Catalina’s Publications

Wells, R, Steel, Z, Hunt, C, Saidyousef, O, Abujado, F, Lawsin, C (in press). An ecological model of adaptation to displacement:  Indvidual, cultural and community factors affecting psychosocial adjustment among Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Global Mental Health.

Hoyt, M, Gaffey, A, Wang, A, Litwin, M, Lawsin, C (2018).  Sexual well-being and diurnal cortisol after prostate cancer treatment.  Journal of Health Psychology, April published online.  

Lambert, S, McElduff, P, Levesque, J, Lawsin, C, Jacobsen, P, Turner, J, Girgis, A (2017). A systematic review and meta-analysis of written self-administered psychosocial interventions among adults with a physical illness. Education and Counseling, 100 (12), 2200-2217.

Graham, L, Hullmann, S, Lawsin, C, Wilson, N, Wood-Molo, M, Ording, J, Ginder, C, Daley, K, Kent, P (2017). Pediatric Oncology Provider Perceptions of Fertility Preservation in Adolescent and Young Adult Females with Cancer. Women’s Reproductive Health, Special Issue on Cancer and Women’s Reproductive Health, Volume 4, 1-13

Ruth, W, Steel, Z, Hilal, M, Lawsin, C (2016). Psychosocial Concerns Reported by Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan: A Systematic Review of Unpublished Needs Assessments.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-8.

Dobinson, K, Hoyt, M, Seidler, Z, Beuamont, A, Hullman, S, Lawsin, C (2016).  A Grounded Theory Investigation into the Psychosexual Unmet Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors.  Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 5,2, 135-145.

McMillan, K, Butow, P, Turner, J, Yates, P, White, K, Lambert, S, Stephens, M., Lawsin, C, (2016) Burnout and the Provision of Psychosocial Care Amongst Australian Cancer Nurses.  European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 22, 37-45.

Seidler, Z, Lawsin, C, Hoyt, M, Dobinson, K (2015).  Let’s Talk About Sex After Cancer: Exploring Barriers and Facilitators to Sexual Communication in Male Cancer Survivors, Psycho-Oncology, Sep 25. 

Lambert, S, Beatty, L, McElduff, P, Levesque, J, Lawsin, C, Turner, J, Jacobsen, P, Girgis, A (2015). Evaluations of written self-administered psychosocial interventions to improve psychosocial and physical outcomes among adults with chronic health conditions: a meta-analysis.  Psycho-Oncology, 24, 73.

Wells, R, Wells, D, Lawsin, C (2015).  Understanding psychological responses to trauma among Syrian refugees:  The importance of measurement validity in cross cultural settings.  Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 148 (No 455, 456), 60-69.

Colomar, M, Tong, V, Morello, P, Farr, S, Lawsin, C, Dietz, P, Aleman, A, Berrueta, M, Mazzoni, Agustina, Becu, A, Buekens, P, Belizán, J, Althabe, F, Mazzoni, Agustina, Becu, A, Buekens, P, Belizán, J, Althabe, F (2014).  Barriers and Promoters of an Evidenced-Based Smoking Cessation Counseling During Prenatal Care in Argentina and Uruguay.  Maternal and Child Health Journal, November, 1-9.

Lawsin, C, McMillan, K, Butow, P, Turner, J, Yates, P, Lamberts, S, White, K, Nelson, A, Stephens, M (2013).  Assessment of the current implementation and barriers to uptake of the guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer according to cancer nurses in Australia.  Journal Clinical Oncology, 31, (suppl; abstr e20615).

Lambert, S., Regan, T, Turner, J, Chandler, H, Britton, B, Chambers, S, Smith, E, Lawsin, C, Bonevski, B, Keyser, K. (2013). You need something like this to give you guidelines on what to do.  Supportive Care in Cancer, 21, 3415-3460.

Penney, E. & Lawsin, C. (2013). Application of the MODE model to implicit weight prejudice and its influence on expressed and actual behavior among college students. The Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43; S2, E229-36.

Lambert, S, Harrison, J, Smith, E, Bonevski, B, Carey, M, Lawsin, C, Paul, P, Girgis, A (2012).  The unmet needs of partners and caregivers of adults diagnosed with cancer: a systematic review. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, online first July 6.

Bullen, T, Sharpe, L, Lawsin, C (2012).  Body image as a predictor of psychopathology in surgical patients with colorectal cancer.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76, 3, 459-63.

Lawsin, C, Erwin, D, Bursac, Z, Jandorf, L (2011). Heterogeneity in Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices Among Female Hispanic Immigrants in the United States.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13, 834-841.

DuHamel, K, Mosher, C, Winkel, G Labay, L, Rini, C, Markarian, Y, Austin, J, Greene, P, Lawsin, C, Rusiewicz, A, Grosskreutz, C, Isola, L, Moskowitz, C, Papadopoulos, E, Rowley, S, Scigliano, E, Burkhalter, J, Hurley, K, Redd, W (2010).  Randomized clinical trial of telephone-administered cognitive-behavioral therapy to reduce PTSD and distress symptoms after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28 (23): 3754-3761.

Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K, Itzkowitz, Brown, K., Lim, H., Thelemaque, L., S. Jandorf, L. (2009).  Communication Between Colorectal Cancer Patients and Their Siblings:  Discussions Regarding CRC Risk. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Nov; 18 (11):2907-12.

Christie, J, Jandorf, L., Itzkowitz, S., Halm, E., Freeman, K., King, S., Dhulkifl, R., McNair, M., Thelemaque, L., Lawsin, C., Duhamel, K. (2009).  Sociodemographic Correlates of Stage of Adoption for Colorectal Cancer Screening in African Americans.  Ethnicity and Disease, 19: 323-329.

Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K, Itzkowitz, Brown, K., Lim, H., Thelemaque, L., S. Jandorf, L. (2007).  Demographic, Medical, and Psychosocial Correlates to CAM Use among Survivors of Colorectal Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, May;15(5):557-64.

Lawsin, C., DuHamel, K, Rakowski, W., Weiss, A., Jandorf, L. (2007).  Colorectal Cancer Screening among Low-Income African Americans in East Harlem:  A Theoretical Approach to Understanding Barriers and Promoters to Screening. Journal of Urban Health, 84(1):32-44.

Rini, C., Lawsin, C., Austin, J. DuHamel, K., Markarian, Y., Burkhalter, J., Labay, L., Redd, W. (2007).  Peer Mentoring and Survivors’ Stories for Cancer Patients: Positive Effects and Some Cautionary Notes.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(1): 163-6.

Lawsin, C., Borrayo, E., Edwards, R., Belloso, C. (2007).  Community Readiness to Promote Latinas’ Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials.  Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4), July, 369-378.

Borrayo, E., & Lawsin, C., Coit, C. (2005).  Latinas’ appraisal of enrollment and adherence to breast cancer prevention clinical trials.  Cancer Control, Cancer, Culture and Literacy Supplement, 107-110.

Borrayo, E., Thomas, J.J., & Lawsin, C. (2004) Cervical cancer screening among Latinas: The importance of referral and parallel cancer screening behaviors.  Women & Health, 39, 13-29.

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Hi, I’m Catalina.

Hi, I’m Catalina.


I’m a clinical health psychologist, specializing in sex and relationships.

I’ve worked as a clinician, professor, and researcher addressing quality of life and encouraging individuals to live fully amidst life’s challenges.

The last 18 years I’ve specialized in psycho-oncology, trying
to understand how to prevent cancer and support those affected cope with it’s burdens after diagnosed.   Through this work I witnessed anger, fear, and how unfair life can be.  But, I’ve also been awed by resilience, courage and perseverance.  

My work in the US and abroad has shaped my lens to value individual unique strengths within the socio-cultural contexts that shape each of our experiences.

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