Associate Professor Marie Caltabiano has 30 years of teaching experience in clinical health psychology and is a recipient of both an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) and a James Cook University Faculty Teaching Citation 2010 for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Marie was awarded the 2014 APS Health College Award of Distinction for her research, teaching and service to the profession.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Fellow of the APS College of Health Psychologists, a Member of the American Psychological Association, a Member of the International Association of Applied Psychologists, and of the Public Health Association of Australia. She was the Deputy Chair of the APS College of Health Psychologists in 2013.

Marie is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency with Health Psychology as the Area of practice endorsement.

Her principal areas of research are obesity and bariatric surgery, body image and disordered eating, psychosocial aspects of health, stress and coping; health promotion and disease prevention; women’s health in particular the climateric; Type 2 diabetes and self-regulation; adult attachment and health processes; social self-efficacy within the doctor-patient relationship; caregiving in dementia, and resilient ageing.

Marie is co-author of Health psychology: Biopsychosocial interactions now in its 2nd Australasian edition, and co-editor of Applied topics in health psychology.  

She has published 7 books in total and close to 80 research papers/Abstracts in refereed conference proceedings and journals, both national and international.

Marie is a Member of the International Academy for Body Image, Eating Problems and Health. The Academy is comprised of researchers from Australia, Canada, Italy, Sweden, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Members of the Academy conduct research on model building and testing of theory, development of measurement techniques as well as interventions, including randomised controlled trials. The focus of this reserch is on multiple aspects of body image, eating problems among males and females across the lifespan who are underweight, normal weight and overweight/obese.

Marie is part of the HART-BEAT research group (Health practitioners And Researchers Together-Blood, Endothelium And Tissue)  - an alliance between laboratory based researchers and clinicians within the Division of Tropical Health  & Medicine, health practitioners and their patients.

  • emotion regulation
  • self-regulation in chronic illness management
  • obesity and diabetes research
  • health promotion
  • psychosocial aspects of stress and coping
  • scenario-based learning
  • 2011 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2000 to 2010 - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1992 to 1999 - Lecturer in Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1989 to 1991 - Full-time Tutor in Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1985 to 1988 - Part-time Tutor in Psychology, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1983 to 1985 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Townsville)
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  • 2010 - ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2010 - Faculty of Arts, Education & Social Sciences Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2013 - Deputy Chair of the APS College of Health Psychologists
  • 2009 to 2012 - Secretary on National Executive of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists

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