Associate Professor Judith Howard

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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Judith is a national leader in “Trauma-Aware Education”. Judith has an extensive career history with state schooling in Queensland and commenced working for QUT in 2015.  She has worked as a classroom teacher (primary), school Guidance Officer and behaviour support specialist.  She has held both regional and state leadership positions with the Queensland Department of Education, overseeing policy development and school practice regarding student behaviour and has managing staff and a broad range of programs delivering behaviour support services to schools. Judith’s teaching interests include Trauma-Aware Education, child and adolescent development, student behaviour, school and classroom behaviour management, behaviour management policy development and inclusive practice in schools. Judith’s main interest involves the impact of early childhood attachment difficulties and complex trauma on the developing child and on future (primary and secondary) school behaviours.  She coordinates the biennial “Trauma-Aware Schooling” conference and runs her popular MOOC: “Teaching students who have suffered Complex Trauma”, three times each year.  She continues to develop undergraduate and post-graduate education and training options on this important topic. Through her research, training seminars, and consultancy with educators, she continues to encourage schools and early childhood services to adopt a neuroscience informed approach to the behaviour management of  students living with the outcomes of complex trauma.

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