Professor Catharine Coleborne is a historian of mental health and institutions. From 2015 to 2022, she led and managed a large and highly diverse group of academics in humanities and social science and spearheaded the implementation of the new School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Her higher education leadership experiences include curriculum renewal and design; as Associate Dean postgraduate (Waikato); and Chair of the university-wide Educator Network (Newcastle), as well as sector-wide representation (Marsden Fund, Aotearoa) and ERA (Australian Research Council). As President of DASSH she has forged an increasingly positive public engagement for arts, humanities and social sciences since 2020.

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