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Dr Craig Harms


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5715, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.128
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5715
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.128  


Craig is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY2301 – Learning and Motivation


Dr Craig Harms works as a lecturer and researcher in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU); a Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) in mental health settings; and a Psychologist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Craig was a teacher of Physical, Health, and Outdoor Education for approximately 20 years prior to working at ECU.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Threapy (AACBT)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • APS Award

Research Areas and Interests

Craig's present research and practice interests include factors impacting on and the psychological consequences of personal achievement (sporting and academic); resilience; measurement of psychological constructs, treatment of psychological distress; and psychological aspects of health and exercise.

  • Resilience – personal, as well as in sport and business.
  • Sporting and educational performance
  • Mental Health, such as Bipolar Disorder
  • Parenting and play


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Science Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.


Recent Research Grants

  • Do neurophysical variables predict recovery from bipolar disorder episodes?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $17,035.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Becerra, R., D'andrade, C., Harms, C., (2016), Can specific attentional skills be modified with mindfulness training for novice practitioners?. Current Psychology, Article in press(Article in press), 8p., DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9454-y.
  • McGillivray, L., Becerra, R., Harms, C., (2016), Prevalence and demographic correlates of alexithymia: A comparison between Australian psychiatric and community samples. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(1), 76-87, DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22314.
  • Becerra, R., Bassett, D., Harms, C., (2016), Emotion regulation in bipolar disorder: Self-report profiles and effects of psychotropic medication. Clinical Neuropsychiatry: journal of treatment evaluation, 13(4-5), 59-67, Italy.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Harms, C., Allan, A., Bassett, D., Hood, S., Murray, G., (2015), Emotion regulation and residual depression predict psychosocial functioning in bipolar disorder: Preliminary study. Universitas Psychologica, 14(3), 855-864, Bogota, Columbia, DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.upsy14-3.errp.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Murray, G., Bassett, D., Harms, C., Allan, A., Hood, s., (2013), Emotion regulation in bipolar disorder: Are emotion regulation abilities less compromised in euthymic bipolar disorder than unipolar depressive or anxiety disorders?. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3(2013), 1-7, United States, DOI:
  • 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, 20(3), 423-430, Oxon, UK, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.707971.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Alexithymia In A Psychiatric Population: Stability And Relationship With Therapeutic Outcome.
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