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Dr Ken Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5526, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.108
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5526  
Facsimile: (61 8)  08 63045834  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.108  


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

Current Teaching

  • PSY2305 - Individual Differences
  • PSY3306 - Psychology, Community and Work


  • January 2006-current: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology & Social Science
  • September 2002-December 2005: Head of School, Professional Community Services, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
  • January 2001-2005: Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degrees), Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
  • 1998-2004: Director, Centre for Regional Development and Research
  • 1996-1998: Director of Research, Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme, Queens Medical Centre University Hospital NHS Trust
  • 1991-1996: Scientist, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Scottish Clinical Outstation, Glasgow
  • 1989-1991: Scientific Officer at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge
  • 1986-1987: Tutor with the Department of Psychology, The University of Western Australia
  • 1985-1987: Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, The University of Western Australia
  • 1984-1985: Research Assistant, Western Australian Department of Health
  • 1982-1984: Personnel Officer, Woodside Offshore Petroleum, Karratha
  • 1979-1982: Personnel Officer, General Motors-Holden's Limited, Melbourne

Professional Associations

  • Registered Psychologist, PsyBA
  • Community Psychology Endorsed Area of Practice, PsyBA
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, APS College of Community Psychologists
  • National Chair, APS College of Community Psychologists 2012-2013
  • State Chair, WA Section, APS College of Community Psychologists 2010-11
  • Member, Organising Committee, APS Child, Adolescent and Family Interest Group 2008-current.

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching


  • 2010 - West Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award. The Office of Crime Prevention, Perth, for Inside Parents, trial of a parent training and group psychotherapy program aimed to reduce risk of recidivism.
  • 2010 - Serco International Australasian Region Pulse Award. Serco International, Sydney. Awarded for Inside Parents, most promising and innovative program.
  • 2002 - President’s award for outstanding service to the Regional Chambers of Commerce (WA).
  • Co-Chair, ePortfolio Steering Group, Curriculum 2012 (2010-current), and of University CTL Working Party, ECU. Member, ePortfolio University Project Board (2012).
  • Member (Elected Staff Rep. 2008-11), University Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee, ECU
  • Member (Elected Staff Rep. 2001-02, HoS Rep. 2002-05), Academic Board, ECU
  • Board Member (Elected Staff Rep. 1999-05), Advisory Board, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, ECU.
  • Board Member (Ministerial Appointment 2000-2003), South West Development Commission, WA
  • Hon. Executive Director, Regional Chambers of Commerce (WA) Inc., 2000-2002.
  • Member, Management Committee, South West Chambers of Commerce & Industry, 2000-2005
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Val Lishman Health Research Fund, 1999-2003
  • Member, Steering Committee, Consortium for Health & Ecology, 2001-2004, ECU
  • Director, Vocation and Youth, Bunbury-Leschenault Rotary Club, 2001-2002

Research Areas and Interests

  • Individual differences: emotion and emotional regulation, intelligence testing
  • Community psychology and social justice: youth, prisoners, reconciliation.
  • Process and effectiveness of family therapy
  • Training fluid intelligence
  • Applying Self-Determination Theory to student retention
  • Psychophysiological, behavioural and self-report measures of emotion regulation

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 1993 .
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 1986 .
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne, 1979 .


Recent Research Grants

  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders perspectives surrounding student wellbeing,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $120,353.
  • A Co-operative Inquiry into the Engagement of Community and Mining Industry Stakeholders to Achieve Win/Win Processes & Outcomes in a Small Rural Town.,  Alcoa World Alumina Australia,  Grant,  2002 - 2006,  $274,000.
  • Smart Events,  Department of Transport and Regional Services,  Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $74,528.
  • Investing in our youth.,  Attorney-General - WA,  Grant,  2001 - 2003,  $135,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Cameron, S., Robinson, K., (2014), The Experiences of Indigenous Australian Psychologists at University. Australian Psychologist, 49(1), 54-62, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/ap.12036.
  • Cohen, L., Dean, J., Gridley, H., Hogea, R., Robinson, K., Sampson, E., Sibbel, A., Turner, C., (2012), Lobbying for endorsement of community psychology in Australia. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 3(2), 1-14, Greensboro, NC.
  • Robinson, K., Scott-Pillow, G., (2010), Evaluation of the 11th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference:Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Frontiers, July 2009, Fremantle,Western Australia. Australian Community Psychologist, 22(1), 38-47, Melbourne, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women Who Study: Balancing The Dual Roles Of Postgraduate Student And Mother..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Learning From The Experts: Qualitative Study Of The Lived Experience Of Mental Illness..

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Visual Dysfunction: A Contributing Facto In Memory Deficits, And Therefore Learning Difficulties?.
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