Ash Catton

PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology Student

About Me

Ko wai au? 
Ko Kā Tiritiri o te Moana nga maunga 
Ko Waikirikiri te awa 
Ko Tākitimu te waka 
Ko Ngāi Tahu tōku iwi 
Ko Ngāti Ruahikihiki tōku hāpu 
No Taumutu ōku tupuna 
Kei Catton raua ko Nutira tōku whanau 
Ko Ash tōku ingoa 

My name is Ash and I'm a PhD Candidate at the University of Canterbury developing a model of sexual victimisation disclosure under the supervision of Professor Martin Dorahy, and Associate Professor Kumar Yogeeswaran. 

I'm also a clinical psychology student.

Research interests include:
  • Sexual victimisation disclosure
    • Correlates
    • Motivations
    • Social Reactions and their effects
  • Social media
    • Cyberbullying
    • Online trolling
    • Moral outrage
    • #MeToo
    • Echo chambers and filter bubbles
  • Psychopathology
    • Eating disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • E-Therapy (including Serious Games)
    • Internet and Gaming Addictions
  • Emotional invalidation
I also have a background in, and passion for, academic philosophy.


Current Projects

The Integrative Sexual Victimisation Disclosure Model

This is an explanatory model that integrates most of the current literature on disclosure.

Invalidating Responses to Self-Disclosure: The Mediating Role of Shame on Disclosure Inhibition

This is the first experimental study that lends empirical support to the model, particularly to the connection between emotional invalidation and state shame.

Pathological Gaming: Assessment and Related Issues

This was a presentation given in 2020 around 'Internet Gaming Disorder', a controversial yet emerging disorder in the literature.

Blame Attributions against Male Victims of Sexual Coercion

Poster presentation of published study

Recent Writing

Sep 9, 2021

Is E-Therapy a solution to the 'mental health crisis'?

(Opinion) Imagine a highway: a popular multi-lane highway designed many years ago to handle peak-hour traffic. Having reached its maximum capacity for peak hour traffic only a few years later, there are now long queues of cars waiting for hours just to...

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May 28, 2021

CBT for the Treatment of Emotion Regulation in Children with Suspected Autism Traits

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by deficits in social-emotional interaction, and patterns of restricted and repetitive behaviour or interests (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). While currently subsum...

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Oct 31, 2019

The Role of Interoceptive Conditioning in Intuitive Eating (IE) Interventions for Binge Eating: A Conceptual Review

(Psychology) Maladaptive eating behaviour features in a range of psychopathologies. A recent report on national attitudes towards mental health and addiction in New Zealand found widespread concern for the prevalence of eating disorders among young p...

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Oct 29, 2019

Content and Context in Kant’s Anthropology

(Psychology/Philosophy) While Kant’s Anthropology from A Pragmatic Point of View may not be immediately considered as relevant to the history of psychology, it is a notable entry into the historical canon for both its content and context. Unlike his p...

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Oct 1, 2019

Invalidating Childhood Environments as a Risk Factor for Borderline Personality Disorder

(Psychology) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a severe disorder with general prevalence rates as low as 1-2%, yet accounts for as much as 10% of all outpatients and 20% of inpatients (American Psychiatric Association, 2013; Biskin, 2015). BPD i...

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Abnormal Psychology (PSYC335)

Teaching Assistant Co-Ordinator (2021)

Undergraduate course on abnormal and clinical psychology.

Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Developmental (PSYC106)

Teaching Assistant (2020)

Entry level undergraduate psychology course.

Personality (PSYC211)

Teaching Assistant (2019-20)

Undergraduate course on personality psychology.

Research Design & Statistics (PSYC206)

Private tutoring (2019)


Ash Catton, BA(Hons)

Christchurch, New Zealand

School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing

University of Canterbury