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Dr Myra Taylor

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5728, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.127
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5728  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.127  



  • 2011-current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lifespan Resilience Research Group, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008–2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow,Centre for Child and Adolescent Related Disorders, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia
  • 2002–2007: Associate Acting Deputy Director: Centre for Child and Adolescent Related Disorders and Research Associate ARC Discovery Project Grant Manager (AD/HD), University of Western Australia
  • 1999–2002: Full-time Doctoral Candidate, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 1997–1998: Full time Master Candidate,Exeter University, England
  • 1993–1996: Year 2 Teacher,Dominican Convent School, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1990–1993: Year 4 Teacher: St Olaf’s School, Utah, USA

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2007 University of Western Australia Post-Doctoral Re-Entry Research Fellowship.
    Risk, reputation and graffiti: Developing a new model and intervention for reducing graffiti.


  • 2002 Western Australian Institute for Education Research (WAIER) Cameron Prize.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Youth Crime
  • Implications of crime
  • Child and adolescent learning, emotional and behavioural disorders
  • Resilience across the lifespan
  • Early childhood development
  • Ageing
  • Domestic violence

Staff Qualifications

  • MSocSc (Master of Social Science), Edith Cowan University, 2011 .
  • PGradDip (Post Graduate Diploma), Edith Cowan University, 2007 .
  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), The University of Western Australia, 2003 .
  • M (Master Degree), United Kingdom, 1998 .


Recent Research Grants

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to improving long term outcomes in sarcoma survivors,  Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic,  Johanna Sewell Sarcoma Research Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $10,909.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Taylor, M., (2014), Sneaking around the streets Prolific graffiti taggers socialization habits. School, adolescence and health issues, 73-87, New York.
  • Taylor, M., Goldman, S., (2012), When empathy fails to eventuate in the counseling therapeutic session: Implications for the training and practice of students. University Teaching and Faculty Development Research Compendium, n/a, New York.

Journal Articles

  • Taylor, M., Edwards, M., Pooley, JA., (2013), Nudging them back to reality: Toward a growing public acceptance of the role dogs fulfill in ameliorating contemporary veterans' PTSD symptoms. Anthrozoos: a multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, 26(4), 593-611, DOI: 10.2752/175303713X13795775535896.
  • Maassen, K., Pooley, JA., Taylor, M., (2013), You get forced to live with randoms ... and that makes you stronger as a person?. Homeless Western Australian teenagers? perspectives on their experiences of residing in crisis accommodation. The Austalian Community Psychologist, 25(2), 53-73, Melbourne.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, M., (2013), Toward Understanding the Street Code of Silence that Exists among Prolific Graffiti Offenders. Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy and Practice, 8(1), 185-208, DOI: DOI: 10.1080/15564886.2012.763196.
  • Taylor, M., Khan, U., (2012), A comparison of police processing reports for juvenile graffiti offenders: Societal implications. Police practice and research: an intenational journal, 2012(iFirst), 1-15, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2012.722781.
  • Stambulich, D., Pooley, JA., Gately, N., Taylor, M., (2012), Some of my children are worth more than others: Perceptions of non-residential fathers with second families as to the fairness of the Australian Child Support Agency's handling of first family child support financial arrangements. Marriage and Family Review, 48(8), 769-791, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2012.714721.
  • Taylor, M., (2012), As long as your're resilient you'll succeed: School disaffected adolescents' perspectives on their willingness to engage in high injury-risk graffiti-writing activities. The International Journal of School Disaffection, 9(2), 39-51.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, M., Khan, U., (2012), Graffiti offenders' patterns of desistance and persistence in crime: New insights into reducing recidivist offending. The Police Journal, 85, , 5-28, DOI: 10.1350/pojo.2012.85.1.571.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, M., (2012), As long as you?re resilient you?ll succeed:School disaffected adolescents? perspectives on their willingness to engage in high injury-risk graffiti-writing activities. International Journal of School Disaffection, 9(2), 37-51.
  • Taylor, M., (2012), As long as you're resilient you'll succeed: School disaffected adolescents' perspectives on their willingness to engage in high injury-risk graffiti-writing activities. International Journal on School Disaffection, 9(2), 37-51, London, UK.
  • 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.
  • Taylor, M., Khan, U., (2011), Skate-park builds, teenaphobia and the adolescent need for hang-out spaces: The social utility and functionality of urban skate parks. Journal of Urban Design, 16(4), 489-510, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2011.586142.
  • Houghton, S., Durkin, K., Ang, R., Taylor, M., Brandtman, M., (2011), Measuring temporal self-regulation in children with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 27(2), 88-94 .
  • Taylor, M., Marais, I., Cottman, R., (2011), Patterns of graffiti offending towards recognition that graffiti offending is more than kids messing around. Policing and Society, n/a(n/a), 1-17, DOI:
  • Taylor, M., Marais, I., (2011), Not in my back schoolyard: School and skate-park builds in Western Australia. Australian Planner, 48(2), 84-95, DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2011.561825.
  • Taylor, M., Goldman, S., (2011), When empathy mails to eventuate in the counselling therapeutic session: Implications for the training and practice of students. International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, 1(3), 171-182.
  • Taylor, M., (2011), Hanging with the Hoodies: Towards an understanding of the territorial tagging practices of prolific graffiti writers seeking an adolescent non-conforming social identity. International Journal of Child & Adolescent Health, 4(3), 223-232.
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