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Prof. Catherine Haslam

Prof. Catherine Haslam

BSc., PhD, M Clin Psy.

Professor of Clinical Psychology & Cognitive Neuropsychology

The University of Queensland

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About Prof. Catherine Haslam

Cath has worked in both clinical and academic fields for about 20 years. On completing her clinical degree, she worked in Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services in Canberra (1991-2001) during which she also completed a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology (1995-1998). In 2001 she moved to the UK where she worked at the University of Exeter and returned to Australia in 2012 to take up a post at The University of Queensland.

Cath’s research focuses on the cognitive and social consequences of trauma and disease in neurological populations. This work not only addresses questions about the integrity of cognitive ability, notably memory, and its rehabilitation, but also the impact that impairment of these abilities has on personal and social identity. More recently she has extended this work to investigate identity-cognition relationships in aging.

Key areas of research: Acquired memory disorders (anterograde, retrograde, semantic), memory rehabilitation, identity change and loss in aging, trauma and disease.


Featured Research

Jetten, J., Haslam, C., & Haslam S. A. (Eds.) (2012). The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press.

Jetten, J., Haslam, S.A., Iyer, A., & Haslam, C. (2009). Turning to others in times of change: Social identity and coping with stress. In S. Stürmer, & M. Snyder, M. (Eds.), The psychology of prosocial behavior: Group processes, intergroup relations, and helping (pp. 139-156). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Haslam, C., Jetten, J., Haslam, S.A., & Knight, C. (2012). The importance of remembering and deciding together: Enhancing the health and well-being of older adults in care.  In J. Jetten, C. Haslam & S.A. Haslam (Eds.) The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press.


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Books and Chapters

Jetten, J., Haslam, C., & Haslam S. A. (Eds.) (2012). The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press.

Jetten, J., Haslam, S.A., Iyer, A., & Haslam, C. (2009). Turning to others in times of change: Social identity and coping with stress. In S. Stürmer, & M. Snyder, M. (Eds.), The psychology of prosocial behavior: Group processes, intergroup relations, and helping (pp. 139-156). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Haslam, C., Jetten, J., Haslam, S.A., & Knight, C. (2012). The importance of remembering and deciding together: Enhancing the health and well-being of older adults in care.  In J. Jetten, C. Haslam & S.A. Haslam (Eds.) The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press.

Haslam, C., Jetten, J., & Haslam, S.A. (2012). Advancing the social cure: Implications for theory, practice and policy. (in press) In J. Jetten, C. Haslam & S.A. Haslam (Eds.), The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. London: Psychology Press.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Haslam, C., Kay, J., & Hanley, J.R. (2002). Selective loss and preservation of biographical knowledge: Implications for representation.  Neurocase, 8, 169-193.

Haslam, C., & Cook, M. (2002). Striking a chord with amnesic patients: Evidence that song facilitates memory. Neurocase, 8, 453-465.

Tailby, R., & Haslam, C. (2003). An investigation of errorless learning in memory-impaired patients: Clarifying theory and improving the technique. Neuropsychologia, 41, 1230-1240.

Haslam, C., Kay, J., Hanley, R., & Lyons, F. (2004). Biographical knowledge: Domain-specific or domain-neutral? Cortex, 40, 451-466.

Haslam, C., Gilroy, D., Black, S., & Beesley, T. (2006). How successful is errorless learning in supporting memory for high- and low-level knowledge in dementia? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 16, 505-536.

Lyons, F., Kay, J., Hanley, R., & Haslam, C. (2006). Selective preservation of memory for people in the context of semantic memory disorder: Patterns of association and dissociation. Neuropsychologia, 44, 2887-2898.

Warren, Z., & Haslam, C. (2007). Overgeneral memories in autobiographical and public knowledge domains in psychosis and depression. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12, 301-321.

Haslam, C., Wills, A.J., Haslam, S.A., Kay, J., Baron, R., & McNab, F. (2007).Does maintenance of colour categories rely on language? Evidence to the contrary from a case of semantic dementia. Brain and Language, 103, 251-263.

Bate, S., Haslam, C., Tree, J., & Hodgson, T.L.  (2008). Evidence of an eye-movement based memory effect in congenital prosopagnosia. Cortex, 44, 806-819.

Haslam, C., Holme, A., Haslam, S.A., Iyer, A., Jetten, J., & Williams, W.H. (2008). Maintaining group membership: Identity continuity and well-being after stroke Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18, 671-691.

Haslam, S.A., Jetten, J., Postmes, T., & Haslam, C. (2009). Social identity, health and well-being: An emerging agenda for applied psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 58, 1-23.

Haslam, C., Kay, J., Tree, J., & Baron, R. (2009). Dysgraphia in dementia: A systematic investigation of graphemic buffer features in a case series. Neurocase, 15, 338-351.

Bate, S., Haslam, C., Jansari, A. & Hodgson, T.L. (2009).  Covert face recognition relies on affective valence in congenital prosopagnosia.  Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26, 391-411.

Haslam, C., Haslam, S.A., Jetten, J., Bevins, A., Ravenscroft, S., & Tonks, J. (2010).  The social treatment: Benefits of group reminiscence and group activity for the cognitive performance and well-being of older adults in residential care. Psychology and Aging, 25, 157-167.

Jetten, J., Haslam, C., Pugliese, C., Tonks, J., & Haslam, S.A. (2010). Declining autobiographical memory and the loss of identity: Effects on well-being. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 408-416.

Knight, C., Haslam, S.A. & Haslam, C. (2010). In home or at home? Evidence that collective decision making enhances older adults’ social identification, well-being and use of communal space when moving to a new care facility. Aging and Society, 30, 1393-1418.

Haslam, C., Moss, Z., & Hodder, K. (2010). Are two methods better than one? Evaluating the effectiveness of combining errorless learning with vanishing cues. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 973-985.

Haslam, C., Hodder, K., & Yates, P.J. (2011). Errorless learning and spaced retrieval: How do these methods fare in healthy and clinical populations? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Jan 10, 1-16.

Gleibs, I., Haslam, C., Jones, J., Haslam, S.A., McNeil, J., & Connolly, H.  (2011). No country for old men? The role of a Gentlemen’s Club in promoting social engagement and psychological well-being in residential care. Aging and Mental Health, 15, 456-466.

Haslam, C., Jetten, J., Pugliese, C., Haslam, S.A., & Tonks, J. (2011). I remember therefore I am, and I am therefore I remember: Analysis of the contributions of episodic and semantic self-knowledge to identity. British Journal of Psychology.102, 184–203.

McDonald, A., Haslam, C., Yates, P.J., Burr, B., Leeder, G., & Sayers, A. (2011). Google Calendar: A new memory aid to compensate for prospective memory deficits following acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21, 784-807.

Haslam, C., Bazen-Peters, C., & Wright, I. (2012). Errorless learning in children with brain injury: A comparison of standard and self-generation techniques. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22, 697-715.

Haslam, C., Morton, T.A., Haslam, S.A., Varnes, L., Graham, R., & Gamaz, L. (2012). “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. Psychology & Aging, 27, 778-784.

Haslam, C., & Mazen, S. (2012). Preservation of person-specific knowledge in semantic memory disorder: A longitudinal investigation in two cases of dementia. Journal of Neuropsychology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-6653.2012.02030.x