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Associate Professor Melissa Davis

Associate Dean (Psychology and Criminology)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2786
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.207  

Melissa is a Teaching Focused Scholar who is currently leading the development of a new postgraduate training program in psychology.


Melissa’s professional background is as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist working in mental health and child protection settings. Melissa was employed at Curtin University 2005 to 2019, where she held the role of the inaugural course coordinator of the Master of Psychology (Professional) as well as a range of other roles at University, Faculty, and School level, including as the Acting Manager, Assessment in Curtin Learning and Teaching, the Academic Coordinator of the Faculty of Health Sciences Interprofessional First Year, Academic Manager of the Faculty of Health Sciences Assessment Review, Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Psychology.

Professional associations

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Accreditation assessor and member of the Accreditation Committee.
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (2010-present). WA Branch chair (2013-2019). Co-convenor of the 2016 HERDSA Conference.
  • Psychology Board of Australia, National Psychology Examination Committee (2017-19)
  • Registered Psychologist – Clinical Endorsement - Psychology Board of Australia
  • Registered Supervisor – Psychology Board of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS Psychology Education Interest Group

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching awards

  • 2017 - Curtin Academy Fellowship
  • 2012 - Curtin University Excellence in Teaching Award, Individual Teacher, Biological and Health Sciences

Research areas and interests

  • Education and training in professional psychology
  • Interprofessional education
  • Psychological assessment and measurement


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management, The University of Melbourne, 2018.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 1999.
  • Master of Psychology, The University of Western Australia, 1999.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Jolley, D., Davis, M., Lavender, A., Roberts, L., (2020), An online critical thinking course reduces misconceptions in the knowledge of personal trainers. Studies in Continuing Education, 2020(Article in press), 1-16, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2020.1738373.
  • Curtis, G., Cowcher, E., Greene, B., Rundle, K., Paull, M., Davis, M., (2018), Self-Control, injunctive norms, and descriptive norms predict engagement in plagiarism in a Theory of Planned Behavior Model. Journal of Academic Ethics, 16(3), 225-239, DOI: 10.1007/s10805-018-9309-2.
  • Reupert, A., Davis, M., Stewart, S., Bridgman, H., (2018), A new education pathway for postgraduate psychology students: Challenges and opportunities. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 58(2), 225-245.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Starting from within: an investigation into the cultural competence of non-aboriginal counsellors working with Aboriginal people in Perth, Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Understanding motor coordination and its cognitive, academic, and psychosocial correlates in an adolescent normative sample
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