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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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Projects 2016 2016

Research Outputs 1993 2018

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearch

A preliminary study of the internal consistency and validity of the Traditional Chinese adaptation of the Impact on Family Scale

Tait, K., Sweller, N., Carter, M., Fung, F., Hu, A. & Djajic, J., 2018, In : International Journal of Special Education. 33, 1, p. 77-93 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cross-Cultural Comparison
intercultural comparison
Hong Kong

Night terrors and hallucinations: representing sleep disorders through video installation

Tait, B. & Tait, K., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability. 31, 4, p. 508 1 p., 5377.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearch

Ready to learn: Assessing engagement and responsiveness of children with profound/multiple disabilities

Tait, K. & Sigafoos, J., 2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability. 31, 4, p. 567 1 p., 5371.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstractResearch

Open Access
Developmental Disabilities
Disabled Children
Quality of Life