Dr Julie McMillan

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.61)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Julie McMillan has worked as an academic in teaching and research at Flinders University and the University of Illinois in the United States. Prior to her academic career Julie was a teacher of students with complex and extensive support needs. Julie specializes in the areas of curriculum, instruction, augmentative and alternative communication and challenging behaviour for students with complex needs including autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disability and complex communication needs. Julie's research interests include teacher professional learning and the impact of inclusive practice on student outcomes; specifically in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication, positive behaviour support, person-centered curriculum, autism and the mental health of students with disabilites.


BTeach (Primary)

MEd (Special Education)

PhD (Special Education)

Honours, awards and grants
  • UIUC University Fellowship Award (2004)
  • UIUC Dissertation Research Award (2004)
  • Australian Association of Special Education Research Award (2013)
Key responsibilities

Julie teaches and conducts research in special and inclusive education. She is Co-Chair of the Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education Group (RISE) and a member of the Flinders University Disability Committee. Julie is the College Disability Academic Advisor for students and staff in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

Teaching interests

Julie teaches in the areas of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), managing the learning environment for students with disabilities and behaviours of concern and curriculum and instruction for students with complex needs. The focus of these topics includes students with intellectual disability, physical disability, autism and multiple disabilities. Of particular interest to Julie is the relationship between behaviour, teaching and learning, behaviour and communication, and supporting students with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication. Julie teaches in the following awards, Master of Education (Special Education), Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education), Bachelor of Special Education and the double degrees of Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary)/Disability Policy and Practice.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9511 Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Children with Complex Support Needs
EDUC9512 Supporting Students with Disability and Challenging Behaviour
EDUC9553 Autism Spectrum Disorder: Teaching and Learning
EDUC9513 Personalised Curriculum Design for Learners with Disabilities
Topic lecturer
DSRS3221 Positive Behaviour Support (Singapore)
DSRS2234 Direct Instruction
Supervisory interests
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Autism spectrum disorder
Complex communication needs
Developmental disability
Inclusive education
Intellectual disability
Physical and multiple disabilities
Special education
Teacher professional learning in special education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Autism (3), Disability and transition (1)
Associate supervisor: Disability Higher Education (1)
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