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Professor Craig Speelman


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  


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 Memberships

  • 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

Staff Qualifications

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


Recent Research Grants

  • 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,  $20,000.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013,  $98,917.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills ? an iPad trial.,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2014,  $50,067.
  • Building Financial Literacy and Retirement Savings Engagement by Developing a Financial Education Programme for the Workplace,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2009 - 2012,  $375,001.
  • Blast the Germs,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $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)


  • Giesen, K., Speelman, C., (2013), Cognitive reactivity: Evidence of a regulatory mechanism that compensates for dysphoric mood and mediates depression vulnerability., 416, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Forbes, J., Speelman, C., (2013), Positive Psychological Functioning and Depression., 300, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Speelman, C., (2013), Enhancing human performance., 272, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2012), Psychological determinants of retirement savings behaviour: An application of the theory of planned behaviour., 408, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Gringart, E., Helmes, E., Speelman, C., (2010), The Role of Stereotypes in Age Discrimination in Hiring: Evaluation and Intervention., 288, Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Simpson, T., Speelman, C., (2010), Anxiety and skill acquisition: The association between anxiety, working memory and skill acquisition and transfer., 238, Germany.

Book Chapters

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Speelman, C., McGann, M., (2013), How mean is the mean?. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(451), 1-12, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013. 00451.
  • Campitelli, G., Speelman, C., (2013), Expertise paradigms for investigating the neural substrates of stable memories. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(November), article 740, Switzerland, 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, in press(in press), in press, United States, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-013-9358-z.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.01.059.
  • 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, DOI: 10.3844/crpsp.2012.1.18.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2012), Normative influence on retirement savings decisions: Do people care what employers and the government want?. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64(2), 83-91, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00029.x.
  • Speelman, C., Clark-Murphy, M., Gerrans, P., (2012), Decision Making Clusters in Retirement Savings: Gender Differences Dominate. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 1-11, United States, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-012-9334-z.
  • Speelman, C., Parkinson, M., (2012), Recovery from a transfer disruption. GSTF Journal of Law and Sciences, 1(2), 29-34, Singapore, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_1.2.32.
  • 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.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2011), Normative influence on retirement savings decisions: Do people care what employers and the government want?. Australian Journal of Psychology, na(na), na, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00029.x.
  • Gringart, E., Helmes, E., Speelman, C., (2011), Development of a Measure of Stereotypical Attitudes towards Older Workers. Australian Psychologist, 48(2), 110-118, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00024.x.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2010), The role and relevance of domain knowledge, perceptions of planning importance, and risk tolerance in predicting savings intentions. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(6), 860-871, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2010.06.002.
  • Gerrans, P., Clark-Murphy, M., Speelman, C., (2010), Asset allocation and age effects in retirement savings choices. Accounting & Finance, 50(2), 301- 319, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2009.00330.x.
  • Croy, G., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2010), Injunctive Social Norms Primacy Over Descriptive Social Norms in Retirement Savings Decisions. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 71(4), 259-282, DOI: 10.2190/AG.71.4.a.
  • Speelman, C., Martin, K., Flower, S., Simpson, T., (2010), Skill Acquisition in Skin Cancer Detection. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 110(1), 277-297, DOI: 10.2466/PMS.110.1.277-297.
  • Brooks, J., Nathan, E., Speelman, C., Swalm, D., Jacques, A., Doherty, D., (2009), Tailoring screening protocols for perinatal depression: prevalence of high risk across obstetric services in Western Australia. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12(2), 105-112, Austria, DOI: 10.1007/s00737-009-0048-7.
  • Clark-Murphy, M., Gerrans, P., Speelman, C., (2009), Return Chasing as a Driver in Individual Retirement Savings Investment Choices: Evidence from Australia. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 30(1), 4-19, United States, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-008-9133-8.

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.
  • Speelman, C., Parkinson, M., (2012), Recovery from a transfer disruption. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology (CBP2012), 86-90, Singapore, DOI: 10.5176/2251-1865_CBP51.
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Speelman, C., Forbes, J., Giesen, K., (2011), Performing New Tasks with Old Skills: Is Prediction Possible?. The International Conference SKILLS 2011, 1(15-16 Dec 2011), 1-4, Les Ulis Cedex, France, DOI:

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,  Perceptions About Goal Setting, Academic Behaviours, Academic Performance, And Psychological Distress Of University-bouind Secondary Students..
  • The Role Of Memory In The Development Of Musical Skill.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Examination Of The Relationship Between Positive Psychological Functioning And Depression.
  • 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,  Cognitive Reactivity: Evidence Of A Regulatory Mechanism That Compensates For Dysphoric Mood And Mediates Depression Vulnerability..

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Structure Strategy Use In Children's Comprehension Of Expository Texts.
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