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Dr. Philippe Gilchrist completed an MA in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in 2006 and subsequently practiced in Canada as a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Quebec Order of Psychologists). He completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 2014, followed by postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. In 2015, Dr. Gilchrist joined Wolfson College as a Junior Research Fellow, and became a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. In 2016, Dr. Gilchrist moved to the Department of Public Health and Primary Care to become a research fellow in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, NIHR BTRU, supervised by Dr. Emanuele Di Angelantonio. His fellowship is currently provided by FRQS Québec (Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec). Dr. Gilchrist also continues to teach on occasion in the Department of Psychology, tutors at the Institute of Continuing Education, and is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society).
Dr. Gilchrist’s research focuses on psychophysiological mechanisms and interventions for stress-related general decreases in physiological activity, namely vasovagal reactions. Vasovagal reactions have an important impact on the medical system, deterring people from medical procedures, affecting the blood supply, as well as providing a theoretical challenge. Research interests also concern the recruitment and retention of blood donors. Other areas of interest include stress, anxiety disorders, and pain.
Gilchrist, P, T, & Ditto, B. (in press). Distinguishing disgust from fear: The vomit and faint defenses. In R. Duschinsky, S. Schnall, & D. Weiss (Eds.), Purity and danger now: New perspectives. London: Routledge.
Gilchrist, P. T., Vrinceanu, T., Béland, S., Bacon, S. L., & Ditto, B. (2016). Disgust stimuli reduce heart rate but do not contribute to vasovagal symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51, 116-122.
Gilchrist, P. T., McGovern, G. E., Bekkouche, N., Bacon, S. L., & Ditto, B. (2015). The vasovagal response during confrontation with blood-injury-injection stimuli: The role of perceived control. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 31, 43-48.
Gilchrist, P. T., & Ditto, B. (2015). Sense of impending doom: lower sympathetic activity in waiting blood donors who subsequently experience vasovagal symptoms. Biological Psychology, 104, 28-34.
Ditto, B., Gilchrist, P. T., Holly, C. D., Dubuc, S., Delage, G., & France, C. R. (2013). The effects of leg crossing and applied tension on blood donor return. Vox Sanguinis, 105(4), 229-304.
Gilchrist, P. T., & Ditto, B. (2012). The effects of blood‐draw and injection stimuli on the vasovagal response. Psychophysiology, 49(6), 815-820.
Ditto, B., Balegh, S., Gilchrist, P. T., & Holly, C. D. (2012). Relation between perceived blood loss and vasovagal symptoms in blood donors. Clinical Autonomic Research, 22(2), 113-116.
Ditto, B., Gilchrist, P. T., & Holly, C. D. (2012). Fear-related predictors of vasovagal symptoms during blood donation: it’s in the blood. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(4), 393-399.