Professor Lynne Cohen is Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts and Pro-Vice Chancellor: Engagement (Communities) at Edith Cowan University. Previously she was Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science (2008-2011) (now known as the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science).
Professor Cohen has a strong background in education and was head of the Biology Department at Holy Rosary Convent in South Africa. After migrating to Australia she continued her postgraduate studies in psychology. She is a community psychologist and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs in psychology. She is responsible for establishing the Lifespan Resilience Research Centre where she leads a team of researchers at ECU to develop innovative, evidence based practices that enhance mental health and build resilience across the human lifespan.The program of research aligns with the broad health and wellness approaches to all aspects of mental health management. The Lifespan Resilience Research Centre is the Australian site for the International Resilience Project led by the University of Dalhousie in Halifax, Canada.
Professor Cohen has won a number of national teaching awards for her commitment to university teaching. She led the team that won an Australian Award for University Teaching and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in Higher Education(2010). She has a special interest in teaching children with learning difficulties. She has been instrumental in developing a leadership program for undergraduate students, and the Retention and Persistence Transition Support (RAPTS) program to increase retention of undergraduate students have been adopted by universities both nationally and internationally.
Professor Cohen holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science and a Higher Education Diploma from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy from Edith Cowan University.
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