Dr Yuriko Kishida

Dr Yuriko Kishida

Yuroko Kishida 

Title: Dr Yuriko Kishida

Role: Honorary Associate


Yuriko was initially trained as an early childhood and primary teacher, then undertook further study in special education, gaining a PhD from Macquarie University Special Education Centre. Yuriko worked with children who had a range of disabilities as a special education teacher in a university-linked early intervention program. After working as a research assistant and a research officer for various projects in special education and early childhood education, she joined Positive Partnerships, a national autism training program for teachers and parents/carers funded by the Federal Government, as their research officer.

Yuriko currently coordinates research and evaluation for a not-for-profit special education and ear health service provider. Her responsibilities include promoting evidence-based practice and data-based decision-making. Yuriko liaises with universities and other relevant research organisations to support and facilitate research projects conducted by academics and research students.

Yuriko holds an Honorary Associate position at Macquarie University Special Education Centre, and an Adjunct Researcher position at Curtin University, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Research Interests

  • Early intervention
  • Inclusion
  • Engagement of children with disabilities
  • Evidence-based interventions for children with additional needs
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Family centred practice and parent coaching
Scholarship, Grants, and Awards
  • Award of the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation, Macquarie University (April 2009)
  • Award for Excellence in Thesis Research 2008, the Australian Centre for Educational Studies at Macquarie University (November 2008)
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Grants Scheme – Round 1 2007. ($4,000 for Attendance at an international conference)
  • International Macquarie University Research Scholarship (January 2006 to August 2008)
2013Kemp, C., Kishida, Y., Carter, M., & Sweller, N. (2013). The effect of activity type on the engagement and interaction of young children with disabilities in inclusive childcare settings. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 134-143

The Australian Autism Education & Training Consortium. (2011). Positive Partnerships: Supporting school aged children on the autism spectrum. Retrieved from http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Pages/helpingChildrenwithAutism.aspx.


Kishida, Y. (2011). Changes in teachers’ practices following their participation in an autism-specific professional development program. Special Education Perspectives, 20, 29-39.


Kishida, Y., & Kemp, C. (2010). Training staff to measure the engagement of children with disabilities in inclusive childcare centers. The International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 57, 21-41.


Kishida, Y., & Kemp, C. (2009). The engagement and interaction of children with autism spectrum disorder in segregated and inclusive early childhood center-based settings. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 29, 105-118.


Kishida, Y. (2008, Nov).Measuring the engagement of children with disabilities in early childhood settings: A guide for inclusive practice. Macquarie University, Sydney.


Kishida, Y., Kemp, C. & Carter, M. (2008). Revision and validation of the individual child engagement record: A practitioner-friendly measure of learning opportunities for children with disabilities in early childhood settings. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33, 158-170.


Kishida, Y., & Kemp, C. (2006). A measure of engagement of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood settings: A preliminary study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31, 101-114.


Kishida, Y., & Kemp, C. (2006). Measuring child engagement in inclusive early childhood settings: Implications for practice. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 31 (2), pp. 14-19.


Kishida, Y., & Kemp, C. (2006). Measuring child engagement: Implication for inclusive practice. Paper presented at the Seventh Biennial Conference of Early Childhood Intervention Australia: Whose Landscape is it? Adelaide, South Australia. (This paper was included in a CD provided to all conference delegates.)


Kemp, C., & Kishida, Y. (2004). Engagement as a legitimate measure of the quality of early intervention. Early Links, 9 (2), pp.24-29.

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