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Biography

I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and Senior Lecturer. I’m passionate about the science of human behaviour, learning, language, and cognition (why we do what we do!) and how we can best use this science to create engaging, effective and enjoyable educational programs for all learners. In 2018, I joined the faculty at Monash University, where I currently work in the Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education academic community.

Research Interests

I am currently interested in research evaluating effective tactics for training scientist-practitioners to engage in evidence-based practice in real world settings. 

Educating for Diversity and Inclusion, and Enhancing Health and Wellbeing

One of my primary research interests involves the exploration of strategies for building the capacity of the workforce to better support individuals with additional needs (especially children and young people with behaviours of concern, who are most at risk for exclusion and social isolation). I am particularly interested in knowledge translation research. For me, knowledge translation involves working collaboratively with professionals, educators, parents, and individuals to exchange information about what works, and what we need to do better to solve socially important problems. To this end, I am interested in exploring the social validity of teaching and behaviour support strategies derived from the science of applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support - specifically, how behaviour analysts can engage in culturally-sensitive evidence-based practice, and individualise teaching methods and behaviour support strategies to reflect the values, preferences, goals, and aspirations of the direct recipient of services. I am also interested in developing qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing the ways in which the provision of contemporary applied behaviour analytic educational and behaviour support services improves quality of life, well-being, and social inclusion for individuals with autism, intellectual disability, and related conditions.

Transforming Teaching and Learning, and Shaping Digital Futures

In this area, I am particularly interested in exploring effective tactics for creating engaging, accessible, and inclusive online learning spaces in higher education, using the principles of applied behaviour analysis and universal design for learning. I am keen to understand how the incorporation of the principles of universal design for learning in online learning environments in higher education may enhance student outcomes and satisfaction. I am also interested in exploring strategies for promoting active student engagement in asynchronous online learning environments. 

Teaching Commitments  

I joined the Faculty of Education at Monash in 2018 to coordinate the Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis program. Applied behaviour analysis offers a comprehensive framework for both discovering and understanding the environmental variables that influence socially significant behaviours, and developing an effective technology for helping people overcome problems and become more independent, productive and happy members of society. This course will give students foundational knowledge in the scientific discipline of Applied Behaviour Analysis, and how to translate and apply this science in practice in real-world settings with diverse populations, including individuals with additional learning needs and behaviours of concern. This unique course provides a pathway for students who wish to become Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs), and has been verified by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board as meeting the faculty and course content requirements.

I currently serve as Chief Examiner for the following units:

Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis (4th Edition Task List)

  • EDF5680 Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Foundations
  • EDF5681 Behaviour Analysis: Implementation and Experimental Methods
  • EDF5682 Behaviour Analysis in Diverse Contexts

Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis (5th Edition Task List)

  • EDF5683: Philosophical Foundations of Behaviour Analysis
  • EDF5679: Behaviour Assessment and Treatment
  • EDF5687: Evidence-Based Instructional Design
  • EDF5688: Performance Management and Supervision
  • EDF5689: Diverse Applications of Applied Behaviour Analysis

In 2019, I received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and in 2020, I received the Monash Graduate Association’s Lecturer of the Year award and the Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career). 

Professional Service and Community Engagement

I am currently a member of the Board and the Vice President of the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association, an Australian peak body for autism and evidence-based education and behaviour support. I am also currently on the Board of Directors for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

I chair of the Victorian Department of Education and Training's Functional Behaviour Assessment working group, the purpose of which is to share information about best practice for supporting children who are at-risk for poorer educational outcomes due to persistent behaviours of concern in school settings. 

I was recently invited to join Oppida, a group of industry-leading e-learning designers, as a advisory consultant. 

I am currently a full professional member of the Association for Behaviour Analysis International, the Association for Professional Behaviour Analysts, the Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia. I am also a member of the Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA) and the Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behaviour Science (ANZ ACBS). I have served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis, The Australian Psychologist, the Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, and Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. 

 

Research area keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Functional Behavioural Assessment (FBA)
  • Function-Based Treatment
  • Severe Problem Behaviour
  • Verbal Behaviour
  • Single Case Research Design
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention
  • Social Validity
  • Treatment Acceptability
  • Dissemination
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Online teaching and learning

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