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Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education, RMIT University

My areas of expertise are special and inclusive education and developmental psychology.

For 13 years I was a specialist teacher working in socio-economically deprived areas of inner-city Manchester, UK. During this time I set up a referral service for excluded high school students and led an acclaimed educational project for homeless young people, jointly supported by Big Issue in the North, the NHS and Manchester City Council.
In 2008 I started my career as a researcher and lecturer.
In 2010-2012 I led a major national educational research initiative in the UK as a result of the Rose Review into dyslexia (2.3 million GBP).

I am currently Editor of an international research journal in special and inclusive education:
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN)

I am an internationally known author and researcher in the area of:
dyslexia/learning difficulties and disabilities
child and adolescent behaviour
mental health in schools

I also have strong, up-to-date, knowledge about autism and ADHD.

Behaviour, mental health: Armstrong D., Elliot J., Hallett F. and Hallett G. (2015) Understanding Child and Adolescent Behaviour in the Classroom. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Dyslexia: Armstrong D. and Squires G. (2014) Key Perspectives on Dyslexia: An Essential Text for Educators. Abindgdon: Routledge.

Special Education and inclusion: Armstrong and Squires (eds) (2012) Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs. Milton Keynes: McGraw Hill.

I hold a PhD (1998) in Education (textual pedagogy) from De Montfort University, UK and an MEd in Psychology from the University of Manchester, UK (2006). I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a Specialist Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Special Needs Education, RMIT University
  • –present
    Lecturer in Teacher Education (Special Education), Flinders University


  • 2006 
    University of Manchester , Educational Psychology