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Dr Rodrigo Becerra

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2786, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.129
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2786
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.129  


Dr Rodrigo Becerra is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities and is Director of the Psychopathology Research Group.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2008.


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)

Journal Articles

  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., Allan, A., (2018), The psychometric assessment of alexithymia: Development and validation of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 132(1 October), 32-44, NYC, NY, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.011.
  • Cruise, K., Becerra, R., (2018), Alexithymia and Problematic Alcohol Use: A Critical Update. Addictive Behaviors, 77(February 2018), 232-246, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon press, DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.09.025.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., (2018), Assessing Alexithymia: Psychometric properties and factorial invariance of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in nonclinical and psychiatric samples. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40(2), 276–287, New York, USA, Springer New York, DOI: 10.1007/s10862-017-9634-6.
  • Bojic, S., Becerra, R., (2017), Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Bipolar Disorder: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Europe's journal of psychology, 13(3), 573-598, Germany, DOI: 10.5964/ejop.v13i3.1138.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., (2017), Establishing the theoretical components of alexithymia via factor analysis: Introduction and validation of the attention-appraisal model of alexithymia. Personality and Individual Differences, 119(December 2017), 341-352, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon press, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.08.003.
  • 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.
  • Dickinson, T., Becerra, R., Coombes, J., (2017), Executive Functioning Deficits among Adults with Bipolar Disorder (types I and II): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of affective disorders, 218(15 August 2017), 407-427, USA, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.010.
  • Brown, A., Becerra, R., (2017), Mindfulness for neuropathic pain: A case study. International journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 17(1), 17-35, Spain.
  • Becerra, R., Preece, D., Campitelli, G., Scott-Pillow, G., (2017), The Assessment of Emotional Reactivity Across Negative and Positive Emotions: Development and Validation of the Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale (PERS). Assessment, 1(2017), 1-12, USA, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1177/1073191117694455.
  • 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.
  • Duarte, W., Becerra, R., Cruise, K., (2016), The relationship between neurocognitive functioning and occupational functioning in bipolar disorder: A literature review. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 12(4), 659-678, Germany, PsychOpen, DOI: 10.5964/ejop.v12i4.909.
  • Preece, D., Allan, A., Becerra, R., (2016), A case study of the neuropsychological outcomes following microsurgery, conventional radiotherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy for an adults recurrent craniopharyngioma. Brain Injury, 30(1), 104-111, England, Taylor & Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1104552.
  • 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.
  • Vahey, R., Becerra, R., (2015), Galvanic Skin Response in Mood Disorders: A Critical Review. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 15(2), 275-304, Almeria, Spain, Universidad de Almeria.
  • Cavazzi, T., Becerra, R., (2014), Psychophysiological research of borderline personality disorder: Review and implications for biosocial theory. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 10(1), 185-203, Germany, PsychOpen, DOI: 10.5964/ejop.v10i1.677.
  • Mercer, L., Becerra, R., (2013), A unique emotional processing profile of euthymic bipolar disorder? A critical review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 146(3), 295-309, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2012.10.030.
  • 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:
  • Becerra, R., Campitelli, G., (2013), Emotional reactivity: Critical analysis and proposal of a new scale. International Journal of Applied Psychology, 3(6), 161-168, USA, DOI: doi:10.5923/j.ijap.20130306.03.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

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