Hello, I am Dr. Peter Cornish.


Dr. Peter Cornish is an Associate Professor and served as the Director of the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) at Memorial University of Newfoundland from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2018. He is currently on sabbatical researching and writing for three books on stepped care. The SWCC is an academic and service unit with a focus on interprofessional wellness programming, training and research. Programming includes primary medical care, psychiatric consultation, counselling and a wide range of other mental health supports and programs, healthy campus development activities, academic teaching and training in the faculties of Medicine and Science. The SWCC co-founded, with the Department of Psychology, a doctoral training program in clinic psychology and is a partner in teaching and administration of this program. The SWCC provides leadership roles in the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education which represents the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Education and Human Kinetics and Recreation. The SWCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Cornish is a strong advocate for interprofessional collaboration and encourages the development of partnerships with a broad range of disciplines within the university and within the public health sector. His clinical and research interests include online mental health, stepped care programming, mental health service innovations, change management, interprofessional team functioning, interpersonal and group dynamics, wellness community development and gender issues. His empowerment-oriented approach to professional practice is situated within the context of the multiple determinants of health and draws heavily on feminist, community of practice and interpersonal/psychodynamic theory. Dr. Cornish is a registered psychologist (Newfoundland and Labrador; Saskatchewan) and works part-time in private practice with Cornish & Gilleta. He is also the president of the social enterprise, Cornish & Associates Stepped Care Solutions Ltd.

Representative Research

Cornish, P. A., & Berry, G., Benton, S., Barros Gomes, P., Johnson, D., Ginsburg, R., Whelan, E., Romano, V., & Fawcett, E. (2017). Meeting the needs of today’s college student: Reinventing services through stepped care 2.0. Psychological Services. 14(4), 428-442.
Cornish, P. (2015, June). Storming Mindfully: Reflections on Collaborative Teaching in Medicine. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association 2015, Ottawa, Ontario.
Cornish, P., Church, E., Callanan, T., Bethune, C., & Younghusband, L. (2014). Self-help is no help: negative study results lead to important lessons. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 19 (3), 111-113.
Cornish, P. A. (2014). Innovating online with stepped care: A research-based stepped care mental health community of practice proposal. Communique, 14(3), 9-13.
Cornish, P. A. (2012). The Contribution of Synergy to the Experience of Empowerment. In R. Katz & S. Murphy-Shigematsu (Eds.), Synergy, Healing and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity. Calgary: Brush Education.
Cornish, P. A., & Osachuk, T. (2011). Canadian Men’s Relationships and Help-Seeking over the Lifespan: The Role of Public Narratives. In J. Laker (Ed.), Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities. Oxford University Press.
Church, E., Cornish, P. A., Callanan, T. S., & Bethune, C. (2008). Integrating self-help materials into mental health practice. Canadian Family Physician, 54, 14,13-7.