School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr. Samia Toukhsati

Phone: (03) 51226009
Berwick B902-R168C
Position: Senior Lecturer
Discipline: Psychology


  • Grad Cert Higher Ed
  • PhD
  • BSci (Hons)
  • BA

Teaching Areas

  • Health psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Supervision

Professional Associations

  • Member, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine
  • Member, Victorian Psycho-Cardiology Network
  • Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College
  • Editorial Board: Heart and Mind

Research Interests

Samia undertakes research in adult health/clinical psychology with the broad goals of improving the well-being and management of people living with chronic illness. To achieve this, she uses epidemiological, physiological, and psychological data to inform the design and evaluation of self-care interventions. Samia holds honorary positions at Austin Health and Melbourne University and collaborates with a multi-national, multi-disciplinary team of health professionals and scientists. She is interested in incorporating ehealth technologies to optimise self-care in chronic illness patients and their families.

Samia offers postgraduate supervision within the broad field of health psychology, which could include research that explores risk factors; mental health; cognitive decline; ageing; chronic illness; primary and secondary prevention; self-care; resilience; interventional studies (including the use of music); cross-cultural studies, and psychometric studies.

Publications (last 5 years)


Scanes C, Toukhsati SR (Eds). (2017). Animals and Human Society. Academic Press

Refereed Articles

Byrne C, Toukhsati S.R., Toia D, O’Halloran PD, Hare DL. Hopelessness and cognitive  impairment are risk markers for mortality in systolic heart failure patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.03.008

Ha, F.J., Toukhsati, S.R., Cameron, J., Yates, R., & Hare, D.L. (2018). Association between the 6- minute walk test and exercise confidence in patients with heart failure: a prospective observational study. Heart Lung, 47(1), 54-60.

Ha, F.J., Hare, D.L., Cameron, J., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2018). Heart failure and exercise: a narrative review of the role of self-efficacy. Heart Lung Circ, 27(1), 22-27.

Hare, D.L., Selvadurai, L.P., Wang, J. Q., Yau, H. H., Stone, M.J., Raman, B., Wu, N., Shi, W. Y., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2017). Psychometric assessment of the Cardiac Depression Scale Short Form in cardiac outpatients. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs, 16(3), 249-255.

Toukhsati, S.R., Jovanovic, A., Dehghani, S., Tran, T., Tran, A., & Hare, D.L. (2017). Low psychological resilience is associated with depression in patients with cardiovascular disease. Eur  J Cardiovasc Nurs, 16(1), 64-69.

Toukhsati, S.R., & Hare, D.L. (2016). Towards optimal heart failure care: couples-oriented strategies to improve patient adherence and health outcomes. Curr Cardiol Rev, 12(3),  243-8.

Iyngkaran, P., Toukhsati, S.R., Harris, M., Connors, C., Kangaharan, N., Ilton, M., Nagel, T., Moser, D.K., & Battersby, M. (2016). Self managing heart failure in remote Australia Translating Concepts into Clinical Practice. Curr Cardiol Rev, 12(4), 270-284.

Patterson, J.L., Barber, J.B., O’Connor, D.W., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2016). Electrophysiological  profiling of depression in the elderly. Arch Depress Anxiety, 2(1), 31-36.

Iyngkaran, P., Toukhsati, S.R., Thomas, M.C., Jelinek, M.V., Hare, D.L., & Horowitz, J.D. (2016). A review of the external validity of clinical trials with beta-blockers in heart failure. Clin Med Insights: Cardiol, 10, 163-171.

Toukhsati, S.R., Driscoll, A., & Hare, D.L. (2015). Patient self-management in chronic heart failure: establishing concordance between guidelines and practice. Cardiac Failure Review, 1(2), 128-131.

Iyngkaran, P., Toukhsati, S.R., Biddagardi, N., Zimmet, H., Atherton, J., & Hare, D.L. (2015). Technology-assisted congestive heart failure care. Curr Heart Fail Rep, 12(2), 173-86.

Toukhsati, S.R., Phillips, C.J.C., Podberscek, A., & Coleman, G. (2015). Companion animals in Thailand: Human factors that predict sterilization of cats and dogs. Society & Animals, 23(6), 569-593.

Mornement, K.M., Coleman, G.J., Toukhsati, S.R., & Bennett, P.C. (2015). Evaluation of the predictive validity of the Behavioural Assessment for Re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) protocol  and owner satisfaction with adopted dogs. Appl Anim Behav Sci 167, 35–42.

Gurusamy, V., Tribe, A., Toukhsati, S.R., & Phillips, C.J.C. (2015). Public attitudes in India and Australia toward elephants in zoos. Anthrozoos, 28(1), 87-100.

Coleman, G.J., Rohlf, V., Toukhsati, S.R., & Blache, D. (2015). Public attitudes relevant to livestock animal welfare policy. Farm Policy J, 12(3), 45-57.

Bagot, K.L., Allen, F.C.L., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2015). Perceived restorativeness of children’s school playground environments: Nature, playground features and play period experiences. J Environ Psychol, 41, 1-9.

Hare, D.L., Toukhsati, S.R., Johansson, P., & Jaarsma T. (2014). Depression and Cardiovascular Disease: a Clinical Review. Eur Heart J,35(21), 1365-72.

Grace, N., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2014). Psychosocial functioning in the elderly: an assessment of self-concept and depression. Int J Psychol Res, 7(1), 12-18.

Mornement, K.M., Coleman, G.J., Toukhsati, S.R., & Bennett, P.C. (2014). Development of the Behavioural Assessment for Re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) Protocol. Appl Anim Behav Sci, 151, 75- 83.

Toukhsati, S.R., & Hare, D.L. (2013). Detecting and managing depression in patients with cardiac disease. Cardiology Today, 3(3), 27-30.

Howell, T., Toukhsati, S.R., Conduit, R., & Bennett, P.C. (2013). The Perceptions of Dog Intelligence and Cognitive  Skills (PoDIaCS) Survey. J Vet Behav, 8(6), 418–424.

Howell, T., Toukhsati, S.R., Conduit, R., & Bennett, P.C. (2013). Do dogs use a mirror to find hidden food? J Vet Behav, 8(6), 1-6.

Gunaseelan, S., Toukhsati, S.R., & Coleman, G.J. (2013). Attitudes toward Responsible Pet Ownership Behaviours in Singaporean Cat Owners. Anthrozoos, 26(2), 198-211.

McKenzie, W.A., Perini, E., Rohlf, V., Toukhsati, S.R., Conduit, R., & Sanson, G. (2013). A blended learning lecture delivery model for large and diverse undergraduate cohorts. Comput Educ, 64, 116-126.

Grants (last 5 years)

Toukhsati, S.R. (2016). The effect of relaxing music on autonomic activity in heart failure patients. Australian Academy of Science, Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships. Awarded: $20,000

Hare, D.L., & Toukhsati, S.R. (2014). Conversations of the Heart: Psycho-educational telephone counselling for couples impacted by chronic heart failure. State Trustees. Awarded: $10,000

Hare, D.L., Toukhsati, S.R. (2014). Genetic factors predicting anti-depressant therapy response  in CHF patients. Preston and Loui Geduld Trust Fund. Awarded: $7,000

Hare, D.L., Toukhsati, S.R. (2013). Genetic factors predicting anti-depressant therapy response in CHF patients. Preston and Loui Geduld Trust Fund Awarded: $22,838

Coleman, G.J., Toukhsati, S.R., & Blanche, D. (2013). Monitoring public attitudes to inform animal welfare policy development. APL/AWI/AMPC/AAWS. Awarded: $70,000

Research Higher Degree Completions (last 5 years)

L. Greenfield, Master of Clinical Psychology, 2017: Psycho-cognitive predictors of mortality in elderly Aged Care residents.

C. Byrne, Master of Clinical Psychology, 2016: Do specific depressive symptoms predict mortality in patients with systolic heart failure?

K. Chan, Doctor of Medicine, 2015: Does heart rate variability moderate the relationship between beta-blockade & depression in acute myocardial infarct patients?

H. Poole, Doctor of Medicine, 2015: Does beta-blockade increase the risk of depression in chronic heart failure patients?

K. Mornement, Doctor of Philosophy, 2015: Shelter Dogs in Australia: Public Perceptions and Assessment of Behaviour for Adoption Suitability.

J. McArdle, Doctor of Medicine, 2014: Depression as a predictor of mortality in heart failure settings.

T. Howell, Doctor of Philosophy, 2013: Behaviour and beyond: Three ways to examine dog cognitive processing.

V. Rholf, Doctor of Philosophy, 2013: An investigation of the relationship between canine obesity and owner beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.