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

    6009 Perth


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Cognitive psychology, human memory, reasoning, decision making, cognitive modelling, mathematical psychology, methodological issues in human experimental psychology.


I am a native Sandgroper who went to UWA at an impressionable age to study Psychology. I completed Honours in 1976 and, after working for a year in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, I went back to school and eventually completed my PhD supervised by Kim Kirsner in 1985. I then joined the (then) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science where, for a number of years, I taught medical students all about Psychology. My time there was interrupted for one year spent in the Department of Psychology at the University of Queensland after which I moved to the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Here, I served as Deputy Head of School and then as Head of School during which time I was also the Chair of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association. I am also a Director of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council with two periods as Chair. In 2016, I “retired” from Adelaide and relocated to Perth, taking up an Adjunct Professorship at UWA. As there is no rest for the wicked, I also took up an appointment as Interim Dean of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University and then a part-time Professorship at Edith Cowan University which finished in 2021. I remain active in research and have held several grants with colleagues interstate and overseas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 3 Sept 1985

Psychology, BA (Hons), The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 19 Apr 1976

External positions

Professor, Edith Cowan University

Mar 2018Mar 2021

Interim Dean School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University

Aug 2017Feb 2018

Professor, University of Adelaide

Feb 2005Mar 2016

Industry keywords

  • Education
  • Law
  • Defence

Research expertise keywords

  • Memory
  • Reasoning about Uncertainty
  • Decision Making
  • Eyewitness memory
  • Statistical analysis


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