While studying for a full-time physiotherapy degree, Dr Katherine Carroll commenced a BA part-time by distance education through Open University Australia.
During her Honours research year in 2000, she realised she wanted to become a researcher as a career, so applied for a PhD.
“I was lucky enough to be granted a PhD scholarship by Professor Rick Iedema (UTS) on one of his Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants (2005).”
Having graduated with a PhD in 2009, she commenced a postdoctoral position as a research fellow at the University of Sydney. During this time Carroll also focused on writing a grant application to ARC on the topic of breastmilk donation and human milk banking for preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units.
“The grant application was to fund my own postdoctoral research fellowship for three years back at UTS. I was lucky enough to win the grant and in 2011 commenced this fellowship in the Centre for Health Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.”
The most rewarding aspect of the fellowship she says, is being able to follow her research passion for three years in an area that is important to many women and also important for the most vulnerable and tiny people in our society: very preterm infants.
In a nod to Carroll’s work, she was recently offered a position as the Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research in the Centre for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the Mayo Clinic in the US.
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