Dr Wendell Cockshaw - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute


Wendell is a research design and statistics specialist with a PhD in Psychology, who has held roles at several research institutes and universities. He has broad multidisciplinary research experience and has qualifications in both psychology and engineering. His PhD described a new model of depression aetiology.

His work includes large randomised controlled trials of Apps addressing a range of mental health concerns in young people, and a book chapter describing standardised methods for evaluating e-Health apps. Wendell has ongoing national and international collaborations. His additional passion is research that offers pragmatic psycho-social responses to high prevalence public health challenges. 


PhD Psychology 

Hons Degree Psychology (1st class)

Graduate Diploma Psychology

Bachelor of Electronic Engineering

Diploma of Training & Assessment

Certificate IV Training & Assessment

Diploma of Business

Certificate IV Business

Featured Publications

Cockshaw, W. D., Thorpe, K. J., Giannotti, M., & Hazell-Raine, K. (2023). Factor structure of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in a large population-based sample of fathers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 340, 167-173. 

Fisher, O. J., Carroll, J. A., Shochet, I. M., Cockshaw, W. D., & Hou, X. Y. (2023). Using a Trans-theoretical Approach to Identify Differences in Determinants of Anxiety and Depression Symptoms and Mental Wellbeing Between Two Age Groups. Journal of Adult Development, 1-9. 

Shochet, I., Orr, J., Cockshaw, W., Tran, T., La, N., Nguyen, H., … & Fisher, J. (2022). Validation of the Behavioral Anger Response Questionnaire for Children (BARQ-C) in a large community sample of Vietnamese middle adolescents in Hanoi. BMC Psychology, 10(1), 199. 

Hazell Raine, K., Cockshaw, W., Boyce, P., & Thorpe, K. (2019). Prenatal maternal personality as an early predictor of vulnerable parenting style. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. 

Stoyanov, S. R., Hides, L., Kavanagh, D. J., Sanders, D., Cockshaw, W. D. & Mani, M. (2016). A recommended process for development and evaluation of eTools for mental health and wellbeing. In R. G. Menzies, M. Kyrios & N. Kazantzis. (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (chapter 45). Australian Academic Press. 


Modelling the link between belongingness and depressive symptoms 

Antenatal detection of vulnerable mother-infant relationship quality 

Person-centred care and the concept of Multiple Ego State System (MESSy) 


Professional Memberships

Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists 



Adjunct Associate Professor – Charles Darwin University 


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