Dr Catherine Mackenzie

Senior Research Fellow

College of Business, Government and Law

place Bedford Park (342SSS)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Catherine Mackenzie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact with more than 15 years’ experience in social and public health research. She has a background in anthropology and politics and obtained her PhD in Public Health in 2010. Catherine has a particular interest in co-design and community participation and has been developing methods to improve participant engagement and interaction with the research topic (e.g. using interactive maps and emoji, and critical realist reviews).

With her colleagues at Flinders University, Catherine works with people and communities to drive evidence-led change in the social, health and service sectors. Her program of research investigates contemporary questions generated with government and non-government industry partners and communities. The majority of her research focus is directed towards the Hearing Country Voices Research Partnership with Uniting Country SA, located in Port Pirie, South Australia, with a footprint that spans the north and north-west of the state. In this work, she brings together her passions for participatory and applied research with the capacity to address locally-relevant questions for regional, rural and remote communities.


Doctor of Philosophy, 2010, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

Thesis title: Mothers, breast cancer survivorship and physical activity promotion. Using feminist and critical theories, I explored how women diagnosed with breast cancer while mothers of dependent children respond to information about health benefits of regular physical activity participation.

BA (Hons), University of Adelaide, 2000
Thesis title: Childbirth, choice and culture: The politics of birth in South Australia. In this thesis, I critiqued the 1999 Senate Inquiry into Childbirth Procedures and the resultant report Rocking the Cradle: A report into Childbirth Procedures.

BA (Anthropology major), University of Adelaide, 1998

Registered Nurse Certificate, St Andrew's Hospital, 1989

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include critical perspectives on public health, health promotion, community services, experiences of cancer survivorship, women's health and gender relations, effects of domestic violence on women and children, social determinants of health, impacts of work on health, impacts of health on workforce participation and experiences.

I am an experienced problem based learning tutor, having used this method of teaching in the Master of Speech Pathology (2018-19) and in the Graduate Entry Medical Program (2010-2017).

Supervisory interests
Breast cancer, lay theory
Cancer risk perception
Cancer survivorship
Community development
Community health setting
Health promotion
Public health
Qualitative research
Social determinants of health (SDH)
Social services
Women's health
Young women living with breast cancer
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Cancer experiences (1), Media and Domestic Violence (1)
Associate supervisor: Cancer experiences and information needs (1)