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Professor Lynne Cohen AM

Honorary Professor

Staff Member Details
Email: l.cohen@ecu.edu.au

Lynne an Honorary Professor at the School of Education.

Biography

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Harms, C., Cohen, L. (2019). They’re always there for me! Friendship and meaning in young people’s lives?. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 60(6), 596-608. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12570.
  • Harms, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Chambers, S., Galvao, D., Newton, R. (2019). Quality of life and psychological distress in cancer survivors: The role of psycho‐social resources for resilience. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 28(2), 271-277. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4934.

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). Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2016.1179035.
  • 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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2017.1400415.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/jie.2015.3.

Book Chapters

  • Shean, M., Cohen, L., De Jong, T. (2014). Developing Well-Being and Self-Esteem. Adolescence: Places and Spaces (95-105). Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2013.845938.

Books

  • 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. Cengage Learning.

Book Chapters

  • 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). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0028046.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.5176/2251-2853_2.2.121.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2012.707971.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9484-7.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143212468346.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2013.760330.

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). Global Science & Technology Forum. https://doi.org/10.5176/2251-1865_CBP13.29.

Reports

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

Book Chapters

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L. (2012). A Team Teaching Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Psychology. Teaching Psychology around the World: Volume 3 (42-54). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Ferguson, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Guilfoyle, A. (2012). The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and speeding behaviour of young drivers. In Advances in Traffic Psychology (149-156). Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Journal Articles

  • Cohen, L., Dean, J., Gridley, H., Hogea, R., Robinson, K., Sampson, E., Sibbel, A., Turner, C. (2012). Lobbying for endorsement of community psychology in Australia. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 3(2), 1-14.
  • Soto, R., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Taylor, M. (2012). Students with ASD in mainstream primary education settings: Teachers' experiences in Western Australian classrooms. Austalasian Journal of Special Education, 36(2), 97-111. https://doi.org/10.1017/jse.2012.10.

Journal Articles

  • Cohen, L., Chang, P., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., Harman, B. (2011). Enhancing psychology students' experiences: The development of an undergraduate leadership programme. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 10(2), 164-169. https://doi.org/10.2304/plat.2011.10.2.164.
  • Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Ferguson, C., Harms, C. (2011). Psychologists’ understanding of resilience: implications for the discipline of psychology and psychology practice.. The Australian Community Psychologist, 23(2), 7-22.
  • Cohen, L., Ferguson, C., Harms, C., Pooley, JA., Tomlinson, S. (2011). Family systems and mental health issues: A resilience approach. Journal of Social Work Practice, 25(1), 109-125. https://doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2010.533754.

Books

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M. (2010). Indicators of Community Resilience: A Study of Communities Facing Impending Natural Disasters. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M. (2010). Bushfire Communities and Resilience: What can they tell us?. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 25(2), 33-38.

Conference Publications

  • Brooks, D., Corkill, J., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Ferguson, C., Harms, C. (2010). National security: A propositional study to develop resilience indicators as an aid to personnel vetting. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Security and Intelligence Conference (35-43). Security Research Centre, Edith Cowan University.

Conference Publications

  • Ferguson, C., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA., Guilfoyle, A. (2009). Elicitiing the beliefs of young drivers about driving risks: An analysis of two methodologies. Proceedings of the 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference : Smarter, Safer Directions (826-838). NSW Centre for Road Safety.

Book Chapters

  • Pike, L., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA. (2008). Australian Approaches to Understanding and Building Resilience in At Risk Populations. Resilience in Children and Youth (264-288). University of Toronto Press.

Journal Articles

  • Cohen, L., Chang, P., Pooley, JA., Pike, L. (2008). A holistic approach to establishing an effective learning environment for psychology. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 7(1), 12-18.

Books

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L. (2007). Careers in Psychology: Making Informed Choices. Thomson.

Journal Articles

  • Pooley, JA., Breen, L., Pike, L., Cohen, L., Drew, N. (2007). Critiquing the school community: a qualitative study of children's conceptualization of their school. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21(2), 87-98.
  • Cohen, L., Bunker, A., Ellis, R. (2007). Exploring the Role of Unit Coordinators Within Universities. Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship, Proceedings of the 30th Herdsa Annual Conference, 8-11 July, 111-120.

Book Chapters

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., O'Connor, M. (2006). Links between community and individual resilience: Evidence from cyclone affected communities in north West Australia. Disaster Resilience: An Integrated Approach (161-173). Charles C Thomas.

Journal Articles

  • Green, A., Cohen, L., Pooley, JA. (2006). In search of community in Western Australia: A qualitative study of adults conceptualisations of their communities. The Australian Community Psychologist, 18(2), 58-70.

Conference Publications

  • Sathapornvajana, K., Cohen, L., Drew, N., Pooley, JA. (2006). Improving community water conservation behaviour in Chachoengsao, Thailand. Engagement and Empowerment: New Opportunities for Growth in Higher Education (436-446). Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Pike, L. (2005). Can sense of community inform social capital?. The Social Science Journal, 42(1), 71-79.
  • Stumpers, S., Breen, L., Pooley, JA., Cohen, L., Pike, L. (2005). A critical exploration of the school context for young adolescents completing primary education. Community, Work & Family, 8(3), 251-270.

Journal Articles

  • Helmes, E., Chang, P., Cohen, L., Pike, L. (2004). Current job satisfaction among mental health professionals in Australia. Network, 16(n/a), 55-59.
  • Arco, L., Cohen, L., Geddes, K. (2004). Verbal self-regulation of impulsive behavior of persons with frontal lobe brain injury. Behavior Therapy, 35(n/a), 605-619.
  • Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., Breen, L. (2004). Migrant Stories: Understanding the decisions to migrate from the United Kingdom to Western Australia. Network, 16(n/a), 41-50.

Book Chapters

  • Chang, P., Cohen, L., Pike, L., Pooley, JA., Breen, L. (2003). From Reducing Attrition to Building Learning Communities: A University Mentoring Program. Global Perspectives on mentoring: Transforming Contexts, Communities and Cultures. (277-294). Information Age Publishing Inc.

Journal Articles

  • Darlaston-Jones, D., Cohen, L., Timewell, S., Pike, L., Young, A., Drew, N. (2003). The Retention and Persistence Support (RAPS) Project: A Transition Initiative. Issues in Educational Research, 13(2), 1-12.
  • Darlaston-Jones, D., Pike, L., Cohen, L., Young, A., Timewell, S., Drew, N. (2003). Are they being served? Student expectations of higher education. Issues in Educational Research, 13(1), 31-52.

Conference Publications

  • Darlaston-Jones, D., Cohen, L. (2003). Using a student centred approach in a large class context. 12th Teaching and Learning Forum 2003 - Partners in Learning (6 pages). Professional Development@Learning Development Services, Edith Cowan University.
  • Breen, L., Cohen, L., Chang, P. (2003). Teaching and Learning Online for the first time: Student and coordinator perspectives.. 12th Teaching and Learning Forum 2003 - Partners in Learning (8 pages). Professional Development@Learning Development Services, Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Blanchard, T., Breen, L., Burns, G., Cohen, L., Darlaston-Jones, D., Hillman, S., Smith, K., Tang, C. (2002). Developing the skills of a community psychologist: Recommendations for Postgraduate Programmes in Australia.. Network, 13(1), 60-63.
  • Cohen, L., O'Connor, M., Blackmore, A. (2002). Nurses' attitudes to palliative care in nursing homes in Western Australia.. International Journal of Palliative Nursing., 8, 88-98.

Conference Publications

  • Breen, L., Cohen, L., Drew, N., Timewell, S., Pike, L., Pooley, JA., Young, A. (2001). Expanding horizons of peer mentoring: how can we mentor students on and off campus?. New Horizons in University Teaching and Learning: Responding to Change (0). Centre for Educational Advancement.

Research Projects

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mandurah Family Relationship Centre, Anglicare WA, Grant, 2007 ‑ 2011, $4,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation, City of Wanneroo, Grant, 2008 ‑ 2009, $4,550.
  • 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.
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