- Research Fellow, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine
Dr Gilchrist's current research focuses on mechanisms and interventions for stress-related responses, especially vasovagal reactions. Vasovagal reactions have an important impact on the medical system, deterring people from various procedures, affecting the blood supply, as well as providing a theoretical and diagnostic challenge. Other areas of research include anxiety disorders, pain, as well as the recruitment and retention of blood donors.
Dr Gilchrist completed his doctoral research in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, trained in Health Psychology, specialised in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, and practiced as a Canadian Licensed Clinical Psychologist (OPQ) in Montreal. In 2014, he began postdoctoral research and subsequently became a Visiting Lecturer (2015-2016) in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. In 2016, Dr Gilchrist became a Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, currently supervised by Dr Di Angelantonio at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (NIHR BTRU), and part of the BHF Cambridge Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence. He is currently a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society), tutors at the Institute of Continuing Education, and teaches on occasion in the Department of Psychology. Postdoctoral research fellowships are provided by 'Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec' (2014-2017) and the British Heart Foundation Career Development Fellowship (2017-2019).