Dr. DavidM.Dunkley, PhD
Assistant Professor

Clinical psychology

Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, SMBD Jewish General Hospital
4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road
H3T 1E4
514-340-8222 ext. 5176


Dr. Dunkley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and a researcher with the Lady Davis Institute and SMBD—Jewish General Hospital. He is an FRSQ Chercheur-Boursier, and the primary goal of his research is to examine the mechanisms through which perfectionism is a cognitive-personality vulnerability factor to depression. His research examines both stress generation and stress reactivity processes that might explain why personal standards and self-criticism dimensions of perfectionism are instigating and/or maintaining factors of depressive symptoms in nonclinical community adults and depressed patients. His previous research in university student, community adult, and clinical populations has showed that SC individuals experience persistent depressive symptoms via stress generation because they tend to (1) appraise minor or daily events more negatively (daily stress) and (2) become preoccupied with their perceived inadequacies in response to stressors and, as a result, typically procrastinate or give up (avoidant coping). In addition, individuals with higher levels of PS and individuals with higher SC have been found to have heightened vulnerability to depressive symptoms in response to achievement-related stress and avoidant coping. His recent research also incorporates hyperactivity of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis (i.e., cortisol secretion) as an additional explanatory stress variable. He has received numerous fellowships, obtained grants from federal and provincial agencies, and has published several articles in respected journals using structural equation modelling/path analysis and multilevel modelling as the primary data analytic techniques. In 2005, he received the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award. Dr. Dunkley is a clinical psychologist and an associate with the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Service of the ICFP-JGH. In his clinical practice, he specializes in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and developmental disorders in adults.

Undergraduate: BSC in Psychology, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Doctoral: Clinical Psychology, McGill University

Postdoctoral: Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; Pscyiatry, SMBD—Jewish General Hospital and McGill University

Ordre professionnelle des psychologues du Quebec, Licensed Psychologist
Canadian Psychological Association, Member

American Psychological Association, Member

Dunkley DM, Blankstein KR, Segal ZV. Cognitive assessment: Issues and methods. In: Dobson KS, editor. Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies. 3rd edition. New York: Guilford Press; 2010.

Dunkley DM, Sanislow CA, Grilo CM, McGlashan TH. Self-criticism versus neuroticism in predicting depression and psychosocial impairment over four years in a clinical sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2009;50:335-346.

Dunkley DM, Grilo CM. Self-criticism, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and over-evaluation of shape and weight in binge eating disorder patients. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2007;45:139-149.

Dunkley DM, Blankstein KR, Masheb RM, Grilo CM. Personal standards and evaluative concerns dimensions of “clinical” perfectionism: a reply to Shafran et al. (2002, 2003) and Hewitt et al. (2003). Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2006.

Dunkley DM, Blankstein KR, Zuroff DC, Lecce S, Hui D. Self-critical and personal standards factors of perfectionism located within the five-factor model of personality. Personality and Individual Differences. 2006;40:409-420.

Dunkley DM, Sanislow CA, Grilo CM, McGlashan TH. Perfectionism and depressive symptoms three years later: Negative social interactions, avoidant coping, and perceived social support as mediators. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2006;47:106-115.

Dunkley DM, Zuroff DC, Blankstein KR. Specific perfectionism components versus self-criticism in predicting maladjustment. Personality and Individual Differences. 2006;40:665-676.

Dunkley DM, Zuroff DC, Blankstein KR. Self-critical perfectionism and daily affect: Dispositional and situational influences on stress and coping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003;84:234-252.

Dunkley DM, Blankstein KR. Self-critical perfectionism, coping, hassles, and current distress: a structural equation modeling approach. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 2000;24:713-730.

Dunkley DM, Blankstein KR, Halsall J, Williams M, Winkworth G. The relation between perfectionism and distress: hassles, coping, and perceived social support as mediators and moderators. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 2000;47:437-453.