Position

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer

Biography

Dr Lisa Beatty is a Clinical Psychologist and Cancer Council SA Postdoctoral Fellow (Cancer Support) at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. She has over 12 years of research and clinical expertise in the field of psycho-oncology (the scientific exploration of the psychological impact and treatment of cancer). Within this field, Lisa is an expert in the online provision of support for cancer survivors, a strategy that aims to deliver evidence-based psychological treatments to those who may not be able to access them otherwise due to distance, fear or distress. Lisa works at the interface of oncology and psychology and effectively engages with researchers, clinicians, and consumers in both these fields.

Dr Beatty has attracted national funding to support her research and was the lead investigator on a large NHMRC-funded multi-centre grant, which demonstrated the benefits of her online intervention, Finding My Way (www.findingmyway.org.au). This program is now a freely available online resource for the Australian cancer community, and is also currently being adapted for use by researchers in US, UK, Germany and Romania.

Dr Beatty has published over 28 journal articles, 1 book chapter, 1 book review, and has received 5 awards in recognition of her work, including a 2017 "South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award".

Clinically, Dr Beatty provides a public psychology clinic for adults affected by cancer, where she provides assessment of, and psychological treatment for, cancer-related distress, along with running occasional group programs, and training provisional (early career) psychologists on clinical rotation with her.

Qualifications

BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clin Psych)

Honours, awards and grants

2017 SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award recipient / 2017 SA Science Excellence Awards Tall Poppy of the Year Finalist

2013 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2010 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting Best of the Best Poster Award

2004 Flinders Medical Centre Foundation Lyn Wrigley Award for Breast Cancer Research

Research expertise

  • Oncology and carcinogenesis
  • Psychology

Research interests

My current research interests include:

(i) Examining the psychosocial adjustment concerns of people with cancer;

(ii) Develop and evaluate self-directed interventions to address these concerns.

My research team have previously designed and evaluated two self-help workbooks for women with breast cancer. During my postdoctoral fellowship, this research expanded into an online format, where we developed and pilot tested a web-based self-help program for all people affected by early-stage cancer, using a single site RCT. Following this, I obtained National Health and Medical Research Council funding as Principal Investigator, to conduct a clinical trial of the second iteration/version of this website, in a multi-site design. This trial was successfully completed in 2016, and the web-program www.findingmyway.org.au is now available as a free-to-access resource for the Australian cancer community, with support from the Flinders Foundation and in partnership with the Cancer Council SA. This research has generated a great deal of international interest, with research groups in the USA, Romania, Germany and the UK all either currently trialling, or planning to trial, Finding My Way in their settings. Current and future research directions include exploring (a) how these resources can be adapted, and (b) are they efficacious, in advanced/incurable cancer populations.

Publications

  • Beatty, L. and Oxlad, M. (2013). Psychological approaches to assisting individuals diagnosed with cancer. In ML Caltabiano & LA Ricciardelli, ed. Applied Topics in Health Psychology. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 376-390.
    [Web Link]
  • Beatty, L.J., Kemp, E.B. and Koczwara, B. (2015). Finding my way: Uptake and satisfaction with an internet self-help program for cancer-related distress. 2015 World Congress of Psyco-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy Workshops. Washington, DC, USA. Jul 2015.
  • Beatty, L.J. (2015). Online psychological therapeutic interventions for people affected by cancer. 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy Workshops. Washington, DC, USA. Jul 2015.
  • Beatty, L.J., Kemp, E.B., Butow, P.N., Girgis, A., Hulbert-Williams, N., Schofield, P., et al. (2015). A systematic review of psychotherapeutic interventions for women with metastatic breast cancer: Implications and recommendations for developing an online self-help program. 42nd Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting. Hobart, Tasmania. Nov 2015.
  • Binnion, C.L., Beatty, L.J., Kemp, E.B. and Koczwara, B. (2015). Finding my way: A mixed-methods interim analysis of predictors of adherence to an online psychological intervention for cancer-related distress. 2015 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy Workshops. Washington, DC, Jul 2015.
  • Beatty, L., Kemp, K., Wade, T., Katris, P., Wootten, A., Yip, D., et al. (2014). Finding my way: Preliminary findings from a RCT evaluating an internet self-help program for cancer-related distress. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 41st Annual Scientific Meeting. Melbourne, Australia. Nov 2014.
  • Beatty, L., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T. (2013). Developing and evaluating an online self-help program for cancer distress: A randomised pilot trial. Cancer Council 11th Behavioural Research in Cancer Control (BRCC) Conference. Adelaide, Australia. May 2013.
  • Beatty, L., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T. (2013). Developing and evaluating an online self-help program for cancer distress: A randomised pilot trial. Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Survivorship Conference. Adelaide, Australia. Feb 2013.
  • Beatty, L., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T. (2013). Cancer coping online: Findings and lessons learned from a phase 11RCT of an eHealth program for reducing cancer-distress. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. Adelaide, Australia. Nov 2013.
  • Beatty, L., Wade, T. and Koczwara, B. (2012). iCanCope: The internet Cancer Coping guide: A preliminary evaluation of an online self-directed intervention of reducing distress in early stage cancer patients. In International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) 14th World Congress. International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) 14th World Congress. Brisbane, Australia. Nov 2012.
  • Beatty, L.J., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. and Wade, T.D. (2010). Complementary and alternative medicine use and distress among Australian women with cancer: A prospective longitudinal investigation. In Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 37th Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 37th Annual Scientific Meeting. Melbourne, Australia. Nov 2010.
  • Beatty, L.J., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. and Wade, T.D. (2010). Complementary and alternative medicine use and distress among Australian women with cancer: A prospective longitudinal investigation. In International Psycho-Oncology Society 12th World Congress. International Psycho-Oncology Society 12th World Congress. Quebec City, Canada. May 2010.
  • Beatty, L.J., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. and Wade, T.D. (2010). Complementary and alternative medicine use and distress among Australian women with cancer: A prospective longitudinal investigation. In 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Melbourne, Australia. Jul 2010.
  • Beatty, L.J. (2010). Psychological motivators and outcomes of seeking or not seeking complementary therapies during and after cancer treatment: A focus-group study. In Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 37th Scientific Meeting. Clinical Oncology Society of Australia 37th Scientific Meeting. Melbourne, Australia. Nov 2010.
  • Beatty, L.J., Koczwara, B., Rice, J. and Wade, T.D. (2009). Evaluating the efficacy of a self-help workbook for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology : 36th annual scientific meeting Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell. 36th Annual Scientific Meeting Clinical Oncological Society of Australia. Gold Coast, QLD, pp. A241-A242.
  • Hallsworth, L.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2008). Finding your way: evaluating a self-help workbook intervention to facilitate psychosocial adjustment in Australian women with early breast cancer. In Jimmie C. Holland MD & Maggie Watson PhD, ed. Abstracts of the International Psycho-Oncology Society 10th World Congress. Wiley Blackwell. The International Psycho-Oncology Society 10th World Congress. Madrid, Spain. Jun 2008, pp. 30-30.
  • Hallsworth, L.J., Wade, T.D., Koczwara, B. and Rice, J. (2008). Evaluating the efficacy of a self-help workbook for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In 31st AACBT National Conference. 31st AACBT National Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2008.
  • Hallsworth, L.J., Oxlad, M.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2007). Effects of a self-help workbook intervention on the psychosocial adjustment of breast cancer survivors. In Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: Clinical Oncological Society of Australia 34th Annual Scientific Meeting. Blackwell Publishing. Prevention, Palliation and Cure: Progress through clinical trials: Clinical Oncological Society of Australia 34th Annual Scientific Meeting. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2007, pp. A50-A50.
  • Hallsworth, L.J., Oxlad, M.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2007). Effects of a self-help workbook intervention on the psychosocial adjustment of breast cancer survivors. In Psychology Making an Impact: 42nd APS Annual Conference Handbook. Australian Psychological Society. Psychology Making an Impact: 42nd APS Annual Conference. Brisbane, QLD. Sep 2007, pp. 44-44.
    [Web Link]
  • Beatty, L.J., Lee, C. and Wade, T.D. (2006). Life events as predictors of quality of life following breast cancer: A prospective examination of the mediational role of perceived stress. In 9th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. 9th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Bangkok, Thailand. Jan 2006.
  • Beatty, L. (2013). Book review: Group schema therapy for borderline personality disorder - A step-by-step treatment manual with patient workbook. Clinical Psychologist, 17(3) pp. 133.
    [10.1111/cp.12027]
  • Beatty, L.J. and Binnion, C.L. (2016). A systematic review of predictors of, and reasons for, adherence to online psychogical interventions. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine,
    [10.1007/s12529-016-9556-9] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a self-guided web-based CBT intervention for reducing cancer-distress: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(3) pp. 1043-1051.
    [10.1007/s00520-015-2867-6] [Scopus]
  • Nixon, R.D., Best, T.M., Wilksch, S.M., Angelakis, S., Beatty, L.J. and Weber, N.S. (2016). Cognitive processing therapy for the treatment of acute stress disorder following sexual assault: A randomized effectiveness study. Behaviour Change, 33(4) pp. 232-250.
    [10.1017/bec.2017.2] [Scopus]
  • Savas, P., Robertson, A., Beatty, L.J., Hookings, E., McGee, M.A., Marker, J., et al. (2016). Patient preferences on the integration of complementary therapy with conventional cancer care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(2) pp. e311-e318.
    [10.1111/ajco.12226] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Kemp, E.B., Wade, T.D. and Koczwara, B. (2015). Finding my way: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial evaluating an internet self-help program for cancer-related distresss. BMC Cancer, 15:328
    [10.1186/s12885-015-1322-x] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L. and Lambert, S. (2013). A systematic review of internet-based self-help therapeutic interventions to improve distress and disease-control among adults with chronic health conditions. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(4) pp. 609-622.
    [10.1016/j.cpr.2013.03.004] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L. and Scott, K. (2013). Examining eHealth use as a coping strategy for cancer-adjustment: An application of the Chronic Illness Model. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 9(1) pp. 9-18.
    [10.7790/ejap.v9i1.349]
  • Nixon, R., Ball, S.A., Sterk, J., Best, T. and Beatty, L. (2013). Autobiographical memory in children and adolescents with acute stress and chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Change, 30(3) pp. 180-198.
    [10.1017/bec.2013.17] [Scopus]
  • Penrose, R., Beatty, L., Mattiske, J. and Koczwara, B. (2013). The psychosocial impact of cancer-related infertility on women. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17(2) pp. 188-193.
    [10.1188/13.CJON.188-193] [Scopus]
  • Scott, K. and Beatty, L. (2013). Feasibility study of a self-guided cognitive behaviour therapy internet intervention for cancer carers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(4) pp. 270-274.
    [10.1071/PY13025] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. and Wade, T. (2012). Evaluating the impact of cancer on complementary and alternative medicine use, distress and health related QoL among Australian women: A prospective longitudinal investigation. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20(1-2) pp. 61-69.
    [10.1016/j.ctim.2011.09.008] [Scopus]
  • Penrose, R., Beatty, L., Mattiske, J. and Koczwara, B. (2012). Fertility and cancer - a qualitative study of Australian cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(6) pp. 1259-1265.
    [10.1007/s00520-011-1212-y] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L., Koczwara, B., Knott, V. and Wade, T. (2012). Why people choose to not use complementary therapies during cancer treatment: A focus group study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 21(1) pp. 98-106.
    [10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01279.x] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T. (2011). 'Cancer Coping Online': A pilot trial of a self-guided CBT internet intervention for cancer-related distress. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 7(2) pp. 17-25.
    [Web Link]
  • Koczwara, B. and Beatty, L. (2011). Psychology of complementary care in cancer: Motivators, barriers and outcomes. Cancer Forum, 35(1) pp. 10-13.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Beatty, L.J. and Koczwara, B. (2010). An effectiveness study of a CBT group program for women with breast cancer. Clinical Psychologist, 14(2) pp. 45-53.
    [10.1080/13284207.2010.500307] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Koczwara, B., Rice, J.L.M. and Wade, T.D. (2010). A randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effects of a self-help workbook intervention on distress, coping and quality of life after breast cancer diagnosis. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(5) pp. 69-73.
    [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Oxlad, M.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2010). A randomised pilot of a self-help workbook intervention for breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18 pp. 1597-1603.
    [10.1007/s00520-010-0962-2] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Lee, C. and Wade, T.D. (2009). A prospective examination of perceived stress as a mediator of the relationship between life-events and QOL following breast cancer. British Journal of Health Psychology, 14(4) pp. 789-804.
    [10.1348/135910709X412459] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Oxlad, M.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2008). The psychosocial concerns and needs of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer: a qualitative study of patient, nurse and volunteer perspectives. Health Expectations, 11(4) pp. 331-342.
    [10.1111/j.1369-7625.2008.00512.x] [Scopus]
  • Oxlad, M.J., Wade, T.D., Hallsworth, L.J. and Koczwara, B. (2008). 'I'm living with a chronic illness, not...dying with cancer': a qualitative study of Australian women's self-identified concerns and needs following primary treatment for breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 17(2) pp. 157-166.
    [10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00828.x] [Scopus]
  • Baker, R.A., Hallsworth, L.J. and Knight, J.L. (2005). Stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 80 pp. 1746-1750.
    [10.1016/j.athoracsur.2005.04.059] [Scopus]
  • Hallsworth, L.J., Wade, T.D. and Tiggemann, M. (2005). Individual differences in male body image: an examination of self-objectification in recreational body builders. British Journal of Health Psychology, 10(3) pp. 453-465.
    [10.1348/135910705X26966] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J. and Binnion, C.L. (2016). A systematic review of predictors of, and reasons for, adherence to online psychogical interventions. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine,
    [10.1007/s12529-016-9556-9] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Koczwara, B. and Wade, T.D. (2016). Evaluating the efficacy of a self-guided web-based CBT intervention for reducing cancer-distress: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(3) pp. 1043-1051.
    [10.1007/s00520-015-2867-6] [Scopus]
  • Nixon, R.D., Best, T.M., Wilksch, S.M., Angelakis, S., Beatty, L.J. and Weber, N.S. (2016). Cognitive processing therapy for the treatment of acute stress disorder following sexual assault: A randomized effectiveness study. Behaviour Change, 33(4) pp. 232-250.
    [10.1017/bec.2017.2] [Scopus]
  • Savas, P., Robertson, A., Beatty, L.J., Hookings, E., McGee, M.A., Marker, J., et al. (2016). Patient preferences on the integration of complementary therapy with conventional cancer care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(2) pp. e311-e318.
    [10.1111/ajco.12226] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L.J., Kemp, E.B., Wade, T.D. and Koczwara, B. (2015). Finding my way: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial evaluating an internet self-help program for cancer-related distresss. BMC Cancer, 15:328
    [10.1186/s12885-015-1322-x] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L. and Lambert, S. (2013). A systematic review of internet-based self-help therapeutic interventions to improve distress and disease-control among adults with chronic health conditions. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(4) pp. 609-622.
    [10.1016/j.cpr.2013.03.004] [Scopus]
  • Beatty, L. and Scott, K. (2013). Examining eHealth use as a coping strategy for cancer-adjustment: An application of the Chronic Illness Model. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 9(1) pp. 9-18.
    [10.7790/ejap.v9i1.349]
  • Nixon, R., Ball, S.A., Sterk, J., Best, T. and Beatty, L. (2013). Autobiographical memory in children and adolescents with acute stress and chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Change, 30(3) pp. 180-198.
    [10.1017/bec.2013.17] [Scopus]
  • Penrose, R., Beatty, L., Mattiske, J. and Koczwara, B. (2013). The psychosocial impact of cancer-related infertility on women. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17(2) pp. 188-193.
    [10.1188/13.CJON.188-193] [Scopus]
  • Scott, K. and Beatty, L. (2013). Feasibility study of a self-guided cognitive behaviour therapy internet intervention for cancer carers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(4) pp. 270-274.
    [10.1071/PY13025] [Scopus]

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