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Dr Elizabeth Kaczmarek


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5193
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.206  

Elizabeth is a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

Elizabeth's current teaching areas include Abnormal Psychology and Psychological Assessment at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.


Employed as a Lecturer at Edith Cowan University.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Animal Studies Group
  • Psychologists Board of Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Clinical, community and developmental Psychology
  • Coping with Children with disabilities;
  • The meaning and benefits of owning companion animals;
  • The impact of employment related absence on family resilience; and
  • Resilience and mental health.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide, 1993.


Recent Research Grants

  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Carastathis, G., Cohen, L., Kaczmarek, E., Chang, P., (2017), Rejected by family for being gay or lesbian: Portrayals perceptions, and resilience. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(3), 289-320, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1179035.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Living with autism: The experience of developmentally healthy adolescents and youths who have a sibling diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
  • 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,  Living fifo: The experiences and psychosocial wellbeing of Western Australian fly-in/fly-out mining employees and partners
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The prediction of antenatal and postnatal depression in Western Australian women.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Preventing depressive symptomatology in children aged eight to eleven years: Application of the positive thinking program
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Survival after violence: The post-separation journey of women who have experienced intimate partner violence

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A comparison of anxiety, stress & depression, across the perinatal period, in women pregnant with twins & singletons.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rejected by the family for being lesbian and gay: Exploring and testing factors that contribute to resilience.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Individual adaptation to discontinuous employment for Australian workers: A longitudinal mixed method study
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The distinct contributions of affective distress and personality to memory complaints made in older adulthood
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