Christine Clifford

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Christine Clifford

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Room 301 (Third Floor) , Hobart Clinical School

+61 3 6226 4886 (phone)

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Christine Clifford is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the School Medicine on a fractional and full time basis since 1993. Her interests in teaching focus on communication in the medical setting and mental health education. From a research perspective her interests are in medical education and mental health.


Christine Clifford completed her PhD at The Institute of Psychiatry in 1982. Her PhD was in Psychiatric Genetics. On arriving at The University of Melbourne in 1982 she continued her work in Psychiatric Genetics and became the Director of the Australian National Twin Registry, a position she held until 1990.

In 1989 Christine Clifford moved to Tasmania to take up a position with The Mental Health Services Commission. She worked in the Liaison Psychiatry Service at the Royal Hobart Hospital and at this time commenced teaching in the Medical Degree on an honorary basis. This was followed by a number of fractional appointments which were teaching-intensive. When the Medical Degree was revised to a 5 year program,10 years ago, Christine Clifford was invited to lead the curriculum development of Communication and collaboration in the 5 year MBBS.

Christine Clifford continues to be involved in teaching in the Medical Degree from years 1 to 4. She also has 4 PhD students currently, working in Medical Education and Mental Health.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of London, UK, 1983. Twin Studies of Drinking Behaviour and Obsessionality
  • BA Hons, University College Cardiff, UK, 1978


Professional practice

  • Full Member of The Australian Psychological Society
  • Registered Psychologist AHPRA (Australia)
  • Registered Psychologist HCPC (UK)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Cancer Council Tasmania
  • Member of the Clinical Advisory Group, Cancer Council Tasmania

Administrative expertise

I have experience in maintaining the theme of communication and collaboration across the five years of the MBBS. I addition to this I am the Rotation Coordinator for Clinical Specialties which one to the four clinical rotations in year 3 of the MBBS. This rotation includes Psychiatry introductory Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Communications skills for health professionals, Mental Health, A comprehensive knowledge of Human psychology from both a clinical and academic perspective.

Teaching expertise

Christine Clifford has developed resources and a training package for 'Incidental Support' in the health care setting. The initial training was obtained in the UK using the NHS Psychological Assessment Skills Model; the model has been refined locally with Cancer Council Tasmania. The program has been delivered to staff at Cancer Council Tasmania. It has also been delivered in the community through Tasmania including Flinders Island.

Teaching responsibility

Christine contributes to the following units within the School of Medicine:

  • CAM 101
  • CAM 102
  • CAM 201
  • CAM 202
  • CAM 304
  • CAM 305
  • CAM 435
  • CAM 436

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Research Themes

Christine Clifford's research interests align broadly with University's theme of Better Health.

In the field of Medical Education her interests are improved care through effective communication between doctors and their patients. In addition to this the acquisition of Clinical Skills in medical students is also being explored to ascertain if there are changes in teaching which might enhance this process.

Closely aligned to this is the area of improved Mental Health Literacy in emerging and experienced health professionals. This work is being carried out in a range of health professional students and also in experienced Ambulance Paramedics who have new responsibilities for mental health patients as a result of the new Mental Health Act in Tasmania.

Aligned to this is a recently published study on Sexual Health Literacy in the wider student body at the University of Tasmania. This work will be continued with another study in the planning stages.

Allied to her clinical work Christine Clifford is also working with a Sydney based PhD student on the complex area of assessing physical pain in dementia patients.

Underlying this portfolio of activities is improved information, communication and general mental wellbeing for patients and practitioners.

Fields of Research

  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Psychology of ageing (520106)
  • Epidemiology (420299)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy (390199)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Personality and individual differences (520503)
  • Health informatics and information systems (420308)

Research Objectives

  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Carers' support (230103)
  • Palliative care (200309)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response) (200404)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)


Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2020Choi-Lundberg DL, Al-Aubaidy HAM, Burgess J, Clifford CA, Cuellar WA, et al., 'Minimal effects of reduced teaching hours on undergraduate medical student learning outcomes and course evaluations', Medical Teacher, 42, (1) pp. 58-65. ISSN 0142-159X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1652258 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Choi-Lundberg DL; Al-Aubaidy HAM; Burgess J; Cuellar WA; Errey JA; Harper AJ; Malley RC; Ross RM; Williams A-MM; Hays R


2019Harper AJ, Clifford CA, 'Through the Dąbrowski Lens: Empathy and the Syntonic Continuum', Roeper Review, 41, (1) pp. 35-41. ISSN 0278-3193 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02783193.2018.1553217 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Harper AJ


2017Harper AJ, Clifford C, 'Through the Dąbrowski lens: Philosophy, faith, and the personality ideal', Roeper Review, 39, (4) pp. 262-268. ISSN 0278-3193 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02783193.2017.1363100 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Harper AJ


2017Simpson S, Clifford C, Quinn MG, Ross K, Sefton NS, et al., 'Sexuality-related attitudes significantly modulate demographic variation in sexual health literacy in Tasmanian university students', Sexual Health, 14, (3) pp. 244-253. ISSN 1448-5028 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SH16135 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Simpson S; Quinn MG; Ross K; Sefton NS; Blizzard L; Turner R


2015Simpson Jr S, Clifford C, Ross K, Sefton N, Owen L, et al., 'Sexual health literacy of the student population of the University of Tasmania: results of the RUSSL Study', Sexual Health (Print): an interdisciplinary journal of sexual health including HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, 12, (3) pp. 207-216. ISSN 1448-5028 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/SH14223 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Ross K; Sefton N; Blizzard L; Turner R


1997Bindoff H, Clifford CA, Young JL, 'Caregivers of Family Members with Dementia and Disability: A Comparative Study of Wellbeing', Journal of Family Studies, 3, (2) pp. 183-195. ISSN 1322-9400 (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Bindoff H; Young JL

1995Bowden S, Whelan G, Long C, Clifford CA, 'Temporal stability of the WAIS-R and WMS-R in a heterogeneous sample of alcohol dependent clients', The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 9, (2) pp. 194-197. ISSN 1385-4046 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13854049508401602 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2013Bowerman L, Clifford CA, McMullen PM, Stevens SC, 'The assessment and management of patients presenting with a mental health crisis in the emergency setting: A literature review', Book of Proceedings: International Mental Health Conference 2014, 5-7 August 2013, Gold Coast, QLD, pp. 10-22. ISBN 978-1-922232-06-9 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bowerman L; McMullen PM; Stevens SC


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Regional Bereavement Care Networks and Initiatives (2016)$172,285
Establishing and evaluating bereavement care networks in Tasmania.
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($172,285)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Barnett AP; Bridgman H; Marsh P; Quarmby L; Clifford CA; Ball MJ
Early identification of Alzheimer's disease: the development of cognitive assessment instruments for dementia (1994)$10,000
Australian Research Council ($10,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Alexander JRM; Clifford CA; Montgomery IM
Early identification of Alzheimer's disease: the development of cognitive assessment instruments for dementia (1993)$8,500
University of Tasmania ($8,500)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Alexander JRM; Clifford CA; Montgomery IM

Research Supervision






MastersA Model for Enhancing the Outcomes for People with Disability at End of Life2019
PhDLiving Beyond Medicine: The medical education curriculum and its potential value towards the promotion of social and mental wellbeing among medical doctors2021


PhDDoes Mental Health Literacy Influence Confidence and Attitudes of Paramedics when Managing Patients with Mental Illness and Suicide Ideations?
Candidate: Lisa Clegg
PhDPaving the Practical Pathway: The place of gifted education pedagogy in undergraduate clinical skills education in Australia
Candidate: Amanda Jane Harper