Profile

Dr Christine Grma-Farrell has taught in schools in various capacities for over 20 years. During this time she was awarded a NSW Premier’s Teaching award for Excellence in her work in the area of inclusive Education. She was also awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to complete a PhD in the area of diversity and inclusion as she strives to raise an awareness of ways to merge research and practice to support the diverse needs of staff and students. Chris has presented both internationally and nationally. She has been well received in Washington at the Council of Exceptional Children’s conference and at the ISATT conference in Belgium.

Her research work is currently in the area of inclusion in an attempt to raise an awareness of ways to merge research and practice to support the diverse needs of staff and students. Chris has led school based projects on the significant factors that impact the translation of research to practice in classroom applications and has worked in implementing a whole school reading programs. Chris is currently lecturing and teaching in the areas of psychology, gifted and talented education, positive behaviours, inclusion and diversity.

Qualifications

Doctorate of Philosophy – APA Award
Bringing inclusive research based practice to scale
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst (awarded without changes 2012)

Masters of Education – Inclusive Education with Distinction
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst

Bachelor, Education – Special Education with Distinction
Australian Catholic University

Diploma, Teaching – Primary with Distinction
Catholic College of Education, North Sydney

Interests

Chris has special interests in the principles of Universal Design, quality teaching practice, differentiation of content, instruction and assessment and the use of assistive technology to enhance student engagement. Chris' work is predominantly in the areas of university undergraduate and postgraduate instruction, student and teacher mentoring and consultation to promote the implementation of validated research-based programs to address diverse student needs.