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Dr Cate Curtis

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA Cant, BSocSc(Hons), PhD Waikato

School of Psychology

(ccurtis@waikato.ac.nz)

About Cate

My current research is broadly in the area of women's wellbeing; specific projects include female self-harming behaviour in general and social psychological factors implicated both in engaging in self-harm and in recovery as well as the construction of  notions of 'risk' and 'resilience'.

I teach in the social psychology programme.

Expertise

Crime; Gender; Psychology; Social Science Research; Women and Gender Studies; Youth

Social and community psychology; mental health and well-being, particularly women's; social construction and stigmatisation of mental health/illness; self-harm (including suicidality); psychology of girls and women.

Research Interests

My research interests are centred around psycho-social factors in the wellbeing of young people, especially young women. These interests include

  • initiation and cessation of deliberate self-harm, especially in young women, including help-seeking.
  • anti-social behaviour
  • resilience amongst young 'at risk' women.

I have also published on public perceptions of the forensic use of DNA, and research methods.

Please note that some of the publications listed are in my previous name, Wilson

Recent Publications

  • Brennan, S., Robertson, N. R., & Curtis, C. (2017). Shame and resilience: A New Zealand based exploration of resilient responses to shame. In E. Vanderheiden, & M. Claude-Helene (Eds.), The Value of Shame: Exploring a Health Resource in Cultural Contexts (pp. 201-221). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53100-7_9

  • Curtis, C. (2017). Young women's self-injury: Who needs help, what help do they need?. In International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) 2017 10th Biennial Conference. Conference held at Loughborough University, UK.

  • Curtis, C. (2017). Early identification of risk factors, and intervention with 'at risk' young people. In 15th European Congress of Psychology. Conference held at Amsterdam.

  • Fitzgerald, J., & Curtis, C. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury in a New Zealand student population: Demographic and self-harm characteristics. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 156-163. Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Curtis, Dr Cate 9207 ccurtis J.1.27 School of Psychology