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I completed an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University (2006) and subsequently practiced as a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Montreal, Canada, affiliated with the McGill University Health Centre, specialised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill (2015), I began a Research Fellowship and Visiting Lecturer position (2015-2016) in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. I then began a Junior Research Fellowship with Wolfson College followed by a Career Development Research Fellowship in the School of Clinical Medicine, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit. In 2018, I joined Macquarie University as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology.  I also maintain several professional memberships internationally (e.g., Health & Care Professions Council, United Kingdom; Order of Psychologists of Quebec, Canada), and continue collaborative work with the NIHR-BTRU at the University of Cambridge as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow (http://www.donorhealth-btru.nihr.ac.uk/studies/strides-study/). 

Research interests

Broadly, my research concerns the emotional and physiological (e.g., cardiovascular) states linked to everyday environmental and social challenges. One area of research focuses on mechanisms and interventions for stress-related adverse reactions, especially improving well-being in medical settings.  Some of this has focused on blood donor health, recruitment, and retention.  Other areas of research include cognitive-behavioural approaches to anxiety and anxiety disorders (e.g., BII-Phobia, OCD), stress, and pain.  You can read more about some of the research I'm involved with here:  https://alumni.bhf.org.uk/news/253757 


I am the Director of Clinical Psychology and teach Units in clinical assessment, therapy, as well as professional practice.  I also teach classes in Health Psychology.  I am a member of the Department Learning & Teaching Committee.

Research student supervision

I welcome supervising both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Community engagement

I value and prioritise the integration of my research into the evolving needs of both the local and broader communities. For example, in collaboration with Blood Services nationally and internationally, our work aims to improve blood donor health and management, to contribute to a safer and more reliable blood supply, and to improve the prevention and management of adverse stress-related reactions in medical settings more generally.  

When possible, our research also involves ongoing community engagement, including dissemination of our findings to stakeholders and the public to increase our research impact, and the involvement of community members for patient and public involvement, public talks, etc.

Research engagement

Current research partners include the Australia Red Cross Lifeblood and the NIHR-BTRU at the University of Cambridge. 

I am currently a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences Ethics Sub-Committee, the  Centre for Smart Green Cities, and a member of the Centre for Emotional Health executive committee.

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., McGill University

1 Sep 20092 Jun 2015

Award Date: 2 Jun 2015

Counselling Psychology, M.A., McGill University

1 Sep 200429 May 2006

Award Date: 29 May 2006

Psychology, B.A., Concordia University

1 Sep 200121 May 2004

Award Date: 21 May 2004

External positions

Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge


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