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Dr Judith Howard
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Education Systems
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
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Queensland College of Teachers

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association

Affiliate Member: QUT Research Centre for Inclusive Education



complex childhood trauma, trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive, school, practice, behaviour, student, neuroscience

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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 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 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 to adopt a neuroscience informed approach to the behaviour management of  students living with the outcomes of complex trauma.

This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Howard.



  • Study Area Coordinator: M. Ed School Guidance and Counselling
  • Unit Coordinator – LCN636: Introductory Educational Counselling; LCN620: Psycho-educational Assessment; LCN618: Advanced Educational Counselling; LCN619: School Guidance and Counselling Professional Practice; LCN633: School Guidance and Counselling Practicum.
  • EUB003: Managing Challenging Student Behaviours Related to Complex Trauma
  • EUN252: Trauma-Awareness (M.Teach)
  • University Academic for EUQ640: Introductory Educational Counselling


  • MOOC, Module and Module Plus (Assessment): Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma.


Unit Coordinator :

  • EDB140 Teaching Strategies and Planning
  • EDB170 Creating Positive Learning Environments (2nd year preservice teachers)
  • LCB343 – Managing Challenging Student Behaviours Related to Complex Trauma
  • LCB670 – Creating Positive Learning Environments (M. Teach)
  • EUB103 – Culture Studies: Indigenous Education (2nd year preservice teachers)
  • EUN104 – Culture Studies: Indigenous Education (M. Teach)
This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Howard.


Judith regularly engages with key state and national stakeholders to promote and develop trauma-aware schooling across Australia.  She regularly speaks on the topic in keynote addresses and delivers training and seminars  examining trauma-aware school practice and the impact of complex childhood trauma on child development and school behaviour and engagement.


This information has been contributed by Dr Judith Howard.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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QUT Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Research Excellence (Individual)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Master of Education High Academic Achievement Award (GPA: 7)
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Australian College of Education Award
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
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Queensland University of Technology Medal for Academic Excellence (GPA: 6.9)