Nadia Daniela Ollington

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Nadia Ollington

Course Coordinator, Applied Learning
Lecturer in Assessment and Pedagogy

Room Level 2 , Room 224 , Centenary Building

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Dr Nadia Ollington is lecturer in Applied Learning at the School of Education in the College of Arts, Law and Education. Nadia’s interests in teaching and research reach across the lifespan, and across a range of topics with a focus towards individual health and wellbeing and life-long learning. Nadia has a passion for inclusivity that is reflected in her approach to teaching and research. That is, an approach that welcomes diversity and supports growth.


Before joining the Faculty of Education as a teacher educator, Nadia held roles at the Menzies Research Institute. From there Nadia has, alongside her teaching, held several research roles in these two spaces. These roles have involved research in autism spectrum disorder, assessment, dyslexia, literacy development, and engagement in young children. From 2007 Nadia taught into the Master of Education (Primary) until 2014, when a move was made to the Applied Learning space. In line with her current teaching in adult learning, Nadia’s research interest in these areas has expanded to include adolescents and adults.

Career summary


  • PhD, ‘Assessing behavioural flexibility in children with autism spectrum disorder using play-based procedures’, University of Tasmania, 2012
  • BA Hons (Psychology), ‘Phonological awareness and reading comprehension’, University of Tasmania, 2005

Languages (other than English)

Nadia speaks some Italian and German.


Professional practice

Board member – The Association for Children with Disability (Tas)

Administrative expertise

Nadia is currently managing a project in collaboration with The Association for Children with Disability (Tas).


Educational Psychology, Human Development, Inclusive Education, Teacher Education, Literacy, Engagement

Teaching expertise

Nadia’s approach to teaching and learning is one that translates across a range of teaching areas. Nadia teaches across a range of modes (e.g., face-to-face, blended, and online) and meets the learning needs of primary aged, adolescent, and adult students in the school setting, adult learners in initial teacher education, as well as experienced vocational educators and trainers. Nadia’s focus subject areas are Educational Psychology, Inclusive Practices, and Literacy.

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Nadia’s research work uses a range of methodological approaches to explore individual health and wellbeing and lifelong learning. Her expertise in Statistical research methods is used to advance this knowledge, and to support other’s research. She partners with members of the academic and wider community and has recently received public funding to understand the ways that services for people living with a disability, as well as their carers contribute to health and wellbeing.

  • Assessment
  • Functional Assessment
  • Inclusive practices
  • Social sustainability
  • Social determinates of health
  • Engagement
  • Literacy
  • Life-long learning


Nadia’s research includes local, national and international collaborations, as well as community work to build links between research and practice.  National/international projects in which Nadia has been involved include:

  • ‘The development of the Childhood Health Orientation Index’ with researchers at the Menzies Research Institute, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the University of Oxford – Seana Gall, Alison Venn, Kylie Smith, Kara Martin, George Patton, Terry Dwyer.
  • ‘Does binocular vision training enhance literacy among primary school children with poor reading’ with researchers at the Menzies Research Institute, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – Kylie Smith, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Allen Carmichael, Alison Jacob.

Nadia has also collaborated with researchers at the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Radboud University (Netherlands), and the University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy) and partnered with The Association for Children with Disability (Tas) and the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability to undertake projects of local significance.


  • Margaret Barrett Memorial Prize 2012
  • Associate Professor Christopher Newell Memorial Award 2009

Current projects

Nadia’s current research work is as chief investigator of a community project to assist the Association for Children with Disability (Tas) to evaluate their peer network programs, and to determine the health and wellbeing outcomes of those involved.

Fields of Research

  • Special education and disability (390411)
  • Information security management (460904)
  • Education assessment and evaluation (390402)
  • Epidemiology (420299)
  • Other education (399999)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors) (520104)
  • Ophthalmology (321201)
  • Te matauranga Maori kaore ano kia whakaroputia i wahi ke (Maori education) (450899)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Specialist studies in education (390499)
  • Continuing and community education (390301)
  • Inclusive education (390407)

Research Objectives

  • Inclusive education (160203)
  • Other information and communication services (229999)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences (280115)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Professional development and adult education (160104)


Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2019Gall SL, Schuz N, Schuz B, Martin K, Abbott-Chapman J, et al., 'Childhood health motivation and adult cardiometabolic health in the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study', Health Psychology, 38, (4) pp. 297-305. ISSN 0278-6133 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/hea0000718 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Gall SL; Schuz N; Schuz B; Martin K; Abbott-Chapman J; Dwyer T; Venn AJ


2017Ye MY, de Salas K, Ollington N, McKay J, 'Applying Turner's Three-Process Theory of Power to the study of power relations in a troubled information systems implementation', Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 21 Article 1368. ISSN 1449-8618 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3127/ajis.v21i0.1368 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Ye MY; de Salas K


2016Ye M, Ollington N, de Salas K, 'A methodological review of exploring Turner's Three-Process Theory of power and the social identity approach', Qualitative Sociology Review, 12, (4) pp. 120-137. ISSN 1733-8077 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Ye M; de Salas K


2014Ollington N, 'Comparison of a direct and an indirect approach for the functional assessment of insistence on sameness in a child with autism spectrum disorder and a typically developing child', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19, (1) pp. 38-45. ISSN 1751-8431 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2014.898161 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2013Abbott-Chapman J, Martin K, Ollington N, Venn A, Dwyer T, et al., 'The longitudinal association of childhood school engagement with adult educational and occupational achievement: Findings from an Australian national study', British Educational Research Journal, 40, (1) pp. 102-120. ISSN 0141-1926 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/berj.3031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 63

Co-authors: Abbott-Chapman J; Martin K; Venn A; Gall S


2012Ollington N, Green VA, O'Reilly MF, Lancioni GE, Didden R, 'Functional analysis of insistence on sameness in an 11-year old boy with Asperger syndrome', Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15, (2) pp. 154-159. ISSN 1751-8423 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2012.662660 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8


2009Ponsonby AL, Williamson E, Smith K, Bridge D, Carmichael A, et al., 'Children with Low Literacy and Poor Stereoacuity: An Evaluation of Complex Interventions in a Community-Based Randomized Trial', Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 16, (5) pp. 311-321. ISSN 0928-6586 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3109/09286580903144712 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Smith K; Bridge D; Carmichael A; Burrill J; Dwyer T


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2010Ollington N, Green VA, Sigafoos J, 'Behavioural Flexibility in Children with Autism', Lifespan Development: New Zealand Perspectives, Pearson, Low, J and Jose, P (ed), Rosedale, North Shore, New Zealand, pp. 167-175. ISBN 978-1-4425-1054-8 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Green VA, Sigafoos J, Didden R, O'Reilly MF, Lancioni GE, et al., 'Validity of a structured interview protocol for assessing children's preferences', Early Childhood Education: Issues and Developments, Nova Science Publishers, P.G. Grotwell & Y.R. Burton (ed), New York, pp. 87-104. ISBN 978-1-60456-379-5 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Green VA; Sigafoos J; Payne DJF

2008Green VA, Sigafoos J, Didden R, O'Reilly MF, Lancioni GE, et al., 'Play-based assessment of tolerance for frustration and problem-solving skills in children with developmental delays', New Research on Early Childhood Education, Nova Science Publishers, A.T. Waddell & R.M. McBride (ed), New York, pp. 169-186. ISBN 978-1-60456-368-9 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Green VA; Sigafoos J; Cocker FM; Payne DJF

Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
2019Nash R, Patterson K, Burke E, Elmer S, Mainsbridge C, et al., 'HealthLit4Kids: Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools- Capturing, Curating and Evaluating Health Literacy Artefacts', Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19), 6 September 2019, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Nash R; Patterson K; Burke E; Elmer S; Mainsbridge C; Gall S; Shelley B

2015Jarman B, Ollington N, Rayner CS, Beswick K, 'School experiences, Autism Spectrum Disorder characteristics, and mental health in females with Asperger syndrome', ASID, 11-13 November, Crown Promenade Conference Centre, Southbank Vic, pp. 66. (2015) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Jarman B; Rayner CS; Beswick K

2015Ye M, de Salas K, Ollington N, 'Internal versus external recruitment - the story of three consecutive project managers in an IT project', Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 30 November - 04 December 2015, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-14. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Ye M; de Salas K


2015Ye M, de Salas KL, Ollington N, 'Internal Versus External Recruitment - The Story of Three Consecutive Project Managers in an IT Project', Australasian Conference on Information Systems, South Australia (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Ye M; de Salas KL

2014Mitchell L, Baker R, Ollington N, O'Brien A, Jeffries M, et al., 'Positive Behaviour Support and Quality of Life in a Residential Support setting', 49th Annual ASID Conference, 5-7 November, Fremantle, WA, pp. 1-18. (2014) [Conference Edited]

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2014Ollington N, Wiggins D, Flack A, 'Evidence-based practices in inclusive settings: Building towards collaborative partnerships', 49th Annual ASID Conference, 5-7 November, Fremantle, WA, pp. 1-13. (2014) [Conference Edited]

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2011Abbott-Chapman J, Gall S, Ollington N, Martin K, Dwyer T, et al., 'The association between childhood school engagement and attainment and adult education and health outcomes: preliminary findings from an interdisciplinary research project using longitudinal Australian cohort data', Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2011, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Abbott-Chapman J; Gall S; Martin K; Venn A


2011Ollington N, 'Problem behaviour associated with behavioural flexibility', IMFAR Program, 12-14 May 2011, San Diego, USA, pp. 1. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2010Ollington N, Hay I, Abbott-Chapman J, Pedersen SJ, Sigafoos J, 'Autism, behavioural flexibility and play-based functional assessment', Seeking Excellence: Conference Handbook of the 45th Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability Conference, 29 September - 1 October 2010, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 13, 46. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hay I; Abbott-Chapman J; Pedersen SJ; Sigafoos J

2009Ollington N, Hay I, Abbott-Chapman JA, Denholm CJ, 'Behavioural Flexibility in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders', Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, 4 November 2009, Hobart, pp. 1-5. ISBN 1-57256-057-6 (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Hay I; Abbott-Chapman JA; Denholm CJ

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Investigating the function of sameness behaviour in children with autism (2009 - 2018)$5,000
ASSID National Secretariat ($5,000)
Administered By
ASSID National Secretariat
Research Team
Ollington N
2009 - 2018

Research Supervision






MastersThe Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Females with Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Perspective of Parents2015
PhDAI and Learning: Temporary emotion and performance in learning2021
PhDTransitioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Formal Schools: A community approach for providing consistent intervention services2022
PhDThe Impact of Using Nationally Calibrated Assessment Items for Classroom Assessment on Teacher Practice and Student Learning2022
PhDUnderstanding and Exploring the Impact of Empathy within Educational Technology for Teaching Humancentred Design in Virtual Reality2023


PhDPower Relations in Information Technology Projects: Applying Turner's three-process theory of power
Candidate: Yaqian Ye