Jemma Todd


  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Jemma Todd is an early career researcher, lecturer and clinical psychologist in the Clinical Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, and also holds an adjunct Research Fellow position at the University of Western Australia. Her broad areas of research are clinical, cognitive, and health psyology.

Jemma's research explores the cognitive and emotional processes that contribute to disability and psychopathology in pain and a range of other conditions including anxiety, sleep-related disorders, and diabetes. To date, she has close to 20 peer-reviewd publications which have been cited over 600 times. She has already gained international recognition for her work, including being invited to give guest presentations and attend special interest meetings on cognitive biases in somatic disorders. She enjoys collaborating on research with colleagues across the country and globe. 

Jemma has a passion for supervison of clinical and research students, mentorship, and effective teaching and learning practices.

Research interests

  • Pain and co-occurring physical and mental health difficulties, and their shared cognitive and emotional processes
  • Cognitive and emotional processes underpinning disability associated with pain, anxiety, trauma, sleep difficulties, diabetes, and cancer
  • Cognitive processing biases including attention, interpretation, and expectancy biases.
  • Processes that explain variation in the dynamic nature of attentional biases, including goals and motivation, threat perception, and cognitive flexibility.
  • A range of cognitive bias measurement techniques, including reaction time and accuracy-based computer tasks, eye-tracking, and neuropsychological assessment through EEG, SSVEP and other methods.
  • Developing new techniques to modify cognitive processing biases, to better understand these processes as well as the potential for these techniques to augment clinical interventions. Such methods could include the gamification of existing dot-probe based attentional bias modification procedures, virtual reality, or app-based delivery.

Previous positions

CV summary

- Lecturer, Clinical Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, University of Sydney (2020 - present)

- Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia (2020 - present)

- Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia (2019)

- Clinical Psychologist, Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, Melbourne (2017-2018)

- Clinical Psychologist, Royal North Shore Child and Youth Mental Health (2014-2015)

- Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), The University of Sydney (2012-2017)

- Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, The University of Sydney (2012-2017)

- Masters of Applied Science (Health psychology), The University of Sydney (2011)

- Bachelor of Psychology (Honours class 1), The University of Sydney (2007-2010)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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