Dr Cat Pausè

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Institute of Education

Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84382

Other contact details

Room 2.05, Collinson Village, Turitea
Ph: 021 829 088


Professional Biography

Cat Pausé, PhD is a Human Development Lecturer and Fat Studies researcher at Massey University. Her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on health and well-being of marginalised populations, specifically fat individuals. Her work has been featured on the cover of the Dominion Post, The Huffinton Post, Yahoo, Radio New Zealand, Radio National Australia, and 20/20. Cat engages in digital scholarship through Tumblr, YouTube, and a weekly podcast. She may be found writing for The Conversation and her blog, Friend of Marilyn. Connect with Cat on Twitter (@FOMNZ), Academia.edu, Facebook, and Research Gate.


  • Doctorate of Philosophy - Human Development & Fami - Texas Tech University (2007)
  • Master of Arts - Sociology - Texas Tech University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology - Southwest Texas State University (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am a Fat Studies researcher. Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary field that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of fatness and the fat body. Fat studies researchers explore fat bodies as they are embodied and are shaped by/remake the world. Fat Studies creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance and celebration within mass culture.

My current research interests include the development, maintenance, and revision of fat identity and the education of service workers on the myths associated with obesity.

During my doctoral work, I studied under Dr. Gwendolyn T. Sorell on the Adult Identity Development Project. The AIDP collects data on adult identity development, maintenance, and revision - ranging from parental identity, work identity, sibling identity, friendship identity, spiritual identity, weight identity, and body identity. My dissertation explored weight identity in fat women.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102):
Other Studies in Human Society (169900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)


Fat Studies


Human Development

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Papers Coordinated

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