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DR Sean Cowlishaw


  • Addictive behaviours
  • Gambling problems
  • Posttraumatic mental health
  • Quantitative research methods



  • Dr Sean Cowlishaw is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, and the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. He is also a Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol. Sean completed his PhD in psychology at La Trobe University in 2009, which addressed the impacts of occupational and traumatic stressors on families of volunteer emergency service workers. He has since held positions at Monash University (Australia) and Lancaster University (UK), and most recently within the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol (UK). Sean has primary expertise in gambling problems and addictive behaviours, including gambling treatments and comorbidities, early identification and interventions, as well as industry influences on gambling research. He has further research interests in family dynamics and posttraumatic stress, as well as organisational and health services (e.g., primary care) research.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2009
  • BA(Psych)(Hons), Swinburne University of Technology 2005
  • BA(SocSci)(Psych), Swinburne University of Technology 2004