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Dr Craig Harms


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5715, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.128
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5715
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.128  


Craig is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY2301 – Learning and Motivation


Dr Craig Harms works as a lecturer and researcher in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU); a Clinical Psychologist (Registrar) in mental health settings; and a Psychologist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Craig was a teacher of Physical, Health, and Outdoor Education for approximately 20 years prior to working at ECU.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Threapy (AACBT)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • APS Award

Research Areas and Interests

Craig's present research and practice interests include factors impacting on and the psychological consequences of personal achievement (sporting and academic); resilience; measurement of psychological constructs, treatment of psychological distress; and psychological aspects of health and exercise.

  • Resilience – personal, as well as in sport and business.
  • Sporting and educational performance
  • Mental Health, such as Bipolar Disorder
  • Parenting and play


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.


Recent Research Grants

  • Do neurophysical variables predict recovery from bipolar disorder episodes?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $17,035.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Corkill, J., Brooks, D., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Harris, K., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., (2017), The use of resilience indicators to assist in the selection of personnel for employment in classified and covert environments. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience, 436-450, Abingdon, UK, Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2017), The protective factors for resilience scale (PFRS): Development of the scale. Cogent Psychology, 4(1), Article Number: 1400415, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Cogent OA, DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2017.1400415.
  • Fitch, N., Ma'ayah, F., Harms, C., Guilfoyle, A., (2017), Sport, Educational Engagement and Positive Youth Development: Reflections of Aboriginal Former Youth Sports Participants. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46(1), 23-33, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.23.
  • Becerra, R., D'andrade, C., Harms, C., (2017), Can specific attentional skills be modified with mindfulness training for novice practitioners?. Current Psychology: developmental - learning - personality - social, 36(3), 657-664, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s12144-016-9454-y.
  • McGillivray, L., Becerra, R., Harms, C., (2017), Prevalence and demographic correlates of alexithymia: A comparison between Australian psychiatric and community samples. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(1), 76-87, Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22314.
  • Loh, J., Harms, C., Harman, B., (2017), Effects of Parental Stress, Optimism, and Health-Promoting Behaviors on the Quality of Life of Primiparous and Multiparous Mothers. Nursing Research, 66(3), 231-239, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000219.
  • Harman, B., Harms, C., (2017), Predictors of unstructured play amongst pre-school children in Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(3), 31-37, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.42.3.04.
  • Becerra, R., Bassett, D., Harms, C., (2016), Emotion regulation in bipolar disorder: Self-report profiles and effects of psychotropic medication. Clinical Neuropsychiatry: journal of treatment evaluation, 13(4-5), 59-67, Italy, Giovanni Fioriti Editore.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Harms, C., Allan, A., Bassett, D., Hood, S., Murray, G., (2015), Emotion regulation and residual depression predict psychosocial functioning in bipolar disorder: Preliminary study. Universitas Psychologica, 14(3), 855-864, Bogota, Columbia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.upsy14-3.errp.
  • Ferguson, C., Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Tomlinson, S., (2013), Crime Prevention: The Role of Individual Resilience within the Family. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 20(3), 423-430, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.707971.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Murray, G., Bassett, D., Harms, C., Allan, A., Hood, s., (2013), Emotion regulation in bipolar disorder: Are emotion regulation abilities less compromised in euthymic bipolar disorder than unipolar depressive or anxiety disorders?. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3(2013), 1-7, United States, Scientific Research, DOI:

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Alexithymia In A Psychiatric Population: Stability And Relationship With Therapeutic Outcome.
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