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Dr Deirdre Drake

Dr Deirdre Drake

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5020, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.212
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5020  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.212  


Deidre is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

  • PSY5188 - Advanced Developmental and Professional Issues in Psychology
  • PSY2231 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY1101 - Introduction to Psychology


After originally training as a lawyer, I came back to study psychology as a mature aged student. I have been lecturing at ECU since 2000, prior to that I was a tutor in Psychology and a lecturer in Criminology at The University of Melbourne.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society

Research Areas and Interests

  • Adult development and aging
  • Psychology and Law
  • Adult development and transitions
  • Relationships between people and companion animals
  • Public opinions about the justice system


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • New Directions in FIFO living: An exploration of community and village life by Compass Group and ECU,  Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $71,881.
  • Victims' voices in Family Violence Courts: Developing innovative best-practice models,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Collaborative Research,  2005 - 2008,  $75,947.
  • Public expectations of appropriate arrangements for children following parental separation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $5,995.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Slocum, D., McKillop, D., Allan, A., Allan, R., Drake, D., (2011), Apology and acceptance in intimate partner relationships. Interpersonal acceptance and rejection: Social, emotional and educational contexts, 175-181, Boca Raton, Florida USA.

Journal Articles

  • Cormie, P., Turner, B., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D., Chambers, S., (2015), A qualitative exploration of the experience of men with prostate cancer involved in supervised exercise programs. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(1), 24-32, DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.24-32.
  • Maclean, M., Drake, D., McKillop, D., (2015), Perceptions of Stepfathers? Obligations to Financially Support Stepchildren. Journal of family and Economic Issues, Article in press(Article in press), 12p., New York, USA, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-015-9451-6.
  • Harris, K., Gringart, E., Drake, D., (2013), Military Retirement: Reflections from Former Members of Special Operations Forces. Australian Army Journal , 10(3), 97-112.
  • Cooney, A., Allan, A., Allan, R., McKillop, D., Drake, D., (2011), The forgiveness process in primary and secondary victims of violent and sexual offences. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63(2), 107-118, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00012.x.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Responsibility Of Young People And The Vicarious Responsibility Of Their Parents: A Vignette Study Investigating The Influence Of Perpetrator Age And Victim Harm On Public Attributions Of Criminal And General Responsibility
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Exploration Of Implicit Theories Of Justice With Secondary Victims Of Sexual Assault.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Effects Of Parenting Styles, Academic Self-efficacy, And Achievement Motivation On The Academic Achievement Of University Astudents In Ethiopia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Protective- Restoring To Maintain Self Integrity: A Grounded Theory Of The Human Experience Of Dog Relinquishment
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Secondary Victims' Perceptions Of Justice: Implications For Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Beyond The Polarising Constructions Of Terrorism: Challenging The Discourses That Silence Public Debate In Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Post-traumatic Growth In Carers Of People With A Mental Illness.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Leaving Ideological Social Groups Behind: A Grounded Theory Of Psychological Disengagement

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Silencing Violence In The Family: Making The Victim The Problem - When We Remember They Call Us Liars
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Best Interests Of The Child Principle In The Context Of Parent Separation Or Divorce: As Conceptualised By The Community.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'heartlines'
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