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A/Prof. Tim Corcoran



Associate Professor, Education (Inclusive Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Postgraduate Certificate in Learn & Teach in Higher Education, University of Sheffield, 2010
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2008


Tim Corcoran practiced for a decade as a Psychologist in two Queensland government departments (Education and Corrective Services) and brings a rich array of knowledge, skills and expertise to his ongoing research activities.  His academic career has involved posts in Australia, the UK and Singapore. His research is dedicated to creating sensible theory~practice options supporting psychosocial ways of knowing/being.

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Biography summary


2010 PG Cert Learning and Teaching, University of Sheffield

2008 PhD, School of Social Science and Liberal Studies, Charles Sturt University

1995 Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), James Cook University

1991 Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University

Research interests

Fields of Research

1303 Specialist Studies in Education

130312 Special education and disability

130313 Teacher education & Professional development of educators


1701 Psychology

170103 Educational psychology

170113 Social & Community psychology


  • General Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society Division of Educational & Child Psychology
  • Member British Psychological Society Community Psychology Section
  • Member of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology


Recent conference presentations

  • 2020. Psychosocial justice, educational opportunity and inclusive cultures. To be presented at the 8th International Conference of Community Psychology, 26-28 June, Victoria University, Melbourne.
  • 2019. Inviting paradox, inciting inclusion. Presented at the annual European Conference for Education Research, 3-6 September, University of Hamburg, Hamburg.
  • 2019. Psychosocial justice and the school to prison pipeline. Presented at the 18th Biennial International Society for Theoretical Psychology conference, 19-23 August, Aarhus University, Copenhagen.
  • 2018. Psycho-educational prospects for students in custody. Presented at the 31st Annual Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, 4-7 December, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
  • 2017. Two-part harmony: theory~practice. Presented at The Inclusive Education Summit, 27-29 October, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
  • 2017. This is not my life: Disrupting dominant cycles of knowing/being in educational research. Presented at the 17th Biennial European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, 29 August-2 September, University of Tampere, Tampere.

Professional activities

  • Managing Editor Journal of Disability Studies in Education (Brill)
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Inclusive Education (Taylor & Francis)
  • Editorial Board Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (Wiley)
  • Editorial Board School Psychology International (Sage)
  • Editorial Board Journal of Psychosocial Studies (Policy Press)


  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • 2010-2011 British Educational Research Association Meeting of Minds Fellowship
  • 2007 Charles Sturt University Postgraduate Write Up Award


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Commentary on Part 1: Messing with Inclusive Education

Timothy Corcoran, Ben Whitburn

(2020), Vol. 46, pp. 68-77, Moving Towards Inclusive Education : Diverse National Engagements with Paradoxes of Policy and Practice, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Educational Transition from Custody

Fiona MacDonald, Kitty te Riele, Julie White, Timothy Corcoran, Philippa Moylan, Alison Baker, Ruq Manan

(2020), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Ontologies of inclusion and teacher education

B Whitburn, Tim Corcoran

(2019), pp. 1-15, Global perspectives on inclusive teacher education, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

Paradoxes in inclusive education: a necessary condition of relationality?

T Corcoran, L Claiborne, B Whitburn

(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 1003-1016, International journal of inclusive education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Disability studies in education - building platforms to reclaim disability and recognise disablement

Roger Slee, Tim Corcoran, Marnie Best

(2019), pp. 1-11, Journal of disability studies in education, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Psychosocial justice for students in custody

Tim Corcoran, Julie White, Kitty te Riele, Alison Baker, Philippa Moylan

(2019), Vol. 12, pp. 41-56, Journal of psychosocial studies, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Improving educational connection for young people in custody

Julie White, Kitty te Riele, Timothy Corcoran, Alison Baker, Philippa Moylan, Ruq Abdul Manan

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Afterthought no longer

T Corcoran

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 249-256, Inclusive education: making sense of everyday practice, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Are the kids alright? Relating to representations of youth

T Corcoran

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 151-164, International journal of adolescence and youth, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

School psychologists and ethical challenges

M Kapoulitsas, T Corcoran

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 48-61, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Shotter's legacy

J Cromby, T Corcoran

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 27-35, History and philosophy of psychology, Leicester, Eng., C1

journal article

What results from psychological questionnaires?

T Corcoran

(2016), pp. 71-88, Locked out: understanding and tackling school exclusion in Australia and New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, B1-1

book chapter

Refracting shotter

T Corcoran, J Cromby

(2016), pp. 1-9, Joint action : essays in honour of John Shotter, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Anticipating hope

T Corcoran

(2016), pp. 209-224, Joint action : essays in honour of John Shotter, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Health-inclusive higher education : listening to students with disabilities or chronic illnesses

K Hughes, T Corcoran, R Slee

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 488-501, Higher education research and development, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Music education in specialist schools: an evaluation of musica viva's musician in the classroom program

T Corcoran

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Joint Action Essays in Honour of John Shotter

John Cromby, Tim Corcoran

(2016), A7

edited book

Joint action: essays in honour of John Shotter

T Corcoran, J Cromby

(2016), Abingdon, Eng., A7-1

edited book

Critical Educational Psychology

A Williams, T Billington, D Goodley, T Corcoran

(2016), Chichester, Eng., A7-1

edited book

Technology use and teenagers diagnosed with high-functioning Autism: in and across differentiated spaces

L Ng, S Schutt, T Corcoran

(2015), pp. 167-180, Disability studies : educating for inclusion, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Being well : educated

T Corcoran, T Billington

(2015), pp. 30-48, Education as social construction : contributions to theory, research and practice, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, B1-1

book chapter

Between education and psychology: school staff perspectives

T Corcoran, D Finney

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 98-113, Emotional and behavioural difficulties, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The potential contribution of intermediary organizations for implementation of school mental health

T Corcoran, L Rowling, M Wise

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 57-70, Advances in school mental health promotion, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Compassion fatigue and resilience: a qualitative analysis of social work practice

M Kapoulitsas, T Corcoran

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 86-101, Qualitative social work, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Doing restorative practices justice: questioning the psychology of affect theory

T Corcoran

(2014), Vol. 31, pp. 598-610, Educational psychology reader: the art and science of how people learn, New York, N.Y., B1-1

book chapter

Heterotopics: learning as second nature

T Corcoran

(2014), pp. 37-52, Psychology in education: critical theory-practice, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Inquiry-based learning with international students: an exploration in pedagogic values

T Corcoran, J Sparks

(2014), Vol. 31, pp. 527-541, Educational psychology reader: the art and science of how people learn., New York, N.Y., B1-1

book chapter

Critical psychologies for critical health literacies

T Corcoran

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 281-295, Asia-Pacific journal of health, sport and physical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Relationships with special needs students: exploring primary teachers' descriptions

C Lopez, T Corcoran

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 1304-1320, International journal of inclusive education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Psychology in education : critical theory practice

T Corcoran

(2014), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, A7-1

edited book

Psychology in Education

T Corcoran

(2014), Rotterdam, A7-1

edited book

Psychosocial paediatric training in Iraq: perspectives of trainers and students

A Al-Obaidi, T Corcoran, M Hussein, A Ghazi

(2013), Vol. 29, pp. 45-56, Medicine, conflict and survival, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Discourses on behaviour: a role for restorative justice

V Harold, T Corcoran

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 45-61, The international journal on school disaffection, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Discourses on behaviour : a role for restorative justice?

V Harold, T Corcoran

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 45-61, International journal on school disaffection, Staffordshire, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Experiences of insufficiency: "walking on a ledge in the dark"

A Al-Obaidi, A Kamees, T Corcoran

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 65-77, Reimagining research for reclaiming the academy in Iraq: identities and participation in post-conflict enquiry, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Health inclusive education

T Corcoran

(2012), Vol. 16, pp. 1033-1046, International journal of inclusive education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

What else life if not awkward?

T Corcoran

(2010), Vol. 49, pp. 679-684, British journal of social psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Second nature

T Corcoran, T Corcoran

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 375-388, British journal of social psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Evaluation

A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Dr Matthew Thomas

  • 2019: $94,178
  • 2018: $18,073

Educational Transition from Custody.

A/Prof Tim Corcoran

  • 2019: $8,000

Industry and Other Funding

Improving Education for Young People in Remand: Forging a Prison to School Pipeline

A/Prof Tim Corcoran

  • 2018: $18,181
  • 2017: $16,363

Paid Non-local Study Leave Scheme (Australia) in the 2017/18 School Year

A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Prof Julianne Moss, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, A/Prof Dianne Toe, Dr Ben Whitburn, Dr Maria Nicholas, Dr Kim Davies, Dr Claire Spicer, Prof Christine Ure, Dr Joanne Quick

  • 2018: $160,522

Improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Project.

A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Prof Julianne Moss, Prof Tarquam McKenna, A/Prof Tim Corcoran, Dr Glenn Auld

  • 2020: $42,867


Principal Supervisor

Claire Brown

Thesis entitled: Murder on the Policy Express: Requiem for New Basics

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education