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Associate Professor Joanne Dickson

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2711, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.209
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2711
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.209  


Joanne is an Associate Professor of Psychology, at the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • PSY5200 - Research Preparation
  • PSY6241 - Research Project 1
  • PSY6245 - Research Project 2


Joanne Dickson (Associate Professor of Psychology) joined the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2016.  She was awarded her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2003. Since 2003, Joanne has held academic posts at the University of London (Birkbeck College) and the University of Liverpool (Russell Group Research University) before returning to Australia in 2016.

Joanne is the Research Lead for the international Motivation and Affect Regulation in Mental Health research group. Her main research interests are in the areas of motivation, prospective cognition and emotion-regulation processes, in relation to mental health and well-being. Joanne has supervised over 40 masters and doctoral student research projects to successful completion in these areas. She has published widely in esteemed journals has successfully attracted research grants to support her research.

Joanne has extensive professional research experience, including, several editorial roles (e.g., international editorial board consultant, conference scientific committees and as a peer-reviewer for prestigious journals and research councils. She has extensive experience as an external examiner of doctoral research and in research ethics and governance. For two terms, Joanne served as Chair for the Research Section of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS), Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology.

Professional Associations

  • 2004 - Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • 2004 - British Psychological Society (CPsychol AFBPsS)
  • 2015 - International Human Affectome Project, Taskforce Member
  • 2016 - American Psychological Science, Member
  • 2016 -WA Mental Health Research Alliance, Member

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 1998 - 2002 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 2 Year Overseas Scholarship Award
  • 1998 - 2002 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 3 Year PhD Scholarship Award
  • 1996 - Swinburne University, Honours Research Prize

National and International Research Positions

  • 2018 - Visiting Research Scholar – University of Exeter, UK
  • 2016 - International Human Affectome Project
  • 2016 - Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2016 - Honorary Research Fellow & Subject Expert, Mersey Care NHS, UK
  • 2008-2011; 2014-2016 - Co-Chair of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Research Section, Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology
  • 2013 - Scientific Committee Member, International Psychological Assessment Conference and Trends
  • 2009-2018 - Editorial Board Consultant, Journal of Research in Personality
  • 2012 - Visiting Research Scholar – University of Rochester

Research Areas and Interests

  • Research Lead: Motivation and Affect Regulation in Mental Health international research group
  • Motivation and goal-regulation
  • Prospective Cognition
  • Emotion-regulation
  • Affective Disorders & Well-being (in relation to the above mentioned processes)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, United Kingdom, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Swinburne University of Technology, 1996.
  • Bachelor of Education, Western Australian CAE, 1985.


Recent Research Grants

  • Mental Health and Well-Being: A Motivational Perspective,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme – 2017 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $9,830.
  • Goal Regulation and prospective cognitions in momentary and fluctuating mood: A systematic review,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Di Lemma, LC., Dickson, J., Jedras, P., Roefs, A., Field, M., (2016), Priming of conflicting motivational orientations in heavy drinkers: Robust effects on self-report but not implicit measures. Reward Processing in Motivational and Affective Disorders, 70-85, Frontiers ebooks, Frontiers Media SA, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01465.

Journal Articles

  • Shallcross, R., Dickson, J., Nunns, D., Mackenzie, C., Kiemle, G., (2018), Women’s subjective experiences of living with vulvodynia: A Systematic review and meta-ethnography. Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal, 47(3), 577–595 , Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-1026-1.
  • Moberly, NJ., Dickson, J., (2018), Goal conflict, ambivalence and psychological distresss: Concurrent and longitudinal relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 129(n/a), 38-42, DOI: 10.10.1016/j.paid.2018.03.008.
  • Cherry, M., Ablett, JR., Dickson, J., Powell, D., Sikdar, S., Salmon, P., (2018), A qualitative study of the processes by which carers of people with dementia derive meaning from caring. Aging and Mental Health, Article in press(Article in press), 8p., Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1393792.
  • Taylor, PJ., Bourne, K., Eames, C., Dickson, J., (2017), Validating the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale [PMS] for Those with Fibromyalgia. Journal of Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia, 23(3-4), 155-164, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/24708593.2017.1314401.
  • Manning, RC., Dickson, J., Palmier-Claus, J., Cuncliffe, A., Taylor, PJ., (2017), A systematic review of adult attachment and social anxiety. Journal of Affective Disorders, 211(15 March 2017), 44-59, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.020.
  • Dickson, J., Johnson, S., Huntley, C., Peckham, A., Taylor, PJ., (2017), An integrative study of motivation and goal regulation processes in subclinical anxiety, depression and hypomania. Psychiatry Research, 256(October 2017), 6-12, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.002.
  • Field, M., Di Lemma, L., Christiansen, P., Dickson, J., (2017), Automatic avoidance tendencies for alcohol cues predict drinking after detoxification treatment in alcohol dependence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(2), 171-179, Educational Publishing Foundation, DOI: 10.1037/adb0000232.
  • Taylor, PJ., Jomar, K., Dhingra, K., Forrester, RL., Shahmalak, U., Dickson, J., (2017), A meta-analysis of the prevalence of different functions of non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227(February), 759-769, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.11.073.
  • Moberly, N., Dickson, J., (2016), Rumination on personal goals: Unique contributions of organismic and cybernetic factors. Personality and Individual Differences, 99(2016), 352–357, Oxon, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.041.
  • Dickson, J., Moberly, N., O'Dea, C., Field, M., (2016), Goal fluency, pessimism and disengagement in depression. PLoS One, 11(11), 1-11, San Francisco, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166259.
  • Iddon, J., Dickson, J., Unwin, J., (2016), Positive Psychological Interventions and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review of the Literature. International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, article in press(article in press), 25p., Heidelberg, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s41042-016-0003-6.
  • Dickson, J., Barsky, J., Kinderman, P., King, D., Taylor, PJ., (2016), Early relationships and paranoia: Qualitative investigation of childhood experiences associated with the development of persecutory delusions. Psychiatry Research, 238(2016), 40-45, Elsevier Ireland Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.02.006.
  • Fitzpatrick, E., McGuire, J., Dickson, J., (2015), Personal goals of adolescents in a Youth Offending Service in the United Kingdom. Youth Justice: an international journal, 15(2), 166-181, London, UK, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1473225414543484.
  • Ruddock, H., Dickson, J., Field, M., Hardman, C., (2015), Eating to live or living to eat? Exploring causal attributions of self-perceived food addiction. Appetite, 95(December 01), 262-268, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.07.018.
  • Winch, A., Moberly, N., Dickson, J., (2015), Unique associations between anxiety, depression and motives for approach and avoidance goal pursuit. Cognition and Emotion, 29(7), 1295-1305, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2014.976544.
  • Di Lemma, L., Dickson, J., Jedras, P., Roefs, A., Field, M., (2015), Priming of conflicting motivational orientations in heavy drinkers: robust effects on self-report but not implicit measures. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(OCT), Article no. 1465, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01465.
  • Dickson, J., Gullo, M., (2015), The role of brief CBT in the treatment of anxiety and depression for young adults at a UK university: a pilot prospective audit study. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 8(e14), 1-9, Cambridge Journals, DOI: 10.1017/S1754470X15000240.
  • Harper, B., Dickson, J., Bramwell, R., (2014), Experiences of young people in a 16–18 Mental Health Service. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(2), 90-96, West Sussex, UK, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/camh.12024.
  • Baker, S., Dickson, J., Field, M., (2014), Implicit priming of conflicting motivational orientations in heavy drinkers. BMC Psychology, 8(28), 1-13, London, UK, BioMed Central Ltd.
  • Dickson, J., Moberly, N., (2013), Goal internalization and outcome expectancy in adolescent anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41(3), 389-397, DOI: 10.1007/s10802-012-9685-9.
  • Cherry, G., Salmon, P., Dickson, J., Powell, D., Sikdar, S., Ablett, J., (2013), Factors influencing the resilience of carers of individuals with dementia. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 23(4), 251-266, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0959259813000130.
  • Dickson, J., Moberly, N., (2013), Reduced specificity of personal goals and explanations for goal attainment in major depression. PLoS One, 8(5), Article no. e64512, PLOS one, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064512.
  • Dickson, J., Gately, C., Field, M., (2013), Alcohol dependent patients have weak negative rather than strong positive implicit alcohol associations. Psychopharmacology, 228(4), 603-610, Springerlink, DOI: 10.1007/s00213-013-3066-0.
  • Crowther, S., Goodson, C., McGuire, J., Dickson, J., (2013), Having to fight. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(1), 62-79, DOI: 10.1177/0886260512448846.

Conference Publications

  • Dickson, J., Moberly, N., (2017), Goal dysregulation in depression. International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT), 53-57.
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