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 Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki tōku hāpu 
No Taumutu ōku tupuna 
Kei Catton raua ko Nutira tōku whanau 
Ko Ash tōku ingoa 

Hello! 
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
    • Interoceptive Awareness and Sensitivity
    • Shame
  • Neurodiversity (especially ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Emotional invalidation
I also have a background in, and passion for, academic philosophy.

Publications


Blame Attributions Against Heterosexual Male Victims of Sexual Coercion: Effects of Gender, Social Influence, and Perceptions of Distress


Ashley K. H. Catton, Martin J. Dorahy


Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 37(9-10), 2022, NP7014– NP7033

Current Projects




Disclosure of Sexual Victimisation: Effects of Invalidation and Shame on Re-Disclosure


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




The Sexual Violence Disclosure Processes Model (svDPM)


This is an explanatory model that integrates most of the current literature on disclosure. The (already revised) first draft of this model is provided here.




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


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Recent Writing


Oct 15, 2021


The Suitability of Clark & Wells Cognitive Model of Social Anxiety as a Basis for Treatment Among Adolescents


Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is characterised by an intense and disproportionate fear of social situations, where the individual fears negative evaluation such that the situations are either avoided or endured with much distress (American Psychiatric ...


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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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Courses



Tutoring


Research Design & Statistics (PSYC206)


Private tutoring (2019)



Teaching (TA, TAC)


Abnormal Psychology (PSYC335)


Teaching Assistant Co-Ordinator (2021-22)


Undergraduate course on abnormal and clinical psychology.


Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition (PSYC105)


Teaching Assistant (2020)


Entry level undergraduate psychology course.


Personality (PSYC211)


Teaching Assistant (2019-20, 22)


Undergraduate course on personality psychology.



Supervision


Honours Research Project (PSY470)


Supervisor (2022)


Supervisor of an Honours level thesis



Contact


Ash Catton, BA(Hons)


Christchurch, New Zealand



School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing


University of Canterbury


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