Dr Chris Kilby

PhD MRes BPsy(hon) MAPS

  • Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning
  • Course and Unit Coordinator
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Research Supervisor
Dr Chris Kilby

Research Expertise

  • Stress
  • Coping
  • Youth residential worker
  • Self-compassion
  • Beliefs

Research Supervision

  • Masters
  • Honours


Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling
PSY102 Research Design and Statistics I (unit coordinator 2022-current)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
HON402 Research Methods (guest lecturer 2020-current)
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
PSY402 Research Design and Statistics (unit coordinator 2021-current)
PSY406 Psychopathology (guest lecturer 2022-current)
PSY408 Psychology Research Capstone (guest lecturer 2021-current)
Master of Professional Psychology
MPP550 Applied Research for the Practicing Psychologist (unit coordinator 2020-2022)

Clinical Expertise


Chris is the Associate Head of School for Learning and Teaching. Chris employs innovative teaching strategies for online and face-to-face classes in statistics and research methods that focus on problem-focused learning, emotion-focused learning, and narrative-based learning. His approach to teaching was acknowledged nationally in 2021 through his receipt of the APS Early Career Teacher award. Chris is also the President of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine.

In terms of research, Chris is fascinated by how two people can undergo the exact same stressful situation (such as an exam or sitting in traffic) and yet respond to and experience that situation differently. It is even more fascinating that the way the body physiologically responds to stress also differs from person to person. Chris is interested in understanding where these differences come from – what is it about an individual that can produce such drastic changes in response to challenges and hardship and, ultimately, what could we potentially harness to improve the way we cope with everyday stress and minimise the health burdens that sometimes follow with stress. Inherently, these are complex issues that call for a multidisciplinary perspective on stress from a biopsychosocial perspective. But less obvious are the issues of measurement and laboratory induction of stress. How do we ensure that our participants are all undergoing the same type of stress? How do we capture the stress response in an individual? How do we account for the great interindividual and intraindividual differences in the stress response? How does stress theory explain and rationalise these complexities? These are deeper questions that Chris is also interested in answering. In 2022, Chris published the Subjective Thoughts About Stress Scale (STRESS), a self-report measure of stress beliefs. Currently, Chris has focused his research efforts on stress in youth residential workers through the WAYS project (Working Around Youth worker Stress). Chris is regularly seeking honours and masters students who have an interest, passion, or work experience in youth residential work to join this program of research.

Key Publications

Kilby. C.J., Sherman, K.A., Wuthrich, V.A. (2022). Believing is seeing: Development and validation of the STRESS (Subjective Thoughts REgarding Stress Scale) for measuring stress beliefs. Personality and Individual Differences, 190, 111535. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111535  

Kilby, C.J., Sherman, K.A., & Wuthrich, V. (2020). How do you think about stress? A qualitative analysis of beliefs about stress. Journal of Health Psychology, 26(14),2756-2767. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1359105320926543  

Kilby, C.J., Sherman, K.A., & Wuthrich, V.A. (2020). A Scoping Review of Stress Beliefs: Literature Integration, Measurement Issues, and Theoretical Concerns. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 58(8), 595-610. https://doi.org/10.1093/abm/kaaa006   

Kilby, C.J., Sherman, K.A., & Wuthrich, V. (2018). Towards understanding interindividual differences in stressor appraisals: A systematic review. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 92-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.001  

Kilby, C.J., & Sherman, K.A. (2016). Delineating the relationship between stress mindset and primary appraisals: Preliminary findings. SpringerPlus, 5(336),1-8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40064-016-1937-7