Katie is an Associate Professor and Head of School in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching are focused on health education, physical education and sexuality education, as well as critical ethnographic and poetic research methods. She has a background teaching in New Zealand high schools, and also led the writing of the policy: Sexuality Education: A guide for Principals, Boards of Trustees and Teachers (Ministry of Education, 2015), and co-authored a teaching resource for mental health education: Mental Health education and Hauora: Teaching about resilience, interpersonal skills and wellbeing (NZCER, 2018).
Katie has published 5 books, over 50 articles and book chapters, and is the lead co-editor of a new book series on Critical Studies in Health and Education (Routledge, New York). Katie is currently a recipient of a 5-year Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from Te Aparangi, the Royal Society of New Zealand.