Dr Kathleen Tait

Dr Kathleen Tait

Dr Kathleen Tait pink

Title: Dr Kathleen Tait

Phone: 02 9850 6714

Fax: 02 9850 8254

Email: kathleen.tait@mq.edu.au

Office: X5A 209


Dr Kathleen Tait received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2004. Since then she has held tenured academic appointments at the University of Sydney, The Queensland University of Technology, and the University of New England, where she was nominated by the Executive Dean and then elected to the position of Deputy Chair of the Academic Board (2007 to 2009). From 2010 - 2014 Dr Tait held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies as Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, where she was elected by her peers to the position of Secretary to the Social Science Faculty Board (2011-2014) and Chair of the Faculty Workplace Policy Advisory Committee (2011-2014). Dr Tait's expertise in the field of tertiary education stems from 25 years practical, administrative, and consultative experience in early childhood, primary, and special education and tertiary environments in the United Kingdom, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, and Australia. This international experience has provided her with an extensive appreciation of the complexities of working with diverse cultures and religions. 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. Dr Tait currently serves as Associate Editor for the HERDSA journal (Higher Education Research and Development), and as International Editor of the Asian Journal of Inclusive Education. Dr Tait joined MUSEC in 2015, and is registered with the British Psychological Society.

  Academic Qualifications  
2013 Graduate Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Pennsylvania State University (PSU), Philadelphia, USA.
2006 Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) University of Sydney (USyd), NSW, Australia.
2004 Doctorate of Philosophy (Educational Psychology) The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia.
1990 Master of Educational Studies Degree Major: Developmental Psychology The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia.
1982 Bachelor of Education Degree  Major: Special Education/Hearing Impairment Griffith University (GU), Brisbane, Australia.

Teaching Links

Coordinator SPED821 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Special Educators
Coordinator SPED826 Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management
Coordinator SPED802 Effective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs

Current Research Projects

  1. Aging with a Disability - Independent, Homeless or Forever Dependent?  Research partner A/Professor Rafat Hussain ANU (Canberra).
  2. Indices of Engagement - Determining the engagement of individuals with severe/profound intellectual impairment. Research partner Professor Jeff Sigafoos Victoria University, New Zealand.


Professional registration and accreditations:

  • The British Psychological Society (UK).
  • Queensland Teachers College (AUS)
  • Accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) training instructor
  • Accredited Triple P "Stepping Stones" (for families raising a child who has a disability) training instructor

Research Interests

Developmental, physical & intellectual disabilities: supporting individuals with high support needs

Applied Behaviour Analysis, adaptive behaviour, and functional behaviour assessment

Impact on families raising a child with a disability in diverse, ethnic, rural & remote contexts

Early childhood, early intervention programs, non-verbal communication disorders


Tait, K., & Hussain, R. (2016). Using quality of family life factors to explore parents’ experience of educational provision for children with developmental disabilities in rural Australia. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. Advance online version. DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2016.1223280


Tait, K. (2016). What Australian teachers should know about cultural impact and families of Hong Kong Chinese children with special education needs.  In S. O’Neill & H. van Rensburg (Eds.), Global language policies and local educational practices and cultures (pp. 113-140). Wisconson: Deep University Press.


Tait, K., Fung, F., Hu, A., Sweller, N., & Wang, W.(2016). Understanding Hong Kong Chinese families’ experiences of an Autism diagnosis.Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(2), 1164 - 1183. DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2650-z

2015 Hussain, R. &Tait. K. (2015) Parental perceptions of information needs and service provision for children with developmental disabilities in rural Australia.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 37:18, 1609-1616  http://informahealthcare.com/eprint/WQsSrXJIuT7Hn5KsH9un/full
2014 Tait, K. (2014). Chapter 10: Supporting Students with Intellectual Disability.  In Hyde, M. B., Carpenter, L. & Conway, R.  Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.  Melbourne: Oxford University Press. P. 205-229. ISBN: 9780195522235
2014 Tait, K. (2014). Chapter 15: Supporting Students with Physical Impairments.  In Hyde, M. B., Carpenter, L. & Conway, R.  Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.  Melbourne: Oxford University Press. P. 317-345. ISBN: 9780195522235
2014 Tait, K., Mundia, L., & Fung, F. (2014). Raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Hong Kong: The impact of cultural values and stigma on Chinese parents' coping strategies.  International Journal Advances in Social Sciences and Humanities.  2 (1) 07-15.
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