Educational psychology and inclusive education

Research and teaching in the Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education (EPIC) academic community is organised in three clusters:

  • Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Inclusive Education and Gifted Education

Our current teaching programs are:

  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology/PhD
  • Master of Education (Inclusive and Special Education)

Our community consists of academics who are interested in a range of research questions, including:

  • What motivates teachers to choose the profession of teaching?
  • How best to prepare school educators to teach and lead inclusive classrooms/schools?
  • How to teach students with a range of abilities using differential teaching methods and technological solutions?
  • How to create engaging classrooms for students with challenging behaviours?
  • What are the best practices to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
  • How might schools and early childhood settings best support the mental health and wellbeing of young people?
  • How might teachers manage professional boundaries when working with young people and their families?
  • What are the most effective ways of training counselling psychologists?
  • What are the psychosocial factors that enhance or hinder well-being across the lifespan?
  • What are the most effective ways of teaching counselling skills?
  • How to engage tertiary students in online teaching?
  • What are the most effective ways of incorporating technology in counselling?
  • How does the physical environment impact on mental health and learning?
  • What are the effects of various trauma on counsellors?


Our group has expertise in single subject design, a range of qualitative methodologies, randomised controlled trials and large scale survey designs. Academics in our group can deliver school based professional learning programs in areas such as ‘Teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and intellectual disability’, School-wide Positive Behaviour Support, and teaching gifted students, mindfulness and whole school approaches for mental health and wellbeing.


The EPIE academic community has longstanding partnerships with a number of local and international partners. These include:

  • Victorian Department of Education
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Department of Education and Training, Commonwealth of Australia
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Apex Foundation
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • William Angliss Foundation
  • Ministries of Education in countries like New Zealand, Fiji, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
  • Victorian Department of Health
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Emerging Minds
  • Beyondblue
  • SPELD (Specific Learning Difficulties)