Dr Kate Prickett

Director - Roy McKenzie Centre for Study of Families and Children
School of Government


  • MA (Public Affairs), PhD (Sociology), University of Texas

Research Interests

  • Children's health and wellbeing
  • Intergenerational inequality


Kate Prickett is the Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families.  As a family sociologist and demographer, Kate’s research is focused on the ways in which the connection between family contexts and children’s health and wellbeing is implicated in the intergenerational transmission of inequality. A particular emphasis of this research is to understand how interpersonal processes between parents and children are embedded within a complex array of proximate ecological settings (such as work and child care) and broader systems of stratification (e.g., gender, socioeconomic status).

Prior to arriving at Victoria University of Wellington, Kate was a senior lecturer at the University of Waikato and an NICHD postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies. She completed a Ph.D. in sociology and a M.A. in Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected publications

  • Martin-Storey, A., Prickett, K. C., & Crosnoe, R. (2018). Disparities in sleep duration and restedness among same- and different-sex couples: Findings from the American Time Use Survey. Sleep41(8), 1-11. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsy090
  • Cozzolino, E., Prickett, K. C., & Crosnoe, R. (2018). Relationship conflict, work conditions, and the health of mothers with young children. Journal of Family Issues39(12), 3177-3202. doi:10.1177/0192513X18776415
  • Martin-Storey, A., Prickett, K. C., & Crosnoe, R. (2018). Alcohol use and change over time in firearm safety among families with young children. Drug and Alcohol Dependence186, 187-192. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.01.032
  • Augustine, J. M., Prickett, K. C., & Negraia, D. V. (2018). Doing It all? Mothers' college enrollment, time use, and affective well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family80(4), 963-974. doi:10.1111/jomf.12477