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Dr Judith Howard, Associate Professor

Dr Judith Howard is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at the Queensland University of Technology. She has an extensive career history with schooling in Queensland. She has worked as a teacher, guidance counselor and behaviour support specialist and has held both regional and state positions overseeing work in student behaviour support.

She has led the development of the Australian “National Guidelines for Trauma-Aware Education”, and is the author of two books, “Distressed or Deliberately Defiant: Managing Challenging Student Behaviour due to Trauma and Disorganised Attachment”, and “Trauma-Aware Education: Essential information and guidance for educators, education sites, and education systems”. She is the principal chair of the biennial “Trauma-Aware Schooling Conference” held in Australia.

Dr Howard’s work has had a keen focus on the concerns of children and young people who have experienced complex trauma. She promotes a neuroscience informed approach - to which she believes every educator and worker in every primary and secondary school and early childhood service needs access.

Specialties: Trauma Aware Education

"Judith's presentation was filled with great content. She presented it at a great pace with a nice mix of anecdotal stories and neuroscience. There was plenty of new learning for me in today's workshop."

Learning Support Coordinator

"The workshop was very insightful and I gained a much better understanding about the impact of trauma on brain development and brain functioning.

I like that Judith used lay terms to describe the neuroscience processes as I was actually able to follow along with it. I also really enjoyed the way the presentation was structured (science first, then strategies) and will be utilising this approach to get buy-in from school staff that I work with in the future."


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