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Kate Holland is a Senior Research Fellow in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Canberra. Her main current research project is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award titled ‘Mediating Mental Health: An integrated approach to investigating media and social actors’. The project is examining media reporting of mental health issues and the views, experiences and media practices of mental health consumers, advocates, researchers and professionals, along with general community members and journalists. The qualitative research is drawing upon concepts of biocommunicability, mediatisation, media criticism and cultural studies of psychiatry.

Kate’s other research interests include health journalism, anti-obesity campaigns and fat politics, social practice theory, mad studies, anti-stigma campaigns, disease mongering, the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, health activism and resistance, critical public health, and disability studies. Her research has been published in journals such as Journalism Studies, Journalism, Communication Research & Practice, Social Semiotics, Health, Risk & Society, Journal of Sociology, Journal of Risk Research, Qualitative Health Research and Qualitative Inquiry.

Kate is currently vice-chair of the Health Communication and Change working group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and prior to that was co-chair 2010-2015.

Student Projects Available

I am currently available to supervise Higher Degree by Research Students in the following areas (subject to faculty/institute capacity and approval):

Health news and journalism

Media and public understandings of health issues

Public health communication

Education/Academic qualification



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Projects 2005 2020

Research Output 2004 2019

Communication’s role in overcoming challenges for obesity prevention partnerships

Werder, O., HOLLAND, K. & Munro, J., 25 Feb 2019, In : Health Promotion International. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Downloads (Pure)

Mediated representations of violence against women in the mainstream news in Australia

Sutherland, G., EASTEAL, P., HOLLAND, K. & Vaughan, C., 3 May 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 502, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Law Enforcement
Criminal Law
1 Citation (Scopus)

Australian Media Messages: Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Intimate Homicides Involving Domestic Violence

Easteal, P., Holland, K., Breen, M. D., Vaughan, C. & Sutherland, G., Jul 2018, In : Violence Against Women. 25, 4, p. 441-462 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

domestic violence
discourse analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Lay theories and criticisms of mental health news: elaborating the concept of biocommunicability

Holland, K., 2018, In : Disability and Society. 33, 8, p. 1327-1348 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health
mental health
4 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Making Mental Health News: Australian journalists’ views on news values, sources and reporting challenges

Holland, K., 10 Sep 2018, In : Journalism Studies. 19, 12, p. 1767-1785 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
news value
mental health