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Professor Craig Speelman

Associate Dean

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5724
Mobile: 0407 452 328
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.203  

Craig is Associate Dean, Research within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • PSY3304 Cognition.


  • 2008 - present: Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2006 - 2007: Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002 - February 2012: Head of School, School of Psychology and Social Science, Edith Cowan University
  • 2002 - 2005: Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1997 - 2001: Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1996 - 1997: Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 1994 - 1995: Lecturer, University of New England
  • 1992 - 1993: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of WA.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Psychology Society
  • Fellow, Psychonomics Society.

Awards and Recognition


  • 1985 - APS Prize.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Memory
  • Music.


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.


Recent Research Grants

  • Processing textual input at a system-wide level to elicit insights into individual user characteristics,  CingleVue Pty Ltd,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Project,  2019 - 2024,  $64,740.
  • Physiological indicators of stress during Cybersecurity work,  Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd,  Cyber Security Research Centre PhD Scholarship,  2020 - 2023,  $180,000.
  • The effect of cognitive and exercise training on Brain Atrophy and Cognitive Decline in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant Chemotherapy Agents,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Collaborative Cancer Grant Scheme,  2018 - 2022,  $49,966.
  • Measuring and Mitigating Vigilance Decrement in Cyber Network Defence Tasks,  Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd,  Cyber Security Research Centre PhD Scholarship,  2019 - 2022,  $450,000.
  • Scenario Methodology for Assessing Defence Capability Against Information Warfare Threats,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Modelling Complex Warfighting,  2020 - 2021,  $100,000.
  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship,  Department of Education, Skills and Employment,  DoE - Endeavour Executive Fellowship,  2018,  $9,500.
  • Individual differences in skill acquisition: Why some people fail to develop automaticity.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $5,016.
  • Cyber Electronic Warfare: The effects of team dynamics, cognitive load and team mental models.,  Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence,  Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) Program,  2017 - 2018,  $153,407.
  • Researching automaticity using eye tracking equipment and software ,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $13,872.
  • Screening the Score: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Presenting Music Notation on the iPad,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2016,  $20,000.
  • Improving the numeracy skills of children,  Collier Charitable Fund,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $29,973.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013 - 2015,  $98,917.
  • The role of practice in the acquisition of arithmetic skills – an iPad trial.,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $50,067.
  • Blast the Germs,  Association of Independent Schools of WA,  AISWA - Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $85,200.
  • Building Financial Literacy and Retirement Savings Engagement by Developing a Financial Education Programme for the Workplace,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2009 - 2013,  $375,001.
  • Western Australian Antenatal and Postnatal Screening Study: National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program,  beyondblue,  Scholarship,  2006 - 2009,  $45,000.
  • The Retirement Savings Decisions of Australian Workers: A Long-Term Study of Public Sector and Industry Fund Members,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Near miss,  2003 - 2006,  $351,056.
  • National Postnatal Depression Prevention and Early Intervention Program.,  beyondblue,  Grant,  2001 - 2005,  $418,974.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • McGann, M., Speelman, C., (2020), Two Kinds of Theory: What Psychology Can Learn From Einstein. Theory and Psychology, 30(5), 674-689, DOI: 10.1177/0959354320937804.
  • Sohrabi, H., Goozee, K., Weinborn, M., Shen, K., Brown, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Bucks, R., Maruff, P., Laws, S., Lenzo, N., Laws, M., Deyoung, C., Speelman, C., Laske, C., Ames, D., Savage, G., Martins, R., (2020), Personality factors and cerebral glucose metabolism in community‑dwelling older adults. Brain Structure and Function, 225(5), 1511–1522, DOI: 10.1007/s00429-020-02071-0.
  • Rogers, S., Hollett, R., Li, Y., Speelman, C., (2020), An Evaluation of Virtual Reality Role-Play Experiences for Helping-Profession Courses. Teaching of Psychology, 2020(Article in press), 1-7, DOI: 10.1177/0098628320983231.
  • Speelman, C., McGann, M., (2020), Statements About the Pervasiveness of Behavior Require Data About the Pervasiveness of Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(19 November 2020), Article number 594675, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.594675.
  • Cresswell, C., Speelman, C., (2020), Does mathematics training lead to better logical thinking and reasoning? A cross- sectional assessment from students to professors. PLoS One, 15(7), Article number e0236153, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0236153.
  • Kan, B., Speelman, C., Nosaka, K., (2019), Cognitive demand of eccentric versus concentric cycling and its effects on post-exercise attention and vigilance. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119(7), 1599-1610, Germany, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-019-04149-y.
  • Geraghty, S., Speelman, C., Bayes, S., (2019), Fighting a losing battle: Midwives experiences of workplace stress. Women and Birth, 32(3), e297-e306, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.07.012.
  • Rogers, S., Guidetti, O., Speelman, C., Longmuir, M., Phillips, R., (2019), Contact Is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Eye Contact Illusion. Perception, 48(3), 248-252, DOI:
  • Jayokody, D., Almeida, O., Speelman, C., Bennet, R., Moyle, T., Yiannoos, J., Friedland, P., (2018), Association between speech and high-frequency hearing loss and depression, anxiety and stress in older adults. Maturitas, 110(April 2018), 86-91, DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.02.002.
  • Rogers, S., Speelman, C., Guidetti, O., Longmuir, M., (2018), Using dual eye tracking to uncover personal gaze patterns during social interaction. Scientific Reports, 8(1), article no.4271, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22726-7.
  • Speelman, C., Shadbolt, E., (2018), The role of awareness of repetition during the development of automaticity in a dot-counting task. PEERJ, 2018(1), article no.e4329, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.4329.
  • Speelman, C., Forbes, J., Giesen, K., Parkinson, M., Johnson, L., (2016), The Stability of Old Skills during Transfer. Sage Open, 6(3), 1-13, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016658336.
  • Tan, B., Pooley, JA., Speelman, C., (2016), A Meta-Analytic Review of the Efficacy of Physical Exercise Interventions on Cognition in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(9), 3126-3143, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2854-x.

Conference Publications

  • Speelman, C., Valli, C., Guidetti, O., (2019), Towards a Method for Examining the Effects of Cognitive Load on the Performance of Cyber First Responders. Proceedings of the International Conference on Security and Management (SAM), 41-47, Athens, Georgia, The Steering Committee of The World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (WorldComp).

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'Fighting a losing battle': A Glaserian grounded theory of midwives' workplace stress
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive reactivity: Evidence of a regulatory mechanism that compensates for dysphoric mood and mediates depression vulnerability.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rewiring head and heart: An investigation into the efficacy of a clinical psychotherapeutic modality for the treatment of depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An examination of the relationship between positive psychological functioning and depression
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Having a known, trusted support person during labour and birth: Perceptions of Indonesian (javanese) women, their support person and midwives
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Transfer of automatic skills: The role of automaticity in skill acquisition and transfer
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive fatigue: Exploring the relationship between the fatigue effect and action video-game experience
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The distinct contributions of affective distress and personality to memory complaints made in older adulthood
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Comparing live to recorded music and stories using multiple psychoneuroendocrine and psychological measures
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Psychological determinants of retirment savings behaviour: An application of the theory of planned behaviour.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Duet for life: Is alexithymia a key note in couples' empathy, emotional connection, relationship dissatisfaction, and their therapy outcomes?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceptions about goal setting, academic behaviours, academic performance, and psychological distress of university-bouind secondary students.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The role of memory in the development of musical skill
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The child knows best: the strategies and tactics of accelerated learning

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Educational and psychosocial development of adolescents in specialist sports programs in low SES areas of Perth, Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The effects of exercise intensity and cognitive load on acute changes in attention and vigilance in healthy young adults

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The relationship between physical exercise and cognition in children with typical development and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Structure strategy use in children's comprehension of expository texts
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceived harms and benefits of parental cannabis use, and parents' reports regarding harm-reduction strategies
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Using discrete trial training with progressive time delay prompting to teach children with autism spectrum disorder to tact phonemes
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