Dr Louise Heiniger

A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 5291
Fax +61 2 9036 5292

Biographical details

Louise completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Macquarie University in 2007 and joined the CeMPED team in February 2008 as a research assistant with the kConFab Psychosocial Study, which examined the role of psychosocial factors in the development of breast cancer in unaffected high-risk women. She completed a PhD in 2013, under the supervision of Prof Phyllis Butow and Dr Melanie Price. Louise's PhD investigated distress and adaptation among unaffected women at increased risk for breast cancer, particularly those women who do not undergo genetic testing. Currently, Louise is co-ordinating the e-TC study, which has involved developing and piloting an online intervention focused on reducing anxiety, depression and fear of cancer recurrence in survivors of testicular cancer.

Research interests

Louise's research interests are in health psychology, particularly the psychosocial implications of being at increased familial risk of breast and ovarian cancer, psychosocial impact of testicular cancer and e-Health interventions to help people make decisions about risk management and manage anxiety, depression and fear of cancer recurrence.

Current projects

e-TC (www.e-tc.org) is an online intervention that has been designed to reduce anxiety, depression, fear of cancer recurrence and unmet needs in men who have been treated for testicular cancer. It incorporates psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, relaxation and components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a six-module interactive program intended to be completed over a six to ten week period.

Louise led the development of e-TC in consultation with an Expert Advisory Group comprised of health professionals, consumers and Chief Investigators Prof Phyllis Butow, Prof Ian Olver, Dr Peter Grimison, Mr Allan Ben Smith, Prof Britt Klein, Dr Addie Wootton and Dr Jo-Anne Abbott.

e-TC is currently being pilot tested to assess feasibility and satisfaction with the program in 40 survivors of testicular cancer.

Associations

Australia and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group

Sydney Catalyst – Translational Cancer Research

The Qualitative Health Research Collaboration

Cancer Research Network

Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED)

Kathleen Cuningham Foundation Consortium for Research into Familial Breast Cancer (kConFab)

Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group (PoCoG)

Australian Psychological Society Student Member

Golden Key International Honour Society

In the media

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/10/22/3863889.htm

http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/chinese-more-likely-to-be-fatalist-not-linked-to-poor-health

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Heiniger, L., Smith, A., Olver, I., Grimison, P., Klein, B., Wootten, A., Abbott, J., Price, M., McJannett, M., Stockler, M., Gurney, H., Butow, P. (2017). e-TC: Development and pilot testing of a web-based intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in survivors of testicular cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., Butow, P. (2015). Facilitators and Challenges in Psychosocial Adaptation to Being at Increased Familial Risk of Breast Cancer. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 24, 890-907. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Sherman, K., Shaw, L., Costa, D. (2015). Fatalism and Health Promoting Behaviors in Chinese and Korean Immigrants and Caucasians. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(1), 165-171. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Charles, M., Price, M. (2015). Intuition versus cognition: a qualitative exploration of how women understand and manage their increased breast cancer risk. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 727-739. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Coll, J., Bullen, T., Wilson, J., Baylock, B., Meiser, B., Price, M. (2015). Long-term outcomes of risk-reducing surgery in unaffected women at increased familial risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Familial Cancer, 14(1), 105-115. [More Information]
  • Hallowell, N., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Price, M., Butow, P. (2015). Rehabilitating the sick role: the experiences of high-risk women who undergo risk reducing breast surgery. Health Sociology Review, 24(2), 186-198. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Price, M., Charles, M. (2013). Distress in unaffected individuals who decline, delay or remain ineligible for genetic testing for hereditary diseases: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 22(9), 1930-1945. [More Information]
  • Meiser, B., Price, M., Butow, P., Karatas, J., Wilson, J., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Charles, M., McLachlan, S., Phillips, K. (2013). Psychosocial factors and uptake of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy in women at high risk for ovarian cancer. Familial Cancer, 12(1), 101-109. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., Butow, P. (2012). 'Knowledge is power': coping with the risk and uncertainty of familial breast cancer. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8, 334-334.
  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., kConFab Psychosocial Group on behalf of the kConFab Investigators, K., Butow, P. (2012). Distress in unaffected women at increased risk of familial breast cancer who delay, decline or remain Ineligible for predictive genetic testing. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(suppl 3), 197-198.
  • Hallowell, N., Baylock, B., Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Patel (nee Chauhan), D., Meiser, B., Saunders, C., Price, M. (2012). Looking different, feeling different: women's reactions to risk-reducing breast and ovarian surgery. Familial Cancer, 11(2), 215-224. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Price, M., Charles, M. (2012). Psychological correlates of not undergoing genetic testing: a systematic review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(suppl 3), 262-262.
  • Hallowell, N., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Price, M., Butow, P. (2012). Rehabilitating the sick role: post-surgical experiences of high risk women who undergo risk reducing mastectomy. Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 10(suppl 2), A6. [More Information]
  • Hallowell, N., Baylock, B., Heiniger, L., Price, M., Butow, P. (2012). Risk-reducing surgery for breast and ovarian cancer risks - where are we now? Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 10(suppl 2), A13. [More Information]

2017

  • Heiniger, L., Smith, A., Olver, I., Grimison, P., Klein, B., Wootten, A., Abbott, J., Price, M., McJannett, M., Stockler, M., Gurney, H., Butow, P. (2017). e-TC: Development and pilot testing of a web-based intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in survivors of testicular cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care. [More Information]

2015

  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., Butow, P. (2015). Facilitators and Challenges in Psychosocial Adaptation to Being at Increased Familial Risk of Breast Cancer. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 24, 890-907. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Sherman, K., Shaw, L., Costa, D. (2015). Fatalism and Health Promoting Behaviors in Chinese and Korean Immigrants and Caucasians. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(1), 165-171. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Charles, M., Price, M. (2015). Intuition versus cognition: a qualitative exploration of how women understand and manage their increased breast cancer risk. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 727-739. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Coll, J., Bullen, T., Wilson, J., Baylock, B., Meiser, B., Price, M. (2015). Long-term outcomes of risk-reducing surgery in unaffected women at increased familial risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Familial Cancer, 14(1), 105-115. [More Information]
  • Hallowell, N., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Price, M., Butow, P. (2015). Rehabilitating the sick role: the experiences of high-risk women who undergo risk reducing breast surgery. Health Sociology Review, 24(2), 186-198. [More Information]

2013

  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Price, M., Charles, M. (2013). Distress in unaffected individuals who decline, delay or remain ineligible for genetic testing for hereditary diseases: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 22(9), 1930-1945. [More Information]
  • Meiser, B., Price, M., Butow, P., Karatas, J., Wilson, J., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Charles, M., McLachlan, S., Phillips, K. (2013). Psychosocial factors and uptake of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy in women at high risk for ovarian cancer. Familial Cancer, 12(1), 101-109. [More Information]

2012

  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., Butow, P. (2012). 'Knowledge is power': coping with the risk and uncertainty of familial breast cancer. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8, 334-334.
  • Heiniger, L., Price, M., Charles, M., kConFab Psychosocial Group on behalf of the kConFab Investigators, K., Butow, P. (2012). Distress in unaffected women at increased risk of familial breast cancer who delay, decline or remain Ineligible for predictive genetic testing. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(suppl 3), 197-198.
  • Hallowell, N., Baylock, B., Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Patel (nee Chauhan), D., Meiser, B., Saunders, C., Price, M. (2012). Looking different, feeling different: women's reactions to risk-reducing breast and ovarian surgery. Familial Cancer, 11(2), 215-224. [More Information]
  • Heiniger, L., Butow, P., Price, M., Charles, M. (2012). Psychological correlates of not undergoing genetic testing: a systematic review. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(suppl 3), 262-262.
  • Hallowell, N., Heiniger, L., Baylock, B., Price, M., Butow, P. (2012). Rehabilitating the sick role: post-surgical experiences of high risk women who undergo risk reducing mastectomy. Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 10(suppl 2), A6. [More Information]
  • Hallowell, N., Baylock, B., Heiniger, L., Price, M., Butow, P. (2012). Risk-reducing surgery for breast and ovarian cancer risks - where are we now? Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, 10(suppl 2), A13. [More Information]

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