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Katie DouglasResearch Associate Professor

BSc(Hons) (Otago); PGDipClinPsych (Canterbury); PhD (Otago), MNZCCP

Katie is a Research Associate Professor and a Registered Clinical Psychologist. Her current research interests include:

  • biological, hormonal, and cognitive aspects of mood and anxiety disorder
  • cognitive interventions for mood disorders
  • cognitive and biological impact of earthquake-related PTSD
  • influence of childhood trauma on mental health outcomes
  • women's mental health

Katie has been awarded seven major research grants as Principal Investigator, including the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (2018). Katie has extensive experience in clinical trial methodology and is currently involved in several clinical trials being conducted through the Clinical Research Unit within the Department, and within the Canterbury DHB. She is currently leading an innovative randomised controlled trial of group-based Cognitive Remediation in mood disorders.

Katie is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders, a founding member of the Early to Mid-Career Researcher subcommittee of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), a member of the ISBD Taskforce Targeting Cognition, and a member of the executive committee of the New Zealand Special Interest Group in Neuropsychology.

Katie currently supervises several PhD students in the areas of cognitive functioning in mood and anxiety disorders and women's mental health.

In her clinical work, Katie delivers therapy in treatment trials of mood disorders within the Department of Psychological Medicine. She has previous experience working clinically in health psychology and forensic psychology settings.

Professional affiliations

  • Chair of the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders
  • Associate Editor – BJPsych Open
  • Founding member of Early- to Mid-Career Researcher Subcommittee of International Society of Bipolar Disorders
  • Junior Editorial Board – Bipolar Disorders
  • International Editorial Board – Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Member of University of Otago, Christchurch Research Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee of the New Zealand Special Interest Group in Neuropsychology
  • Member of New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist – New Zealand Psychologists Board


Miskowiak, K. W., Obel, Z. K., Gugliemo, R., del Mar Bonnin, C., Bowie, C. R., Balanzá- Martínez, V., … Douglas, K., … Porter, R. J., … Hasler, G. (2024). Efficacy and safety of established and off-label ADHD drug therapies for cognitive impairment or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in bipolar disorder: A systematic review by the ISBD Targeting Cognition Task Force. Bipolar Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bdi.13414

Gray, V., Moot, W., Frampton, C. M. A., Douglas, K. M., Gallagher, P., Jordan, J., … Inder, M., Crowe, M., McIntosh, V. V. W., & Porter, R. J. (2024). The effect of age on emotion processing in individuals with mood disorders and in healthy individuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 15, 1204204. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1204204

Jiménez-Pavón, J., Dean, O. M., Hosang, G. M., Douglas, K. M., Huber, R. S., & Mitchell, R. H. B. (2023). From knowledge gaps to career opportunities: The early- to Mid-Career Committee's impact on increasing resources for bipolar disorder professionals. Bipolar Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bdi.13395

Eggleston, K., Douglas, K., Donovan, K., Tennant, M., & Mulder, R. (2023). Mental health and paid parental leave: What does the evidence say? New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1584), 7-9. Retrieved from

Skirrow, P. M., Johnstone, G., Douglas, K. M., & Faulkner, J. W. (2023). Measuring memory: A survey of neuropsychological practice amongst New Zealand psychologists. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 2251635. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/23279095.2023.2251635

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