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Professor Lynne Cohen AM

Executive Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6459, Mobile: 0417 956 607, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.148
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6459
Mobile: 0417 956 607
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5850
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.148  


Lynne is the Executive Dean of the School of Education.


Professor Cohen's background is in school teaching where she was head of the Biology and Mathematics departments. After returning to study she achieved a Masters and a PhD in Psychology. She was employed by Edith Cowan University as a lecturer in the School of Psychology for 17 years and was the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, for the then Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, and Professor in the School of Psychology and Social Science. She was responsible for the quality of courses within the Faculty as well as assisting with curriculum development. She developed and implemented a literacy program for children with learning difficulties and trained a team of teachers to provide a service for students with learning difficulties. Lynne is a community psychologist as well as an applied social psychologist. Her research and teaching is in the area of issues in higher education and resilience. She developed and implemented a peer-mentoring and transition program within the wider university community to address issues of student attrition. Lynne was chief editor of the 'Australian Community Psychologist', the journal of the College of Community Psychologists. Lynne received an Australian Award for University Teaching, an Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for  Contribution to Student Learning, a Fellowship from the  Australian Council for University Teaching.  She was made a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society in 2015.

Professional Associations

  • Member Psychology Advisory Committee, Curriculum Council, WA
  • Member, The Psychologists Board of Western Australia
  • Member, The Australian Psychological Society
  • Member and Treasurer, The Teaching and Learning Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, WA Branch of College of Community Psychologists
  • Member, (WA) Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy
  • Member, Society for Community Action and Research: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association
  • Member, Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA Inc.
  • Member, The Dyslexia-Speld Foundation WA (Inc)
  • Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2010 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Fellowship.
  • 2008 - Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Resilience across the lifespan - Together with colleagues, she was instrumental in establishing the Lifespan Resilience Research Group at Edith Cowan University.
  • Developing leadership capacity particularly in undergraduate university students
  • Children with learning difficulties
  • Development of transition programs which empower students and positively impacts on their experience and outcomes


  • Higher Education Diploma, South Africa.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 1999.
  • Master of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 1996.
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Science, South Africa, 1971.


Recent Research Grants

  • Investigating resource sharing in regional Higher Education and TAFE institutions to improve student learning experience,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Seed Projects,  2012 - 2013,  $49,000.
  • Building leadership capacity in undergraduate students,  Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,  Novated ALTC Fellowship,  2010 - 2012,  $99,960.
  • Mandurah Family Relationship Centre,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2007 - 2011,  $4,000.
  • Scale Development: Individual and Family Resilience,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $29,558.
  • Family Relationship Centre - Joondalup (North Metropolitan Family Relationship Centre Consortium,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2011,  $120,000.
  • Coalface Subject Co-ordinators the Missing Link to Building Leadership Capacities in the Academic Supply Chain,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Grant (pre-2013),  2009 - 2011,  $54,032.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation,  City of Wanneroo,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $4,550.
  • At the end of the day I just want my kids to be happy at school! Personality, physical appearance and young children's happiness,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2007 - 2009,  $4,946.
  • Resilience: What is it and what are the Skills used by Families Affected by Mental Illness?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $55,466.
  • Playgroup WA Inc.-Brain and Emotional Development in the Early Years Workshops,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $20,880.
  • Promoting the Uptake of Reusable ICT-based Learning Designs,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Fellowship (pre-2013),  2007 - 2008,  $90,000.
  • Evaluation of Falls Linkage Independence Program,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2008,  $14,400.
  • A suicide Prevention and Education Programme for Undergraduate University students,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2002 - 2005,  $14,610.
  • Health and wellbeing assets map City of Joondalup,  City of Joondalup,  Grant,  2004,  $12,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Bernstein, D., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Goldthorpe, B., Provost, S., Cranney, J., Penner, L., Clarke-Stewart, A., Roy, E., (2013), Psychology: An International Discipline in Context: Australian and New Zealand Edition., 960, Melbourne, Australia, Cengage Learning.

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.
  • Shean, M., Cohen, L., De Jong, T., (2014), Developing Well-Being and Self-Esteem. Adolescence: Places and Spaces, 95-105, New York, Nova Science Publishers.
  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), The Relationship between Physical Activity and Cognition and its Application to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Enhancing Human Performance, 22-43, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Holmes, L., Jones, R., Brightwell, R., Cohen, L., (2017), Student paramedic anticipation, confidence and fears: Do undergraduate courses prepare student paramedics for the mental health challenges of the profession?. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 14(4), Article 3, Australia, Paramedics Australasia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mander, D., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2015), If I wanted to have more opportunities and go to a better school, I just had to get used to it: Aboriginal students’ perceptions of going to boarding school in Western Australia. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1), 26-36, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2015.3.
  • Mander, D., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2015), A critical exploration of staff perceptions of aboriginal boarding students’ experiences. Australian Journal of Education, 59(3), 312-328, SAGE Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/0004944115607538.
  • Stumpers, S., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Mander, DJ., (2015), The social construction of ageing: Australian and Welsh perspectives. The Australian Community Psychologist, 27(1), 53-72.
  • Balmer, G., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., (2014), Psychological resilience of Western Australian police officers: relationship between resilience, coping style, psychological functioning and demographics. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 15(4), 270-282, online, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2013.845938.
  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), Physical Activity: Its implication on Attention Span and Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 2(2), 108-116, Singapore, Global Science and Technology Forum, DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_2.2.121.
  • Benedetti, R., Cohen, L., Taylor, M., (2013), There's really no other option: Italian Australians' experiences of caring for a family member with dementia. Journal of Women and Aging: the multidiciplinary quarterly of psychosocial practice, theory and research, 25(2), 138-164, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2013.760330.
  • O'Brien, K., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Taylor, M., (2013), Lifting the domestic cloak of silence: Resilient Australian women's reflected memories of their childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 95-108, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10896-012-9484-7.
  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., Taylor, M., (2013), Posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth and their relationship to coping and self-efficacy in Northwest Australian Cyclone communities. Psychological Trauma, 5(4), 392-399, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/a0028046.
  • Ferguson, C., Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Tomlinson, S., (2013), Crime Prevention: The Role of Individual Resilience within the Family. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 20(3), 423-430, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2012.707971.
  • Holt, D., Nagy, J., Cohen, L., Campbell-Evans, G., Chang, P., Macdonald, I., McDonald, J., (2013), Leading at the Coal-face: The World as Experienced by Subject Coordinators in Australian Higher Education. Educational Management, Administration & Leadership, 41(2), 233-249, UK, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1741143212468346.

Conference Publications

  • Tan, WZ., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., (2013), The Implication of Physical Activity on Attention Span and Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Study. 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology previous papers, 40-49, Singapore, Global Science & Technology Forum, DOI: 10.5176/2251-1865_CBP13.29.


  • Cohen, L., (2013), Building leadership capacity in undergraduate students., Sydney, NSW, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Improving Community Water Conservation Behaviour In Chachoengsao, Thailand
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rejected By The Family For Being Lesbian And Gay: Exploring And Testing Factors That Contribute To Resilience.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Experiences Of Anglo-burmese Migrants In Perth, Western Australia: A Substantive Theory Of Marginalisation, Adaptation And Community.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Relationship Between Residential Satisfaction, Sense Of Community, Sense Of Belonging And Sense Of Place In Western Australia Urban Planned Community.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Life Transition Of Becoming A University Student
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Transition Experience To Boarding School For Male Aboriginal Secondary School Students From Regional And Remote Communities Across Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Relationship Between Attitudes To Driving And Driving Behaviour In Young Novice Drivers.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Construction Of Resilience In A Western Australian Context.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Individual Adaptation To Discontinuous Employment For Australian Workers: A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Adapting To Change: An Exploration Of Students' Transition Experiences In A Senior College In Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Comparison Of Anxiety, Stress & Depression, Across The Perinatal Period, In Women Pregnant With Twins & Singletons.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women's Experiences Of Pregnancy Loss: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring The Preparedness Of Novice (student) Paramedics For The Mental Health Challenges Of The Paramedic Profession Using The Wisdom Of The Elders.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Exploration Of The Social Construction Of Ageing Based On Lived Experiences: Perspectives From The Western Australian And Welsh Community

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evidence From The Survivors: Factors Affecting Retention Of Undergraduate Psychology Students At A Western Australian University And Implications For Cultural Change Within Higher Education
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