Dr. Kerry Hempenstall was an educational psychology lecturer within the Discipline of Psychology, RMIT University from 1992 until recently. Prior to that he spent more than twenty years with the Victorian Education Department as a secondary teacher and educational psychologist.
In addition to undergraduate and post-graduate lecturing, he managed the Educational Psychology division of the RMIT Psychology Clinic, and provided clinical training for masters and doctoral students in the assessment and remediation of children’s and adults’ educational problems. He is now retired, providing occasional lectures, workshops, conference presentations, and journal articles.
Kerry is regularly invited to present at conferences, and he publishes in local education journals (e.g., the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties). He gained his PhD for a thesis on the role of phonemic awareness in reading development.
In 2004, he received the US Association for Direct Instruction Excellence in Education Award for Research, and worked in several US schools – assisting them to employ evidence-based practices in their teaching. He also wrote the first chapter in the 2004 publication Introduction to Direct Instruction.
In 2006, he received the Mona Tobias Award from Learning Difficulties Australia for his services to assisting students with difficulties and disabilities.
Kerry has a web presence, and a number of his articles and other useful links can be accessed at http://nifdi.org/news/hempenstall-blog