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Associate Professor Joanne Dickson

Associate Professor

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.


Joanne Dickson (Associate Professor of Psychology) joined the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2016.  She was awarded her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2003. Since 2003, Joanne has held academic posts at the University of London (Birkbeck College) and the University of Liverpool (Russell Group Research University) before returning to Australia in 2016.

Joanne is the Research Lead for the international Motivation and Affect Regulation in Mental Health research group. Her main research interests are in the areas of motivation, prospective cognition and emotion-regulation processes, in relation to mental health and well-being. Joanne has supervised over 40 masters and doctoral student research projects to successful completion in these areas. She has published widely in esteemed journals has successfully attracted research grants to support her research.

Joanne has extensive professional research experience, including, several editorial roles (e.g., international editorial board consultant, conference scientific committees and as a peer-reviewer for prestigious journals and research councils. She has extensive experience as an external examiner of doctoral research and in research ethics and governance. For two terms, Joanne served as Chair for the Research Section of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS), Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology.

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

  • 1998 - 2002 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 2 Year Overseas Scholarship Award
  • 1998 - 2002 - Royal Holloway, University of London, 3 Year PhD Scholarship Award
  • 1996 - Swinburne University, Honours Research Prize

National and International Research Positions

  • 2018 - Visiting Research Scholar – University of Exeter, UK
  • 2016 - International Human Affectome Project
  • 2016 - Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2016 - Honorary Research Fellow & Subject Expert, Mersey Care NHS, UK
  • 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
  • 2009-2018 - Editorial Board Consultant, Journal of Research in Personality
  • 2012 - Visiting Research Scholar – University of Rochester

Research Areas and Interests

  • Research Lead: Motivation and Affect Regulation in Mental Health international research group
  • Motivation and goal-regulation
  • Prospective Cognition
  • Emotion-regulation
  • Affective Disorders & Well-being (in relation to the above mentioned 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 of 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., Fien, K., Mulholland, H., Duarte, R., Dickson, J., Kullu, C., (2020), Pilot service evaluation of a brief psychological therapy for self-harm in an emergency department: Hospital Outpatient Psychotherapy Engagement Service. Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, 2020(Article in press), Article number e12277, DOI: 10.1111/papt.12277.
  • Sandel, DB., Khowla, J., Johnson, S., Dickson, J., Dandy, S., Forrester, R., Taylor, PJ., (2020), Beliefs About One’s Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: The Experiences of Self-Injury Questionnaire (ESIQ). Archives of Suicide Research, 2020(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2020.1712285.
  • Williams, JH., Huggins, CF., Zupan, B., Willis, M., Van Rheenen, TE., Sato, W., Palermo, R., Ortner, C., Krippl, M., Kret, M., Dickson, J., Li, CR., Lowe, L., (2020), A sensorimotor control framework for understanding emotional communication and regulation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 112(May 2020), 503-518, DOI:
  • Ropaj, E., Jones, A., Dickson, J., Gill, Z., Taylor, PJ., (2020), Are negative beliefs about psychosis associated with emotional distress in adults and young people with such experiences? A meta‚Äźanalysis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, 2020(Article in press), 1-26, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/papt.12271.
  • Blythin, SP., Nicholson, HL., Macintyre, V., Dickson, J., Fox, JR., Taylor, PJ., (2020), Experiences of shame and guilt in Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: A systematic review. Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, 93(1), 134-159, UK, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/papt.12198.
  • Taylor, PJ., Dhingra, K., Dickson, J., McDermott, E., (2020), Psychological correlates of self-harm within gay, lesbian and bisexual UK university students. Archives of Suicide Research, 24(1), 41-56, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2018.1515136.
  • Iddon, JE., Taylor, PJ., Unwin, J., Dickson, J., (2019), The role of positive goal engagement in increased mental well-being among individuals with chronic non-cancer pain. British Journal of Pain, 13(4), 230-238, UK, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/2049463718824857.
  • Cherry, M., Ablett, JR., Dickson, J., Powell, D., Sikdar, S., Salmon, P., (2019), A qualitative study of the processes by which carers of people with dementia derive meaning from caring. Aging and Mental Health, 23(1), 69-76, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1393792.
  • Reaves, D., Dickson, J., Halford, JC., Christiansen, P., Hardman, C., (2019), A Qualitative Analysis of Problematic and Non-problematic Alcohol Use After Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Surgery, 29(7), 2200–2209, DOI:
  • Dickson, J., Moberly, N., Huntley, CD., (2019), Rumination selectively mediates the association between actual-ideal (but not actual-ought) self-discrepancy and anxious and depressive symptoms. Personality and Individual Differences, 149(15 October 2019), 94-99, DOI:
  • Spinosa, J., Christiansen, P., Dickson, J., Lorenzetti, V., Hardman, C., (2019), From socio-economic disadvantage to obesity: The mediating role of psychological distress and emotional eating. Obesity, 27(4), 559-564, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/oby.22402.
  • Shallcross, R., Dickson, J., Nunns, D., Taylor, K., Kiemle, G., (2019), Women's Experiences of Vulvodynia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Journey towards Diagnosis. Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal, 48(3), 961-974, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10508-018-1246-z.
  • Dickson, J., Cruise, K., McCall, C., Taylor, PJ., (2019), A systematic review of the antecedents and prevalence of suicide, self-harm and suicide ideation in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17), Article number 3154, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16173154.
  • Elmer, JR., O'Shaughnessy, R., Bramwell, R., Dickson, J., (2019), Exploring health visiting professionals’ evaluations of early parent-infant interactions. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 37(5), 554-565, DOI:
  • Taylor, PJ., Jomar, K., Dhingra, K., Forrester, RL., Shahmalak, U., Dickson, J., (2018), A meta-analysis of the prevalence of different functions of non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227(1 February 2018), 759-769, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.11.073.
  • Moberly, NJ., Dickson, J., (2018), Goal conflict, ambivalence and psychological distress: Concurrent and longitudinal relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 129(2018), 38-42, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.03.008.
  • Shallcross, R., Dickson, J., Nunns, D., Mackenzie, C., Kiemle, G., (2018), 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, DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-1026-1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2016(1), 133–157, Heidelberg, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s41042-016-0003-6.

Conference Publications

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

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: An examination of goal processes and goal cognition in relation to momentary mood changes
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Goals therapy of children referred to CAMHS: Goal internalisation and level of agreement with parents
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Brain- Injured survivors experience of neuro rehabilitation n the wider context of adaptation to brain injury an interpretation phenomenological analysis
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Goal-linking and past and future repetitive thought processes as a pathway to depression and anxiety: Developing a model of goal-linking, mindfulness and well-being
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Having to Fight. Grounded theory exploration of 'aggressive' adolescents' ideas about physical aggression
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The role of positive goal engagement in increased well-being among individuals with chronic non-cancer pain
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Contingent self-esteem, social comparison processes and their association with depression in a non-clinical sample of university students
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Developing and testing an integrative model of key correlates of binge drinking behavior: university students
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Approach and avoidance goal features in relation to anxiety and depression
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Hope, mindfulness, flow, and subjective well-being: An exploration of associations and relationships
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Well-Being in Fibromyalgia
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: An examination of explicit and implicit cognitions in alcohol dependent compared to non-alcoholic dependent individuals
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The role of coping motives and self-compassion in the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and alcohol use
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Early relationships and paranoia: Qualitative investigation
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: A study of goal profiles, adaptive regulation of goal pursuits and the mediating role of meta-beliefs in depression
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Depression, anxiety and personal goals: Associations with goal facilitation, self- concordance and self-efficacy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Implicit priming of conflicting motivational states in heavy drinkers
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: How do adolescents involved in a Young Offending team construct future directed thinking?
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: How do young people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) perceive their Quality of life (Qol)?
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: An investigation into the perceived attachment processes in the supervisory relationship between clinical supervisors and trainees: A British study
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Maladaptive Schemas, Anxiety, Depression and alcohol dependence
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The subjective experiences of young people taking antipsychotic medication: A phenomenological study
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Parents with learning Disabilities: Their views and experiences of being parents
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: ‘It's like a big long road': A grounded theory approach to how people at risk of developing psychosis narrate their journey into and through an early detection for psychosis service
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: People with a learning disability, in a secure environment, perceptions and experiences of their diagnosis of schizophrenia: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The subjective experience of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their constructions of medical process, disclosure, coping, and relationships

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Exploring health visitors' and allied health professionals' understanding of early parent-infant interactions
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The role of shame and guilt in anorexia and bulimia
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: Underlying processes in social anxiety
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Subjective well-being in dentists and dental students: The role of personality and motivation
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: A measure of positive and negative self-harm beliefs: The Self-Harm Beliefs Scale (SHBS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Understanding the psychological mechanism of emotional distress in psychosis: The role of goal expectancy and beliefs about experience
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: The role of psychological distress in the relationship between socio- economic status and maladaptive eating behaviours
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: An investigation of ironic process theory in people who drink alcohol and the differences between people who are alcohol dependent sample and social drinkers
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: A qualitative study exploring women's experiences of vulva I pain: The diagnostic process
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology: An investigation of the experience of making the transition from trainee to qualified clinic clinical psychologist
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