Dr Kristen McCarter

Dr Kristen McCarter

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr McCarter is a postdoctoral researcher and Clinical Psychologist. She has made significant contributions to understanding and promoting the delivery of head and neck cancer patient care with recent publications exploring care consistent with evidence based nutrition guidelines, distress screening and referral and patient experiences. This includes developing a practice change intervention to improve oncology dietitian adherence to best practice guidelines, a systematic review of distress screening interventions in cancer and a qualitative study of cancer patient experiences of a health behaviour intervention. 

Kristen is currently coordinating an 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. Kristen is also collaborating with other UON and Hunter Cancer Research Alliance affiliated researchers to assess and improve the delivery of distress screening and referral in cancer settings. This work aligns closely with Kristen's interest in improving the mental and physical health of complex populations. 

Kristen has an outstanding record relative to opportunity including a rapidly increasing publication trajectory with 9 peer-reviewed papers (lead author on 7). Kristen has also attracted over $260 000 in research funding since 2014. She presented at 4 national and 1 international conferences in 2017. 


Qualifications

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

Keywords

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

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
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.

Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Healthy Lungs | The 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

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 (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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, (2018)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-4029-5
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Sean Halpin
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 - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Liz Holliday, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, 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, (2018)
DOI 10.1002/cam4.1497
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Christopher Oldmeadow, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, 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
Co-authors 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
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Jenny Bowman, 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 - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Amanda Baker, Luke Wolfenden, Gregory Carter, Billie Bonevski
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 - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Sean Halpin, Luke Wolfenden
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 - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Luke Wolfenden, Patrick Mcelduff, Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker
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 [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-0937-z
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Frances Kaylambkin, Terry Lewin, Brian Kelly, Sean Halpin
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, 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 Gregory Carter, Patrick Mcelduff, Luke Wolfenden, Sean Halpin, Amanda Baker
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, 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 Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, 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 Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Gregory Carter, Sean Halpin, Luke Wolfenden, Billie Bonevski
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $300,837

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


20183 grants / $132,303

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

Pilot randomised controlled trial of a telephone delivered intervention for hazardous alcohol use among young people living with severe mental ill-health $48,716

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 Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Doctor Kristen McCarter, Doctor Emma Griffith, Griffith, Emma
Scheme Mental Health Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700922
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

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

20176 grants / $113,829

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 Associate 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 Associate 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

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

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Anxiety in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer 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) 40335718
Fax (02) 403 35692

Office

Building McAuley Building
Location Calvary Mater Hospital

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