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Associate Professor Lynn Priddis

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5692, Mobile: 0417986710, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.110
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5692
Mobile: 0417986710
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.110  


Lynn is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the course coordinator for the Clinical Psychology Program in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

Lynn’s teaching background is in child, family and group psychology and psychotherapy in particular that of parent-infant relationships and the application of evidence based practice to couples and young families in distress. In 2015 Lynn will teach:

  • PSY6244 Family Psychology
  • PSY5201 Clinical Psychology 2 


Lynn has 12 years recent experience in academia at Curtin University, an ongoing private clinical and counselling psychology practice, 10 years’ experience as a school psychologist including four years specialist experience in charge of a centre for troubled children and four years’ experience as a clinical psychologist in the WA Health Department.  Lynn also has an ongoing research and reflective supervision arrangement with Ngala. 

Professional Associations

  • Registered with Psych board of Australia
  • AHPRA Endorsed in Counselling Psychology and in Clinical Psychology
  • Past President Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI)
  • Past President AAIMHI WA
  • Nationally accredited mediator

Research Areas and Interests

  • Mental Health in vulnerable populations (includes indigenous)
  • Mental Health in families with chronic disease
  • Mental health in family law
  • Mental health in infants and young children
  • Mental Health promotion, prevention, intervention
  • Psychotherapeutic Groups


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Master Of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Better together: Building the ECU Transdisciplinary Child Research Consortium (TCRC),  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2018 - 2019,  $10,000.
  • Better together: Supporting perinatal and infant mental health services,  WA Primary Health Alliance,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $230,000.
  • Enhancing parental relationships, resilience, and wellbeing in children; prenatal to 12 months,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $20,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Priddis, L., Rogers, S., (2018), Development of the reflective practice questionnaire: preliminary findings. Reflective Practice, 19(1), 89-104, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2017.1379384.
  • Cooke, D., Priddis, L., Luyten, P., Kendall, G., Cavanagh, R., (2017), Paternal and Maternal Reflective Functioning in the West Australian Peel Child Health Study. Infant Mental Health Journal, 38(5), 561-574, John Wiley and Sons, DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21664.
  • Tallon, M., Kendall, G., Priddis, L., Newall, F., Young, J., (2017), Barriers to addressing social determinants of health in paediatric nursing practice: an integrative review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 37(November 2017), 51-56, Elsevier.
  • Jessup, M., Douglas, T., Priddis, L., Branch-Smith, C., Shields, L., (2016), Parental Experience of Information and Education Processes Following Diagnosis of Their Infant With Cystic Fibrosis Via Newborn Screening. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(3), e233-e241, W.B. Saunders, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2015.11.010.
  • Cooke, D., Marais, I., Cavanagh, R., Kendall, G., Priddis, L., (2015), Differences between mothers? and fathers? ratings of family functioning with the family assessment device: the validity of combined parent scores. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 48(3), 226-237, California, USA, SAGE Publications Inc., DOI: 10.1177/0748175615578756.
  • Douglas, T., Jordan, B., Priddis, L., Anderson, V., Sheehan, J., Kane, R., Massie, J., Branch-Smith, C., Shields, L., (2015), Protocol for a study of the psychosocial determinants of health in early childhood among children with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(7), 1704-1716, West Sussex, UK, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12621.
  • Howieson, J., Priddis, L., (2015), A mentalizing-based approach to family mediation: harnessing our fundamental capacity to resolve conflict and building an evidence-based practice for the field. Family Court Review: an interdisciplinary journal, 53(1), 79-95, New Jersey, USA, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12132.
  • Priddis, L., Matacz, R., Weatherston, D., (2015), Building a workforce competency-based training program in infant/early childhood mental health. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(6), 623-631, New Jersey, USA, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21535.
  • King, KL., Priddis, L., Kane, R., (2015), Enhancing maternal sensitivity and emotional wellbeing through a preventative parent-child relationship intervention in a community setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1582-1592, New York, USA, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s10826-014-9962-z.
  • Kho, Y., Kane, RT., Priddis, L., Hudson, J., (2015), The nature of attachment relationships and grief responses in older adults: an attachment path model of grief. PLoS One, 10(10), Article no. e0133703, California, USA, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133703.
  • Priddis, L., Landy, S., Moroney, D., Kane, R., (2014), An exploratory study of aggression in school-age children: underlying factors and implications for treatment. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 24(1), 18-35, Surrey Hills, VIC, Australian Academic Press, DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2013.12.
  • Liley, LJ., Watson, HJ., Seah, E., Priddis, L., Kane, RT., (2013), A controlled study of personality traits in female adolescents with eating disorders. Clinical Psychologist, 17(3), 115-121, DOI: 10.1111/cp.12012.
  • Priddis, L., Kane, R., (2013), The development of a scale for tuned-in parenting. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65(4), 198-205, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12021.
  • Shields, L., Munns, A., Taylor, M., Priddis, L., Park, J., Douglas, T., (2013), Scoping review of the literature about family-centred care with caregivers of children with cystic fibrosis. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 16(3), 21-25, Osborne Park, W.A., Cambridge Media.


  • Priddis, L., Matacz, R., (2015), Building the Mental Health of Infants and Young Children in WA., Perth, WA, The WA Mental Health Commission (MHC).

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Patterns Of Attachment And Reflective Functioning In Families Of Adolescents With Eating Disorders
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Exploring Mother-child Relationships In The Context Of Early Environmental Stressors
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Rasch Analysis Of The Parental Reflective Functioning Questionnaire: A Critical Examination Of Data From A Non-clinical Sample Of Mothers And Fathers With A One-year Old Child
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