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Associate Professor Kathleen Tait’s expertise in the field of tertiary education stems from 25 years practical, administrative and consultative experience in the United Kingdom, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong SAR and Australia.  This international experience has provided her with an extensive appreciation of the complexities of working with diverse cultures (e.g., Malaysian, Indian and Chinese) and diverse religions (e.g., the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist faiths).

A/Professor Tait was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Sydney, and she was nominated by her students for the MQU Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  Kathleen currently serves on the editorial reviewer boards of 8 x scientific journals.  Her experience has included working with the Academic and Professional Division of the Cambridge University Press (Aus), as Screening Editor for the HERDSA journal - Higher Education Research & Development, and as International Editor of the Asian Journal of Inclusive Education. Dr. Tait has successful research grants totaling over AUD$800,000 for both individual and team research projects. Dr. Tait has supervised over 12 x HDR students’ - PhD dissertations, master’s theses, and independent research projects to completion. Kathleen has assessed more than 23 National and International HDR theses.

Areas of Expertise: (1) Disability Studies, Communication Disorders, the impact on vulnerable and ethnically diverse families raising individuals with special education needs.

A.Professor Tait's expertise is in the fields of special and inclusive education; communication disorders, assessment, intervention and developmental disability: specifically physical, intellectual and multiple disorders. She has extensive expertise in Research Methods, Research Design and Qualitative Data Analysis. In addition to her educational qualifications, Kathleen has post-graduate psychology qualifications in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and she is a registered graduate psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

Areas of Expertise: (2)  Ethnic Diversity, Family impact, Cross-cultural Inclusive Education

A/Professor Tait has a strong history of working in cross-cultural inclusive/special education projects in East Asian countries (e.g., China, Hong Kong, Japan) and South-East Asian countries (e.g., Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bhutan). In addition to her psychology and education qualifications, Kathleen has qualifications from the UNSW – Institute of Languages. Dr. Tait has had  over 7 years tertiary experience in East Asia (Hong Kong, China, Japan, Brunei Darussalam). She has researched and published widely in the field of family impact raising children with developmental disabilities in rural, remote and ethnically diverse environments.


A/Professor Tait has published over 130 peer reviewed publications including 30 chapters in books with high quality publishers (e.g., Oxford University Press, Springer, Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan). She has over 50 peer reviewed journal articles in high impact publications (e.g., the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Disability and Rehabilitation, the American Journal of Speech-Language-Pathology, and the British Journal of Educational Psychology). She has published 13 refereed conference papers and opinon pieces in the Sydney Morning Herald. A/Professor Tait is co-edtior of the Oxford University Press text: Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, 4th Edition which is used as a required text in over 27 Australian Universities.

A/Professor Tait's publications have received over 1000 citations. Currently her research impact rating is evidenced by a h-index of 12 and an i10 index of 13.


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