Associate Professor Marie Caltabiano has 20 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.

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

Her principal areas of research are 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 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.

  • PY1101: Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice (Level 1; CNS)
  • PY2104: Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health (Level 2; CNS)
  • PY3103: Mining the Mind: Psychopathology (Level 3; CNS)
  • PY3107: Psychological Assessment in Action (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • PY3111: Population Clinical Health Promotion and Communication (Level 3; CNS)
  • 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)
  • 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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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 94+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Marie Caltabiano from 1989 onwards.

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Award

Helpful and unhelpful therapy experiences of Australian LGBT clients.

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As a sexual minority LGBT individuals may experience stigma, prejudice, and discrimination with heightened risk of psychological and physical health problems. The aim is to investigate the factors that contribute to helpful and unhelpful therapy experiences for LGBT clients in Far North Queensland.
Laura McLeod and Marie Caltabiano (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Therapy; minority stress; regional LGBT communities; Interventions

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Successful Ageing of Australian Baby Boom Career Women: the Psychosocial Processes in Constructing Quality of Life Judgements (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Chronic Hepatitis B: Raising Awareness and Enabling Health-Protective Action in the North Queensland Hmong Community (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Personal Motivation, Health Behaviours and Participation in a Community-level Health Intervention (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Slim Picking: Attentional Bias Toward Thin Body Shapes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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