Professor Kathryn McPherson

Health Research Council of New Zealand
Chief Executive

Professor Kathryn McPherson became the Chief Executive at the HRC in 2015 ( Kath has worked in the research field for over 20 years focusing on research that identifies new approaches to improving outcome, and quality of healthcare for people with long term disabling health conditions.

Kath is author or co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her clinical background is in nursing, midwifery and community health, with an academic background in psychology and rehabilitation.

Kath’s most recent academic appointments have been at AUT University (NZ), University of Southampton (UK) and the University of Otago (NZ). Kath maintains an active involvement in research and publication although at a reduced level in view of her current appointment.