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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, and am a member of the Centre for Emotional Health.  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 University of Cambridge as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow

Research interests

My research concerns the emotional and physiological (e.g., cardiovascular) states linked to environmental and social challenges. One area of research focuses on mechanisms and interventions for stress-related cardiovascular responses, especially vasovagal reactions. Other areas of research include anxiety disorders (e.g., BII-Phobia, OCD), pain, as well as the recruitment and retention of blood donors. Clinical focus is in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 


I am the Deputy Director of the Master of Clinical Psychology program. I currently teach Units in clinical assessment, therapy, as well as professional practice. In the past, I have also taught in the areas of Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, and topics in Clinical Psychology.  I am also 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

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., McGill University

1 Sep 20092 Jun 2015

Counselling Psychology, M.A., McGill University

1 Sep 200429 May 2006

Psychology, B.A., Concordia University

1 Sep 200121 May 2004

External positions

Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

14 Oct 201812 Aug 2021

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Research Outputs

Glass shape influences drinking behaviours in three laboratory experiments

Langfield, T., Pechey, R., Gilchrist, P. T., Pilling, M. & Marteau, T. M., 7 Aug 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, p. 1-11 11 p., 13362.

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    Factors that contribute to blood donation behavior among primary healthcare users: a structural approach

    Zucoloto, M. L., Gonçalez, T. T., Gilchrist, P. T., Custer, B., McFarland, W. & Martinez, E. Z., Oct 2019, In : Transfusion and Apheresis Science. 58, 5, p. 663-668 6 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Predicting blood donation intention: the importance of fear

    Gilchrist, P. T., Masser, B. M., Horsley, K. & Ditto, B., Dec 2019, In : Transfusion. 59, 12, p. 3666-3673 8 p.

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    Prediction errors in depression: a quasi-experimental analysis

    Radomsky, A. S., Wong, S. F., Dussault, D., Gilchrist, P. T. & Tesolin, S. B., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 33, 4, p. 320-330 11 p.

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    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Predicting blood donation intention: the importance of fear

    Gilchrist, P., Masser, B., Fedoruk, C., Horsley, K. & Ditto, B., 22 May 2018, In : Vox Sanguinis. 113, S1, p. 116 1 p., P-109.

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    • 7 Invited talk
    • 3 Oral presentation

    From heart to emotion

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    Interventions to manage vasovagal responses: a cluster-randomized trial

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    Perceived moral value increases pain sensitivity during an experimental cold pressor task

    Philippe Gilchrist (Speaker), Thea Schei (Speaker), Simone Schnall (Speaker), Whitney Scott (Speaker)

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    The vasovagal response: mechanisms and interventions

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    Psychophysiology of the vasovagal response

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