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Dr Catherine Cook

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

I am currently a lecturer in the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes. I have an extensive history of clinical practice in acute and sub-acute nursing areas, including coronary care, oncology, midwifery and sexual health.

I also have 12 years experience as a counsellor 1998-2010 at The University of Auckland, working with students experiencing acute and long term mental and physical health disruptions, trauma and sexual health issues. During this time I developed a specialty practice working with postgraduate students addressing strategic approaches to academic motivation. This led to collaborative work with Student Learning Centre staff, offering an interactive, evidence-based session, 'Motivation for Marathon Projects.' The session is now be available to Massey University Albany postgraduate students during Postgraduate Month and on request by groups. I focus on student centred learning and use interactive, collaborative approaches to teaching. Enhanced communication in healthcare is of great interest to me and I have developed a two day short course in professional supervision, which addresses critical reflection for advancing nursing practice.

Researching vulnerable and marginalised populations is my main research platform. I am keen to use research findings to make prgagmatic recommendations for clinical practice. As a secondary research focus I explore tertiary teaching and learning, including nursing post-graduate educational and workforce-related issues. As part of my consultancy work at Massey I provide professional supervision for health professionals and counsellors and a short course in professional supervision.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext 43355
    Location: QA3.53, Quad A
    Campus: Albany


  • Diploma of Nursing - Auckland Institute of Technology (1979)
  • Diploma of Midwifery - Auckland University of Technology (1993)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing) - Auckland University of Technology (1999)
  • Master of Counselling - University of Waikato (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education - The University of Auckland (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Research interests include 1) women's health, sexual health and the experience of living with long-term conditions, with emphasis on those associated with social stigma 2) teaching and learning, particularly as pertains to postgraduate study, and clinical education.

My doctoral research used a poststructuralist, feminist discourse analytic approach to explore sexual health clinicians' teaching and women's learning about the two most common viral sexually transmitted infections; herpes simplex virus and human papilloma virus. Findings have shaped my recent research interest in women's and clinicians' accounts of gynaecological examinations. The research examines teaching and learning from the perspectives of clinicians, as well as exploring women's experiences. I have completed MURF-funded qualitative study in relation to this topic, which is significant given the numbers of women in New Zealand who avoid/delay the following clinical situations: sexual health screening, investigations of gynaecological symptoms and colposocopy after abnormal cervical smears.

I am about to begin a second MURF funded qualitative study into delayed diagnosis of endometrial cancer. The focus of the study is to interview women with a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, subsequent to treatment and hospital discharge, about the journey prior to referral to specialist services to find out what accounts for the delays between first symptoms and referral for specialist treatment. As delayed treatment results in higher morbidity and higher treatment costs, there are multiple reasons for greater understanding of why women may fail to seek early treatment. 

I am a co-researcher along with Assoc. Prof Lynn Jeffrey, School of Management, in a 2013 MURF-funded study led Assoc. Prof. Margaret Brunton: The role of cultural competence in facilitating acculturation and practice of overseas-trained Registered Nurses into public health organisations in NZ. This is a two-stage study which seeks to understand individual perceptions of the staff interface between ethnic cultures in the public health sector - what helps and what hinders.  The study aims to identify how levels of cultural competence and professional identity formation influence the perceived acculturation and clinical competency development of overseas trained nurses in the public health sector. The purpose of the research is to identify ways of reducing the high levels of turnover amongst overseas trained staff. 


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Health Counselling (111710): Health Promotion (111712): Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209):
Mental Health (111714): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs


Brunton, M., & Cook, C. (2017). Communication in the clinic: Negotiating nursing practice in sexual health clinics. International Journal of Healthcare Management. , 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Cook, C.

Consultancy and Languages


  • from mid-2011 - Mindfulness based stress reduction programmes
    I am accredited to provide Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programmes. available to offer this programme to clinicians and people living with ongoing health issues.
  • 1997 to present - Viral STI Education Foundation
    Contribute to annual Professional Advisory Board guidelines updates. Most recently this role included promoting, educating and advising people about the new HPV vaccine, Gardasil Psycho-educational sessions for professional and public audiences Email nurse-counsellor providing educational material, advice and support.
  • ongoing - Individual and group supervision
    I supervise a small number of counsellors and health professionals. This clinical supervision provides a reflexive opportunity for practitioners with the goal of enhancing the delivery of care and clinicians' wellbeing.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Marla Burrow - PhD
    Health care assistant decision making and information behaviour in long term care settings.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Alesana Fosi Pala'amo - PhD
    Fetu'utu'una'i le va Navigating relational space: An exploration of traditional and contemporary pastoral counselling practices for Samoans

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