Dr Jemma Gilchrist is a leading Clinical Psychologist in the area of Psycho-Oncology. She is a key member of our multidisciplinary team of experts and she works closely with the medical team as we recognise the importance of psycho-social and supportive care in providing comprehensive cancer management. She is joined by fellow clinical psychologist, Rebecca Van Lloy. She is most recognised for her experience working with women and their families facing breast cancer, and those with a significant risk due to genetic vulnerability.
Jemma has particular interest and expertise in oncology, however she is also able to assist patients and their families facing a range of medical conditions/chronic disease or those facing difficult life events leading to stress, anxiety or depression. Common concerns that she assists with include: adjustment to diagnosis, managing treatments; communication of diagnosis with others (especially children and adolescents); chronic disease or disability; healthy living; pain and fatigue management; stress and anxiety; sadness and depression; sleep difficulties; body image and intimacy issues; communication and decision-making; loss, grief and bereavement; relationship difficulties, caregiver stress and burnout and living with uncertainty.
Dr Gilchrist completed her PhD. on children’s eyewitness memory at Otago University (NZ) in 1995, and has published in the areas of interviewing children about stressful events, the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and post-natal depression. She has a long-standing interest in the treatment of anxiety in the context of illness. She has co-edited a book for health professionals: Psycho-social Care of Cancer Patients: A Health Professional's Giude to what to Say and Do (Eds. Hodgkinson, K and Gilchrist J 2008, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne).