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Dr Catherine Chojenta

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Career Summary

Biography

Catherine Chojenta is a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle. She has a background in Psychology, and has been working in public health for the last 11 years. She has had experience in both longitudinal and linked data analysis. Her research interests include women's health with a focus on perinatal mental health and the long and short term impact of adverse reproductive events.

Research Expertise

My main areas of research are women's health and mental health.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Gender and Health), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Longitudinal Research
  • Mixed Methods
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Women's Health

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170105Gender Psychology25
111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified75

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - 30/06/2017Post Doctoral Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (19 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Byles JE, Francis JL, Chojenta CL, Hubbard IJ, 'Long-term Survival of Older Australian Women with a History of Stroke', JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 24 53-60 (2015)
DOI10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2014.07.040Author URL
Co-authorsIsobel Hubbard, Julie Byles
2015Hure AJ, Chojenta CL, Powers JR, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Validity and Reliability of Stillbirth Data Using Linked Self-Reported and Administrative Datasets', JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, 25 30-37 (2015)
DOI10.2188/jea.JE20140032Author URL
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Julie Byles, Alexis Hure
2014Chojenta C, Harris S, Reilly N, Forder P, Austin M-P, Loxton D, 'History of pregnancy loss increases the risk of mental health problems in subsequent pregnancies but not in the postpartum', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]

While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during su... [more]

While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during subsequent pregnancies and births. This paper examined the impact of any type of pregnancy loss on mental health in a subsequent pregnancy and postpartum. Data were obtained from a sub-sample (N = 584) of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a prospective cohort study that has been collecting data since 1996. Pregnancy loss was defined as miscarriage, termination due to medical reasons, ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth. Mental health outcomes included depression, anxiety, stress or distress, sadness or low mood, excessive worry, lack of enjoyment, and feelings of guilt. Demographic factors and mental health history were controlled for in the analysis. Women with a previous pregnancy loss were more likely to experience sadness or low mood (AOR = 1.75, 95% CI: 1.11 to 2.76, p = 0.0162), and excessive worry (AOR = 2.01, 95% CI: 1.24 to 3.24, p = 0.0043) during a subsequent pregnancy, but not during the postpartum phase following a subsequent birth. These results indicate that while women who have experienced a pregnancy loss are a more vulnerable population during a subsequent pregnancy, these deficits are not evident in the postpartum. © 2014 Chojenta et al.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0095038
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2014Byles J, Leigh L, Chojenta C, Loxton D, 'Adherence to recommended health checks by women in mid-life: data from a prospective study of women across Australia', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 38 39-43 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/1753-6405.12180Author URL
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Julie Byles
2014Byles J, Francis LJ, Chojenta CL, Hubbard I, 'Long-term survival of older Australian women with a history of stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 9 20-20 (2014)
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Co-authorsIsobel Hubbard, Julie Byles
2014Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Austin M-P, 'The impact of routine assessment of past or current mental health on help-seeking in the perinatal period', Women and Birth, (2014) [C1]

Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value o... [more]

Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value of this line of enquiry in increasing engagement with support services, as required, remains controversial. Aim: The current study aimed to examine whether assessment of past or current mental health, received with or without referral for additional support, is associated with help-seeking during pregnancy and the postpartum. Methods: A subsample of women drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (young cohort) who reported experiencing significant emotional distress during pregnancy (N = 398) or in the 12 months following birth (N = 380) participated in the study. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that women who were not asked about their emotional health were less likely to seek any formal help during both pregnancy (adjOR = 0.09, 95%CI: 0.04-0.24) and the postpartum (adjOR = 0.07, 95%CI: 0.02-0.13), as were women who were asked about these issues but who were not referred for additional support (antenatal: adjOR = 0.26, 95%CI: 0.15-0.45; postnatal: adjOR = 0.14, 95%CI: 0.07-0.27). However, considerable levels of consultation with general practitioners, midwives and child health nurses, even in the absence of referral, were evident. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that enquiry by a health professional about women's past or current mental health is associated with help-seeking throughout the perinatal period. The clinical and resource implications of these findings for the primary health care sector should be considered prior to the implementation of future routine perinatal depression screening or psychosocial assessment programmes. © 2014 Australian College of Midwives.

DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2014.07.003
Co-authorsPeta Forder, Deborah Loxton
2013Powers JR, McDermott LJ, Loxton DJ, Chojenta CL, 'A Prospective Study of Prevalence and Predictors of Concurrent Alcohol and Tobacco Use During Pregnancy', MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 17 76-84 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10995-012-0949-3Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2013Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Disparities in reported psychosocial assessment across public and private maternity settings: a national survey of women in Australia', BMC Public Health, 13 632 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1471-2458-13-632Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Referral for Management of Emotional Health Issues During the Perinatal Period: Does Mental Health Assessment Make a Difference?', Birth, 40 297-306 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/birt.12067Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013Loxton D, Chojenta C, Anderson AE, Powers JR, Shakeshaft A, Burns L, 'Acquisition and Utilization of Information About Alcohol Use in Pregnancy Among Australian Pregnant Women and Service Providers', Journal of Midwifery & Women¿s Health, 58 523-530 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/jmwh.12014
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsJenny Powers, Amy Anderson, Deborah Loxton
2013Powers JR, Loxton DJ, O'Mara AT, Chojenta CL, Ebert L, 'Regardless of where they give birth, women living in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to have an epidural than their metropolitan counterparts', WOMEN AND BIRTH, 26 E77-E81 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wombi.2012.12.001Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsLyn Ebert, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2013Hure AJ, Powers JR, Chojenta CL, Byles JE, Loxton D, 'Poor Adherence to National and International Breastfeeding Duration Targets in an Australian Longitudinal Cohort', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0054409Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsAlexis Hure, Julie Byles, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2013Rich JL, Chojenta C, Loxton D, 'Quality, Rigour and Usefulness of Free-Text Comments Collected by a Large Population Based Longitudinal Study - ALSWH', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0068832Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Jane Rich
2012Chojenta CL, Loxton DJ, Lucke J, 'How do previous mental health, social support, and stressful life events contribute to postnatal depression in a representative sample of Australian women?', Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 57 145-150 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton
2007Chojenta CL, Mooney RH, Warner-Smith PA, 'Accessing and disseminating longitudinal data: Protocols and policies', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 104-113 (2007) [C1]
2007Adamson LR, Chojenta CL, 'Developing relationships and retaining participants in a longitudinal study', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 137-146 (2007) [C1]
2007Chojenta CL, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, Mooney RH, 'Communication and dissemination of longitudinal study findings', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 199-209 (2007) [C1]
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2006Byles JE, Powers JR, Chojenta CL, Warner-Smith PA, 'Older women in Australia: ageing in urban, rural and remote environments', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25 151-157 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00171.x
CitationsScopus - 14Web of Science - 9
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Jenny Powers
2005Adamson LR, Chojenta CL, Lee C, 'Telephone contact of existing participants in longitudinal surveys (Letter)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 188-189 (2005) [C3]
DOI10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00073.x
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Chojenta C, Loxton DJ, Lucke J, Forder P, 'A longitudinal analysis of the predictors and antecedents of postnatal depression in Australian women', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013Loxton D, Chojenta C, 'Intimate partner abuse and perinatal mental health', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
DOI10.1007/s00737-013-0355-xAuthor URL
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton
2012Loxton DJ, Rich JL, Chojenta CL, 'Is there anything you would like to add?: Responses to open-ended survey questions as research data', Journal of Womens Health, Washington, DC (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton, Jane Rich
2011Chojenta CL, Loxton DJ, Lucke J, ''The perfect mother wouldn't have that': Australian women's experiences of motherhood and postnatal depression', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton
2009Chojenta CL, Lucke J, Loxton DJ, 'Does social support reduce the likelihood of postnatal depression in Australian mothers?', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsDeborah Loxton
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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Dobson A, Byles JE, Brown W, Mishra G, Loxton DJ, Hockey R, et al., 'Adherence to health guidelines: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health', Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 90 (2012) [R1]
Co-authorsJulie Byles, Alexis Hure, Amy Anderson, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$547,458

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20151 grants / $199,876

Long term evaluation of uptake, impact and outcomes of the 75+ Health Assessment$199,876

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Julie Byles, Ms Xenia Dolja-Gore, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Professor Kichu Nair, Doctor Meredith Tavener
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1400038
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20132 grants / $29,994

A life course perspective on the identification of risk factors for low birth weight$23,994

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Alexis Hure, Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Ms Amy Anderson, Doctor Melissa Harris
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300904
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

HMRI Post Natal Depression Travel Award$6,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300229
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20121 grants / $1,000

International Biennial Congress of The Marce Society, Paris, France, 3 - 5 October 2012$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200654
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20113 grants / $302,095

Recipes for healthy ageing - an adjunct to the Cooking for 1 or 2 program$140,335

Funding body: Department of Veterans` Affairs

Funding bodyDepartment of Veterans` Affairs
Project TeamProfessor Julie Byles, Doctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100372
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Perinatal mental health assessment: Does it improve maternal health outcomes?$136,760

Funding body: BUPA Health Foundation

Funding bodyBUPA Health Foundation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100152
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

Predictors and antecedents of postnatal depression in Australian women$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000906
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $2,000

16th Annual Qualitative health Research Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 3 - 5 October 2010$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000767
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20092 grants / $12,493

Predictors and antecendents of postnatal depression in Australia women$9,993

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189971
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

5th International Mixed Methods Conference, Leeds, UK, 8-11 July 2009$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Catherine Chojenta
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190415
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Dr Catherine Chojenta

Position

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Emailcatherine.chojenta@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4042 0672
Fax(02) 4042 0044

Office

RoomHMRI Public Health Level 4
BuildingHMRI
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