Cher McGillivray, Dr


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society & Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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Dr Cher McGillivray

PhD, Clinical Psychologist, MPsych(ClinPsych), GDipPsySc, GDipPsych, MAPS

Seeking Parent Participants for a Moral Injury Study
Are you a parent interested in helping further our understanding of how to help support the recovery of families affected by complex trauma?
Bond University in collaboration with Bravehearts is proudly developing a new measure for therapists and researchers that will help validate the moral injury experienced by non-offending parents following exposure to their child experiencing childhood maltreatment.
Please click the link to complete our 10 to 15 minute online study

Parenting Beyond Trauma Program
Bond University are conducting a free parenting program. If you are the parent of a child who has been abused, you are invited to connect with us and receive more information about this program. This 6-week program will be offered online and self-paced and centres on Integrated Compassion Focused Trauma Treatment (for parents only). You will learn practical ways to recover that will benefit the recovery of both the parent and child.
For more information and to register your interest, please click here

Evidenced Based Research to Inform Positive Familial Social Change for Children, Families and Communities through connecting Policy, Practice and Governance.

Dr Cher McGillivray is an Assistant Professor at Bond University and registered Clinical Psychologist, researcher, speaker, writer and media commentator on children, families and community wellbeing.

Cher focuses on positive social change and advocates for the rights and wellbeing of children and restoring familial foundations for families and communities that care for them.  Her research endeavors on childhood maltreatment, complex trauma and posttraumatic growth aim to foster a deeper understanding of these critical issues, facilitating more effective responses within the realms of policy, public health, and the legal system to better respond and ultimately prevent of childhood maltreatment.

She is currently developing a Parenting Beyond Trauma Intervention, Moral Injury Assessment of Childhood Maltreatment; and researching self-compassion, mindfulness, and posttraumatic growth. Her research also involves bridging the gap between victim and victim offenders to ultimately empower victims and reduce gendered based violence. 

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology , Doctor of Philosophy, Empirical Extension of the Theory of Moral Injury: Investigating the Role of Intrapersonal Moral Injury Cognitions through Paradigmatic Models in Non-offending Parents of Children who have Experienced Sexual Abuse

Award Date: 20 Apr 2022


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