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Research Biography

Catherine is a Senior Research Fellow with more than 15 years’ experience in social and public health research. She has a background in anthropology and politics and obtained her PhD in Public Health in 2010. Catherine has a particular interest in co-design and community participation and has been developing methods to improve participant engagement and interaction with the research topic (e.g. using interactive maps and emoji, and critical realist reviews).

With her colleagues at Flinders University, Catherine works with people and communities to drive evidence-led change in the social, health and service sectors. Her program of research investigates contemporary questions generated with government and non-government industry partners and communities. The majority of her research focus is directed towards the Hearing Country Voices Research Partnership with Uniting Country SA. In this work, she brings together her passions for participatory and applied research with the capacity to address important questions for regional, rural and remote communities.

Research Interests

My overarching research interest is in social and health inequities and how these may be addressed by social policy.

My general research interests include:

  • The experiences of living and working in regional, rural and remote contexts,
  • Exploring novel participatory research methods,
  • The experiences of people from refugee backgrounds in their settlement country,
  • Women's health,
  • Cancer survivorship in social context,
  • Relationships between work and health,
  • Theorising the body,
  • Critical analyses of health promotion practices.

My current research:

  • The experiences of living and working in regional, rural and remote contexts,
  • The experiences of young people from refugee backgrounds living in Australia,
  • The impacts of family and domestic violence on women and children,
  • Child protection in regional, rural and remote settings,
  • People's responses to health promotion messages.

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Cancer experiences and information needs (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mothers, breast cancer survivorship and physical activity promotion, Flinders University

Award Date: 15 Dec 2010

Bachelor (Honours), Childbirth, Choice and Culture: The politics of birth in South Australia, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 15 Dec 2000


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Research Areas

  • Business

Supervisory Interests

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Women's health
  • Social determinants of health (SDH)
  • Breast cancer, lay theory
  • Cancer risk perception
  • Public health
  • Qualitative research
  • Health promotion
  • Young women living with breast cancer
  • Community development
  • Social services
  • Community health setting


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