Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Kate Williams
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Education,
Office of Education Research
Associate Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Education Systems, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3080
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Keywords

early childhood, music, self-regulation, executive function, child development, sleep, evaluation, music therapy, CCC, parenting

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

Biography

Kate Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, QUT. Her research focusses on children’s development of self-regulation and the parenting, educational, and intervention contexts that support such, along with the developmental outcomes associated with children’s self-regulatory functioning. This includes children’s regulation of attention, emotion, executive function, and their sleep behaviours. She is also involved in program evaluation and interested in the measurement of children’s development and wellbeing. Kate is also a Registered Music Therapist and so is interested in the ways that music can be used to support children’s development. She is currently developing and trialling a neurobiologically-based rhythm and movement program for stimulating preschool self-regulation skills in disadvantaged communities (RAMSR; see https://ramsrblog.wordpress.com/) Kate’s research strengths include:

  • Intervention design and program evaluation including music therapy early intervention
  • Modern approaches to analyses including quantitative and qualitative techniques with a particular specialty in structural equation modeling (SEM)
  • Approaches to translating research and theory into practice for the early years community including co-development of practice resources and training materials
  • Management and analysis of large longitudinal datasets
  • Measurement development and statistical testing
  • Strong and ongoing industry partnerships and a track record in gaining research funding.

Kate has been published in international early childhood, education, and medical journals and has won awards for her PhD and Masters theses and conference presentations.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kate Williams.

Teaching

Kate’s teaching philosophy is highly intentional and evidence-based. She has a strong focus on active learning and as such uses a wide range of technologies and learning activities in her classrooms. Kate  takes a developmental and critical approach to teaching and learning. She believes that students construct new knowledge for themselves, and with others, by having prior assumptions challenged, and through the integration of new evidence which has been actively and critically analysed by students. Kate also has a strong focus on student belonging, engagement, and inclusion. She has teaching expertise in the following areas:

  • Child development
  • Early childhood music for development, teaching and learning
  • Research design and methodology
  • Inclusion and early intervention approaches
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Kate Williams.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2018
Details
Awarded the only Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) award in Education in 2017. 16% success rate overall.
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2018
Details
Peer Reviewer for ARC ERA 2018.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2018
Details
Reviewer for ARC Discovery Project scheme
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2018
Details
Invited external examiner for PhD thesis in music therapy for University of Melbourne
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2019
Details
Selected as the first visiting scholar to EduHK as part of the formalised research exchange between QUT and EduHK. Visited EduHK in January 2019 and return visit by colleague Dr Eva Lau completed in March 2019.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2019
Details
Reviewer for Early Education & Development (Q1)
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2019
Details
Reviewer for Child Development (Q1), highest ranking child development journal internationally
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2018
Details
Outstanding Publication Award for paper in highest ranking paediatric journal internationally (JAMA Pediatrics)
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2017
Details
Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Music Therapy
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Invited keynote speaker for the Australian Paediatric Music Therapy Symposium

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
A Rhythm and Movement Intervention for Self-Regulation in Preschool
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE190101096
Start year
2019
Keywords
Title
Parental Engagement in Supported Playgroups
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200723
Start year
2010
Keywords
Family Support; Child Wellbeing; Playgroups

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • The Relationship Between Secondary Students' Writing Self-efficacy and Writing Achievement
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Susan Walker