Dr Catalina Lawsin
Senior Lecturer of Clinical Psychology
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
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 Include the Examination of:
- Quality of life among cancer survivors and partners, specifically surrounding psycho-sexual concerns
- Development and testing of psycho-educational interventions pre and post treatment for patients and their partners
- Systemic and socio-cultural factors influencing implementation and uptake of supportive care services within standard cancer care
- Socio-cultural factors influencing cancer prevention and control amongst ethnic minorities, CALD and recent immigrants
Teaching and supervision
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
LP130100441 (Lawsin, CIA)
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
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
In the media
Article for The Conversation: Cancer Survivors Can Have a Fulfilling Sex Life: We Need to Talk About How. http://theconversation.com/cancer-survivors-can-have-a-fulfilling-sex-life-we-need-to-talk-about-how-38097
Listen in to Catalina Lawsin talking about sex...and cancer on Richard Stubbs ABC show: http://blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2015/02/sex-after-cancer.html
Rekindle was launched on ABC News:
CCNSW Webinar "Let's Talk About Sex and Cancer" with Catalina Lawsin http://www.webcasts.com.au/cancercouncil040315/
Additional Rekindle nods:
- Biobehavioral Stress and Coping Processes in Gay and Lesbian Cancer Patients and Partners; Hoyt M, Lawsin C; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).
- 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).
- A Qualitative Examination of Systemic and Psychosocial Factors Influencing Implementation and Utilization of Mental Health Services in the Context of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Training Patients and Partners for HSCT: A Novel Coping Skills; Lawsin C; City University of New York/Shared Research Support.