Dr Catalina Lawsin

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Trained as a clinical health psychologist, my interests lie in the area of psycho-oncology. In particularly my work aims to improve cancer prevention and control through the design and implementation of psycho-educational interventions.

I have developed a number of psycho-educational interventions in the area of cancer prevention and control. Have developed a psychoeducational video, "Donde esta Maria"in both Spanish and English to increase cancer screening amongst Latinas in the United States. This video has been disseminated throughout rural and urban Hispanic communities in western United States as a means of improving cancer screening amongst Latinas.

During my postdoctoral work, I helped create psycho-educational brochures to enhance colorectal cancer (CRC) screening amongst African Americans receiving primary care in metropolitan areas. This intervention assisted in physician’s communication regarding the benefits of CRC screeningand tailored these discussions according to the patients’ level of readiness for screening.

During this time I also helped develop and implement a telephone-based cognitive behavioural intervention for stem cell transplant patients experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The qualitative portions of this trial revealed a lack of support for transplant patients and their partners pre-transplant. This work led me to develop and test a telephone-based couple-focused coping skills training intervention aimed at reducing uncertainties and mitigating distress, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Pilot data revealed that recipients utilized more active coping strategies post-treatment and qualitatively reported satisfaction with the level of support provided pre-transplant. The work focuses on providing support to those difficult to reach, whether access barriers are the results of sociocultural background, geography or physical disabilities.

Most recently I received funding from the Australian Research Council in collaboration with the Cancer Council New South Wales to extend my work to now include the internet as a means of providing much needed support to individuals who are less likely to present face-to-face for assistance. I am leading a multi-disciplinary team of national and international researchers, clinicians and concsumers to develop and test "Rekindle"- a web-based psycho-educational intervention for all cancer survivors and their partners to address sexual concerns. We will be creating a dynamic, interactive, individualized and inteligent resource that addresses this important area of unmet need with broad reach and privacy.

Research interests

Research Interests Include the Examination of:

  1. Quality of life among cancer survivors and partners, specifically surrounding psycho-sexual concerns
  2. Development and testing of psycho-educational interventions pre and post treatment for patients and their partners
  3. Systemic and socio-cultural factors influencing implementation and uptake of supportive care services within standard cancer care
  4. Socio-cultural factors influencing cancer prevention and control amongst ethnic minorities, CALD and recent immigrants

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate courses:

PSYC 3020 Health Psychology (Coordinator 2014)
PSYC 3018 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 1002 Introductory Psychology
SOCW Psychology for Social Work (Co-coordinator 2013-14)

Masters’ Course in Health Psychology:

PSYC 5050 Clinical Application in Health Psychology
PSYC 5011 Applying Models of Health Behaviour
PSYC 5014 Developments in Health Psychology
PSYC5013 Coping and adjustment to illness

Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology:

PSYC 6032 Health Psychology (Coordinator)
PSYC6051 Adult Psychological Disorders
PSYC 6067/8 Clinical Internship Supervisor

Current projects

LP130100441 (Lawsin, CIA)

8/1/13-7/31/16

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
"Rekindle sexuality after cancer: development and testing of a novel web-based psychoeducational resource for both survivors and their partners."

Investigators: Lawsin, Dr Catalina; Butow, Prof Phyllis N; Juraskova, Dr Ilona; Lambert, Dr Sylvie; Kay,Prof Judy; McGeechan, Dr Kevin; Boyle, A/Prof Frances M; Batt, Ms Gillian M; Miller, Ms Annie; Brotto, A/Prof Lori; Ritterband, A/Prof Lee

Associations

2013-present American Society of Clinical Oncology

2004 - 2010 Society of Behavioral Medicine

1998 - 2005 American Psychological Association and Division 38, Health Psychology

2008-present Psycho-oncology co-operative research group

2008-2010 Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine

2009-present Association for Psychological Science

2011-present International Psycho-Oncology Society

Selected grants

2014

  • Biobehavioral Stress and Coping Processes in Gay and Lesbian Cancer Patients and Partners; Hoyt M, Lawsin C; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).

2013

  • Rekindle Sexuality After Cancer: Development and Testing of a Novel Web-Based Psychoeducational Resource for BOTH Survivors and their Partners; Lawsin C, Butow P, Juraskova I, Lambert S, Kay J, McGeechan K, Boyle F, Batt G, Miller A, Brotto L, Ritterband L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Penney, E., Lawsin, C. (2013). Application of the MODE model to implicit weight prejudice and its influence on expressed and actual behavior among college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(SUPPL2), E229-E236. [More Information]
  • Lambert, S., Girgis, A., Turner, J., Regan, T., Candler, H., Britton, B., Chambers, S., Lawsin, C., Kayser, K. (2013). “You need something like this to give you guidelines on what to do�?: patients' and partners' use and perceptions of a self-directed coping skills training resource. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(12), 3451-3460. [More Information]
  • Bullen, T., Sharpe, L., Lawsin, C., Patel (nee Chauhan), D., Clarke, S., Bokey, E. (2012). Body image as a predictor of psychopathology in surgical patients with colorectal disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73(6), 459-463. [More Information]
  • Lawsin, C., Erwin, D., Bursac, Z., Jandorf, L. (2011). Heterogeneity in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices Among Female Hispanic Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(5), 834-841. [More Information]
  • DuHamel, K., Mosher, C., Winkel, G., Labay, L., Rini, C., Markarian, Y., Austin, J., Greene, P., Lawsin, C., Rusiewicz, A., et al (2010). Randomized Clinical Trial of Telephone-Administered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Distress Symptoms After Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28(23), 3754-3761. [More Information]
  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Itzkowitz, S., Brown, K., Lim, H., Jandorf, L. (2009). An Examination of the Psychosocial Factors Influencing Colorectal Cancer Patients' Communication of Colorectal Cancer Patient Risk with Their Siblings. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 18(11), 2907-2912.
  • Christie, J., Jandorf, L., Itzkowitz, S., Halm, E., Freeman, K., King, S., Dhulkifl, R., McNair, M., Thelemaque, L., Lawsin, C., et al (2009). Sociodemographic Correlates of Stage of Adoption for Colorectal Cancer Screening in African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 19, 323-329.
  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Weiss, A., Rakowski, W., Jandorf, L. (2007). Colorectal cancer screening among low-income African Americans in East Harlem: A theoretical approach to understanding barriers and promoters to screening. Journal of Urban Health, 84(1), 32-44. [More Information]
  • Lawsin, C., Borrayo, E., Edwards, R., Belloso, C. (2007). Community readiness to promote Latinas’ participation in breast cancer prevention clinical trials. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4), 369-378.
  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Itzkowitz, S., Brown, K., Lim, H., Thelemaque, L., Jandorf, L. (2007). Demographic, medical, and psychosocial correlates to CAM use among survivors of colorectal cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 15, 557-564. [More Information]
  • Rini, C., Lawsin, C., Austin, J., DuHamel, K., Markarian, Y., Burkhalter, J., Labay, L., Redd, W. (2007). Peer Mentoring and Survivors’ Stories for Cancer Patients: Positive Effects and Some Cautionary Notes. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(1), 163-166.
  • Borrayo, E., Lawsin, C., Coit, C. (2005). Latinas' Appraisal of Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials. Cancer Control, 12(supp. 2), 107-110.
  • Borrayo, E., Thomas, J., Lawsin, C. (2004). Cervical cancer screening among Latinas: The importance of referral and participation in parallel cancer screening behaviors. Women and Health: the multidisciplinary journal of women's health issues, 39(2), 13-29.

2013

  • Penney, E., Lawsin, C. (2013). Application of the MODE model to implicit weight prejudice and its influence on expressed and actual behavior among college students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(SUPPL2), E229-E236. [More Information]
  • Lambert, S., Girgis, A., Turner, J., Regan, T., Candler, H., Britton, B., Chambers, S., Lawsin, C., Kayser, K. (2013). “You need something like this to give you guidelines on what to do�?: patients' and partners' use and perceptions of a self-directed coping skills training resource. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(12), 3451-3460. [More Information]

2012

  • Bullen, T., Sharpe, L., Lawsin, C., Patel (nee Chauhan), D., Clarke, S., Bokey, E. (2012). Body image as a predictor of psychopathology in surgical patients with colorectal disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73(6), 459-463. [More Information]

2011

  • Lawsin, C., Erwin, D., Bursac, Z., Jandorf, L. (2011). Heterogeneity in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices Among Female Hispanic Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(5), 834-841. [More Information]

2010

  • DuHamel, K., Mosher, C., Winkel, G., Labay, L., Rini, C., Markarian, Y., Austin, J., Greene, P., Lawsin, C., Rusiewicz, A., et al (2010). Randomized Clinical Trial of Telephone-Administered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Distress Symptoms After Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28(23), 3754-3761. [More Information]

2009

  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Itzkowitz, S., Brown, K., Lim, H., Jandorf, L. (2009). An Examination of the Psychosocial Factors Influencing Colorectal Cancer Patients' Communication of Colorectal Cancer Patient Risk with Their Siblings. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 18(11), 2907-2912.
  • Christie, J., Jandorf, L., Itzkowitz, S., Halm, E., Freeman, K., King, S., Dhulkifl, R., McNair, M., Thelemaque, L., Lawsin, C., et al (2009). Sociodemographic Correlates of Stage of Adoption for Colorectal Cancer Screening in African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 19, 323-329.

2007

  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Weiss, A., Rakowski, W., Jandorf, L. (2007). Colorectal cancer screening among low-income African Americans in East Harlem: A theoretical approach to understanding barriers and promoters to screening. Journal of Urban Health, 84(1), 32-44. [More Information]
  • Lawsin, C., Borrayo, E., Edwards, R., Belloso, C. (2007). Community readiness to promote Latinas’ participation in breast cancer prevention clinical trials. Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4), 369-378.
  • Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K., Itzkowitz, S., Brown, K., Lim, H., Thelemaque, L., Jandorf, L. (2007). Demographic, medical, and psychosocial correlates to CAM use among survivors of colorectal cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 15, 557-564. [More Information]
  • Rini, C., Lawsin, C., Austin, J., DuHamel, K., Markarian, Y., Burkhalter, J., Labay, L., Redd, W. (2007). Peer Mentoring and Survivors’ Stories for Cancer Patients: Positive Effects and Some Cautionary Notes. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(1), 163-166.

2005

  • Borrayo, E., Lawsin, C., Coit, C. (2005). Latinas' Appraisal of Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials. Cancer Control, 12(supp. 2), 107-110.

2004

  • Borrayo, E., Thomas, J., Lawsin, C. (2004). Cervical cancer screening among Latinas: The importance of referral and participation in parallel cancer screening behaviors. Women and Health: the multidisciplinary journal of women's health issues, 39(2), 13-29.

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