DR Shiralee Poed

DR Shiralee Poed


  • Disability Discrimination (Reasonable Adjustments to Curriculum)
  • Managing Complex Behaviour (Proactive and Reactive Strategies)
  • Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports
  • Reducing Restrictive Interventions



  • Dr Shiralee Poed is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education within the University of Melbourne. She is also the co-chair of Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports Australia. Her career spans 30 years, and includes working as a teacher and leader in Australian state, Catholic and independent primary, secondary and special schools. Prior to commencing at the University of Melbourne in 2011, Shiralee was a lecturer at Griffith University in Queensland. During 2014 and 2015, Shiralee was seconded to the Victorian Department of Education and Training to lead the implementation of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. Her research interests include disability discrimination in education, reducing the use of restrictive interventions, and using SWPBS with fidelity.   


Member of

  • All Means All Academic Advisory Committee. Member of the Board 2017 -
  • Association of Positive Behavior Supports. Member 2013 -
  • Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports Australia. Co-Chair 2013 -
  • Australian Association of Research in Education. Inclusive Education SIG Member 2011 -
  • Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association. Chapter Member 2009 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2013 DEECD Provision of Advice on Protective Behaviours. Chief Investigator: Shiralee Poed. 2012 DEECD Challenging Behaviour Professional Learning Program. Author: Shiralee Poed. 2011 Vice Chancellor's Staff Engagement Project Grant (matched by contribution from the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne) for "School-wide Positive Behaviour Support Trial: Review and Recommendations. Chief Investigator: Shiralee Poed. The development and use of individual learning plans as a basis for intervention in school programs with deaf and hard of hearing students. Chief Investigator: Associate Professor P. Margaret Brown. 2009 / 2010 International grant on comparative study of universal design for students with disabilities in higher education. Chief Investigator: Mika Kataoka (Kagoshima University, Japan). 2008 Peer Review of Teaching Project. Griffith University Faculty of Education. Chief Investigator: Glenn Finger. Learning and engagement in young children. Griffith University Faculty of Education. Chief Investigators: Keen, Poed and Muspratt. ($2834)   


Education and training

  • PhD, Griffith University 2016
  • MEd, Queensland University of Technology 2001
  • BEd, The University of Queensland 1991
  • DipTeach, Brisbane College of Advanced Education 1989

Awards and honors

  • Dr Ann Shorten Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Law and Education, Australian and New Zealand Education and Law Association, 2016
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award (jointly with Catherine Gow, David Haynes & Jane Page), University of Melbourne, 2014
  • MGSE Teaching Excellence Award, University of Melbourne, 2013
  • ResearchMaster Award for Excellence in Research Management (as a member of MGSE ECA Committee), Association for Tertiary Education Management, 2013
  • Deputy Dean's Commendation for Learning and Teaching, Griffith University, 2010
  • Pro Vice Chancellor Commendation for Teaching, Griffith University, 2010
  • Highly Commended, Early Career Academic, Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Griffith University, 2010
  • Pro Vice Chancellor Commendation for Teaching, Griffth University, 2010
  • Three Minute Thesis Final - Runner Up, Griffith University, 2010
  • Faculty Learning and Teaching Citation, Griffth University, 2009
  • Inaugural Deputy Dean's Learning and Teaching Commendation, Griffth University, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • The following areas represent my teaching and research interests:

    Disability Discrimination Legislation
    Managing Complex Behaviours
    Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports
    Reducing Restrictive interventions
    Students with Disabilities
    Educating Students with Disabilities