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Dr Ken Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5526
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.108  

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

Current Teaching

  • PSY2305 - Individual Differences
  • PSY3306 - Psychology, Community and Work


  • January 2006-current: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, ECU
  • September 2002-December 2005: Head of School, Professional Community Services, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
  • January 2001-2005: Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degrees), Faculty of Regional Professional Studies
  • 1998-2004: Director, Centre for Regional Development and Research
  • 1996-1998: Director of Research, Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme, Queens Medical Centre University Hospital NHS Trust
  • 1991-1996: Scientist, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, Scottish Clinical Outstation, Glasgow
  • 1989-1991: Scientific Officer at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge
  • 1986-1987: Tutor with the Department of Psychology, The University of Western Australia
  • 1985-1987: Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, The University of Western Australia
  • 1984-1985: Research Assistant, Western Australian Department of Health
  • 1982-1984: Personnel Officer, Woodside Offshore Petroleum, Karratha
  • 1979-1982: Personnel Officer, General Motors-Holden's Limited, Melbourne

Professional Associations

  • Registered Psychologist, PsyBA
  • Community Psychology Endorsed Area of Practice, PsyBA
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, APS College of Community Psychologists
  • National Chair, APS College of Community Psychologists 2012-2013
  • State Chair, WA Section, APS College of Community Psychologists 2010-11
  • Member, Organising Committee, APS Child, Adolescent and Family Interest Group 2008-current.

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching


  • 2010 - West Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award. The Office of Crime Prevention, Perth, for Inside Parents, trial of a parent training and group psychotherapy program aimed to reduce risk of recidivism.
  • 2010 - Serco International Australasian Region Pulse Award. Serco International, Sydney. Awarded for Inside Parents, most promising and innovative program.
  • 2002 - President’s award for outstanding service to the Regional Chambers of Commerce (WA).
  • Co-Chair, ePortfolio Steering Group, Curriculum 2012 (2010-current), and of University CTL Working Party, ECU. Member, ePortfolio University Project Board (2012).
  • Member (Elected Staff Rep. 2008-11), University Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee, ECU
  • Member (Elected Staff Rep. 2001-02, HoS Rep. 2002-05), Academic Board, ECU
  • Board Member (Elected Staff Rep. 1999-05), Advisory Board, Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, ECU.
  • Board Member (Ministerial Appointment 2000-2003), South West Development Commission, WA
  • Hon. Executive Director, Regional Chambers of Commerce (WA) Inc., 2000-2002.
  • Member, Management Committee, South West Chambers of Commerce & Industry, 2000-2005
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Val Lishman Health Research Fund, 1999-2003
  • Member, Steering Committee, Consortium for Health & Ecology, 2001-2004, ECU
  • Director, Vocation and Youth, Bunbury-Leschenault Rotary Club, 2001-2002

Research Areas and Interests

  • Individual differences: emotion and emotional regulation, intelligence testing
  • Community psychology and social justice: youth, prisoners, reconciliation.
  • Process and effectiveness of family therapy
  • Training fluid intelligence
  • Applying Self-Determination Theory to student retention
  • Psychophysiological, behavioural and self-report measures of emotion regulation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 1993.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 1986.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne, 1979.


Recent Research Grants

  • Amplify 2: The Story of Three Schools,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2017 - 2022,  $112,174.
  • Amplify: The Story of Six Schools,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2016 - 2022,  $120,605.
  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders’ perspectives surrounding student wellbeing 2016-2018 (NAPLAN Narratives: Studies 2 and 3),  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2016 - 2022,  $186,618.
  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders’ perspectives surrounding student wellbeing (Studies 4 & 5),  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2017 - 2022,  $156,771.
  • NAPLAN Narratives: Stakeholders perspectives surrounding student wellbeing,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $120,353.
  • A Co-operative Inquiry into the Engagement of Community and Mining Industry Stakeholders to Achieve Win/Win Processes & Outcomes in a Small Rural Town.,  Alcoa of Australia Ltd,  Grant,  2002 - 2006,  $274,000.
  • Smart Events,  Department of Transport and Regional Services,  Grant,  2003 - 2005,  $74,528.
  • Investing in our youth.,  Attorney-General - WA,  Grant,  2001 - 2003,  $135,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Andrew, L., Costello, L., Robinson, K., Dare, J., (2021), Going-it alone: The university progression of women nursing students who are the first person in their intimate relationship to go to university. Higher Education Research and Development, 2021(2021), 1-16, Higher Education Research & Development, DOI:
  • Andrew, L., Robinson, K., Dare, J., Costello, L., (2020), Widening the lens on capital: conceptualising the university experiences of non-traditional women nurse students. Higher Education Research and Development, 2020(article in press), 1-16, DOI:
  • Andrew, L., Robinson, K., Costello, L., Dare, J., (2020), Competing worlds: the private lives of women nurse students and gender equity in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 2020(2020), 1-13, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2020.1861597.
  • Preece, DA., Becarra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Chen, W., Hasking, P., Gross, J., (2020), Assessing alexithymia: Psychometric properties of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire and 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in United States adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 166(November 2020), Article number 110138, United Kingdom, DOI:
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Allan, A., Boyes, M., Chen, W., Hasking, P., Gross, J., (2020), What is alexithymia? Using factor analysis to establish its latent structure and relationship with fantasizing and emotional reactivity. Journal of Personality, 88(6), 1162-1176, United States, DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12563.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Gross, J., (2020), The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties in General Community Samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102(3), 348-356, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1564319.
  • Roberts, P., Barblett, L., Robinson, K., (2019), Early years teachers' perspectives on the effects of NAPLAN on stakeholder wellbeing and the impact on early years pedagogy and curriculum. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 309-320, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939119855562.
  • Titlestad, A., Robinson, K., (2019), Navigating Parenthood as Two Women; The Positive Aspects and Strengths of Female Same-sex Parenting. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 15(2), 186-209, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2018.1423660.
  • Rogers, S., Barblett, L., Robinson, K., (2018), Parent and teacher perceptions of NAPLAN in a sample of Independent schools in Western Australia. The Australian Educational Researcher, 45(4), 493-513, Sydney, AUS, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-018-0270-2.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., Allan, A., (2018), The psychometric assessment of alexithymia: Development and validation of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 132(1 October), 32-44, NYC, NY, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.011.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., (2018), Assessing Alexithymia: Psychometric properties and factorial invariance of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in nonclinical and psychiatric samples. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40(2), 276–287, DOI: 10.1007/s10862-017-9634-6.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., Allan, A., (2018), Measuring emotion regulation ability across negative and positive emotions: The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI). Personality and Individual Differences, 135(1 December 2018), 229-241, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.025.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., (2017), Establishing the theoretical components of alexithymia via factor analysis: Introduction and validation of the attention-appraisal model of alexithymia. Personality and Individual Differences, 119(December 2017), 341-352, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon press, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.08.003.
  • Rogers, S., Barblett, L., Robinson, K., (2016), Investigating the impact of NAPLAN on student, parent and teacher emotional distress in independent schools. Australian Educational Researcher, 43(3), 327-343, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13384-016-0203-x.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Learning from the experts: Qualitative study of the lived experience of mental illness.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women who study: Balancing the dual roles of postgraduate student and mother.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Churchgoers' help-seeking behaviours for emotional and mental health difficulties and the role of clergy
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Measuring emotional reactiity, alexithymia, and emotion regulation as clinically relevant emotional constructs: Theoretical considerations and the development of new psychometric measures

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A public health perspective of the higher education experiences of women studying nursing: A hermeneutic inquiry into commencement and progression

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Visual dysfunction: A contributing facto in memory deficits, and therefore learning difficulties?
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