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Catherine Chojenta

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine at The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Dr Catherine Chojenta is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA), University of Newcastle. She is a public health researcher with a particular focus on women's health and well-being across the life course. She has expertise in a range of research methodologies including mixed methods, quantitative, qualitative and data linkage, and has applied these to produce high quality evidence for those factors that increase women's risk of poor health and those which are protective of well-being. She is an emerging expert in the field of perinatal mental health and has applied a range of methods to determine risk factors for poor perinatal mental health and determinants of long and short term mental health outcomes for women and infants. As an Early Career Researcher, Dr Chojenta is developing a program of work that focuses on health services for maternal and infant wellbeing in developing nations. She is currently supervising 12 PhD students from developing nations who are working on issues related to maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Her work in Australia has focused on risk factors for poor perinatal mental health, adverse birth and pregnancy outcomes, and health behaviours in the perinatal period. She has examined health service utilisation and costs for high users of health services including those in the perinatal period and those for older women in the last years of life. Dr Chojenta has been awarded several grants over her short academic career totally over $750,000 and has published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has had significant academic impact, has been regularly reported in local and national media and has been used for an evidence base for the National Women’s Health Policy (2010).

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