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.
MEd (Special Education)
PhD (Special Education)
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.
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.
Julie is a State Leaders for the Association of Positive Behaviour Support Australia.
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