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Dr Sean Cowlishaw

Dr Sean Cowlishaw

Dr Sean Cowlishaw
B.Soc.Sci, BA(Hons), PhD

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Sean Cowlishaw is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) and School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Gambling Research and School of Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU). Sean obtained his PhD in psychology from La Trobe University (06-09), after undertaking his doctoral studies on the impacts of trauma and work-related factors (including work-family interactions) on the families of Australian emergency service volunteers. He was employed subsequently (10-12) as a research fellow and statistician at Monash University in Australia; across healthy ageing and cognitive neuroscience units, and a problem gambling research centre. Dr Cowlishaw moved to the UK and accepted a lecturing appointment at Lancaster University in early 2013, while maintaining a visiting fellowship at the ANU. He joined the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol in May 2014.  

Activities / Findings

My primary areas of research are in the field of problem and pathological gambling, and include topics relating to gambling comorbidity and effective treatments for gambling disorders. I also have primary interests relating to family adaptation to occupational and traumatic stress, as well as influences of family and family-focussed interventions on individual mental health problems. My additional interests extend across topics relating to work-family interactions (including the interface of paid work and family and non-traditional roles such as volunteer or military reservist) and influences of such interactions on indiviudal (eg. burnout) and organisational-relavant outcomes (e.g., turnover intentions), as well as longitudinal studies of older adults and ageing.   


  • gambling
  • behavioural addiction
  • comorbidity
  • trauma
  • family dynamics
  • work-family interactions


  • problem and pathological gambling
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


  • quantitative research
  • Multivariate Statistics (SEM
  • PCA)
  • multi-informant designs

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