Associate Professor Shiralee Poed

Associate Professor In Education

School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56872


Dr Shiralee Poed is an Associate Professor within the School of Education at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education within the University of Melbourne. She is also the Director and Chair of the Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia. Her career spans more than 30 years, and includes working as a teacher and leader in Australian state, Catholic and independent primary, secondary and special schools.

Research Interests

  • Positive behaviour support
  • Disability discrimination in education
  • Inclusion of students with disability

Research Impacts

Shiralee's teaching, research, leadership, and service focus on systems change to address inequities in the education of students with disability, particularly where this manifests in behaviour. Her expertise includes: (i) evidence-based interventions to support the inclusion of learners with disability, (ii) proactive and positive approaches to behaviour, (iii) reductions in student restraint and seclusion, and (iv) elimination of disability discrimination.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Master of Education, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, The University of Queensland
  • Diploma in Teaching, Brisbane College of Advanced Education


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Book Chapter

  • White, Emily H., Pavlovic, Masa and Poed, Shiralee (2020). Understanding and Mapping Digital Literacy for Students with Disability. Understanding Students with Additional Needs as Learners. (pp. 131-156) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-56596-1_10

  • Poed, Shiralee (2020). Legislation, litigation and implications for inclusion. Inclusive Education for the 21st Century. (pp. 100-121) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003116073-7

  • Swancutt, Loren, Medhurst, Marijne, Poed, Shiralee and Walker, Peter (2020). Making adjustments to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Inclusive Education for the 21st Century. (pp. 208-243) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003116073-12

  • Poed, Shiralee (2019). Social inclusion and equal access to high-quality, inclusive education. Quality education. (pp. 1-10) edited by Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar and Tony Wall. Cham, Switzerland: SpringerLink. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_18_1

  • Poed, Shiralee (2019). The Australian educational landscape. Education for inclusion and diversity. (pp. 38-64) edited by Adrian Ashman. Melbourne, VIC Australia: Pearson.

  • Poed, Shiralee (2018). Student voice and educational adjustments. The Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools. (pp. 335-351) Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-77751-1_15

  • Poed, Shiralee (2015). The Australian educational landscape. Education for inclusion and diversity. (pp. 37-62) edited by Adrian Ashman. Melbourne, VIC Australia: Pearson.

  • Poed, Shiralee and Elkins, John (2012). Legislation, policies, and principles. Education for inclusion and diversity. (pp. 37-60) edited by Adrian Ashman and John Elkins. Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson.

  • Garrick, Barbara, Poed, Shiralee, Skinner, James and Standage, Sarah (2009). Shaping the future of educational research: hypothesising and dreaming the possibilities. Educational planet shapers: researching, hypothesising, dreaming the future. (pp. 9-18) edited by Barbara Garrick, Shiralee Poed and James Skinner. Brisbane, Australia: PostPressed.

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