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Dr Bronwyn Harman

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5021
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.202  

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

Current Teaching

  • Research applications and ethical issues
  • Group process and group management
  • Systems consultation


Employed initially as a sessional tutor/lecturer by ECU. Has been employed as a full-time staff member since 2008.

Professional Memberships

  • Life Member Playgroup WA (Inc)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Families with young children, particularly what constitutes “good” mothering and “good” fathering
  • Contemporary issues for Australian families
  • Child freedom and childlessness
  • Play and playgroup.


  • Doctor of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2008.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Edith Cowan University, 2001.
  • Master of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1994.


Recent Research Grants

  • The reasons parents do not vaccinate their children in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,000.
  • How much time do primary school aged children in Australia spend on unstructured play in relation to other activities? What are the predictors of unstructured play for primary school aged children in Australia?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Trinity Learning Centre Evaluative Study,  Uniting Care West,  Uniting Care West - Grant,  2012,  $18,182.
  • Playgroup WA Inc.-Brain and Emotional Development in the Early Years Workshops,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $20,880.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation,  City of Wanneroo,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $4,550.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Davies, F., Harman, B., (2017), A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers Who Reject Playgroup. Australian Social Work, 70(3), 276-288, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2016.1200642.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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