Patrick Clarke

BSc PhD W.Aust., MClinPsy Curtin, Dr

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


2016 - Present - Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.

2016 - Present - Adjunct Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia.

2014 - 2016 - Lecturer, Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia

2011 - 2014 – Associate Lecturer, Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia

2009-2011 – Clinical Coordinator, Social Cognition and Behavioural Treatment Clinic, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

2007-2009 – Department of Corrective Services: Community and Juvenile Justice Psychological Services

2009 - Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), University of Western Australia

2007 - Master of Psychology (Clinical), Curtin University

2003 - Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Western Australia

Funding overview

2014 - Notebaert, L. (CIA), Clarke, P. J. F. (CIB), Van Bockstaele, B. (AI), Salemink, E. (AI). The relationship between cognitive bias modification and emotion regulation: The missing link, UWA Research Collaboration Awards. $15,000

2013 - Clarke, P. J. F. (CIA), Grafton, B. (CIB), Browning, M. (AI), & Holmes, E. & Notebaert, L. (AI). Cognitive and Neurological Approaches to Enhancing the Modification of Information Processing Biases in Emotional Vulnerability, UWA Research Collaboration Awards. $18,443

2012 - Clarke, P. J. F. (CIA), Grafton, B. (CIB), Browning, M. (AI), & Holmes, E. & MacLeod (AI). Identifying the Mechanisms of Attentional Change in Cognitive-Experimental and Pharmacological Interventions for Emotional Vulnerability, UWA Research Collaboration Awards. $18,473

Previous positions

2009-2011 Clinical Fellow. University of Sydney, Brain and Mind Research Institute.

Teaching overview

Unit coordinator:
2014 - Present: Psychological Research and Theory (4416)

2014 - Present: Psychological Research and Theory (4416)
2011 - Present: Psychology Specialist Research Topics (3310)
2012 - 2013: Psychology Mind and Brain (1101)

PhD Supervision:
Owen Myles 2015 - Present
Alice Tobin 2015 - Present
Georgina Mann 2014 - Present
Bronwyn Milkins 2013 - Present
Nigel Chen - Completed 2014

Honours Supervision:
Hanna Courtauld
Sonya Branson
Emma Gonzalez
Gemma Patton
Ethan Reed

Owen Myles
Melissa Tan
Phoebe Berndt

Kristiina Bedford
Georgina Mann

Shenooka Nanthakumar
Lauren List
Bronwyn Milkins


My principal over-arching research interest lies in understanding the cognitive and neural processes underlying emotional pathology, and how a detailed knowledge of these processes may be harnessed to both predict and directly contribute to improvements in psychological well-being.
My research has focused on a number of theoretical and applied questions regarding emotional vulnerability and in particular the cognitive processes that underlie the development and remediation of anxiety. Recently I have also sought to combine cognitive measures and neurostimulation technologies (transcranial direct current stimulation- tDCS - in particular) into translational research to address questions regarding the potential benefits of novel neurocognitive intervention approaches and the enhancement of cognitive training techniques which show therapeutic promise.
One aspect of my research has sought to understanding how variation in the readiness to change unhelpful patterns of cognition (i.e. attentional vigilance for threat) can precede and predict either increases in anxiety over time in response to sustained stress, or decreases in anxiety in response to psychological intervention.
Another major focus of my research has been examining how to modify patterns of biased information processing that are believed to contribute to anxiety and mood disorders. This includes the modification of attentional vigilance for threatening information, and the tendency to interpret ambiguous information in a more negative manner. My own research has focused on the mechanisms that promote change in these patterns of bias and how to target these biases in a way that is most likely to achieve therapeutic changes.

Research expertise keywords

  • Emotion and cognition
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Attention
  • Information processing
  • Cognitive biases
  • Cognitive bias modification


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