Senior Lecturer

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Cat is a registered Health Psychologist who has balanced clinical practice and research roles since obtaining her Doctorate from Deakin University. She has worked in community settings as a psychologist for the Child and Youth Mental Health Service, as well as in schools providing assessments and therapeutic intervention to children and young people.

Cat has also worked for 10+ years as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, and Deakin University, where she has designed, implemented and evaluated several health intervention programs, facilitated seminars, and obtained funding. Cat has supervised the research of several Honours and PhD students.


Children’s health and wellbeing; parenting; men’s health and wellbeing; sexual dysfunction.

Research Interests

Children’s health including body image, transitions, and emotional wellbeing; carer burden of children with food allergy and chronic conditions; men’s health and wellbeing; sexual dysfunction in men, osteoporosis in older adults. Due to research roles, she has also recently become interested in perinatal health.

Recent Publications 

  • Talevsk, J., Sanders, K.M., Busija, L., Beauchamp, A., Duque, G., Borgström, M., Kanis, J., Svedbom, A., Connaughton, C., Stuart, A., Brennan-Olsen, S. (2020). Health Service Use and Quality of Life Recovery 12 Months Following Major Osteoporotic Fracture: Latent Class Analyses of the International Costs and Utilities Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study (ICUROS). Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.4181
  • Talevsk, J., Sanders, K.M., Duque, G., Connaughton, C., Beauchamp, A., Green, D., Millar, L., Brennan-Olsen, S. (2019). Effect of clinical care pathways on quality of life and physical function after fragility fracture: a meta-analysis. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 20, 7, 926.e1-926.e11. DOI
  • Tatangelo, G.L., Watts, J., Lim, K., Connaughton, C., Abimanyi-Ochom, J. et al. (2018). The cost of osteoporosis, osteopenia, and associated fractures in Australia in 2017. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.3640.
  • Tatangelo, G. L., Connaughton, C. A., McCabe, M. P., & Mellor, D. (2017). Preadolescent boys’ body image: sociocultural pressures and masculine body ideals. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
  • Mellor, D. Connaughton, C., McCabe, M., & Tatangelo, GL. (2017). Better with age: An educational program for improving health factors in men at midlife. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. 18(1), 40-49. DOI
  • McCabe, M. P., Connaughton, C. Mellor, D. Tatangelo, GL., & Busija, L. (2017). Healthy me: A gender-specific program to address body image concerns and risk factors among preadolescents. Body Image, 20, 20-30. DOI:10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.10.007
  • McCabe, M. P., & Connaughton, C. (2017). Sexual Dysfunction and Relationship Stress: How Does this Association Vary for Men and Women? Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 81-84. DOI:10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.05.00
  • Connaughton, C., & McCabe, M. & Karantzas, G., (2016). Conceptualization of the sexual response models in men: are there differences between sexually functional and dysfunctional men? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 453-463. DOI org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.032
  • McCabe, M. P., & Connaughton, C. (2015). Editorial Comment on “Psychology Treatment Trials for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder: A Sexual Medicine Critique and Perspective”. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(12), 2459-2460. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.13057
  • McCabe, M., & Connaughton, C. (2014). Psychosocial factors associated with male sexual difficulties. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 31-42. DOI:10.1080/00224499.2013.789820.
  • McCabe, M., & Connaughton, C. (2014). How the prevalence rates of male sexual dysfunction vary using difference criteria. International Journal of Sexual Health, 26, 229-237. DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2013.873104.

Book Chapters

  • Connaughton, C., & McCabe, M. (2017). New Technologies: Internet-Based Sex Therapy. In: Z. Peterson (ed), Handbook of Sex Therapy (pp 483). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Connaughton, C., & McCabe, M. (2017). Sexuality and Ageing. In: N. Pachana, (ed) Encyclopedia of Geropsychology (pp. 2145). Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_5-1.