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Dr Cath Ferguson

Cath is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Murdoch University, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Cl 2A) in Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • Optimising social return on investment of the Foodbank WA School Breakfast Program through integrated, whole-school approaches to supporting disadvantaged students,  Foodbank,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2020 - 2025,  $45,000.
  • Factors Affecting Travel Behaviour Change,  Planning and Transport Research Centre,  PATREC - Grant,  2017,  $70,000.
  • Travel behaviour change research,  Planning and Transport Research Centre,  PATREC - Grant,  2015,  $15,500.
  • Scale Development: Individual and Family Resilience,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $29,558.
  • Staff Climate Survey 2010,  Department of Corrective Services WA,  Grant,  2010,  $5,741.
  • Department of Corrective Services Literature Review on Risk Assessment Tools,  Department of Corrective Services WA,  Grant,  2009,  $3,027.

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.
  • Ferguson, C., (2017), Managing and Motivating Sustainable Travel Behaviour Change. Planning Boomtown and Beyond, 592-615, Perth, Australia, UWA Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Merga, M., Ferguson, C., (2021), School librarians supporting students’ reading for pleasure: A job description analysis. Australian Journal of Education, xx(xx), xx, Unites States, Australian Council for Educational Research Limited, DOI: 10.1177/0004944121991275.
  • Ferguson, C., Merga, M., Winn, S., (2021), Communications in the time of a pandemic: the readability of documents for public consumption. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, xx(xx), xx, Unites States, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13066.
  • Gower, G., Ferguson, C., Forrest, S., (2020), Building effective school-community partnerships in Aboriginal remote school settings. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-9, DOI: 10.1017/ jie.2020.11.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., Lock, G., Ferguson, C., Hill, S., Nykiel, A., (2020), The role of leadership in establishing a positive staff culture in a secondary school. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 48(5), 802-820, DOI: 10.1177/1741143219864937.
  • Lummis, G., Lock, G., Freeman, C., Ferguson, C., (2019), Transforming learning in first-year Australian preservice primary teacher. Journal of Transformative Education, 17(4), 299-317, DOI: 10.1177/1541344619849043.
  • Gately, N., Ferguson, C., Ellis, S., Cock, R., (2017), The Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia: What Do the Public Know about Parole?. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28(3), 293-310, Sydney, NSW, Sydney Institute of Criminology.
  • Ferguson, C., (2016), Prediction tool for parole breach: Testing the U.S. salient factor score in a population of Western Australian parolees. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23(6), 941-955, Online, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1168275.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Psychology,  Work-related exposure to child exploitation material: The experiences of Western Australian digital forensic officers and their spouses
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  An investigation of mobile phone use while driving: An application of the theory of planned behavior
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Can a procedural justice approach to enforcement reduce low level speeding?

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The role of resilience in individual innovation
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