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Dr Craig Harms


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5715
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.128  

Craig is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Psychology and Criminology discipline within the School of Arts and Humanities. Craig works on a part-time basis. He joined ECU in 2008. Craig also works on a part-time basis as a Clinical Psychologist.

Current teaching

  • PSY 1115 Motivation and Emotion (Unit Coordinator and Lecturer); and
  • PSY 5150 Health and Clinical Psychology (Lecturer).


As well as working at ECU, Craig also works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice. In the past, Craig has worked as a Psychologist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, Mount Claremont. Craig was a teacher of Physical, Health, and Outdoor Education prior to beginning at ECU in 2007.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS); Fellow, APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT)
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Recreation and Education (ACHPER).

Awards and recognition

National and International awards

  • 2011 - APS Award.

Research areas and interests

In the context of research on mental health and clinical psychology, Craig is interested in trans-diagnostic risk factors, such as difficulties with emotion regulation and maladaptive mindsets (known as schemas and modes), associated with the development and maintenance of mental health concerns.

Emotion regulation is a concept central to most psychotherapies. Maladaptive schemas and modes are concepts central to Schema Therapy (ST). ST is one of the so called ‘3rd wave’ of psychotherapies, and is aimed at individuals who do not respond to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or may be experiencing a personality disorder.

Craig is also interested in protective factors, such as psychological resilience, that might buffer the impact of adversity on psychological distress.

Craig has worked at the West Australian Institute of Sport in the past in the context of performance enhancement for athletes. With this background Craig is interested in factors associated with excellence in sport as well as psycho-social aspects of sport such as using sport as an agent of social change.

A growing area of interest for Craig is the mental health of athletes.

Some of Craig’s work focuses on questionnaire development and refinement.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with Honours, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.


Recent Research Grants

  • The health benefits of Football West inclusive programs in Western Australia,  Football West,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2014 - 2018,  $30,000.
  • 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)

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.

Journal Articles

  • Harms, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Chambers, S., Galvao, D., Newton, R., (2019), Quality of life and psychological distress in cancer survivors: The role of psycho‚Äźsocial resources for resilience. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 28(2), 271-277, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/pon.4934.
  • McGillivray, L., Becerra, R., Harms, C., (2019), Alexithymia stability and therapeutic outcome in an Australian psychiatric outpatient sample. Clinical Psychologist, 23(1), 37-46, DOI: 10.1111/cp.12148.
  • O'Rourke, J., Harms, C., Cohen, L., (2019), They’re always there for me! Friendship and meaning in young people’s lives?. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 60(6), 596-608, DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12570.
  • Janson, D., Harms, C., Hollett, R., Segal, R., (2019), Differences between Men and Women Regarding Early Maladaptive Schemas in an Australian Adult Alcohol Dependent Clinical Sample. Substance Use and Misuse, 54(2), 177-184, DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1480038.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2017), The protective factors for resilience scale (PFRS): Development of the scale. Cogent Psychology, 4(1), Article Number: 1400415, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Cogent OA, DOI: 10.1080/23311908.2017.1400415.
  • Fitch, N., Ma'ayah, F., Harms, C., Guilfoyle, A., (2017), Sport, Educational Engagement and Positive Youth Development: Reflections of Aboriginal Former Youth Sports Participants. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46(1), 23-33, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.23.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Educational and psychosocial development of adolescents in specialist sports programs in low SES areas of Perth, Western Australia.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding the Influence of Psychosocial Risk Factors and Mother's Help-Seeking Behaviour on the Experience of Depressive Symptoms
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Alexithymia in a psychiatric population: Stability and relationship with therapeutic outcome.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Living with autism: The experience of developmentally healthy adolescents and youths who have a sibling diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  An investigation into the creation of goal scoring opportunities in women's international football; and a comparison to men's international football
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards successful cerebral palsy football programs: A conceptual model
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