Peter B. Todd B.A. (Honors, Psychology), MAPS graduated from Sydney University in 1968, becoming a member of the Australian Psychological Society in 1975. He started to work as a post graduate research psychologist at the School of Surgery, St. George Hospital (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) after his undergraduate degree in 1973. This research was essentially a psychoanalytic study of quantified unconscious ego-defenses and affect as predictors of behaviour and outcome in women with symptoms of breast cancer, conducted within a medical faculty, rather than in an academic psychology department. This work represented one of the first successful attempts to operationally define and measure unconscious mental processes and was published in the British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1978, 51(2), pp 177-189.
Subsequently, Peter held a position as research psychologist at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney, became a member of the Biopsychosocial AIDS Project at the University of California at San Francisco, consultant at the department of Immunology at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and research coordinator at the Albion Street AIDS Clinic at Sydney. Currently he works as a registered psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice. His primary fields of interest have been psychosomatic research, psychoneuroimmunology and psychoanalysis applied to the scientific understanding and treatment of such diseases as cancer and HIV/AIDS. Peter’s published, psychoanalytically oriented breast cancer work led to his involvement in research into HIV/AIDS, as another immunologically mediated or resisted disease being conceptualized within a biopsychosocial model of disease, particularly in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. He has published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a book “AIDS: A Pilgrimage to Healing-A Guide for Health Professionals, The Clergy, Educators and Carers” in 1992 distributed in universities in Australia and the United States with another as a work in progress elaborating themes from his paper, “Unconscious Mental Factors in HIV Infection” published in the interdisciplinary journal “Mind and Matter”, 2009 6(2), 193-206 (Imprint Academic). He was previously a competitive weight lifter in the 1980’s and his current interests include music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
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