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Professor Lynne Cohen

Executive Dean/PVC Engagement (Communities)

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 93706459, Mobile: 0417 956 607, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.123
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  93706459  
Mobile: 0417 956 607  
Facsimile: (61 8)  93706664  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.123  


Staff Qualifications

  • Higher Education Diploma, South Africa .
  • Doctorate, Edith Cowan University, 1999 .
  • Master of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 1996 .
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 1994 .
  • B (Bachelor Degree), UNKNOWN, 1972 .
  • BSc (Bachelor of Science), South Africa, 1971 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Investigating resource sharing in regional Higher Education and TAFE institutions to improve student learning experience,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Seed Projects,  2012 - 2013,  $49,000.
  • Building leadership capacity in undergraduate students,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Fellowship,  2010 - 2012,  $99,960.
  • Mandurah Family Relationship Centre,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $4,000.
  • Coalface Subject Co-ordinators the Missing Link to Building Leadership Capacities in the Academic Supply Chain,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Grant (pre-2013),  2009 - 2010,  $54,032.
  • Family Relationship Centre - Joondalup (North Metropolitan Family Relationship Centre Consortium,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2011,  $120,000.
  • Scale Development: Individual and Family Resilience,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $29,558.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation,  City of Wanneroo,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $4,550.
  • At the end of the day I just want my kids to be happy at school! Personality, physical appearance and young children's happiness,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $4,946.
  • Resilience: What is it and what are the Skills used by Families Affected by Mental Illness?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $55,466.
  • Playgroup WA Inc.-Brain and Emotional Development in the Early Years Workshops,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $20,880.
  • Promoting the Uptake of Reusable ICT-based Learning Designs,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Fellowship (pre-2013),  2007 - 2008,  $90,000.
  • Evaluation of Falls Linkage Independence Program,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2008,  $14,400.
  • A suicide Prevention and Education Programme for Undergraduate University students,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2002 - 2005,  $14,610.
  • Health and wellbeing assets map City of Joondalup,  City of Joondalup,  Grant,  2004,  $12,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Bernstein, D., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Goldthorpe, B., Provost, S., Cranney, J., Penner, L., Clarke-Stewart, A., Roy, E., (2013), Psychology: An International Discipline in Context: Australian and New Zealand Edition., 960, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., (2010), Indicators of Community Resilience: A Study of Communities Facing Impending Natural Disasters., 256, Germany.

Book Chapters

  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), The Relationship between Physical Activity and Cognition and its Application to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Enhancing Human Performance, 22-43, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2012), A Team Teaching Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Psychology. Teaching Psychology around the World: Volume 3, 42-54, London, UK.
  • Ferguson, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Guilfoyle, A., (2012), The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and speeding behaviour of young drivers. In Advances in Traffic Psychology, 149-156, London.

Journal Articles

  • Holt, D., Cohen, L., Campbell-Evans, G., Chang, P., Macdonald, I., McDonald, J., (2013), Leading at the coalface: The world as experienced by subject coordinators in Australian higher educaiton. Educational Management, Administration & Leadership, 41(2), 233-249, UK, DOI: 10.1177/1741143212468346.
  • Balmer, G., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2013), Psychological resilience of Western Australian police officers: relationship between resilience, coping style, psychological functioning and demographics. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, n/a(n/a), n/a, online.
  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), Physical Activity: Its implication on Attention Span and Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 2(2), 121, online, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_2.2.121#sthash.bvDKjDWY.dpuf.
  • Benedetti, R., Cohen, L., Taylor, M., (2013), There's really no other option: Italian Australians' experiences of caring for a family member with dementia. Journal of Women and Aging: the multidiciplinary quarterly of psychosocial practice, theory and research, 25(2), 138-164, USA, DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2013.760330.
  • Ferguson, C., Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Tomlinson, S., (2012), Crime Prevention: The Role of Individual Resilience within the Family. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 1-8, Oxon, UK, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.707971.
  • O'Brien, K., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Taylor, M., (2012), Lifting the domestic cloak of silence: Resilient Australian women's reflected memories of their childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 95-108, DOI: 10.1007/s10896-012-9484-7.
  • Cohen, L., Dean, J., Gridley, H., Hogea, R., Robinson, K., Sampson, E., Sibbel, A., Turner, C., (2012), Lobbying for endorsement of community psychology in Australia. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 3(2), 1-14, Greensboro, NC.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., O'Conner, M., Taylor, M., (2012), Posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth and their relationship to coping and self-efficacy in Northwest Australian Cyclone communities. Psychological Trauma , 2012(30 April), 1-8, DOI: 10.1037a0028046.
  • Soto, R., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Taylor, M., (2012), Students with ASD in mainstream primary education settings: Teachers' experiences in Western Australian classrooms. Austalasian Journal of Special Education, 36(2), 97-111, DOI: 10.1017/jse.2012.10.
  • Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., (2011), Psychologists? understanding of resilience: implications for the discipline of psychology and psychology practice. The Australian Community Psychologist, 23(2), 7-22.
  • Cohen, L., Chang, P., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., Harman, B., (2011), Enhancing psychology students' experiences: The development of an undergraduate leadership programme. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 10(2), 164-169, DOI: 10.2304/plat.2011.10.2.164.
  • Cohen, L., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Tomlinson, S., (2011), Family systems and mental health issues: A resilience approach. Journal of Social Work Practice, 25(1), 109-125, DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2010.533754.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2010), Resilience: A Definition in Context. The Australian Community Psychologist, 22(1), 30-37.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., (2010), Bushfire Communities and Resilience: What can they tell us?. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 25(2), 33-38, Canberra.

Conference Publications

  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), The Implication of Physical Activity on Attention Span and Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Study. 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology previous papers, 40-49, Singapore, DOI: 10.5176/2251-1865_CBP13.29.
  • Brooks, D., Corkill, J., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., (2010), National security: A propositional study to develop resilience indicators as an aid to personnel vetting. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference, 35-43, Perth.
  • Ferguson, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Guilfoyle, A., (2009), Elicitiing the beliefs of young drivers about driving risks: An analysis of two methodologies. Proceedings of the 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference : Smarter, Safer Directions, 826-838, Sydney, New South Wales.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Improving Community Water Conservation Behaviour In Chachoengsao, Thailand.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rejected By The Family For Being Lesbian And Gay: Exploring And Testing Factors That Contribute To Resilience..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Experiences Of Anglo-burmese Migrants In Perth, Western Australia: A Substantive Theory Of Marginalisation, Adaptation And Community..
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Relationship Between Residential Satisfaction, Sense Of Community, Sense Of Belonging And Sense Of Place In Western Australia Urban Planned Community..
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Life Transition Of Becoming A University Student.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Transition Experience To Boarding School For Male Aboriginal Secondary School Students From Regional And Remote Communities Across Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Relationship Between Attitudes To Driving And Driving Behaviour In Young Novice Drivers..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Construction Of Resilience In A Western Australian Context..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Individual Adaptation To Discontinuous Employment For Australian Workers: A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Adapting To Change: An Exploration Of Students' Transition Experiences In A Senior College In Western Australia..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Comparison Of Anxiety, Stress & Depression, Across The Perinatal Period, In Women Pregnant With Twins & Singletons..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Social Construction Of Ageing Based On Lived Experiences: Perspectives From The Western Australian And Welsh Community.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evidence From The Survivors: Factors Affecting Retention Of Undergraduate Psychology Students At A Western Australian University And Implications For Cultural Change Within Higher Education.
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