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Dr Lyra L'Estrange
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy
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PhD (University of New South Wales)

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Member of QUT research group Child and Family Studies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy



trauma aware education, childhood development, neuroscience, diversity in education, adverse childhood experiences

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


Dr Lyra L’Estrange’s research and teaching in trauma aware education contributes to redefining support systems for children and adolescents living with the outcomes of complex trauma. Lyra uses her research experience in public health to translate behavioural neuroscience developments into the education space, supporting educators in their understanding of how learning and development is affected by complex trauma.

Lyra has worked with parents, schools and community groups since 2014 in delivering trauma-informed parent education. At QUT, she currently teaches undergraduate and post-graduate units in trauma aware education and child and adolescent development.

Lyra’s current research projects employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods and are centred around preparing pre-service teachers for diversity in classrooms, the resolution of complex trauma through trauma-aware education, and the role of Guidance Counsellors in building trauma awareness in schools.

This information has been contributed by Dr Lyra L'Estrange.


Lyra has a background in public health and parenting education and has taught within community settings since 2009. Her professional experience in trauma-aware practice and behavioural neuroscience, in conjunction with her quantitative and qualitative research experience inform her teaching in the higher education setting at QUT.

Lyra’s teaching in trauma aware education and child development is grounded in neuroscience and interpersonal biology. Her teaching style is centred around facilitating a greater awareness of our own beliefs and understandings in the way we perceive children and adolescents.

This information has been contributed by Dr Lyra L'Estrange.


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

Research projects

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

Educating Preservice Teachers to Teach Diverse Learners
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Current supervisions

  • The intersection of complex trauma and disability for school aged children and young people.
    Professional Doctorate, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Judith Howard