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Professor Christine Critchley



Christine Critchley is a teaching and research academic who is located in the Departments of Psychological Sciences and Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology (SDSE). She is currently (since 2014) the Chair of the Department of SDSE, the Director of the Swinburne Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility, and a Chief Investigator of the Swinburne National Science and Society Monitor (since 2003). She teaches Scale Development and Evaluation and Structural Equation Modelling to Masters in Applied Statistics students and Advanced Quantitative Methods to Honours in Psychology students. Christine's main areas of research lie within the broad area of social psychology, questionnaire construction and evaluation, and statistical modelling. Specifically, much of her research consists of large national (and international) public opinion surveys in the areas of public understanding of, and trust in science. Many of her publications examine how and why public trust erodes when scientists collaborate with industry, particularly in the context of genetics and medical research.  Much of this work is done in collaboration with the Center for Law and Genetics where she is a member and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. Christine supervises PhD students in many areas relating to attitude/trust formation and the attitude - behaviour relationship. PhD topics applying these ideas have been in the context of climate change, materialism, asylum seekers, healthy lifestyles, trust in high status people, intellectual property and mental health. Christine's publications and PhD supervision have also included questionnaire construction and evaluation, assessing different research designs and advanced statistical modelling. She is also a statistical advisor and consultant to industry and government in the areas of research, CATI and online survey methodologies, questionnaire design and statistical analysis (e.g., structural equation modelling, latent class/profile analysis, and multilevel modelling).

Research interests

Attitudes; Trust; Public trust in science; Public Opinion; Commercialisation of science

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Australians' attitudes towards science: This project uses results from the Swinburne National Technology and Society Monitor, an annual survey conducted on 1000 Australians since 2003. Topics can include attitudes towards science in general, or specific topics such as climate change, stem cell research, genetic testing, personalised medicine, genetically modified foods or nanotechnology.

Fields of Research

  • Social And Community Psychology - 170113
  • Statistics - 010400

Teaching areas

Psychological Measurement;Social Psychology;Psychological Measurement;Applied statistics;Structural equation modelling;Scale development and evaluation;Psychological Assessment


Also published as: Critchley, Christine; Critchley, C.; Critchley, C. R.; Critchley, Christine R.
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