• 287 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
1993 …2020

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Personal profile


Dr. 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). 

Dr. Tait was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Sydney, and she was nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching and Learning award at the University of New England, Australia.  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 Associate 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 AUD$585,000 for both individual and team research projects. Dr. Tait has supervised 12 x HDR students’ - PhD dissertations, master’s thesis, and independent research projects to completion.

Areas of Expertise: (1) Special Education and Disability Studies

Dr. Tait's expertise is in the fields of special and inclusive education; early childhood/early intervention, and developmental disability: specifically sensory, physical, autism, communication, intellectual and multiple disorders. She also has extensive expertise in Research Methods, Research Design and Qualitative Data Analysis. In addition to her educational qualifications, she 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)  Cross-cultural teacher education and TESOL

Dr. Tait has a strong history of working in cross-cultural teacher education projects in East Asian countries (e.g., China, Hong Kong) and South-East Asian countries (e.g., Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bhutan). In addition to my education qualifications, I have qualifications in TESOL from the UNSW – Institute of Languages.


Dr. Tait has published over 18 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. 

Dr. Tait's publications have received over 800 citations. Currently her research impact rating is evidenced by a h-index of 12 and an i10 index of 13.

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Research Outputs

Diversity, inclusion and engagement

Tait, K., Hyde, M. & Dole, S., 2020, (In preparation) 4th ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthology

Growing older with lifelong disability: what is "quality of life" in the middle years?

Tait, K., Hussain, R., Wark, S. & Fung, F., 7 Jun 2020, In : British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Preparing educators to collaborate with professionals who work with learners with complex conditions

    Tait, K., May 2020, (Submitted) Oxford research encyclopedia of education. Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Behavioural support in Hong Kong

    Tait, K., Fung, F. & Dajic, J., 2019, Behavioural support for students with special educational needs: trends across the Asia-Pacific region. Bryer, F. & Beamish, W. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 151-165 15 p. (Advancing inclusive and special education in the Asia-Pacific).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Ageing with a disability: what is life like in the middle years?

    Tait, K. & Hussain, R., 2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31, 4, p. 497 1 p., 5378.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract