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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 is a public health researcher with a particular focus on women's health and well-being across the life course. She has expertise in a range of research methodologies including mixed methods, quantitative, qualitative and data linkage, and has applied these to produce high quality evidence for those factors that increase women's risk of poor health and those which are protective of well-being. She is an emerging expert in the field of perinatal mental health and has applied a range of methods to determine risk factors for poor perinatal mental health and determinants of long and short term mental health outcomes for women and infants.

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

  • Ageing
  • Longitudinal Research
  • Mixed Methods
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Women's Health
  • maternal health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170105 Gender Psychology 25
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 75

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Post Doctoral Research Fellow University 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (22 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Byles 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)
DOI 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2014.07.040
Co-authors Julie Byles, Isobel Hubbard
2015 Hure 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)
DOI 10.2188/jea.JE20140032
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Alexis Hure
2015 Leigh L, Byles JE, Chojenta C, Pachana NA, 'Late life changes in mental health: a longitudinal study of 9683 women.', Aging Ment Health, 1-11 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/13607863.2015.1060943
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Byles 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)
DOI 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2014.07.040
Co-authors Julie Byles, Isobel Hubbard
2015 Gresham E, Forder P, Chojenta CL, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, Hure AJ, 'Agreement between self-reported perinatal outcomes and administrative data in New South Wales, Australia.', BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 15 161 (2015)
DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0597-x
Co-authors Peta Forder, Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton, Alexis Hure
2014 Chojenta 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.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0095038
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2014 Byles 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]
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12180
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2014 Byles 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)
Co-authors Isobel Hubbard, Julie Byles
2014 Reilly 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.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.07.003
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Peta Forder, Deborah Loxton
2013 Powers 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]
DOI 10.1007/s10995-012-0949-3
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers
2013 Reilly 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]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-13-632
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013 Reilly 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]
DOI 10.1111/birt.12067
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Peta Forder
2013 Loxton 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]
DOI 10.1111/jmwh.12014
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
2013 Powers 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2012.12.001
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Lyn Ebert, Jenny Powers
2013 Hure 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]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0054409
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Alexis Hure
2013 Rich 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]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0068832
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Jane Rich, Deborah Loxton
2012 Chojenta 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]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2007 Chojenta 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]
2007 Adamson LR, Chojenta CL, 'Developing relationships and retaining participants in a longitudinal study', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 1 137-146 (2007) [C1]
2007 Chojenta 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-authors Julie Byles, Deborah Loxton
2006 Byles 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00171.x
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Julie Byles, Jenny Powers
2005 Adamson 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00073.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Chojenta 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-authors Peta Forder, Deborah Loxton
2013 Loxton D, Chojenta C, 'Intimate partner abuse and perinatal mental health', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1007/s00737-013-0355-x
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2012 Loxton 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-authors Deborah Loxton, Jane Rich
2011 Chojenta 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-authors Deborah Loxton
2009 Chojenta 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-authors Deborah Loxton
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Dobson 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-authors Alexis Hure, Julie Byles, Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $581,330

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20152 grants / $233,748

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

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

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Ms Xenia Dolja-Gore, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Professor Kichu Nair, Doctor Meredith Tavener
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400038
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Recipes for Life - improving the overall health, and well-being of veterans$33,872

Funding body: Department of Veterans` Affairs

Funding body Department of Veterans` Affairs
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Ellie Gresham
Scheme Veteran and Community Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401517
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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 body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Alexis Hure, Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta, Ms Amy Anderson, Doctor Melissa Harris
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300904
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

HMRI Post Natal Depression Travel Award$6,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300229
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200654
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Department of Veterans` Affairs
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100372
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: BUPA Health Foundation

Funding body BUPA Health Foundation
Project Team Associate Professor Deb Loxton, Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100152
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000906
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000767
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20092 grants / $12,493

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189971
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Catherine Chojenta
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190415
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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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

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

Office

Room HMRI Public Health Level 4
Building HMRI
Location Other

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