Dr Kate Lemerle

dr-kate-lemerleDr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist and Founder of IAPP


Kate has been a registered psychologist for over 35 years, and is the founder and senior psychologist for the IAPP. Kate launched the Positive Psychology Network in 2012 as a forum for connecting with other like-minded professionals. The monthly meetings naturally evolved into a series of workshops teaching practical skills in Positive Psychology, and in 2014 Kate set up the Institute for Applied Positive Psychology so she could focus more on developing new programs and services to extend training opportunities in Positive Psychology for “people professionals”.

Kate has many years’ experience in academia. Most recently, she taught undergraduate Psychology for four years at the University of Southern Queensland, introducing Positive and Coaching Psychology courses. She has also taught undergraduate psychology and health promotion courses at other universities including University of New England and Charles Sturt University in NSW, and James Cook University and Queensland University of Technology in QLD. Her doctoral research on organisational stressors affecting teachers’ wellbeing, and postdoctoral research on resilience from a cross-cultural perspective, gained her international recognition and she has published a number of articles in professional journals and book chapters on this research.

Before moving to Queensland in 2000, she set up a consultancy service providing innovative workplace health promotion programs with several big organisations in regional NSW including Riverina Wool Combing, Laminex, and CSR, and launched a number of community development initiatives including Healthy Cities in Wagga Wagga. During these years she also developed a number of Adult & Community Education programs including a VET-approved Basic Counselling Skills Course.

In addition, Kate has extensive experience in clinical practice as a psychologist including working in a university student counselling service, community mental health including several years providing psychological support to people with disabilities, women’s refuge, and multidisciplinary occupational rehabilitation service. Apart from the IAPP, Kate operates a part-time counselling and life coaching service, and supervises intern psychologists completing the 4+2 and 5+1 pathways towards full registration with AHPRA.

Kate is a member of the following organisations:

  • Full Member, Australian Psychological Society (No. 14585)
  • Member, APS Interest Group in Coaching Psychology (IGCP)
  • Charter Member, International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • Member, Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA)
  • Member, International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)
  • Member, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQoLS)