Cate left the film industry to pursue academic studies and a second career in the growing field of spiritual formation and development. Her research examines the beneficial and empowering effects of contemplative practices in the spiritual formation of girls and young women. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of contemplative practices in working with victims/survivors of trauma. She has an M.A. in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and is working on her Ph.D. with a focus on spiritual formation at the same university.