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Lecturer, Unit Chair Education (Psychology), Deakin University

Dr Spicer is an experienced educator of primary, secondary and tertiary students. She specialises in 'exceptional' students, those who have learning difficulties; social, emotional and behavioural concerns; those who are gifted and twice exceptional. Claire works as a unit chair of education (psychology); and stream coordinator of 'inclusive education' at Deakin University, Faculty of Education, in addition to her own practice on weekends.


  • 2002–present
    Director , CDS Education
  • 2008–present
    Unit Chair Psychology (Education); Discipline Stream Coordinator 'Inclusive Education', Deakin University
  • 1999–2011
    Lecturer; Coordinator, University of Melbourne
  • 2005–2009
    Education Writer , Melbourne Weekly Magazine


  • 2008 
    Monash University , Master of Counselling
  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne , Doctor of Philosophy, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne , Master of Education
  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne , Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education
  • 1997 
    Deakin University , Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)


  • 2012
    The written English self-efficacy of Australian adolescent students, International Journal of Arts and Humanities
  • 2011
    Being a twice exceptional adult: A case study, Dual Exceptionality
  • 2010
    The emotional toll of twice exceptionality , 2E
  • 2009
    The self-efficacy of gifted adolescents: An investigation into the written English self-efficacy of verbally and non-verbally gifted adolescents, Lambert Academic Publishing
  • 2007
    The writing self-efficacy of gifted and mainstream students, WCGTC
  • 2007
    Verbally and Visually gifted students , WCGTC
  • 2004
    The written English self-efficacy of learning disabled, gifted and mainstream adolescent students, PostScript