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- PhD, health sciences, University of Auckland
- MA (Distinction), sociology, University of Canterbury
- BA (first class honours), sociology, University of Canterbury
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Katey is an interdisciplinary social science researcher exploring the spaces where law and health interface. Before moving to Auckland from her hometown of Christchurch, Katey studied sociology at the University of Canterbury completing Masters research on the use of ecstasy within the electronic dance music scene. After working as a research assistant for two years in the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Auckland, she embarked on her PhD journey which was confirmed in 2010. Katey’s PhD thesis explored the role of forensic psychiatrists when acting as expert witnesses in trials involving the defence of insanity. Katey co-directed the Centre for Mental Health and worked as a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, until she joined the School of Law at AUT in 2018.
- Mental health and the law
- Research methods
- Non-adversarial justice
- Mental health and addictions
- Socio-legal studies
- Qualitative research
- Co-production methodology
Katey has a keen interest in socio-legal studies examining mental health law and criminal law in practice with the aim of informing policy, practice and legal reform to improve outcomes for some of the most marginalised people in society. Her current research has a strong focus on social justice issues in mental health, covering various aspects of mental health law, human rights and therapeutic initiatives within the criminal justice system. Katey has led a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funded project on the therapeutic nature of New Zealand's specialist courts. Other research has considered the role of advance care planning in mental health, mental health review tribunals, the role of district inspectors and the implications of the United Nation Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability in New Zealand. She is currently leading a Borrin Foundation funded project to re-envisage the criminal justice system to better respond to people with intersecting mental health, addictions and criminal justice histories. Recently, her research focus has extended to working with the service users and the police to improve responses to citizens in mental distress.
Current Research Projects:
- Envisaging a solution-focused court system: What would a continuum of evidence-based interventions for mental health and addictions related offending look like? The Borrin Foundation.