Dr Chris

Dr Chris Pepping

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, Room 462, Melbourne (Bundoora)


B.Psych (Hons); PhD (Clinical Psychology)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Psychological Society; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy

Area of study


Brief profile

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Clinical psychologist and researcher with particular focus on couple relationships, including same-sex couple relationships, and LGBTIQ mental health.. 

  • Couple therapy and couple relationship enhancement
  • Relationship enhancement for same-sex couples
  • Mindfulness and interpersonal outcomes
  • Attachment theory and couple relationship outcomes
  • LGBTIQ mental health and intervention

Editorial Board Member:

  • Mindfulness

Ad-Hoc Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Family Psychology
  • Journal of Personality
  • Personality & Individual Differences
  • Journal of Social & Personal Relationships
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
  • Personal Relationships
  • Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Journal of Adolescence
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Australian Journal of Psychology
  • Australian Psychologist  

Teaching units

PSY5COG: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

PSY5PPY: Psychopathology

PSY5ATD: Assessment and Treatment of Major Disorders

PSY3RTP: Close Relationships: Theory and Practice

PSY4HNA: Honours CBT Intervention Seminar

Recent publications


Plusnin, N. Pepping, C. A. & Kashima, E. (In Press, Accepted 18/12/17). The Role of Close Relationships in Terror Management: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda. Personality & Social Psychology Review. 

Pepping, C. A., MacDonald, G., & Davis, P. J. (accepted, 07/12/2017) Toward a psychology of singlehood: An attachment theoretical perspective on long-term singlehood. Current Directions in Psychological Science.  

Pepping, C. A., Lyons, A., Cronin, T. J. Halford, W. K., & Pachankis, J. E. (accepted 06/12/2017). Couple Interventions for Same-Sex Couples: A Consumer Survey. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Pepping, C. A., Cronin, T. J., Lyons, A., & Caldwell, J. (accepted, 29/11/2017). The effects of mindfulness on sexual outcomes: The role of emotion regulation. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Pepping, C. A., Lyons, A. & Morris, E. M. J. (accepted, 15/10/2017). Affirmative LGBT Psychotherapy: Outcomes of a Therapist Training Protocol. Psychotherapy. 

Gordon, A., Davis, P. J., Patterson, S., Pepping, C. A. Connell, M., Scott, J. & Salter, K. (accepted, 12/09/2017). A randomized waitlist control community study of social cognition and interaction training (SCIT) for people with schizophrenia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Lyons, A., Alba, B. & Pepping, C. A. (accepted 05/09/2017). The impact of social support and mindfulness on mental health outcomes of middle-aged and older gay men: A longitudinal cohort analysis. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Pepping, C. A., Halford, W. K. & Lyons, A. (in press). Couple interventions for same-sex couples. Handbook of Evidence-based Mental Health Practice with LGBT Clients. Oxford.

Pepping, C. A., Lyons, A., McNair, R., Kirby, J. N., Petrocchi, N. & Gilbert, P. (In press, accepted 22/02/17). A tailored compassion-focused therapy program for sexual minority young adults with depressive symptomatology: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychology.

Lyons, A. & Pepping, C. A. (In Press, accepted 02/02/17). Prospective effects of social support on internalized homonegativity and sexual identity concealment among middle-aged and older gay men: A longitudinal cohort study. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping. 

Pepping, C. A., Taylor, R., Koh, K. & Halford, W. K. (2017). Attachment, culture, and initial romantic attraction: A speed dating experiment. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 79-85. 

Halford, W. K. & Pepping, C. A. (2017). An ecological model of mediators of change in couple relationship education. Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 39-43.


Pepping, C. A., Taylor, R., Koh, K. & Halford, W. K. (In press). Attachment, culture, and initial romantic attraction: A speed dating experiment. Personality and Individual Differences 

Pepping, C. A., Duvenage, M. & Cronin, T.J. & Lyons, A. (2016). Adolescent mindfulness and psychopathology: The role of emotion regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 99, 302-307.

Pepping, C. A., Walters, B., Davis, P. J. & O’Donovan, A. (2016). Why do people practice mindfulness meditation?  An investigation into reasons for practicing mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness, 7, 542-547.. 

Melen, S., Pepping, C. A., & O’Donovan, A. (2016). Social foundations of mindfulness:  Priming attachment anxiety reduces emotion regulation and mindful attention. Mindfulness. 

Halford, W. K., Pepping, C. A., & Petch, J. (Invited Book Chapter; Cambridge Handbook of Close Relationships). Promoting Healthy Relationships.

Pepping, C. A. & Duvenage, M. (2016). The origins of individual differences in dispositional mindfulness. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 130-136

Pepping, C. A., Davis, P. J. & O’Donovan, A. (2016). Pepping, C. A., Davis, P. J., & O’Donovan, A. (2016). Mindfulness for Cultivating Self-Esteem. In Mindfulness and Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 259-275). Springer.

Pepping, C. A. & Halford, W. K. (in press). Couple Relationship Education, in Jenny Fitzgerald (Ed.) Foundations for Couples Therapy: Research for the Real World. Oxford: Taylor and Frances. Invited book chapter.

Pepping, C. A., & Halford, W. K. (2016). Mindfulness and couple relationships.  In Mindfulness and Buddhist-Derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction (pp. 391-411). Springer.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., Webb, H., & Pepping, C. A., Swan, K., & Merlo, O. (2016). Is parent-child attachment a correlate of children’s emotion regulation and coping? International Journal of Behavioural Development. 


Pepping, C. A., Halford, W. K. & Doss, B. D. (2015). Can we predict failure in couple therapy early enough to enhance outcome? Behavior Research and Therapy, 65, 60-66.

Halford, W. K., Pepping, C. A., Hilpert, P. Bodenman, G., Wilson, K. L., Busby, D., Larson, J., & Holman, T. (2015). Immediate Effect of Couple Relationship Education on Low-Satisfaction Couples: A Randomized Clinical Trial Plus an Uncontrolled Trial Replication. Behavior therapy46(3), 409-421. 

Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A., Zimmer-Gembeck, M. & Hanish, M.  (2015).  Individual differences in attachment and eating pathology:  The mediating role of mindfulness.  Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 24-29.

Janz, P., Pepping, C. A. & Halford, W. K. (2015). Individual differences in dispositional mindfulness and initial romantic attraction: A speed dating experiment. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 14-19.

Pepping, C. A., Davis, P. J. & O’Donovan, A.  (2015). The association between state attachment security and state mindfulness.  PloS one, 10 (3), e0116779.   

Halford, W. K., Pepping, C. A. & Petch, J. (2015). The Gap between Couple Therapy Research Efficacy and Practice Effectiveness.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 32-44. 

Kendall, E., Maujean, A., Pepping, C. A.. Downs, M., Byrne, J., Lakhani, A. & MacFarlane, K.  (2015).  A systematic review of the efficacy of equine-assisted interventions on psychological outcomes. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 17, 57-79.

Plusnin, N. & Pepping, C. A. (2015) Regulation of the Terror of Death: Emotion Regulation Strategies and Social Consequences. Nova Publishers

Pepping, C. A., Davis, P. J. O’Donovan, A. & Pal, J.  (2015). Individual differences in self-compassion: The role of attachment and experiences of parenting in childhood. Self and Identity. 14, 104- 117.

Kerr, S., O’Donovan, A. & Pepping, C. A.  (2015). Can gratitude and Kindness Interventions enhance well-being in a clinical sample?  Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 17-36.

Maujean, A., Pepping, C. A. & Kendall, E. (2015). A systematic review of randomised controlled trials of animal assisted therapy on psychosocial outcomes. Anthrozoos, 28, 23-36.


Pepping, C. A. & Halford, W. K. (2014). Relationship education and therapy for same-sex couples. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 35, 431-444.

Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A., Zimmer-Gembeck, & Hanish, M.  (2014). Is emotion regulation the process underlying the relationship between low mindfulness and psychosocial distress? Australian Journal of Psychology, 66, 130-138. 

Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A. & Davis, P. J. (2014).  The differential relationship between mindfulness and attachment in experienced and inexperienced meditators.  Mindfulness, 5, 392-399. 

Kendall, E., Maujean, A., Pepping, C. A., Wright, J. J.  (2014). Hypotheses about the psychological benefits of horses, Explore:  The Journal of Science and Healing, 10, 81-87.

Maujean, A., Pepping, C. A. & Kendall, E. (2014). A systematic review of randomised controlled studies of art therapy. Art Therapy, 31, 37-44.


Pepping, C. A., O’Donovan, A. & Davis, P.  (2013). The positive effects of mindfulness on self-esteem. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(5),376-386.

Pepping C. A., Davis, P. J. & O’Donovan, A.  (2013).  Individual differences in attachment and dispositional mindfulness:  The mediating role of emotion regulation.  Personality & Individual Differences, 54(3), 453-456. 

Pepping, C. A., Dawe, S. & Harnett, P. (2013).  Using the Assessment Framework to measure parental mood: An investigation of the reliability of the Adult Well-Being Scale, Child and Family Social Work.


Pepping, C. A & Halford, W. K. (2012).  Attachment and relationship satisfaction in expectant first-time parents:  The mediating role of relationship enhancing behaviors.  Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 770-774.