Nadia Daniela Ollington

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Nadia Ollington

Lecturer in Applied Learning

Room 526, Hytten Hall

+61 3 62266234 (phone)

Nadia is an early career researcher with research interests in student health and engagement, learning impact, and inclusive education.


Before joining the Faculty of Education as a teacher educator, Nadia held roles as a Research Assistant in the school of Education and as Project Officer at the Menzies Research Institute. From there Nadia has, alongside her teaching, held a number of research roles in these two spaces. These roles have involved research in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, literacy development, engagement and health 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.


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

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  • Inclusive education
  • Engagement

Research Themes

  • Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) – board member
  • Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability


  • Margaret Barrett Memorial Prize, University of Tasmania, 2012
  • Research Travel Grant, University of Tasmania, 2011
  • Associate Professor Christopher Newell Memorial Awards from the Australasian Society for the Study  of Intellectual Disability, 2009
  • Research Grant from the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, 2008

Fields of Research

  • Special Education and Disability (130312)
  • Information Systems Management (080609)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Education (139999)
  • Maori Education (excl. Early Childhood and Primary Education) (130310)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Ophthalmology (111301)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)

Research Objectives

  • Special Needs Education (939907)
  • Information and Communication Services (899999)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences (970108)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)


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]

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 - 35Web of Science - 28

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 - 7Web of Science - 6


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 - 4Web of Science - 3

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






PhDThe Education of Girls With Asperger's Syndrome2015


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