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

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

Keywords

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

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
420313 Mental health services 100

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
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
Postdoctoral Researcher University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

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

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Baker AL, Denham A, Pohlman S, McCarter K, 'Treating comorbid substance use and psychosis', A Clinical Introduction to Psychosis Foundations for Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists, Academic Press, United States 511-536 (2019) [B1]
Co-authors Alexandra Denham, Amanda Baker, Sonja Pohlman

Journal article (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Paul CL, Warren G, Vinod S, Meiser B, Stone E, Barker D, et al., 'Care to Quit: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial to implement best practice smoking cessation care in cancer centres', IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 16 (2021)
DOI 10.1186/s13012-021-01092-5
Co-authors Chris Paul, Daniel Barker
2021 May JR, Jao NC, McCarter K, Klass E, Pearman T, Leone F, et al., 'Change in health-related quality of life among individuals with cancer undergoing smoking cessation treatment involving varenicline', Oncology Nursing Forum, 48 112-120 (2021) [C1]

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among individuals with cancer is undermined by smoking cessation treatment involving varenicline. SAMPLE &a... [more]

OBJECTIVES: To determine whether health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among individuals with cancer is undermined by smoking cessation treatment involving varenicline. SAMPLE & SETTING: Participants (N = 103) were daily smokers with cancer (up to five years postdiagnosis) who completed a placebo-controlled trial of standard versus extended duration varenicline. METHODS & VARIABLES: For this secondary study, participants were selected based on having completed the SF-12® at weeks 0, 1, 12, and 24. Using separate repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance, change in SF-12 scores was evaluated by time and by cancer treatment, varenicline duration, and quit status at week 24. RESULTS: There was no change in any of the three HRQOL scores by time or by cancer treatment status, varenicline duration, or quit status. Average emotional HRQOL score across time was significantly higher for quitters versus smokers. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Varenicline, including long-term treatment, does not appear to adversely affect HRQOL, which is highly relevant to oncology nurses who are well positioned to assist with the pharmacologic treatment of tobacco dependence.

DOI 10.1188/21.ONF.112-120
2021 Beck AK, Baker AL, Carter G, Robinson L, McCarter K, Wratten C, et al., 'Is fidelity to a complex behaviour change intervention associated with patient outcomes? Exploring the relationship between dietitian adherence and competence and the nutritional status of intervention patients in a successful stepped-wedge randomised clinical trial of eating as treatment (EAT).', Implement Sci, 16 46 (2021)
DOI 10.1186/s13012-021-01118-y
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Alison Beck, Benjamin Britton, Luke Wolfenden
2020 Lum A, Skelton E, McCarter KL, Handley T, Judd L, Bonevski B, 'Smoking cessation interventions for people living in rural and remote areas: a systematic review protocol', BMJ OPEN, 10 (2020)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041011
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Eliza Skelton, Billie Bonevski, Tonelle Handley
2020 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?', Supportive Care in Cancer, 28 249-259 (2020) [C1]

Background: It is unknown how many distressed patients receive the additional supportive care recommended by Australian evidence-based distress management guidelines. The study id... [more]

Background: It is unknown how many distressed patients receive the additional supportive care recommended by Australian evidence-based distress management guidelines. The study identifies the (1) distress screening practices of Australian cancer services; (2) barriers to improving practices; and (3) implementation strategies which are acceptable to service representatives interested in improving screening practices. Method: Clinic leads from 220 cancer services were asked to nominate an individual involved in daily patient care to complete a cross-sectional survey on behalf of the service. Questions related to service characteristics; screening and management processes; and implementation barriers. Respondents indicated which implementation strategies were suitable for their health service. Results: A total of 122 representatives participated from 83 services (51%). The majority of respondents were specialist nurses or unit managers (60%). Approximately 38% of representatives¿ services never or rarely screen; 52% who screen do so for all patients; 55% use clinical interviewing only; and 34% follow referral protocols. The most common perceived barriers were resources to action screening results (74%); lack of time (67%); and lack of staff training (66%). Approximately 65% of representatives were interested in improving practices. Of the 8 implementation strategies, workshops (85%) and educational materials (69%) were commonly selected. Over half (59%) indicated a multicomponent implementation program was preferable. Conclusions: Although critical gaps across all guideline components were reported, there is a broad support for screening and willingness to improve. Potential improvements include additional services to manage problems identified by screening, more staff time for screening, additional staff training, and use of patient-report measures.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-019-04801-5
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul, Benjamin Britton, Emma Byrnes, Gregory Carter
2020 Beck AK, Baker AL, Carter G, Wratten C, Bauer J, Wolfenden L, et al., 'Assessing adherence, competence and differentiation in a stepped-wedge randomised clinical trial of a complex behaviour change intervention', Nutrients, 12 1-18 (2020) [C1]

Background: A key challenge in behavioural medicine is developing interventions that can be delivered adequately (i.e., with fidelity) within real-world consultations. Accordingly... [more]

Background: A key challenge in behavioural medicine is developing interventions that can be delivered adequately (i.e., with fidelity) within real-world consultations. Accordingly, clinical trials should (but tend not to) report what is actually delivered (adherence), how well (competence) and the distinction between intervention and comparator conditions (differentiation). Purpose: To address this important clinical and research priority, we apply best practice guidelines to evaluate fidelity within a real-world, stepped-wedge evaluation of ¿EAT: Eating As Treatment¿, a new dietitian delivered health behaviour change intervention designed to reduce malnutrition in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients undergoing radiotherapy. Methods: Dietitians (n = 18) from five Australian hospitals delivered a period of routine care and following a randomly determined order each site received training and began delivering the EAT Intervention. A 20% random stratified sample of audio-recorded consultations (control n = 196; intervention n = 194) was coded by trained, independent, raters using a study specific checklist and the Behaviour Change Counselling Inventory. Intervention adherence and competence were examined relative to apriori benchmarks. Differentiation was examined by comparing control and intervention sessions (adherence, competence, non-specific factors, and dose), via multiple linear regression, logistic regression, or mixed-models. Results: Achievement of adherence benchmarks varied. The majority of sessions attained competence. Post-training consultations were clearly distinct from routine care regarding motivational and behavioural, but not generic, skills. Conclusions: Although what level of fidelity is ¿good enough¿ remains an important research question, findings support the real-world feasibility of integrating EAT into dietetic consultations with HNC patients and provide a foundation for interpreting treatment effects.

DOI 10.3390/nu12082332
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden
2020 McCarter K, Fradgley EA, Britton B, Tait J, Paul C, 'Not seeing the forest for the trees: a systematic review of comprehensive distress management programs and implementation strategies.', Curr Opin Support Palliat Care, 14 220-231 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000513
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul
2020 Forbes E, Baker AL, Britton B, Clover K, Skelton E, Oultram S, et al., 'Non-pharmacological approaches to procedural anxiety reduction for patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer: systematic review protocol', BMJ OPEN, 10 (2020)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035155
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Erin Forbes, Eliza Skelton, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton
2020 Stuart AM, Baker AL, Denham AMJ, Lee NK, Hall A, Oldmeadow C, et al., 'Psychological treatment for methamphetamine use and associated psychiatric symptom outcomes: A systematic review', Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 109 61-79 (2020) [C1]

Background: Regular methamphetamine use is associated with increased rates of psychiatric symptoms. Although there has been a substantial body of research reporting on the effecti... [more]

Background: Regular methamphetamine use is associated with increased rates of psychiatric symptoms. Although there has been a substantial body of research reporting on the effectiveness of psychological treatments for reducing methamphetamine use, there is a paucity of research examining the effects of these treatments on co-occurring psychiatric symptoms. We addressed this gap by undertaking a systematic review of the evidence of the effectiveness of psychological treatments for methamphetamine use on psychiatric symptom outcomes in randomized controlled trials. Methods: A narrative synthesis of studies was conducted following the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) statement to inform methodology. Eight electronic peer-reviewed databases were searched. Ten eligible studies were assessed. Results: Most studies found an overall reduction in levels of methamphetamine use and psychiatric symptoms among samples as a whole. Although brief interventions were effective, there is evidence that more intensive interventions have greater impact on methamphetamine use and/or psychiatric symptomatology. Intervention attendance was variable. Conclusions: The evidence suggests that a variety of psychological treatments are effective in reducing levels of methamphetamine use and improving psychiatric symptoms. Future research should consider how psychological treatments could maximize outcomes in the co-occurring domains of methamphetamine use and psychiatric symptoms, with increasing treatment attendance as a focus. PROSPERO registration number: CRD42016043657.

DOI 10.1016/j.jsat.2019.09.005
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Alix Hall, Christopher Oldmeadow, Amanda Baker, Alexandra Denham, Jenny Bowman, A Dunlop
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) [C1]

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 ... [more]

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 - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sam Mccrabb, Billie Bonevski, John Attia, Eliza Skelton
2019 Jackson MA, Baker AL, McCarter KL, Brown AL, Gould GS, Dunlop AJ, 'Interventions for pregnant women who use tobacco and other substances: a systematic review protocol', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032449
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors A Dunlop, Gillian Gould, Melissa A Jackson Uon, Amanda Baker
2019 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 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/abm/kay083
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck
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 Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors John Attia, Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski
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 Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Christopher Oldmeadow, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Alison Beck
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
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, John Attia, Amanda Baker
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
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Erin Forbes, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker
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 - 16Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Liz Holliday, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Christopher Oldmeadow, Sean Halpin, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton
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 - 11Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin, Christopher Oldmeadow, Alison Beck, Benjamin Britton
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 - 23Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Erin Forbes, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Alison Beck
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 - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Jenny Bowman, Alexandra Denham, A Dunlop, Kim Colyvas
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 - 29Web of Science - 58
Co-authors Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Billie Bonevski, Alison Beck, Gregory Carter
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 - 8Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Frances Kaylambkin, Amanda Baker, Brian Kelly, Sean Halpin
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 - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Erin Forbes, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin
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 - 22Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin
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Conference (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Beck AK, Baker AL, Carter G, Wratten C, Bauer J, Wolfenden L, et al., 'Oral Presentation Abstracts', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Alison Beck
2019 Jackson M, Baker AL, Gould G, Brown A, Dunlop AJ, McCarter K, 'A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF TOBACCO TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WHO USE TOBACCO AND OTHER SUBSTANCES', DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW (2019)
Co-authors A Dunlop, Gillian Gould, Amanda Baker
2019 Carlson M, McCarter K, Fradgley E, Paul C, Johnson L, Troke P, Baker A, 'Qualitative Data Exploring the Value of Distress Screening Across Cancer Settings: Preliminary Findings', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Chris Paul, Elizabeth Fradgley
2019 Forbes E, Clover K, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Minh TT, et al., 'Rates of Procedural Anxiety during Radiotherapy Using a Mask In Patients with Head and Neck Cancer', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton, Erin Forbes
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 Sean Halpin, Sonja Pohlman, Amanda Baker
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 - 22Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Alison Beck
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 Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter, Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul, Emma Byrnes
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 Erin Forbes, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter
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 Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton, Chris Paul, Elizabeth Fradgley, Emma Byrnes
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 Erin Forbes, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton
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 Amanda Baker, Chris Paul, Melissa Carlson, Elizabeth Fradgley
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 Billie Bonevski, Amanda Baker
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 Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin, Gregory Carter, Alison Beck
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, Emma Byrnes
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 Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff
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 Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin
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 Sean Halpin, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Benjamin Britton, Patrick Mcelduff
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 Erin Forbes, Alison Beck, Billie Bonevski, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 17
Total funding $435,864

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20193 grants / $77,000

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

StartSMART: Engaging Young People in a SMART Recovery program for substance use$22,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Doctor Alison Beck, Dr Stephen Hirneth, Associate Professor Peter Kelly, Dr Leanne Hides, Dr Angela Argent
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1901496
Type Of Funding C3300 – Aust Philanthropy
Category 3300
UON Y

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 C2300 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Own Purpose
Category 2300
UON Y

20184 grants / $190,334

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, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Ms Margarett Terry, Professor Billie Bonevski, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Professor Adrian Dunlop, Doctor Kristen McCarter, Doctor Emma Griffith, Professor Richard Velleman
Scheme Mental Health Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700922
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
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

Translating Eating as Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer (TREAT)$20,000

Funding body: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Funding body NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)
Project Team Doctor Ben Britton, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Kristen McCarter, Doctor Alison Beck, Conjoint Professor Gregory Carter, Doctor Chris Wratten
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800807
Type Of Funding C2300 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Own Purpose
Category 2300
UON Y

20176 grants / $113,825

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, Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701131
Type Of Funding C2100 - Aust Commonwealth – Own Purpose
Category 2100
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, Professor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701138
Type Of Funding C2100 - Aust Commonwealth – Own Purpose
Category 2100
UON Y

Head and neck cancer patient experience of EAT: A new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention$7,593

Funding body: Calvary Mater Newcastle

Funding body Calvary Mater Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Sean Halpin, Doctor Ben Britton, Doctor Alison Beck, Conjoint Professor Gregory Carter, Doctor Chris Wratten, Professor Luke Wolfenden, Associate Professor Judith Bauer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700913
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

Two year survival of participants of the Eating As Treatment trial.$3,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)
Project Team

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

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

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

Mediation analysis of an effective health behaviour change intervention for head and neck cancer patients: The importance of best practice guidelines.$2,200

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)
Project Team

Kristen McCarter, Ben Britton, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Judith Bauer, Chris Wratten, Alison Beck, Erin Forbes, Chris Oldmeadow, Hopin Lee

Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20163 grants / $44,705

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

A national audit of distress screening in Australian cancer services.$5,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)
Project Team

Elizabeth Fradgley, Christine Paul, Gregory Carter, Ben Britton, Kerrie Clover, Douglas Bellamy, Kristen McCarter, Martine Cox, Emma Byrnes

Scheme Pilot Grants
Role Investigator
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

Completed0
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), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD An Investigation of Alcohol Use in Young People with Severe Mental Illness PhD (Psychiatry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD What Behaviour Change Techniques Matter in Smoking Cessation for People with Mental Health Conditions PhD (Psychiatry), College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, 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
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

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

Office

Building McAuley Building
Location Calvary Mater Hospital

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