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Dr Deirdre Drake

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5020
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.212  

Deidre is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY5188 - Advanced Developmental and Professional Issues in Psychology
  • PSY2231 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY1101 - Introduction to Psychology


After originally training as a lawyer, I came back to study psychology as a mature aged student. I have been lecturing at ECU since 2000, prior to that I was a tutor in Psychology and a lecturer in Criminology at The University of Melbourne.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society

Research Areas and Interests

  • Adult development and aging
  • Psychology and Law
  • Adult development and transitions
  • Relationships between people and companion animals
  • Public opinions about the justice system


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne, 2000.


Recent Research Grants

  • An Evaluation of the Ethical Leadership Program: A Constable Care and Primary Ethics Initiative 2020-2021,  Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc,  Constable Care - Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $422,471.
  • Families and Money: Norms and behaviours between and within cultures,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $17,086.
  • New Directions in FIFO living: An exploration of community and village life by Compass Group and ECU,  Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $71,881.
  • Victims' voices in Family Violence Courts: Developing innovative best-practice models,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Collaborative Research,  2005 - 2008,  $75,947.
  • Public expectations of appropriate arrangements for children following parental separation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2004 - 2005,  $5,995.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Dandy, J., Drake, D., (2019), Immigrants and Refugees. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, 6 p., online, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Sibbel, A., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D., (2016), Fly-In/Fly-Out Accommodation: Workers' Perspectives. Labour Force Mobility in the Australian Resources Industry, 137-156, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-2018-6_8.

Journal Articles

  • Bycroft, D., Dear, G., Drake, D., (2020), Psychological pre-sentence evaluations for sentencing young offenders in Australia. Australian Psychologist, 55(5), 455-467, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1111/ap.12445.
  • Bycroft, D., Dear, G., Drake, D., (2019), Psychological reports for sentencing juveniles in Australian courts. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 26(3), 355-374, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1506713.
  • Dandy, J., Horwitz, P., Campbell, R., Drake, D., Leviston, Z., (2019), Leaving home: Place attachment and decisions to move in the face of environmental change. Regional Environmental Change, 19(2), 615-620, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-019-01463-1.
  • Harwood, C., Kaczmarek, E., Drake, D., (2019), Parental Perceptions of the Nature of the Relationship Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Share with Their Canine Companion. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(1), 248-259, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3759-7.
  • Drake, D., Dandy, J., Loh, J., Preece, D., (2018), Should parents financially support their adult children? Normative views in Australia. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 39(2), 348–359, United States, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-017-9558-z.
  • Harris, KJ., Gringart, E., Drake, D., (2018), Leaving ideological groups behind: A model of disengagement. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 10(2), 91-109, Abingdon, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2017.1299782.
  • Maclean, M., Drake, D., McKillop, D., (2016), Perceptions of Stepfathers’ Obligations to Financially Support Stepchildren. Journal of family and Economic Issues, 37(2), 285-296, New York, USA, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s10834-015-9451-6.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring the experience of separation in Australia: Perspectives from formerly married and cohabiting parents
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The responsibility of young people and the vicarious responsibility of their parents: A vignette study investigating the influence of perpetrator age and victim harm on public attributions of criminal and general responsibility
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Exploration of implicit theories of justice with secondary victims of sexual assault.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Effects of parenting styles, academic self-efficacy, and achievement motivation on the academic achievement of university astudents in ethiopia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Protective- restoring to maintain self integrity: A grounded theory of the human experience of dog relinquishment
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Secondary victims' perceptions of justice: Implications for forensic psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Post-traumatic growth in carers of people with a mental illness.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The human factors associated with responding to emergency vehicles
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Leaving ideological social groups behind: A grounded theory of psychological disengagement
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Beyond the polarising constructions of terrorism: Challenging the discourses that silence public debate in Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Survival after violence: The post-separation journey of women who have experienced intimate partner violence

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'Heartlines'
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Best interests of the child principle in the context of parent separation or divorce: As conceptualised by the community.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Probative Value of Pre-sentence Reports for Juvenile Matters
  • Doctor of Psychology,  A tool for evaluating the quality of psychological reports on personal injury claimants
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Mothers' experiences of their adult child's interethnic relationship
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Silencing violence in the family: Making the victim the problem - when we remember they call us liars
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