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Carmen Lawrence

Emeritus Professor, BPsych W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 314 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1991 …2020

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After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004. She retired from politics in 2007.She was Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychological Science at UWA between 2010 and 2018 and is now Professor Emerita in the same School.

Research expertise keywords

  • Policy development
  • Political psychology
  • Social conflict
  • Conservation psychology

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The development and validation of the bushfire psychological preparedness scale

Boylan, J. L. & Lawrence, C., 1 Aug 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 47, 101530.

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  • What does it mean to psychologically prepare for a disaster? A systematic review

    Boylan, J. L. & Lawrence, C., 1 May 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 45, 101480.

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  • Accepters, fence sitters, or rejecters: Moral profiles of vaccination attitudes

    Rossen, I., Hurlstone, M., Dunlop, P. & Lawrence, C., Mar 2019, In : Social Science & Medicine. 224, p. 23-27 5 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Climate change from a distance: An analysis of construal level and psychological distance from climate change

    Wang, S., Hurlstone, M., Leviston, Z., Walker, I. & Lawrence, C., 22 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 22 p., 230.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Emotions predict policy support: Why it matters how people feel about climate change

    Wang, S., Leviston, Z., Hurlstone, M. J., Lawrence, C. M. & Walker, I. A., May 2018, In : Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions. 50, p. 25-40 15 p.

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  • 14 Citations (Scopus)