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Biography

I completed an M.A. in Counselling Psychology (2006) and subsequently practiced in Montreal, Canada, specialised in cognitive behaviour therapy.  After later obtaining a 'combined' Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University (2015), I began a Research Fellowship and Visiting Lecturer position in 2015 in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.  I then undertook a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, followed by a British Heart Foundation Career Development Research Fellowship within the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.  In 2018, I joined Macquarie University as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Program Director (2020-present).  I maintain registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the UK, Canada, and with Australia (e.g., Health & Care Professions Council, Order of Psychologists of Quebec, and AHPRA, respectively), and continue collaborative work with the the University of Cambridge (NIHR-BTRU) as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow.

Research interests

Broadly, my research concerns applications of Clinical Psychology to medical settings and public health.  Some of this work examines stress and anxiety, and cardiovascular psychophysiology.  One area of research focuses on mechanisms and pragmatic interventions for stress-related adverse reactions, especially improving patient well-being in medical settings (e.g., predicting and preventing vasovagal reactions, pain, etc.).  Some of this resaerch focuses on examining applications to blood donor health, recruitment, and retention.  Other areas of interest include cognitive-behavioural approaches to anxiety and anxiety disorders (e.g., BII-Phobia, fears of contamination, etc) as well as embodied cognition.  You can read more about some of the research I'm involved with here:  https://alumni.bhf.org.uk/news/253757  

Teaching

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, guest lecture across other programs, and 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 Medicine, Health and 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 (ongoing), University of Cambridge

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