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Professor Craig Speelman

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5724, Mobile: 0407 452 328, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.203
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5724
Mobile: 0407 452 328
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.203  


Craig is Associate Dean within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY3304 Cognition 
  • PSY4128/5128 Research Skills
  • Unit co-ordinator - PSY3304, PSY4128/5128


  • 1992-1993 – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of WA
  • 1994-1995 – Lecturer, University of New England
  • 1996-1997 – Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 1997-2001 – Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002-2005 – Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2006-2007 – Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008-present – Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002-February 2012 – Head of School, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Psychology Society
  • Member, Psychonomics Society

Awards and Recognition


  • 1985 - APS Prize

Research Areas and Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Memory
  • Music
  • Skill acquisition
  • Memory for music


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.


Recent Research Grants

  • Individual differences in skill acquisition: Why some people fail to develop automaticity.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $5,016.
  • Cyber Electronic Warfare: The effects of team dynamics, cognitive load and team mental models.,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) Program,  2017 - 2018,  $153,407.
  • Researching automaticity using eye tracking equipment and software ,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $13,872.
  • Improving the numeracy skills of children,  Collier Charitable Fund,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $29,973.
  • Screening the Score: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Presenting Music Notation on the iPad,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2016,  $20,000.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills ? an iPad trial.,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $50,067.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013 - 2015,  $98,917.
  • Building Financial Literacy and Retirement Savings Engagement by Developing a Financial Education Programme for the Workplace,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2009 - 2013,  $375,001.
  • Blast the Germs,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $85,200.
  • Western Australian Antenatal and Postnatal Screening Study: National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program,  Beyond Blue - National Depression Initiative,  Scholarship,  2006 - 2009,  $45,000.
  • The Retirement Savings Decisions of Australian Workers: A Long-Term Study of Public Sector and Industry Fund Members,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Near miss,  2003 - 2006,  $351,056.
  • National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program.,  Beyond Blue - National Depression Initiative,  Grant,  2001 - 2005,  $418,974.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2012), Psychological determinants of retirement savings behaviour: An application of the theory of planned behaviour., 408, Saarbrucken, Germany, Lambert Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Campitelli, G., Speelman, C., (2014), Expertise and the Illusion of Expertise in Gambling. Problem Gambling: Cognition, Prevention and Treatment, 41-60, London, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Speelman, C., (2013), A test of a computer game designed to facilitate the acquisition of arithmetic skills. Enhancing Human Performance, 1-21, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Conference Publications

  • Speelman, C., (2013), Facilitating the acquisition of arithmetic skills with a computer game. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology (CBP 2013), 1-7, Singapore, Global Science & Technology Forum.
  • Orlando, R., Speelman, C., (2012), The Effect of Music Teaching Method on Music Reading Skills and Music Participation: An Online Study. Proceedings of the ICMPC--?ESCOM 2012 Joint Conference, 759-765, Thessaloniki, Greece , School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
  • Speelman, C., Sibma, S., Maclachlan, S., (2012), Memory for Sequence Order in Songs. Proceedings of the ICMPC--?ESCOM 2012 Joint Conference, 944-949, Thessaloniki, Greece , School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Journal Articles

  • Speelman, C., Forbes, J., Giesen, K., Parkinson, M., Johnson, L., (2016), The Stability of Old Skills during Transfer. Sage Open, 6(3), 1-13, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016658336.
  • Tan, B., Pooley, JA., Speelman, C., (2016), A Meta-Analytic Review of the Efficacy of Physical Exercise Interventions on Cognition in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(9), 3126-3143, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2854-x.
  • Merema, M., Speelman, C., (2015), The Interdependence of Long- and Short- Term Components in Unmasked Repetition Priming: An Indication of Shared Resources. PLoS One, 10(12), 1-8, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144747.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2015), A mediating role for anticipated regret in predicting retirement savings intention between groups with (without) past behaviour. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67(2), 87-96, West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12070.
  • Speelman, C., Muller-Townsend, K., (2015), Attaining automaticity in the visual numerosity task is not automatic. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(2015), Article no. 1744, Lausanne, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01744.
  • Hay, A., Speelman, C., (2014), Stability and accuracy of long-term memory for musical pitch. GSTF Journal of Psychology, 1(1), 38-44, GSTF, DOI: 10.5176/0000-0002_1.1.6.
  • Speelman, C., (2014), The acquisition of expertise in the classroom: Are current models of education appropriate?. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(JUN, 2014), Article no. 580, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00580.
  • Merema, M., Speelman, C., Foster, J., Kaczmarek, E., (2013), Neuroticism (Not Depressive Symptoms) Predicts Memory Complaints in Some Community-Dwelling Older Adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(8), 729-736, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.01.059.
  • Speelman, C., McGann, M., (2013), How mean is the mean?. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(451), 1-12, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013. 00451.
  • Speelman, C., Clark-Murphy, M., Gerrans, P., (2013), Decision Making Clusters in Retirement Savings: Gender Differences Dominate. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(3), 329-339, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-012-9334-z.
  • Campitelli, G., Speelman, C., (2013), Expertise paradigms for investigating the neural substrates of stable memories. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(November), article 740, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00740.
  • Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., Campitelli, G., (2013), The Relationship Between Personal Financial Wellness and Financial Wellbeing: A Structural Equation Modelling Approach. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 35(2), 145-160, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-013-9358-z.
  • Speelman, C., Parkinson, M., (2012), Recovery from a transfer disruption. GSTF Journal of Law and Sciences, 1(2), 29-34, Singapore, Global Science and Technology Forum, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_1.2.32.
  • Speelman, C., Kirsner, K., Halloy, S., (2012), A theory of the mind as a complex system. Current Research in Psychology, 3(1), 1-17, New York, Science Publications, DOI: 10.3844/crpsp.2012.1.18.
  • Merema, M., Speelman, C., Kaczmarek, E., Foster, J., (2012), Age and premorbid intelligence suppress complaint-performance congruency in raw score measures of memory. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(3), 397-405, DOI: 10.1017/S1041610211001918.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rewiring Head And Heart: An Investigation Into The Efficacy Of A Clinical Psychotherapeutic Modality For The Treatment Of Depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'fighting A Losing Battle': A Glaserian Grounded Theory Of Midwives' Workplace Stress
  • The Role Of Memory In The Development Of Musical Skill
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Duet For Life: Is Alexithymia A Key Note In Couples' Empathy, Emotional Connection, Relationship Dissatisfaction, And Their Therapy Outcomes?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transfer Of Automatic Skills: The Role Of Automaticity In Skill Acquisition And Transfer
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Examination Of The Relationship Between Positive Psychological Functioning And Depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive Fatigue: Exploring The Relationship Between The Fatigue Effect And Action Video-game Experience
  • The Child Knows Best: The Strategies And Tactics Of Accelerated Learning
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Psychological Determinants Of Retirment Savings Behaviour: An Application Of The Theory Of Planned Behaviour.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Distinct Contributions Of Affective Distress And Personality To Memory Complaints Made In Older Adulthood
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceptions About Goal Setting, Academic Behaviours, Academic Performance, And Psychological Distress Of University-bouind Secondary Students.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive Reactivity: Evidence Of A Regulatory Mechanism That Compensates For Dysphoric Mood And Mediates Depression Vulnerability.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Using Discrete Trial Training With Progressive Time Delay Prompting To Teach Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder To Tact Phonemes
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Structure Strategy Use In Children's Comprehension Of Expository Texts
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceived Harms And Benefits Of Parental Cannabis Use, And Parents' Reports Regarding Harm-reduction Strategies
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