society Conference
Klein, R., Sinnayah, P., Kelly, K., Winchester, M., Poliness, S., Rajaraman, G., & Eizenberg, E. (2019) Computer Based Learning in a new ‘Block model’ of teaching Anatomy. Australian Physiological Society Annual Conference December 3-5 2019, Australian National University

Appearances in the media

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