Professor Craig Gonsalvez

Professor Craig Gonsalvez

Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Specialist Psychology


Craig completed his clinical psychology training including his Phd in Clinical Psychology at the National Institute for Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), University of Bangalore, India.  He had extensive experience as a senior clinician (Senior Clinical Psychologist, Director of Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Westmead Hospital, Deputy Head, Department of Medical Psychology, Westmead Hospital) before taking up a clinical psychology training position at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong.

In addition to his research, Craig is an experienced clinician, and has expertise in clinical psychology training and clinical supervision

He has served several terms as Director of Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Wollongong (1997-1998; 2001-2004; 2008-2010)

He has held several senior executive positions in clinical psychology at the national level including: 

  • National Chair of Course Approvals, APS Clincal College (2005-2010)
  • Accreditation site assessor for the APS Clinical College (2003 - current)

Invited to design and deliver the APS Institute's clinical supervisor training program (2013-2014), currently delivered as accredited supervisor training workshops around Australia 

He has received several awards for contributions to clinical psychology practice and teaching, including

  • 2009 APS College of Clinical Psychologists AWARD of DISTINCTION
  • 2016 Citation for Teaching Excellence,  Australian Awards for Univerity Teaching
  • 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence, Australian Awards for Univerity Teaching
  • 2017: Plenary Address: Assessment of supervisee competence by supervisors: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises, The 13th International Interdisciplinary Clinical Supervision Conference. New York, June 2017.
  • 2019: Keynote Presentation: Recent insights into competency-based assessment and evaluation: Advancing clinical supervision. California Psychological Association Division II Conference for Training Directors and Clinical Supervisors. March 16, 2019. Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • 2020: Keynote Presentation: Assessment of Psychology Practitioner Competence: Achievements, Challenges and Inconvenient Truths. APS Award recipient presentation. APS Conference – Advancing Psychology 2020, Oct 16-18, 2020. Ppt on Oct 16.

  • 2021: Keynote Presentation: Supervisors’ assessments of supervisees through the competency prism: Insights, challenges and future strategies. Biennial supervision online conference, Cairnmillar Institute. Nov 24, 2021.
  • 2021: Keynote Presentation: Supervisor Competence: Recent research, challenges and opportunities.  Hunter and New England Psychology Conference 2021. Nov 19th 2021.

In terms of research supervision, Craig has supervised to completion 13 doctoral theses in anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, clinical psychophysiology and clinical supervision. Details of his current research supervision are provided under the Supervision tab

This information has been contributed by Professor Gonsalvez.


  • PhD Bangalore University
  • MA University of Baroda
  • MA Bangalore University
  • BA University of Baroda

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Society for Psychophysiological Research (2005)
  • Australian Association of Cognitive & Behaviour Therapists (2005)
  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Soceity (2017)


  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists AWARD of DISTINCTION 2009-09-30
  • CITATION FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE, Australian Awards for Univerity Teaching 2016-09-16
  • TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD, Australian Awards for University Teaching 2017-12-18
  • Australian Psychological Society Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award 2019-10-29


  • Clinical Psychology Training and Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Psychophysiology
  • Psychopathology of anxiety disorders

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Specialist Psychology


Phone: (02) 47360 185
Location: P.G.22
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101213 Psychological Interventions 1, 2021
  • 101213 Psychological Interventions 1, 2022
  • 102360 Core Therapeutic Modalities, 2021
  • 102360 Core Therapeutic Modalities, 2022


Chapters in Books

  • Gonsalvez, C. (2014), 'Establishing supervision goals and formalizing a supervision agreement : a competency-based approach', The Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision, Wiley-Blackwell 9781119943327.

Journal Articles

  • Barrett, J., Calvert, F., Gonsalvez, C. and Shires, A. (2023), 'A qualitative investigation into perceptions of scientist-practitioner competence within supervision during psychology training programmes', Australian Psychologist, vol 58, no 2 , pp 80 - 93.
  • Moses, K., Gonsalvez, C. and Meade, T. (2023), 'Barriers to the use of exposure therapy by psychologists treating anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder in an Australian sample', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol 79, no 4 , pp 1156 - 1165.
  • Gonsalvez, C. and Calvert, F. (2023), 'The affect-graph as a supervisory technique : theoretical foundations, procedures, and applications', Clinical Supervisor, vol 42, no 2 , pp 329 - 351.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Riebel, T., Nolan, L., Pohlman, S. and Bartik, W. (2023), 'Supervisor versus self-assessment of trainee competence : differences across developmental stages and competency domains', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol 79, no 12 , pp 2959 - 2973.
  • Gonsalvez, C. (2022), 'On accreditation standards, competence assessments and gate-keeping : Houston, we have a problem!', Clinical Psychologist, vol 26, no 2 , pp 193 - 197.
  • Grassby, S. and Gonsalvez, C. (2022), 'Group supervision is a distinct supervisor competency : empirical evidence and a brief scale for supervisory practice', Australian Psychologist, vol 57, no 6 , pp 352 - 358.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Deane, F., Terry, J., Nasstasia, Y. and Shires, A. (2021), 'Innovations in competence assessment : design and initial validation of the Vignette Matching Assessment Tool (VMAT)', Training and Education in Professional Psychology, vol 15, no 2 , pp 106 - 116.
  • Moses, K., Gonsalvez, C. and Meade, T. (2021), 'Utilisation and predictors of use of exposure therapy in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and PTSD in an Australian sample : a preliminary investigation', BMC Psychology, vol 9, no 1 .
  • Brady, B., Gonsalvez, C., Kneebone, I., Wufong, E. and Bailey, P. (2021), 'Age-related differences in instructed positive reappraisal and mindful attention', Mindfulness, vol 12, no 3 , pp 646 - 658.
  • Gonsalvez, C. (2021), 'A short scale to evaluate supervision and supervisor competence : the SE-SC8', Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, vol 28, no 2 , pp 452 - 461.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Shafranske, E., McLeod, H. and Falender, C. (2021), 'Competency-based standards and guidelines for psychology practice in Australia : opportunities and risks', Clinical Psychologist, vol 25, no 3 , pp 244 - 259.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Terry, J., Deane, F., Nasstasia, Y., Knight, R. and Hoong Gooi, C. (2021), 'End-of-placement failure rates among clinical psychology trainees : exceptional training and outstanding trainees or poor gate-keeping?', Clinical Psychologist, vol 25, no 3 , pp 294 - 305.
  • Hitzeman, C., Gonsalvez, C., Britt, E. and Moses, K. (2020), 'Clinical psychology trainees' self versus supervisor assessments of practitioner competencies', Clinical Psychologist, vol 24, no 1 , pp 18 - 29.
  • Barrett, J., Gonsalvez, C. and Shires, A. (2020), 'Evidence-based practice within supervision during psychology practitioner training : a systematic review', Clinical Psychologist, vol 24, no 1 , pp 3 - 17.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Deane, F., Terry, J. and Hoong Gooi, C. (2020), 'Anatomy of psychology practitioner competence : clustering approach reveals the hierarchical organization of competencies', Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, vol 27, no 4 .
  • Bailey, P., Gonsalvez, C., Maiuolo, M., Leon, T. and Benedek, G. (2018), 'The age-related positivity effect in electronic gambling', Experimental Aging Research, vol 44, no 2 , pp 135 - 147.
  • Deane, F., Gonsalvez, C., Joyce, C. and Britt, E. (2018), 'Developmental trajectories of competency attainment amongst clinical psychology trainees across field placements', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol 74, no 9 , pp 1641 - 1652.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Wahnon, T. and Deane, F. (2017), 'Goal-setting, feedback, and assessment practices reported by Australian clinical supervisors', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 1 , pp 21 - 30.
  • Terry, J., Gonsalvez, C. and Deane, F. (2017), 'Brief online training with standardised vignettes reduces inflated supervisor ratings of trainee practitioner competencies', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 2 , pp 130 - 139.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Hamid, G., Savage, N. and Livni, D. (2017), 'The supervision evaluation and supervisory competence scale : psychometric validation', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 2 , pp 94 - 103.
  • Blackman, R., Deane, F., Gonsalvez, C. and Saffioti, D. (2017), 'Preliminary exploration of psychologists' knowledge and perceptions of electronic security and implications for use of technology-assisted supervision', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 2 , pp 155 - 161.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Deane, F. and O'Donovan, A. (2017), 'Introduction to the Special Issue Recent Developments in Professional Supervision: Challenges and Practice Implications', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 2 , pp 83 - 85.
  • Lole, L. and Gonsalvez, C. (2017), 'Does size matter? : an examination of problem gamblers' skin conductance responses to large and small magnitude rewards', Psychophysiology, vol 54, no 10 , pp 1541 - 1548.
  • Hill, H., Crowe, T. and Gonsalvez, C. (2016), 'Reflective dialogue in clinical supervision : a pilot study involving collaborative review of supervision videos', Psychotherapy Research, vol 26, no 3 , pp 263 - 278.
  • Thomas, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Johnstone, S. (2016), 'Electrophysiology of facilitation priming in obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders', Clinical Neurophysiology, .
  • Steiner, G., Barry, R. and Gonsalvez, C. (2016), 'Sequential processing and the matching-stimulus interval effect in ERP components : an exploration of the mechanism using multiple regression', Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol 10, no 339 .
  • Steiner, G., Gonsalvez, C., De Blasio, F. and Barry, R. (2016), 'Electrophysiology of memory-updating differs with age', Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, vol 8 .
  • Thomas, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Johnstone, S. (2016), 'Neural correlates of paranoia : an ERP study of clinically anxious and healthy participants', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 108 , pp 107 - 107.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Deane, F. and Caputi, P. (2016), 'Consistency of supervisor and peer ratings of assessment interviews conducted by psychology trainees', British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol 44, no 5 , pp 516 - 529.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Brockman, R. and Hill, H. (2016), 'Video feedback in CBT supervision : review and illustration of two specific techniques', The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, vol 9 .
  • Lole, L., Gonsalvez, C. and Barry, R. (2015), 'Reward and punishment hyposensitivity in problem gamblers : a study of event-related potentials using a principal components analysis', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol 126, no 7 , pp 1295 - 1309.
  • Deane, F., Gonsalvez, C., Blackman, R., Saffioti, D. and Andresen, R. (2015), 'Issues in the development of e-supervision in professional psychology : a review', Australian Psychologist, vol 50, no 3 , pp 241 - 247.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Deane, F., Knight, R., Nasstasia, Y., Shires, A., Nicholson Perry, K., Allan, C. and Bliokas, V. (2015), 'The hierarchical clustering of clinical psychology practicum competencies : a multisite study of supervisor ratings', Clinical Psychology, vol 22, no 4 , pp 390 - 403.
  • Steiner, G., Barry, R. and Gonsalvez, C. (2014), 'Stimulus-to-matching-stimulus interval influences N1, P2, and P3b in an equiprobable Go/NoGo task', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 94, no 1 , pp 59 - 68.
  • Gonsalvez, C. and Calvert, F. (2014), 'Competency-based models of supervision : principles and applications, promises and challenges', Australian Psychologist, vol 49, no 4 , pp 200 - 208.
  • Gonsalvez, C. and Crowe, T. (2014), 'Evaluation of psychology practitioner competence in clinical supervision', American Journal of Psychotherapy, vol 68, no 2 , pp 177 - 193.
  • Steiner, G., Barry, R. and Gonsalvez, C. (2014), 'Nontarget-to-nontarget interval determines the nontarget P300 in an auditory equiprobable Go/NoGo task', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 92, no 3 , pp 113 - 121.
  • Lole, L., Gonsalvez, C., Barry, R. and Blaszczynski, A. (2014), 'Problem gamblers are hyposensitive to wins : an analysis of skin conductance responses during actual gambling on electronic gaming machines', Psychophysiology, vol 51, no 6 , pp 556 - 564.
  • Thomas, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Johnstone, S. (2014), 'How specific are inhibitory deficits to obsessive-compulsive disorder? : a neurophysiological comparison with panic disorder', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol 125, no 3 , pp 463 - 475.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Bushnell, J., Blackman, R., Deane, F., Bliokas, V., Nicholson Perry, K., Shires, A., Nasstasia, Y., Allan, C. and Knight, R. (2013), 'Assessment of psychology competencies in field placements : standardized vignettes reduce rater bias', Training and Education in Professional Psychology, vol 7, no 2 , pp 99 - 111.
  • Steiner, G., Brennan, M., Gonsalvez, C. and Barry, R. (2013), 'Comparing P300 modulations : target-to-target interval versus infrequent nontarget-to-nontarget interval in a three-stimulus task', Psychophysiology, vol 50, no 2 , pp 187 - 194.
  • Lole, L., Gonsalvez, C., Barry, R. and De Blasio, F. (2013), 'Can event-related potentials serve as neural markers for wins, losses, and near-wins in a gambling task? : a principal components analysis', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 90, no 3 , pp 390 - 398.
  • Steiner, G., Barry, R. and Gonsalvez, C. (2013), 'Can working memory predict target-to-target interval effects in the P300?', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 89, no 3 , pp 399 - 408.
  • Thomas, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Johnstone, S. (2013), 'Neural time course of threat-related attentional bias and interference in panic and obsessive?compulsive disorders', Biological Psychology, vol 94, no 1 , pp 116 - 129.
  • Bushnell, J., Gonsalvez, C., Blackman, R., Shires, A., Allan, C., Nicholson Perry, K., Knight, R., Nasstasia, Y. and Deane, F. (2013), 'Assessing ourselves : is the assessment of performance in clinical psychology field placements due to biased raters or defective rating instruments?', Journal of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, vol 23, no 3 , pp 4 - 11.
  • Livni, D., Crowe, T. and Gonsalvez, C. (2012), 'Effects of supervision modality and intensity on alliance and outcomes for the supervisee', Rehabilitation Psychology, vol 57, no 2 , pp 178 - 186.
  • Lole, L., Gonsalvez, C., Blaszczynski, A. and Clarke, A. (2012), 'Electrodermal activity reliably captures physiological differences between wins and losses during gambling on electronic machines', Psychophysiology, vol 49, no 2 , pp 154 - 163.
  • Wilkes, B., Gonsalvez, C. and Blaszczynski, A. (2010), 'Capturing SCL and HR changes to win and loss events during gambling on electronic machines', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 78, no 3 , pp 265 - 272.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Hains, A. and Stoyles, G. (2010), 'Relationship between religion and obsessive phenomena', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol 62, no 2 , pp 93 - 102.
  • Gonsalvez, C. and Milne, D. (2010), 'Clinical supervisor training in Australia : a review of current problems and possible solutions', Australian Psychologist, vol 45, no 4 , pp 233 - 242.
  • Murrihy, R., Byrne, M. and Gonsalvez, C. (2009), 'Testing an empirically derived mental health training model featuring small groups, distributed practice and patient discussion', Medical Education, vol 43, no 2 , pp 140 - 143.
  • Thomas, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Johnstone, S. (2009), 'Sequence effects in the Go/NoGo task : inhibition and facilitation', International Journal of Psychophysiology, vol 74, no 3 , pp 209 - 219.
  • Wilkes, B., Gonsalvez, C. and Blaszczynski, A. (2009), 'Psychophysiological responses to win and loss events during electronic gaming machine (EGM) play : a pilot investigation', Gambling Research, vol 21, no 2 , pp 22 - 34.
  • Gonsalvez, C., Hyde, J., Lancaster, S. and Barrington, J. (2008), 'University psychology clinics in Australia : their place in professional training', Australian Psychologist, vol 43, no 4 , pp 278 - 285.
  • Gonsalvez, C. (2008), 'Introduction to the Special section on clinical supervision', Australian Psychologist Publication details,, vol 43, no 2 , pp 76 - 78.
  • Banno, S., Gonsalvez, C. and Croft, R. (2008), 'Processing impairments in OCD : it is more than inhibition!', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol 46, no 6 , pp 689 - 700.
  • Gonsalvez, C. and McLeod, H. (2008), 'Toward the science-informed practice of clinical supervision : the Australian context', Australian Psychologist, vol 43, no 2 , pp 79 - 87.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Using Standardised Vignettes to Assess Practicum Competencies in Psychology and Other Disciplines: Final Report', Report

Major research grants include:

  • Gonsalvez, C.J., Deane, F., Bushnell, J. (2014-2016). Using standardised vignettes to assess practicum competencies in psychology and other disciplines, Office of Learning & Teaching. ID14-3639. $220,000
  • Gonsalvez, C.J., & Barry, R.J. (2012-2013). Using event-related brain potentials (brain waves) and autonomic measures to differentiate problem from non-problem gamblers. Research Unit, Office of Gaming and Racing, Department of Justice Victoria. $86,959.
  •  Gonsalvez, C.J., & Deane F. (2011-2013). E-supervision: An innovation to increase training capacity in psychology. Health Workforce Australia Grant CTF10-021. $134,580
  • Gonsalvez, C.J. (2011-2013). Health Workforce Australia. Fostering growth in clinical psychology capacity, University of Wollongong. CTF10-021. $145,088
  • Gonsalvez, C.J., Bushnell, J., et al. (2010-2011). The vignette-matching procedure: An innovative approach to assess student competencies in psychology and clinical practicum. Successful Australian Learning &Teaching Council (ALTC) grant, PP10-1624. $105,000.  :
  • Gonsalvez, C.J., Blaszczynski, A., Clarke, A.R. (2009-2012). Problem Gambling: Can subtle physiological reactions to wins and losses help identify the problem gambler? Grant ID: ARC_LP0776836.  $106,881.

Research interests include:

  • Clinical supervision: evaluation of process, methods and outcomesThe development and assessment of psychologist practitioner competence.
  • The applications of technology in supervision (e.g., eSupervision) 
  • The use of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and autonomic measures to examine mechanisms and markers of problem gambling.Information processing deficits (e.g., facilitation and inhibition) in anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders 
  • The use of ambulatory psychophysiological techniques to study psychopathology


This information has been contributed by Professor Gonsalvez.

Previous Projects

Title: Catalent Stability Testing
  • Catalent Australia Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Craig Gonsalvez
Years: 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00024643


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Reflective Practice as a meta-competency in clinical supervision: Definition, psychometric measurement and evaluation of its effects. Nominated supervisor - Craig Gonsalvez
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Exposure based interventions: Optimising knowledge, skills and practice
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Ageing and emotion regulation
Field of Research: Behavioural Science; Psychology; Gender Specific Studies

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