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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


PhD (London); BA (Honours; Swinburne, Melbourne); BTh (MCD, Melbourne); BEd (Perth)

Joanne Dickson (Associate Professor of Psychology) joined the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2016. Joanne was awarded two scholarships from the University of London (Royal Holloway) to undertake her PhD. She completed her PhD in 2003. In the UK she held academic posts at the University of London (Birkbeck College) and the University of Liverpool before returning to Perth in 2016.

Joanne’s main research interests are in the areas of goal-motivation, prospective cognition and emotion-regulation processes in mental health and well-being. She collaborates with national and international colleagues in Australia, the UK and USA in this field of research and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool (UK).

Joanne has extensive professional research experience, including editorial roles (e.g., Journal of Research in Personality, Editorial Board; InPACT scientific committee, peer-review of manuscripts and research grant applications); external examination of postgraduate research; research governance. For two terms she served as Co-Chair for the Research Section of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS), Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology (2008-2011; 2014-March, 2016).

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

  • 2016 - Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) (CI). Research Award, £18.5K (2016)
  • 2007; 2012; 2010-2016 - Mersey Care NHS, UK, Research Awards. Research Awards > £400K (British Sterling)
  • 2010 - Wellcome Trust Research Award (CI), 3 Year project, (2010), £139K  (British Sterling)
  • 1998 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 2 Year Overseas Scholarship Award
  • 1998 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 3 Year PhD Scholarship Award
  • 1996 - Swinburne University, Honours Research Prize

National and International Research Positions

  • 2016 - Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2016 - International Human Affectome Project – Author Invitation
  • 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 (InPACT)
  • 2009 - Editorial Board Consultant, Journal of Research in Personality
  • 2012 - Visiting Research Scholar – Professor Andrew Elliot’s Motivational Laboratory, Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester

Research Areas and Interests

  • Motivation and goal-regulation
  • Prospective Cognition
  • Emotion-regulation
  • Affective Disorders & Well-being (in relation to the abovementioned 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 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cherry, M., Ablett, JR., Dickson, J., Powell, D., Sikdar, S., Salmon, P., (2017), 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.
  • Shallcross, R., Dickson, J., Nunns, D., Mackenzie, C., Kiemle, G., (2017), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • Crowther, S., Goodson, C., McGuire, J., Dickson, J., (2013), Having to fight. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(1), 62-79, DOI: 10.1177/0886260512448846.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

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