Staff profile

Dr Denisa Goldhammer

Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

215 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000, Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society


Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)



Area of study

Health Policy
Health Promotion

Brief profile

Denisa Goldhammer is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University where her main area of research is in women's sexual and reproductive health. Denisa's background is in clinical psychology. She was trained in the scientist-practitioner tradition, with her career path reflecting a variety of both clinical practice and research roles. While practicing as a clinical psychologist, Denisa worked predominantly with adolescents in school settings and has also worked with Victoria Police in their Police Psychology Unit. Before coming to La Trobe University she held a position as a lecturer in psychology at Monash University, coordinating and teaching into a variety of units including mental health in the community, ethics, and personality and social psychology. 

Research interests

Women's Health

- Women's sexual and reproductive health

Recent publications

Journal Articles

McCabe, M.P., & Goldhammer, D.L. (2013). Prevalence of women’s sexual desire problems: What criteria do we use? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(6), 1073-1078.

Mellor, D., McCabe, M.P., Davison, T.E., Goldhammer, D.L., & Hallford, D.J. (2013). Barriers to the detection and management of depression by palliative care professional carers among their patients: Perspectives from professional carers and patients' family members. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 30(1), 12-20.

McCabe, M.P., & Goldhammer, D.L. (2012). Demographic and psychological factors related to sexual desire among heterosexual women in a relationship. Journal of Sex Research, 49(1), 78-87.

McCabe, M.P., Mellor, D., Davison, T.E., Hallford, D.J., & Goldhammer, D.L. (2012). Detecting and managing depressed patients: Palliative care nurses’ self-efficacy and perceived barriers to care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15(4), 463-467.

McCabe, M.P., Goldhammer, D.L., Mellor, D., Hallford, D.J., & Davison, T.E. (2012). Evaluation of a training program to assist care staff to better recognize and manage depression among palliative care patients and their families. Journal of Palliative Care, 28(2), 75-82.

Goldhammer, D.L., & McCabe, M.P. (2011). Development and psychometric properties of the Female Sexual Desire Questionnaire (FSDQ). Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8(9), 2512-2521.

Goldhammer, D.L., & McCabe, M.P. (2011). A qualitative exploration of the meaning and experience of sexual desire among partnered women. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20(1-2), 19-29.

Hallford, D.J., McCabe, M.P., Mellor, D., Davison, T.E., Goldhammer, D.L., George, K., & Storer, S. (2011). Intervention for depression among palliative care patients and their families: A study protocol for evaluation of a training program for professional care staff. BMC Palliative Care, 10(11), 11.

Hallford, D.J., McCabe, M.P., Mellor, D., Davison, T.E., & Goldhammer, D.L. (2011). Depression in palliative care settings: The need for training for nurses and other health professionals to improve patients’ pathways to care. Nurse Education Today, 32(5), 556-560.

Book Chapters

Goldhammer, D.L., & McCabe, M.P. (2012). Sexual dysfunction in intimate heterosexual relationships. In P. Noller & G. C. Karantzas (Eds.) Couples and Family Relationships: A Guide to Contemporary Research, Theory, Practice, and Policy. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Research projects

CUPID: A longitudinal study of patterns of contraception use and access to contraceptive information, advice and services for young Australian women,

Investigating the service provision of effective contraception in rural Victoria, Building Helath Communities Research Focus Area