About Bowel Cancer
Background and Professional Interest Areas:
Katie works with patients suffering from a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions. These may be surgical, organic or functional in nature.
Psychology has a major role to play in gut health. This can include the generation, maintenance and exacerbation of symptoms. Living with a gastrointestinal illness can also impact our mental health and quality of life. Psychological support can help to reduce symptom experiences, reduce distress; and improve coping and quality of life.
Some of Katie’s areas of experience include but are not limited to: irritable bowel syndrome, bariatric psychology, abdominal pain, stress management, depression and anxiety, gastroparesis and pancreatitis. Katie also has experience working with patients with diabetes and renal failure.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology (University of Auckland)
- Master of Health Psychology with first class honours (University of Auckland)
- Bachelor of Arts (University of Auckland)
- Auckland District Health Board – Psychologist for General Surgery and Trauma
- The MacMurray Centre – Psychogastroenterology
- New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS)
- Australian and New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society (ANZMOSS)
- The Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
- The Rome Foundation Division of Psychogastroenterology