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Catherine Haslam Haslam

Catherine Haslam’s research focuses on the cognitive and social consequences of trauma and disease in neurological populations. Her work not only addresses questions about the integrity of cognitive ability, mental health and well-being, but also the impact of their loss on personal and social identity. Drawing on social identity theory, the latter work has led to development and evaluation of a range social group interventions that aim to maintain and enhance the health and well-being. Most notable in this regard is development of a new program — Groups 4 Health — that directly targets the effects of social isolation on health and aims to give people the knowledge and skills they need to manage their own social worlds independently in the longer term.

She is currently extending her identity-based intervention research through exploration of multiple identities, as a form of social capital, social identity continuity, and social group influence on mental, physical and cognitive health outcomes in other clinical (e.g., alcohol and other drug addictions, depression) and aging populations.

Relevant Publications

D. Best et al, "Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction as a process of social identity transition: The Social Identity Model of Recovery (SIMOR)," Addict. Res. Theory (in press).

C. Haslam et al, ""The we's have it": Evidence for the distinctive benefits of group engagement in enhancing cognitive health in ageing," Soc. Sci. Med., vol. 120, pp. 57-66, Nov. 2014.

C. Haslam et al, "We can work it out: Group decision-making builds social identity and enhances the cognitive performance of care home residents," Br. J. Psychol., vol. 105, no. 1, pp. 17-34, Feb. 2014.

C. Haslam et al, "“When the age is in, the wit is out”: Age-related self-categorization and deficit expectations reduce performance on clinical tests used in dementia assessment," Psychol. Aging, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 778-784, Sept. 2012.

C. Haslam et al, "The social treatment: Benefits of group reminiscence and group activity for the cognitive performance and well-being of older adults in residential care." Psychol. Aging., vol. 25, pp. 157-167, 2010.


J. Jetten et al, The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press, 2012.



Associate Fellow Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being


University of QueenslandSchool of Psychology


PhD (Psychology) The Australian National University

M.Clin.Psy. Macquarie University

B.Sc. (Psychology) University of New South Wales



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