Dr Kathomi Gatwiri


Dr Kathomi Gatwiri is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at SCU, an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Centre for Children & Young People (CCYP), President of the peak body Australian Women & Gender studies Association (AWGSA) and a practicing psychotherapist. Kathomi is one of Australia’s leading Afro-diasporic scholars whose award-winning interdisciplinary research investigates the intersecting topics of racial trauma, belonging, blackness, and migranthood. Since being awarded her PhD in 2017, she has attracted over $1,300,000 in competitive research funding and published over 70 traditional and non-traditional research outputs including the books African Womanhood and Incontinent Bodies and Afrodiasporic identities in Australia. Dr Gatwiri has received numerous awards for excellence in research and community service including a Vice-Chancellor’s award in Research Excellence and Outstanding Community Impact (2022), a Vice Chancellor Early Career Researcher Award for outstanding research achievement (2019) and Community Impact Award as “Kenyan of the year” (2017). She is the Founder and Director of Healing Together, a service that provides accessible, culturally sensitive therapeutic support for people impacted by racial trauma and Femicide Count-Kenya  a platform that collates reported deaths of Kenyan women who have been killed through violence.