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 with 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). He has been with Phoenix Australia and the University of Melbourne since late 2017.
Sean has primary expertise in gambling problems and addictive behaviours, including treatments and comorbidities, early identification and interventions, as well as industry influences on research. He also has significant research interests and expertise in post-traumatic mental health and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), as well as health services research and high-risk organisations (e.g., military and emergency services). Dr Cowlishaw has been an investigator on competitive and philanthropic grants worth over $7MIL, and is an author on more than 50 publications across areas including addiction, psychiatry and mental health.
Dr Cowlishaw is also an applied statistician and quantitative researcher with methodological expertise in cross-sectional and longitudinal observational studies, randomised designs, as well as systematic reviews. He has experience and expertise with advanced statistical techniques including Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and mixture modelling (e.g., Latent Class Analysis, Growth Mixture Modelling), as well as psychometric analyses based on Item Response Theory and Classical Test Theory. He also has significant interest and involvement in mixed-methods research, and the integration of findings from both quantitative and qualitative research designs.
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Responses And Readiness To Address Intimate Partner Violence (Ipv) In Gambler'S Help Servi..
The impact of received social support on posttraumatic growth after disaster: The importan..
Reprovide (Reaching Everyone Programme Of Research On Violence In Diverse Domestic Environ..
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Prevalence and implications of gambling problems among firefighters.
S Cowlishaw, J Little, A Sbisa, AC McFarlane, M Van Hooff, E Lawrence-Wood, M O'Donnell, M Hinton, N Sadler, A Savic, D Forbes, O Metcalf
Journal article | 2020 | Addictive Behaviors
Firefighting is a high-risk occupation that accounts for vulnerability to a range of mental health problems and addictive behaviou..
The impact of received social support on posttraumatic growth after disaster: The importance of both support quantity and quality.
Fanhong Shang, Krzysztof Kaniasty, Sean Cowlishaw, Darryl Wade, Hong Ma, David Forbes
Journal article | 2020 | Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
OBJECTIVE: Few studies have investigated the relationship between received social support (actual help received) and posttraumatic..
Couple and family therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Aino Suomi, Lynette Evans, Bryan Rodgers, Stephanie Taplin, Sean Cowlishaw
Journal article | 2019 | Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
BACKGROUND: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to an anxiety or trauma- and stressor-related disorder that is linked to ..
Learning How to Ask - Does a one-day training increase trauma inquiry in routine substance use disorder practice? Results of a cluster-randomized controlled trial
Annett Lotzin, Sven Buth, Susanne Sehner, Philipp Hiller, Marcus-Sebastian Martens, John Read, Martin Haerter, Sean Cowlishaw, Ingo Schaefer
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
AIMS: To examine the effectiveness of a one-day skills training program for increasing trauma inquiry in routine substance use dis..
Psychiatric comorbidity for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A latent profile analysis and implications for treatment.
Sonia Terhaag, Sean Cowlishaw, Zachary Steel, Douglas Brewer, Alexandra Howard, Renee Armstrong, Berquin Human, David Forbes, Andrea Phelps
Journal article | 2019 | Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Psychiatric comorbidity is common among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but there is..
Young people's awareness of the timing and placement of gambling advertising on traditional and social media platforms: a study of 11-16-year-olds in Australia
Samantha L Thomas, Amy Bestman, Hannah Pitt, Rebecca Cassidy, Simone McCarthy, Christian Nyemcsok, Sean Cowlishaw, Mike Daube
Journal article | 2018 | Harm Reduction Journal
General practitioners and emergency departments (GPED)-efficient models of care: a mixed-methods study protocol
Katherine Morton, Sarah Voss, Joy Adamson, Helen Baxter, Karen Bloor, Janet Brandling, Sean Cowlishaw, Tim Doran, Andrew Gibson, Nils Gutacker, Dan Liu, Sarah Purdy, Paul Roy, Christopher Salisbury, Arabella Scantlebury, Anu Vaittinen, Rose Watson, Jonathan Richard Benger
Journal article | 2018 | BMJ Open
Adjustment of refugee children and adolescents in Australia: outcomes from wave three of the Building a New Life in Australia study
Winnie Lau, Derrick Silove, Ben Edwards, David Forbes, Richard Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Zachary Steel, Angela Nickerson, Miranda Van Hooff, Kim Felmingham, Sean Cowlishaw, Nathan Alkemade, Dzenana Kartal, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2018 | BMC Medicine
Primary Care Outcomes Questionnaire: psychometric testing of a new instrument
M Murphy, S Hollinghursst, S Cowlishaw, C Salisbury
Journal article | 2018 | British Journal of General Practice
Background: Patients attend primary care for many reasons and to achieve a range of possible outcomes. There is currently no Patie..
Treatment Outcomes for Military Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Response Trajectories by Symptom Cluster
Andrea J Phelps, Zachary Steele, Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Nathan Alkemade, Peter Elliott, Meaghan O'Donnell, Suzy Redston, Katelyn Kerr, Alexandra Howard, Jane Nursey, John Cooper, Renee Armstrong, Lea Fitzgerald, David Forbes
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
Episodic and Binge Gambling: An Exploration and Preliminary Quantitative Study
S Cowlishaw, E Nespoli, JK Jebadurai, N Smith, H Bowden-Jones
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Gambling Studies
The DSM-5 includes provisions for episodic forms of gambling disorder, with such changes aligned with earlier accounts of potentia..
Industry interests in gambling research: Lessons learned from other forms of hazardous consumption.
S Cowlishaw, SL Thomas
Journal article | 2018 | Addictive Behaviors
Research indicates that the evidential bases for many harm reduction policies targeting hazardous consumptions (including tobacco,..
Gambling and negative life events in a nationally representative sample of UK men.
Amanda Roberts, Stephen Sharman, Jeremy Coid, Raegan Murphy, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Sean Cowlishaw, Jason Landon
Journal article | 2017 | Addictive Behaviors
INTRODUCTION: The links between gambling problems, trauma and life stressors are known to exist but understanding the extent of th..
Public attitudes towards gambling product harm and harm reduction strategies: an online study of 16-88 year olds in Victoria, Australia.
Samantha L Thomas, Melanie Randle, Amy Bestman, Hannah Pitt, Steven J Bowe, Sean Cowlishaw, Mike Daube
Journal article | 2017 | Harm Reduction Journal
BACKGROUND: Gambling has quickly emerged as an important global public health issue. With new technologies used to develop high in..
Therapeutic interventions for alcohol dependence in non-inpatient settings: a systematic review and network meta-analysis (protocol).
Hung-Yuan Cheng, Roy G Elbers, Julian PT Higgins, Abigail Taylor, Georgina J MacArthur, Luke McGuinness, Sarah Dawson, José A López-López, Sean Cowlishaw, Matthew Hickman, David Kessler
Journal article | 2017 | Systematic Reviews
BACKGROUND: Alcohol dependence is common and serious cause of social and physical harm. However, the optimal management of those w..
Gambling problems among patients in primary care: a cross-sectional study of general practices.
Sean Cowlishaw, Lone Gale, Alison Gregory, Jim McCambridge, David Kessler
Journal article | 2017 | British Journal of General Practice
BACKGROUND: Primary care is an important context for addressing health-related behaviours, and may provide a setting for identific..
Implications of gambling problems for family and interpersonal adjustment: results from the Quinte Longitudinal Study.
Sean Cowlishaw, Aino Suomi, Bryan Rodgers
Journal article | 2016 | Addiction
AIMS: To evaluate (1) whether gambling problems predict overall trajectories of change in family or interpersonal adjustment and (..
Secondary Traumatic Stress in Postdisaster Field Research Interviewers.
Jim McLennan, Lynette Evans, Sean Cowlishaw, Lindsay Pamment, Lyndsey Wright
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
Numerous studies show that those involved in disaster response may develop posttraumatic stress disorder or experience secondary t..
Implications of gambling problems for family and interpersonal adjustment: Secondary analyses of the Quinte Longitudinal Study
S Cowlishaw, A Suomi, B Rodgers
Journal article | 2016 | Addiction
Aims To evaluate (1)whether gambling problems predict overall trajectories of change in family or interpersonal adjustment and (2)..
Problem Gambling in the UK: Implications for Health, Psychosocial Adjustment and Health Care Utilization.
Sean Cowlishaw, David Kessler
Journal article | 2016 | European Addiction Research
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Research indicates that rates of gambling problems are increasing in the UK, but has provided limited considerati..
Pathological and problem gambling in substance use treatment: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).
Sean Cowlishaw, Jahn K Hakes
Journal article | 2015 | The American Journal on Addictions
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pathological and problem gambling may be common yet frequently undetected conditions in substance use t..
Correlates of post-traumatic stress symptoms and growth in cancer patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Lyndel K Shand, Sean Cowlishaw, Joanne E Brooker, Sue Burney, Lina A Ricciardelli
Journal article | 2015 | Psycho-Oncology
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the relationships among demographic, medical, and psychosocial factors and post-tra..
HD-CAB: a cognitive assessment battery for clinical trials in Huntington's disease 1,2,3.
Julie C Stout, Sarah Queller, Kalyca N Baker, Sean Cowlishaw, Cristina Sampaio, Cheryl Fitzer-Attas, Beth Borowsky, undefined HD-CAB Investigators
Journal article | 2014 | Movement Disorders
Cognitive dysfunction is central to Huntington's disease (HD) and undermines quality of life. Clinical trials are now targeting co..
Pathological and problem gambling in substance use treatment: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Sean Cowlishaw, Stephanie Merkouris, Anna Chapman, Harriet Radermacher
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Pathological and problem gambling refer to a class of disorders, including those meeting criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis (i.e..
Predictors of south-eastern Australian householders' strengths of intentions to self-evacuate if a wildfire threatens: Two theoretical models
J Mclennan, S Cowlishaw, D Paton, R Beatson, G Elliott
Journal article | 2014 | International Journal of Wildland Fire
Householder evacuation in the face of a wildfire threat is the survival option advocated by fire agencies. However, late evacuatio..
Older adults' spirituality and life satisfaction: A longitudinal test of social support and sense of coherence as mediating mechanisms
S Cowlishaw, S Niele, K Teshuva, C Browning, H Kendig
Journal article | 2013 | Ageing and Society
ABSTRACTSpirituality is proposed to be a component of successful ageing and has been shown to predict wellbeing in old age. There ..
Prevalence of comorbid disorders in problem and pathological gambling: systematic review and meta-analysis of population surveys.
Felicity K Lorains, Sean Cowlishaw, Shane A Thomas
Journal article | 2011 | Addiction
AIMS: This paper reviews evidence pertaining to the prevalence of common comorbid disorders, including alcohol use disorder, depre..
The Happy Life Club™ study protocol: a cluster randomised controlled trial of a type 2 diabetes health coach intervention.
Colette Browning, Anna Chapman, Sean Cowlishaw, Zhixin Li, Shane A Thomas, Hui Yang, Tuohong Zhang
Journal article | 2011 | BMC Public Health
BACKGROUND: The Happy Life Club™ is an intervention that utilises health coaches trained in behavioural change and motivational in..
Senior Research Fellow (Statistics)
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)
La Trobe University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Swinburne University of Technology