Dr Kate C. Prickett

Kate Prickett

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD in Sociology

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About Kate

Kate Prickett is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy. 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 the University of Waikato, Kate was 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.

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Prickett, K. C., Gutierrez, C., & Deb, S. (2019). Family firearm ownership and firearm-related mortality among young children: 1976–2016. Pediatrics, 143(2), 1-11. doi:10.1542/peds.2018-1171

  • 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 Family, 80(4), 963-974. doi:10.1111/jomf.12477

  • 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 Dependence, 186, 187-192. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.01.032

  • Prickett, K. C., Martin-Storey, A., & Crosnoe, R. (2018). Firearm ownership in high-conflict families: Differences according to state laws restricting firearms to misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence offenders. Journal of Family Violence, 33(5), 297-313. doi:10.1007/s10896-018-9966-3

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Human Development; Population Studies; Social Policy; Sociology