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+64 3 474 0999 extn 57375
Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
PhD(Cambridge) MA(Appl) Clin Psyc(Victoria)
Research summary
Psychiatric epidemiology; mental-physical comorbidity; health psychology
  • Member, University of Otago Human Ethics Committee (Health)
  • Executive Committee Member, WHO World Mental Health Surveys Initiative
  • Chair and Member, Health Research Council Science Assessing Committees


Kate Scott is a psychiatric epidemiologist and senior investigator in the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys Initiative, a coordinated series of household epidemiologic surveys of mental disorders in over 30 countries around the world. Her interests are in cross-national psychiatric epidemiology, the inter-relationship between mental and physical disorders, and gender differences in mental disorders. Her research has been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the James Hume Bequest Fund and the NZ Lotteries Board.

Kate trained as a clinical psychologist at Victoria University. She worked as a clinician in adult mental health in the Wellington region for several years before being awarded a Rutherford Scholarship to undertake a doctorate in experimental psychopathology at Cambridge University.

Post-doctorate, she worked for the Ministry of Health as a senior analyst in the national health surveys program until her appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine. During her time at the Wellington School of Medicine she also worked part time as a Senior Clinical Psychologist with medical patients in the Liaison Psychiatry Team at Wellington Hospital. In 2011 she was appointed Associate Professor and Head of Behavioural Science in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, and promoted to Professor in 2014.


Axinn, W. G., Banchoff, E., Ghimire, D. J., & Scott, K. M. (2024). Parental depression and their children's marriage timing: The long-term consequences of parental mental disorders. Social Science & Medicine, 347, 116745. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2024.116745 Journal - Research Article

Harris, M. G., Kazdin, A. E., Munthali, R. J., Vigo, D. V., Stein, D. J., Viana, M. C., … Scott, K. M., … Kessler, R. C. (2024). Factors associated with satisfaction and perceived helpfulness of mental healthcare: A World Mental Health Surveys report. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 18, 11. doi: 10.1186/s13033-024-00629-7 Journal - Research Article

de Vries, Y. A., Alonso, J., Chatterji, S., de Jonge, P., Lokkerbol, J., McGrath, J. J., … Scott, K. M., … on behalf of the World Mental Health Survey Collaborators. (2024). Proof-of-concept of a data-driven approach to estimate the associations of comorbid mental and physical disorders with global health-related disability. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, e2003. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/mpr.2003 Journal - Research Article

Bruffaerts, R., Axinn, W. G., Ghimire, D. J., Benjet, C., Chardoul, S., Scott, K. M., … Smoller, J. W. (2024). Community exposure to armed conflict and subsequent onset of alcohol use disorder. Addiction, 119, 248-258. doi: 10.1111/add.16343 Journal - Research Article

Kazdin, A. E., Harris, M. G., Hwang, I., Sampson, N. A., Stein, D. J., Viana, M. C., … Scott, K. M., … and on behalf of the WHO World Mental Health Survey collaborators. (2023). Patterns, predictors, and patient-reported reasons for antidepressant discontinuation in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys [Invited review]. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0033291723002507 Journal - Research Article

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