Cathryn Hunter

Cathryn Hunter

Research Fellow, Co-Manager, CFCA Information Exchange
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA Soc Sc (Psychology) (Swinburne) (Hon)

Cathryn is a Research Fellow and Co-Manager of the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange researching across the areas family relationships, parenting, child protection and program evaluation.  Recent projects have included the creation of the Protecting Australia’s Children Research and Evaluation Register (2011-2015) and The playgroups project: Building the evidence base, a project that involved the research team working closely with the playgroup, government and research sectors to create a suite of resources that could support policy-makers and service providers to effectively develop, implement and evaluate high quality supported and community playgroups.  

Cathryn is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s children. 

Selected publications

Commerford, J., & Hunter, C. (2016). Marriage and relationship education: Recent research findings. Family Matters, 97, 55-66. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Wall, L., Higgins, D., & Hunter, C. (2016). Trauma-informed care in child/family welfare services (CFCA Paper No. 37). Melbourne: Child Family Community Australia information exchange, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Commerford, J., & Hunter, C. (2015). Children’s Contact Services: Key issues (CFCA Paper No. 35). Melbourne: Child Family Community Australia information exchange, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hunter, C.,& Commerford, J. (2015). Relationship education and counselling (CFCA Paper No. 33). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Commerford, J., & Hunter, C. (2014). The complexities of Children’s Contact Services: An analysis of the experiences of Interrelate staff. Prepared for Interrelate. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hunter, C.,& Price-Robertson, R. (2014). The good practice guide to Child Aware Approaches: Keeping children safe and well (CFCA Paper No. 21). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hunter, C., & Meredith, V. (2014). The utility of a reflective parenting program for parents with complex needs: An evaluation of Bringing Up Great Kids. Prepared for Australian Childhood Foundation. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Knight. K., & Hunter, C. (2013). Using technology in service delivery to families, children and young people (CFCA Paper No. 17). Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Hunter, C., & Price-Robertson, R. (2012). Family structure and child maltreatment: Do some family types place children at greater risk? (CFCA Paper No. 10). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Hunter, C. (2012). Is resilience still a useful concept when working with children and young people? (CFCA Paper No. 2). Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Hunter, C. (2011). Responding to children and young people’s disclosures of abuse. National Child Protection Clearinghouse Practice Brief. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.