Dr Kristen McCarter

Dr Kristen McCarter

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Medicine and Public Health

Improving cancer survival rates

Dr Kristen McCarter is increasing survival rates in cancer patients by finding ways to reduce preventable risk—such as helping people quit smoking.

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Kristen is committed to improving survival rates for patients with cancer by investigating the coexisting factors that contribute to long-term treatment outcomes, such as nutrition, psychological distress, smoking and alcohol use.

One of Kristen’s primary research goals is to help people quit smoking—contributing to better health and treatment outcomes—especially among populations with smoking disparities such as those with severe mental illness. Life expectancy in this group is nearly 20 years younger than the general population, and is typically due to preventable risk factors such as smoking.

Inspired to improve lives

Kristen’s research was inspired by the work of Professor Amanda Baker, her PhD supervisor, ongoing mentor and highly respected authority on the treatment of co-existing mental health and substance use.

Kristen was also motivated by personal grief; the loss of her father during her PhD studies compounded her commitment to help people quit smoking and work towards improved treatments for all patients with cancer.

“During my PhD, my father, a long-time smoker, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and passed away,” Kristen shares.

“It is my passion to design interventions to help people quit smoking.

“Patients who continue smoking after their diagnosis may feel the damage is already done or it’s too late to quit. But even after diagnosis, quitting smoking improves survival.

“It's my goal to help as many people quit smoking as possible.”

Beyond cancer

Kristen recently led a drug and alcohol capacity building program aimed at equipping primary care nurses and general practitioners through webinars. One of multiple research projects currently underway, Kristen has since commenced work on ‘QuitLink’, a randomised control trial testing the effectiveness of Quitline counselling and nicotine replacement therapy to help people with severe mental illness give up smoking.

While Kristen’s PhD work was focussed on patients with head and neck cancer, her postdoctoral work also contributes to improved treatments for cancer patients more broadly. Pilot trial TREAT aims to further the NHMRC-funded Eating as Treatment (EAT) study outcomes to test a new, sustainable model of an effective health behaviour intervention for all cancer patients. The model looks at how dietitians, speech pathologists and social workers can improve nutrition and therefore cancer survival rates.

A thriving research career

Kristen’s early research career is impressive, with 16 peer-reviewed papers to date—nine of which she is lead or senior author. Kristen has attracted more than $350,000 in research funding since 2014, including the prestigious Hunter Cancer Research Alliance 2019 Career Advancement Fellowship in Cancer Research.

Kristen is committed to progress and learning from accomplished researchers and peers. In 2018, Kristen participated in the University’s ThinkWell Early and Mid-Career Women’s Development Program, facilitated through the Faculty of Health and Medicine's Gender Equity Committee, as well as the ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme at the University of Melbourne.

With more than twenty national and international conference presentations to her name, Kristen’s work is influencing best practice globally. In early 2019, Kristen headed to the United States to collaborate with researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania and learn about their NIH-funded research (National Institutes of Health) into smoking cessation for cancer patients.

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Improving cancer survival rates

Dr Kristen McCarter is increasing survival rates in cancer patients by finding ways to reduce preventable risk—such as helping people quit smoking.Kristen is committed to improving survival rates for patients with cancer by investigating the coexisting factors that contribute to…

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Kristen McCarter is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral researcher with the University of Newcastle. Her research aims to create better outcomes for priority populations such as cancer patients and those with severe mental illness by understanding how coexisting factors such as smoking, alcohol use, mental health, and nutrition impact a person’s health and survival.

While completing a Bachelor of Psychology with the University of Newcastle, Kristen undertook a research internship with Professor Billie Bonevski, a highly respected researcher whose smoking cessation programs are implemented by Cancer Councils nationwide. The experience kick-started Kristen’s research career, inspiring her to complete honours and subsequent clinical PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Amanda Baker, an internationally renowned comorbidity researcher (mental health and substance misuse) with the University.

For her PhD, Kristen worked on the multi-site, NHMRC-funded Eating as Treatment (EAT) study (principal investigator: Professor Amanda Baker). A randomised control trial, the EAT study aimed to improve the nutrition of head and neck cancer patients during radiotherapy—a time when sufficient nutrition is critical to survival outcomes but can be difficult for patients to maintain. Kristen worked closely with the research team that trained dietitians in a health behaviour intervention that was then delivered to these patients. The research led to the improved implementation of best practice clinical guidelines for oncology dietitians across four Australian hospital radiotherapy departments. It also helped launch a subsequent pilot trial, TREAT, funded by the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance and the Agency for Clinical Innovation (principal investigator: Dr Ben Britton). Currently underway, TREAT aims to test a new, sustainable model of the EAT intervention.

Kristen’s most recent publications have explored care consistent with evidence-based oncology dietetic guidelines, distress screening and referral and patient experiences. Kristen is also collaborating with other University of Newcastle and Hunter Cancer Research Alliance affiliated researchers to assess and improve the provision of distress screening and referral in cancer settings. This work aligns closely with Kristen's interest in improving the mental and physical health of vulnerable populations.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Comorbidity
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Health Behaviour
  • Implementation Science
  • Mental Health
  • Psycho-oncology

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified 35
111708 Health and Community Services 20
111714 Mental Health 45

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr McCarter is a postdoctoral researcher within the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour and the University of Newcastle's Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation. She is currently Trial Coordinator for the NHMRC funded ‘Quitlink’ trial, a new smoking cessation intervention for people living with severe and enduring mental illness. She is also leading a drug and alcohol capacity building program funded by the Primary Health Network for primary care providers in the Hunter New England area.

University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2018 -  Postdoctoral Researcher University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 McCrabb S, Baker AL, Attia J, Skelton E, Twyman L, Palazzi K, et al., 'Internet-based programs incorporating behavior change techniques are associated with increased smoking cessation in the general population: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53 180-195 (2019)

© Society of Behavioral Medicine 2018. All rights reserved. Background and aims This study aims to (i) examine the effectiveness of internet-based smoking cessation programs; (ii)... [more]

© Society of Behavioral Medicine 2018. All rights reserved. Background and aims This study aims to (i) examine the effectiveness of internet-based smoking cessation programs; (ii) describe the number and type of behavior change techniques (BCTs) employed; and (iii) explore whether BCTs included in internet-based smoking cessation programs are related to program effectiveness. Methods MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and CENTRAL databases were searched. Randomized controlled trials were included if they described the study of a smoking cessation program delivered via the internet; included current adult tobacco smokers from the general population; and were written in English. Random effects meta-analyses and meta-regressions were used to examine program effectiveness (pooled odds ratios, by outcome measure, i.e., 7 day point prevalence abstinence [PPA], 30 day PPA, other abstinence measure) in short- and long-term outcomes, and examine the associations between BCT number and type (individual BCTs and BCT domain) and program effectiveness. Results Results from 45 studies were included (n = 65,736). Intervention effectiveness was found in the short term for all outcome measures (OR = 1.29, 95% CI 1.12, 1.50, p = .001), for "prolonged abstinence" (OR = 1.43, 95% CI 1.09, 1.87, p = .009), and "30 day PPA" (OR = 1.75, 95% CI 1.13, 2.72, p = .013). Internet-based programs were effective in the long term for all outcome measures (OR = 1.19, 95% CI = 1.06, 1.35, p = .004) and for "prolonged abstinence" (OR = 1.40, 95% CI 1.19, 1.63, p < .001). On average, interventions used more BCTs than comparison groups (6.6 vs. 3.1, p = .0002). The impact of specific individual BCTs and BCT domains on effectiveness was examined and is reported. Conclusions Internet-based smoking cessation interventions increased the odds of cessation by 29 per cent in the short term and by 19 per cent in the long term. Internet-based smoking cessation intervention development should incorporate BCTs to increase effectiveness. Registration CRD42015014676.

DOI 10.1093/abm/kay026
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sam Mccrabb, Billie Bonevski, John Attia, Eliza Skelton
2019 Baker AL, Borland R, Bonevski B, Segan C, Turner A, Brophy L, et al., '"Quitlink"-A Randomized Controlled Trial of Peer Worker Facilitated Quitline Support for Smokers Receiving Mental Health Services: Study Protocol', FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY, 10 (2019)
DOI 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00124
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, John Attia, Amanda Baker
2019 Fradgley EA, Byrnes E, McCarter K, Rankin N, Britton B, Clover K, et al., 'A cross-sectional audit of current practices and areas for improvement of distress screening and management in Australian cancer services: is there a will and a way to improve?', Support Care Cancer, (2019)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-019-04801-5
Co-authors Chris Paul, Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter, Elizabeth Fradgley
2019 Britton B, Baker AL, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, Beck AK, et al., 'A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Health Behaviour Change Intervention Provided by Dietitians to Improve Nutrition in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy (TROG 12.03) Reply', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS, 103 1283-1284 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.12.017
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Benjamin Britton, Christopher Oldmeadow
2019 Sweeney R, Moodie M, Baker AL, Borland R, Castle D, Segan C, et al., 'Protocol for an Economic Evaluation of the Quitlink Randomized Controlled Trial for Accessible Smoking Cessation Support for People With Severe Mental Illness', FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY, 10 (2019)
DOI 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00618
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski, John Attia
2018 McCarter KL, Baker A, Britton B, Halpin S, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'Head and neck cancer patient experience of a new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention: "You know you have to eat to survive ', SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, 26 2167-2175 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-4029-5
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Alison Beck, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton
2018 McCarter KL, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, Bauer J, et al., 'Effectiveness of clinical practice change strategies in improving dietitian care for head and neck cancer patients according to evidence based clinical guidelines: A stepped wedge randomised controlled trial.', Translational Behavioral Medicine, 8 166-174 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/tbm/ibx016
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Sean Halpin, Amanda Baker, Liz Holliday, Luke Wolfenden, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton
2018 Murray R, Baker A, Halpin S, Britton B, McCarter K, Palazzi K, Beck AK, 'Therapeutic Alliance between Dietitians and Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: The Effect of Training in a Health Behavior Change Intervention', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53 756-768 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 The Author(s). Background: The relationship between a clinician and their client - the &quot;therapeutic alliance&quot; is a robust predictor of outcome in healthcare setti... [more]

© 2018 The Author(s). Background: The relationship between a clinician and their client - the "therapeutic alliance" is a robust predictor of outcome in healthcare settings; yet, few interventions to improve alliance have been tested. Motivational interviewing is a client-centered approach that embodies many principles and strategies consistent with a strong therapeutic alliance. Purpose: To examine whether alliance is enhanced by training dietitians to deliver a motivational interviewing informed health behavior change intervention ("Eating as Treatment"; EAT) as part of routine consultations with patients with head and neck cancer. The predictive ability of motivational interviewing techniques was also assessed. Methods: A secondary analysis of the EAT stepped-wedge cluster-randomized controlled trial was conducted. Patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy (n = 307) were treated by radiotherapy dietitians (n = 29) during the control (Treatment as Usual) or intervention (EAT) phase. Alliance was rated during the first and final weeks of radiotherapy, and again 4 and 12 weeks post-radiotherapy. Dietetic sessions were audiotaped. Week one sessions were objectively rated for dietitians' use of motivational interviewing techniques. Results: Generalized linear-mixed effects regressions found no effect of EAT on dietitian-rated alliance (p =. 237). After excluding outliers, patient-rated alliance was 0.29 points lower after EAT training (p =. 016). Post hoc analyses revealed lower patient ratings on perceived support and dietitian confidence. Hierarchical multiple regressions found that no specific motivational interviewing techniques predicted patient-rated alliance. Dietitian acknowledgment of patient challenges was related to dietitian-rated alliance (ß =.15, p =.035). Conclusions: Patient and dietitian ratings of alliance were high after EAT training, but not significantly improved. Further research is needed to better understand the differential impact of intervention training and delivery on patient and clinician ratings of therapeutic alliance. Clinical Trial information: Trial registration number ACTRN12613000320752.

DOI 10.1093/abm/kay083
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck, Sean Halpin
2018 McCarter K, Baker A, Britton B, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, bauer J, et al., 'Smoking, drinking, and depression: comorbidity in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy', Cancer Medicine, 7 2382-2390 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/cam4.1497
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin, Luke Wolfenden, Christopher Oldmeadow, Amanda Baker, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter
2018 McCarter K, Britton B, Baker AL, Halpin SA, Beck AK, Carter G, et al., 'Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for psychosocial distress: Systematic review', BMJ Open, 8 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017959
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Alison Beck, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter
2017 Stuart A, Baker AL, Bowman J, McCarter K, Denham AMJ, Lee N, et al., 'Protocol for a systematic review of psychological treatment for methamphetamine use: an analysis of methamphetamine use and mental health symptom outcomes', BMJ OPEN, 7 (2017)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015383
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Alexandra Denham, Kim Colyvas, Amanda Baker, Jenny Bowman, A Dunlop
2016 McCarter K, Martinez U, Britton B, Baker A, Bonevski B, Carter G, et al., 'Smoking cessation care among patients with head and neck cancer: a systematic review', BMJ OPEN, 6 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012296
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Billie Bonevski, Alison Beck, Ashleigh Guillaumier
2016 McCarter KL, Halpin SA, Baker AL, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Lewin TJ, Thornton LK, et al., 'Associations between personality disorder characteristics and treatment outcomes in people with co-occurring alcohol misuse and depression.', BMC Psychiatry, 16 210 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-0937-z
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Brian Kelly, Sean Halpin, Frances Kaylambkin, Amanda Baker, Terry Lewin
2015 McCarter KL, Britton B, Baker A, Halpin S, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for distress: Systematic review protocol', BMJ Open, 5 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008277
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck, Amanda Baker
2015 Britton B, McCarter K, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, et al., 'Eating As Treatment (EAT) study protocol: a stepped-wedge, randomised controlled trial of a health behaviour change intervention provided by dietitians to improve nutrition in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy.', BMJ open, 5 e008921 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008921
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Patrick Mcelduff, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Alison Beck, Benjamin Britton
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Pohlman S, Anderson C, Baker A, Halpin S, McCarter K, Hides L, ' I Kind of Just Missed Feeling Normal an Exploration of Alcohol Use in Young People with Severe Mental Illness', Berlin (2019)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sonja Pohlman, Sean Halpin
2019 Britton B, Baker AL, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, Bauer J, Beck AK, et al., 'Eating As Treatment (EAT): A Stepped-Wedge, Randomized Controlled Trial of a Health Behavior Change Intervention Provided by Dietitians to Improve Nutrition in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy (TROG 12.03)', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.09.027
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Benjamin Britton, Luke Wolfenden, Christopher Oldmeadow, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter
2018 Fradgley EA, Byrnes E, Mccarter K, Britton B, Rankin N, Carter G, et al., 'A report card on Australian cancer services' distress screening and management practices: A pass mark or time to go back to school?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul, Benjamin Britton
2018 Clover K, Forbes E, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Tieu M, et al., 'Procedural anxiety during radiotherapy using a mask in patients with head and neck cancer: Interim data', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton
2018 Fradgley E, Byrnes E, Rankin N, McCarter K, Britton B, Carter G, et al., 'Exploring the evidence-practice gap in distress management: Are Australian cancer services aware of and benefiting from evidence-based guidelines?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter, Elizabeth Fradgley
2018 Forbes E, Clover K, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Tieu M, et al., 'Rates of Procedural Anxiety During Radiotherapy Using A Mask in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: Interim Data', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter
2018 McCarter K, Fradgley EA, Baker AL, Paul C, Carlson M, 'Distress Management for Patients with Cancer - Why Aren't We Doing It?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Amanda Baker, Chris Paul
2018 McCarter K, Baker AL, Borland R, Bonevski B, Castle D, Williams J, et al., 'Quitlink: Accessible Smoking Cessation Support for People Living with Severe and Enduring Mental Illness', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski
2016 Britton B, McCarter K, Beck A, Baker A, Wolfenden L, Wratten C, et al., 'EATING AS TREATMENT (EAT): A HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OUTCOMES FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS UNDERGOING RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin
2016 Fradgley E, Byrnes E, Paul C, Carter G, Jacobsen P, Ben B, et al., 'QUANTIFYING THE UPTAKE OF DISTRESS SCREENING AND MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES IN AUSTRALIAN CANCER SERVICES: A PROTOCOL FOR A NATIONAL CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Gregory Carter, Chris Paul
2015 McCarter K, Wolfenden L, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'A CLINICAL PRACTICE CHANGE INTERVENTION TO INCREASE DIETITIAN PROVISION OF DEPRESSION SCREENING AND REFERRAL FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Luke Wolfenden, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin, Gregory Carter, Alison Beck
2015 McCarter K, Baker A, Britton B, Carter G, Beck A, Bauer J, et al., 'CONTINUED TOBACCO SMOKING, ALCOHOL USE AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Patrick Mcelduff, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Alison Beck, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton
2014 McCarter K, Baker AL, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, Bauer J, et al., 'PREVALENCE OF ALCOHOL USE AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin
2014 McCarter K, Forbes E, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'PREVALENCE OF TOBACCO SMOKING IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $383,668

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20192 grants / $55,000

CRA 2019 Career Advancement Fellowship in Cancer Research$50,000

Funding body: HCRA Hunter Cancer Research Alliance

Funding body HCRA Hunter Cancer Research Alliance
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Pilot randomised controlled trial of a telephone delivered intervention for hazardous alcohol use among young people living with severe mental ill-health$5,000

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Professor Kypros Kypri, Professor Billie Bonevski, Doctor Kristen McCarter, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Emma Griffith, Professor Leanne Hides, Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Mr Chris Oldmeadow, Ms Margarett Terry, Professor Richard Velleman
Scheme Research Funds
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900909
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON Y

20183 grants / $170,334

Pilot randomised controlled trial of a telephone delivered intervention for hazardous alcohol use among young people living with severe mental ill-health $86,747

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Professor Leanne Hides, Professor Kypros Kypri, Professor Richard Velleman, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Ms Margarett Terry, Professor Billie Bonevski, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Doctor Kristen McCarter, Doctor Emma Griffith, Griffith, Emma
Scheme Mental Health Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700922
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Australian Rotary Health Mental Health of Young Australians Research Grant$53,587

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund

Funding body Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
Project Team

Amanda Baker, Pete Kelly, Leanne Hides, Kypros Kypri, Richard Velleman, Richard Clancy, Margaret Terry, Billie Bonevski, Chris Oldmeadow, Adrian Dunlop, Kristen McCarter, Emma Griffith

Scheme Australian Rotary Health Mental Health of Young Australians Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Translating Eating as Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer (TREAT)$30,000

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Doctor Ben Britton, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Alison Beck, Conjoint Professor Greg Carter, Doctor Chris Wratten, Associate Professor Judith Bauer, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Kristen McCarter

Scheme HCRA Implementation Flagship program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20174 grants / $108,629

Capacity Building – Practice Nurse Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701131
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Capacity Building – GP Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701138
Type Of Funding C2110 - Aust Commonwealth - Own Purpose
Category 2110
UON Y

Head and neck cancer patient experience of EAT: A new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention$7,597

Funding body: Calvary Mater Newcastle

Funding body Calvary Mater Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Sean Halpin, Doctor Ben Britton, Doctor Alison Beck, Conjoint Professor Gregory Carter, Doctor Chris Wratten, Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, Associate Professor Judith Bauer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700913
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

Healthy living after treatment for Head and Neck Cancer.$2,500

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant University of Newcastle
Project Team

Amanda Baker, Kristen McCarter, Ben Britton, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Chris Wratten, Judith Bauer, Alison Beck, Sean Halpin, Erin Forbes

Scheme UON Faculty of Health and Medicine Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20162 grants / $39,705

Quantifying and addressing the evidence-practice gap in distress screening: a national environmental scan and short pilot-test to determine improvement areas and acceptability of implementation strategies for Australian cancer services.$29,795

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul, Gregory Carter, Paul Jacobsen, Ben Britton, Kerrie Clover, Douglas Bellamy, Kristen McCarter, Martine Cox.

Scheme HCRA Implementation Flagship program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for distress: Systematic review.$9,910

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Kristen McCarter, Luke Wolfenden, Ben Britton, Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Chris Wratten, Judith Bauer, Laura Twyman, Erin Forbes

Scheme HCRA Implementation Flagship program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20141 grants / $10,000

Optimising smoking cessation care amongst cancer patients: A systematic review of smoking cessation interventions amongst head and neck cancer patients.$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Kristen McCarter, Ben, Britton, Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Chris Wratten, Alison Beck, Ashleigh Guillaumier

Scheme HCRA Implementation Flagship program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

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Current3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Innovative Interventions to Address Procedure Related Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy PhD (Medicine), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD An Investigation of Alcohol Use in Young People with Severe Mental Illness PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD What Behaviour Change Techniques Matter in Smoking Cessation for People with Mental Health Conditions PhD (Psychiatry), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Smoking and cancer - some patients continue to smoke with the disease

July 23, 2018

About half of cancer patients who smoke continue to do so after diagnosis, a University of Newcastle researcher says.

Dr Kristen McCarter

Position

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email kristen.mccarter@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40335721
Fax (02) 403 35692

Office

Building McAuley Building
Location Calvary Mater Hospital

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