Dr Catherine McHugh
Senior Lecturer

Dr Catherine McHugh

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Western Australia 2012

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science/ English), University of Western Australia 2012

Master of Public Health, University of Sydney 2015

Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry 2021

      

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Cate is a consultant psychiatrist and holds an academic appointment as a senior lecturer with UNSW Psychiatry and a translational research fellow with the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network. Cate received her Fellowship of the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2020, after completing clinical training in psychiatry across the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and St Vincent's hospital network. She also has experience working in mental health and population health in the Kimberley, Western Australia and has an interest in population-based approaches to improving mental health outcomes, as well as mental health service delivery in communities with barriers to accessing care. She currently works clinically with the headspace Youth Psychosis program in Western Sydney.

In 2022, Cate completed a PhD in Psychiatry at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, which focused on understanding suicidal behaviour in young people accessing mental health services. Her research has explored the role of transdiagnostic processes, including cognition, psychological and social factors, in driving mental health symptoms and recovery, and drawn on a range of methodologies, including machine learning and data linkage. 

She has a strong interest in how technology shapes mental health service delivery and the application of artificial intelligence to psychiatry. Her interest in translational research led her to join the Mindgardens Youth Integration project as the clinical lead in 2022. Her focus is on how the design and implementation of technology within the mental health system can improve the person-centeredness and effectiveness of mental health care.

 

Location
AGSM Building, Level 1 11 Botany St, Kensington NSW 2033
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Hawker P; Bellamy J; McHugh C; Wong TY; Williams K; Wood A; Anderson V; Tonge BJ; Ward P; Sciberras E; Bellgrove MA; Silk T; Lin PI; Eapen V, 2023, 'Effectiveness of lifestyle interventions for improving the physical health of children and adolescents taking antipsychotic medications: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis', BMJ Open, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073893
    Journal articles | 2023
    Iorfino F; McHugh C; Richards M; Skinner A; Prodan A; Occhipinti JA; Song YJC; Chiu S; Judkins S; Scott E; Hickie IB, 2023, 'Patterns of emergency department presentations for a youth mental health cohort: Data-linkage cohort study', BJPsych Open, 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2023.521
    Journal articles | 2023
    McHugh CM; Ho N; Iorfino F; Crouse JJ; Nichles A; Zmicerevska N; Scott E; Glozier N; Hickie IB, 2023, 'Predictive modelling of deliberate self-harm and suicide attempts in young people accessing primary care: a machine learning analysis of a longitudinal study', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 58, pp. 893 - 905, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00127-022-02415-7
    Journal articles | 2023
    McHugh CM; Iorfino F; Zmicerevska N; Song YJC; Skinner A; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2023, 'Premature mortality in young people accessing early intervention youth mental healthcare: Data-linkage cohort study', BJPsych Open, 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2023.43
    Journal articles | 2023
    Wilson C; Carpenter JS; Nichles A; Zmicerevska N; Song YJC; McHugh C; Hamilton B; Hockey S; Crouse J; Koethe D; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2023, 'Double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial of metformin as an adjunct to a sleep-wake, activity and metabolically focused behavioural intervention to improve cardiometabolic outcomes and mood symptoms in youth with major mood syndromes: study protocol', BMJ Open, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-064682
    Journal articles | 2022
    Carpenter JS; Zmicerevska N; Crouse JJ; Nichles A; Garland A; Song YJC; Wilson C; Rohleder C; McHugh C; Leweke FM; Koethe D; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2022, 'Effects of adjunctive brexpiprazole on sleep-wake and circadian parameters in youth with depressive disorders: study protocol for a clinical trial', BMJ Open, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056298
    Journal articles | 2022
    McHugh C; Song YJC; Zmicerevska N; Crouse J; Nichles A; Wilson C; Ho N; Iorfino F; Skinner A; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2022, 'Premature mortality in early-intervention mental health services: A data linkage study protocol to examine mortality and morbidity outcomes in a cohort of help-seeking young people', BMJ Open, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054264
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tickell AM; Rohleder C; Ho N; McHugh C; Jones G; Song YJC; Hickie IB; Scott EM, 2022, 'Identifying pathways to early-onset metabolic dysfunction, insulin resistance and inflammation in young adult inpatients with emerging affective and major mood disorders', Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 16, pp. 1121 - 1129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eip.13260
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wilhelm K; Handley T; McHugh C; Lowenstein D; Arrold K, 2022, 'The Quality of Internet Websites for People Experiencing Psychosis: Pilot Expert Assessment', JMIR Formative Research, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/28135
    Journal articles | 2021
    Large M; Corderoy A; McHugh C, 2021, 'Is suicidal behaviour a stronger predictor of later suicide than suicidal ideation? A systematic review and meta-analysis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 55, pp. 254 - 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867420931161
    Journal articles | 2021
    McHugh CM; Iorfino F; Crouse JJ; Tickell A; Nichles A; Zmicerevska N; Ho N; Lee R; Hermens DF; Scott E; Hickie IB, 2021, 'Neurocognitive functioning predicts suicidal behaviour in young people with affective disorders', JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 281, pp. 289 - 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.11.077
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nichles A; Zmicerevska N; Song YJC; Wilson C; McHugh C; Hamilton B; Crouse J; Rohleder C; Carpenter JS; Ho N; Hermens DF; Wray N; Scott J; Merikangas KR; Leweke FM; Koethe D; Iorfino F; Naismith SL; Guastella AJ; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2021, 'Neurobiology Youth Follow-up Study: Protocol to establish a longitudinal and prospective research database using multimodal assessments for current and past mental health treatment-seeking young people within an early intervention service', BMJ Open, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044731
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wilson C; Nichles A; Zmicerevska N; Carpenter JS; Song YJC; Mchugh C; Hamilton B; Hockey S; Scott EM; Hickie IB, 2021, 'Effect of an online healthy lifestyle psychoeducation programme to improve cardiometabolic outcomes and affective symptoms in youth receiving mental health care: study protocol for a pilot clinical trial', BMJ Open, 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044977
    Journal articles | 2020
    McHugh CM; Large MM, 2020, 'Can machine-learning methods really help predict suicide?', Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 33, pp. 369 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0000000000000609
    Journal articles | 2019
    McHugh CM; Chun Lee RS; Hermens DF; Corderoy A; Large M; Hickie IB, 2019, 'Impulsivity in the self-harm and suicidal behavior of young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Psychiatric Research, 116, pp. 51 - 60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.05.012
    Journal articles | 2019
    McHugh CM; Corderoy A; Ryan CJ; Hickie IB; Large MM, 2019, 'Association between suicidal ideation and suicide: Meta-analyses of odds ratios, sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value', BJPsych Open, 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2018.88
    Journal articles | 2019
    McHugh CM; Corderoy A; Ryan CJ; Hickie IB; Large MM, 2019, 'Erratum: Association between suicidal ideation and suicide: Meta-analyses of odds ratios, sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value (BJPsych Open (2019) 5:2 (e18) DOI: 10.1192/bjo.2018.88)', BJPsych Open, 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2019.15
    Journal articles | 2018
    McHugh C; Balaratnasingam S, 2018, 'Impulsivity in personality disorders: current views and future directions', CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY, 31, pp. 63 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0000000000000383
    Journal articles | 2017
    McHugh C; Balaratnasingam S; Campbell A; Chapman M, 2017, 'Suicidal ideation and non-fatal deliberate self-harm presentations in the Kimberley from an enhanced police-mental health service notification database', AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY, 25, pp. 35 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856216671682
    Journal articles | 2016
    Campbell A; Balaratnasingam S; McHugh C; Janca A; Chapman M, 2016, 'Alarming increase of suicide in a remote Indigenous Australian population: an audit of data from 2005 to 2014', WORLD PSYCHIATRY, 15, pp. 296 - 297, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wps.20356
    Journal articles | 2016
    Campbell A; Chapman M; McHugh C; Sng A; Balaratnasingam S, 2016, 'Rising Indigenous suicide rates in Kimberley and implications for suicide prevention', Australasian Psychiatry, 24, pp. 561 - 564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856216665281
    Journal articles | 2016
    McHugh C; Campbell A; Chapman M; Balaratnasingam S, 2016, 'Increasing Indigenous self-harm and suicide in the Kimberley: an audit of the 2005-2014 data', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 205, pp. 33 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja15.01368
  • Preprints | 2021
    Wilhelm K; Handley T; McHugh C; Lowenstein D; Arrold K, 2021, The Quality of Internet Websites for People Experiencing Psychosis: Pilot Expert Assessment (Preprint), , http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.28135

Brain and Mind Centre Research fellowship, 2021

HETI Research fellowship, 2020

RANZCP New investigator grant, 2017