Dr David Armstrong

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (4.44)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Research Profile

Advocating for students with disability in schools. Editor. External examiner. Advisor to state and federal government. Program manager - teacher education.

Dave provides expert advice to Amnesty International, Parliamentary Inquries and other key stakeholders about enabling educational inclusion and reducing exclusion.

I am Program Manager at RMIT University Melbourne (where I can be contacted on david.armstrong@RMIT.edu.au) as well as a full academic member of Flinders University.

Successful Grants

Dave has led high-impact, nationally-significant teacher workforce development programmes.

Dyslexia: Dave worked as senior advisor to Hon Susan Close 2016-2018 leading an SA statewide reading initatitive and led the succesful delivery of the The National Dyslexia Award (worth 2.3 million GBP approx. 3.8 million AUD) for Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University. This high-profile, high impact, initiative was as a result of the Rose Review into Dyslexia (2009), funded by Department for Education (DFE) in the UK.

Autism: In 2015, Dave was part of the 3-person team awarded a major Autism Professional Learning Project tender ($480,000) to develop the SA teaching workforce.

Indigenous mental health (MH): Dave led succesful funding ($370,000) for a research project investigating how to help remote and rural schools support support MH of indigenous students.


Dave has strong international links via ongoing research collaborations, resulting in a number of high-quality, acclaimed, international publications


MEd Psychology of Education, (confers GBC) The University of Manchester

PhD (Textual Pedagogy: Education/English), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

ADS Specialist Teacher SpLD, (post-graduate) South Bank University, London (confers Specialist Teacher Status)

7307 Teaching Qualification, (City and Guilds: Further and Adult Education Certificate), MAES, UK

BA (Hons) English and History, De Montfort University, UK


Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK

Honours, awards and grants

Publications Award 2014 University of South Australia

Key responsibilities

Dave acts as an expert witness about enabling educational inclusion, providing expert advice to Parliamentary Inquries, Amnesty International and other key stakeholders on the national or international stage.

Dr David Armstrong was Chair of the Research in Special Education (RISE) group at Flinders Univserity 2014-2018 and was acting Chair of Resarch 2015-2016. 

Dr Armstrong has an international reputation as an innovative researcher in the fields of child and adolescent behaviour and dyslexia.

Dave is increasingly undertaking transdiciplinary research to address wicked problems in education:

Refreshing JORSEN: (Editorial)

He also co-ordinates several, specialist, postgraduate topics which address: child and adolescent behaviour in schools and also autism.

Teaching interests

Dyslexia, behaviour in schools, transdisciplinary research, developmental psychology, autism, special and inclusive education

Topic coordinator
EDUC3620 Relationships for Learning
EDUC9501 Understanding Behaviour in Educational Contexts
Supervisory interests
Child and adolescent behaviour
Educational assessment
Educational psychology
Mental health in schools
Special education
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Intellectual disability, social capital, supported workplace (University of South Australia) (1)
  • Autism in educational settings; Child and adolescent behaviour in schools; mental health; dyslexia.
Further information

For updates on recent scholarly activity follow Dave on:

academia.edu: DrDavidArmstrong

twitter: @DrDArmstrong

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