Catherine's academic background includes the disciplines of anthropology, politics and public health. Her overarching research interest is in using social science research to inform cross-sectoral policy and practice. Her specific research interests include the experience of people living in regional, rural and remote areas; the experience of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia; the community service sector; women's health; cancer survivorship; and social determinants of health.
Catherine is currently a Research Fellow in the Australian Alliance of Social Enterprise at the University of South Australia. Previously, she worked as a reseacher on projects in the Southgate Institute from 2009-2014 and in the College of Business, Government and Law 2016-2019.
Doctor of Philosophy, 2010, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University
Thesis title: Mothers, breast cancer survivorship and physical activity promotion. Using feminist and critical theories, the thesis explored how women diagnosed with breast cancer while mothers of dependent children respond to information about health benefits of regular physical activity participation.
BA (Hons), University of Adelaide, 2000
Thesis title: Childbirth, choice and culture: The politics of birth in South Australia. The thesis critiqued the 1999 Senate Inquiry into Childbirth Procedures and the resultant report Rocking the Cradle: A report into Childbirth Procedures.
BA (Anthropology major), University of Adelaide, 1998
Registered Nurse Certificate, St Andrew's Hospital, 1989
My teaching interests include critical perspectives on public health, health promotion, community services, experiences of cancer survivorship, women's health and gender relations, effects of domestic violence on women and children, social determinants of health, impacts of work on health, impacts of health on workforce participation and experiences.
I am an experienced problem based learning tutor, currently teaching in the Master of Speech Pathology. Previously, I worked as a problem based learning tutor in the Graduate Entry Medical Program.
I have been a member of the Public Health Association Australia since 2005 and was co-convenor of the Women's Health Special Interest Group committee from December 2011 - December 2017.
In 2010 I joined the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) and am also a member of the South Australian PoCoG interest group.
From 2008-2010 I have been the school soccer co-ordinator at Mitcham Primary School (with over 100 children participating) and have also coached and managed school soccer teams. I have coached indoor soccer for the past eight summers.
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