Dr Kevin F. McGrath completed a Bachelor of Education in primary education at the University of Technology Sydney, where he graduated with first class honours and was awarded the university medal. Shortly after graduating, he published his first peer-reviewed journal article examining the perceived need for more male primary school teachers that is presently the eighth most read publication in Gender and Education. He then taught in NSW public schools before completing a PhD in Education at Macquarie University in 2016, where he received an Excellence in Higher Degree Research award and Vice Chancellor's Commendation - with his doctoral dissertation ranked in the top 5% of all Higher Degree Research.
Working as a primary school teacher, an associate lecturer, and as a tertiary supervisor, he has taught more than 800 primary school students and over 2,000 teacher education students. He has also developed and delivered professional development training to school teachers on the topic of recognising and responding to trauma in the classroom.
Dr McGrath's research interests include gender and education, disruptive student behaviour, and the student-teacher relationship. He has published quantitative and qualitative research, a thematic review of literature, a review essay, and a theoretical framework.
While his key area of study is education, Dr McGrath's published work encompasses several disciplines, including: gender studies, sociology and political science, educational and social psychology, and economics and econometrics. His research has been cited more than 250 times internationally (scholar.google) and he has co-authored works with researchers in Australia, South Africa, Germany, and the United Kingdom.