DR. KATHARINE HODGKINSON

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Dr Katharine Hodgkinson
Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons), M Psychol (Clin), PhD, MAPS

Dr Katharine Hodgkinson, Clinical Psychologist has over 20 years’ experience in client care, research and education. She has worked in community, hospital and private settings providing psychological services to those dealing with range of emotional and health concerns.

Katharine currently leads a team of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists at HeadwayHealth providing intervention to those affected by emotional and health concerns, as well as carers, families and loved ones. The team provide research-based interventions based on current best-practice research evidence that supports the effectiveness of interventions that use Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT), mindfulness and other therapeutic techniques.

Interventions assist with managing common concerns such as depression/low mood; anxiety/stress and living with uncertainty; communication and care decision-making; managing pain, fatigue and sleep difficulties; living with adjustment and grief, and managing intimacy and sexuality. The team also offer a range of targeted strategies to support to those affected by a cancer diagnosis at all points across the care continuum.  Katharine has a long standing interest in women’s cancer care and enhancing adjustment post cancer. She established the Intimacy Clinic several years ago in recognition of this important but neglected area of health care and wellbeing.

HeadwayHealth’s clinicians work closely with other members of the health care team to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to supporting your care. The team provide a variety of clinics in Frenchs Forest, Crows Nest, North Sydney and Hornsby.  Katharine has provided a clinic for the Northern Hematology and Oncology Group at Sydney Adventist Hospital Wahroonga for the last 7 years. For more information on services available with NHOG please see www.NHOG.com.au

Katharine has published numerous research papers and has coauthored several book chapters on psychological and spiritual issues in gynecological oncology and cancer survivorship.  She co-edited the book “Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients. A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do” (Hodgkinson K and Gilchrist J, Ausmed Publications) in 2008 and recently co-authored chapters on psychosocial concerns and communication skills for health professionals in the 2015 Melanoma Institute Australia’s text: Melanoma Essentials – A Concise Guide.

Katharine’s PhD with the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney identified predictors of distress and unmet supportive care needs in cancer survivors and their partners. The research resulted in the development of two empirically validated measures to assess unmet needs in cancer survivors and their partners (the CaSUN and CaSPUN) which are being in used in various research studies internationally.

HeadwayHealth’s clinicians work closely with other members of the health care team to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to supporting your care. The team provide a clinics in a range of locations including Frenchs Forest, Crows Nest, North Sydney, Greenwich, the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH), Wahroonga, as well as tele-health services to those living in rural and remote locations.  Katharine has provided a clinic for the Northern Haematology and Oncology Group at Sydney Adventist Hospital Wahroonga for the last 9 years.

Katharine has recently been working with DEBRA Australia in their pilot program to provide psychological support and intervention to those effected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a rare disease whereby the skin can peel and blister at the slightest touch. DEBRA Australia is a not for profit volunteer based organisation that works tirelessly to support those living with Epidermolysis Bullosa www.debra.org.au  It can have a profound impact on the lives of those living with the disease as well as their loved ones. Katharine was an invited speaker at the national DEBRA Conference in Sydney in September 2018.

She is also a regular presenter at patient support groups and educational programs including the YPink and Early Breast Cancer information Series at the Mater Hospital, Sydney and programs through Jacaranda Cancer Support Centre, Sydney Adventist Hospital and YMCA’s Encore Breast Cancer Program.  In 2016 Katharine was invited by the Australian Psychological Society to present a half-day seminar to colleagues in Adelaide on psychological care in the oncology setting.

Katharine has been a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and Clinical College for over 20 years, and is a member of the more recently formed APS Psychologists in Oncology Interest Group.

Katharine is an Accredited Specialist with Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga and Mater Hospital, North Sydney.