Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles

The School of Education is home to leading academics who focus on a broad range of areas within Education. Below you will find some more information about some current researchers within the school. Work alongside these leading academics throughout your studies

Honglin Chen

Honglin Chen is an Associate Professor in TESOL and Language Education. She has extensive teaching and research experience in second language learning and development, second language teaching methodology, curriculum development in EAP (English for Academic Purposes), CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), educational linguistics, and language and literacy education in the preparations of teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Honglin Chen is a chief investigator on three Australian Research Council funded projects investigating relationships between literacy research, policy and practice, and provisions of community language programs in Australia.

Tony Okley

Professor Tony Okely is Director of the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. He was recently awarded a National Heart Foundation Career Development Fellowship in Population Health. He is a former physical and health education teacher and has authored over 100 scientific papers and led national policy work in the area of physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations. His research interests are interventions to improve motor development, promote physical activity, and prevent unhealthy weight gain in children and adolescents. He has advised on over 10 state and national-based surveys and projects on child health and been a chief investigator on five multidisciplinary research studies funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, and National Heart Foundation of Australia.

Wilma Vialle

Wilma’s area of expertise is in educational psychology with a particular interest in the education of gifted students. Wilma’s is interested in how giftedness is understood within different cultural contexts and how it is identified and nurtured in educational settings. Originally a high school teacher of English and Speech and Drama in Tasmania, Wilma completed her doctorate at the University of South Florida in 1991. The project topic involved the application of Multiple Intelligences Theory in a study of economically disadvantaged preschoolers. Wilma previously worked at the University of Tasmania and have been at the University of Wollongong since 1993.

Valerie Harwood

Valerie's research interests in inclusion, critical disability studies, the production of knowledge on child and youth psychopathology and youth exclusion began with her work with disadvantaged young people in Adelaide, London and Sydney. In Adelaide Valerie taught in a Priority Project Secondary School. She then worked in Hackney, London as an Education Officer with young people experiencing homelessness. Following this, she worked for several years in an innovative youth health service for young people experiencing homelessness/'at risk' of homelessness in Sydney.  Valerie is an Associate Professor in Foundations of Education. Her research focuses on the investigation of the impacts of psychopathologisation and medicalisation (behaviour disorders, ADHD, depression, and health issues such as 'obesity') on young people, schools and their communities.

Last reviewed: 9 March, 2016