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Dr Tim Corcoran



Senior Lecturer in Education (Inclusive Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


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

+61 3 924 68417


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. 

Theoretically, he works from a social constructionist position and is interested in how this stance may be differentiated from more dominant psychologies (e.g. cognitive-behavioural). 
Methodologically, he employs a range of qualitative approaches to examine embodied practice and langauge use within forms of life and ways of 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
  • Australian Psychologists and Counselors in Schools Association (Victorian Executive Member 2013-2017)
  • Member Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society Division of Educational & Child Psychology
  • Member British Psychological Society Community Psychology Section


Recent conference presentations

  • 2019. Inviting paradox, inciting inclusion. To be 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. To be 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.
  • 2017. Dis/abling theory: interdisciplinary collaborations in music education. Presented at the annual European Conference for Education Research, 22-25 August, University College UCC, Copenhagen.

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 Educaitonal 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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Ontologies of inclusion and teacher education

B Whitburn, Tim Corcoran

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


Paradoxes in inclusive education: a necessary condition of relationality?

T Corcoran, L Claiborne, B Whitburn

(2019), pp. 1-14, International journal of inclusive education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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


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


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


Afterthought no longer

T Corcoran

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


School psychologists and ethical challenges

M Kapoulitsas, T Corcoran

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


Shotter's legacy

J Cromby, T Corcoran

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


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


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


Refracting shotter

T Corcoran, J Cromby

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


Anticipating hope

T Corcoran

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Heterotopics: learning as second nature

T Corcoran

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Health inclusive education

T Corcoran

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


What else life if not awkward?

T Corcoran

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


Second nature

T Corcoran, T Corcoran

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Evaluation

Dr Tim Corcoran, Dr Matthew Thomas

  • 2019: $94,178
  • 2018: $18,073

Educational Transition from Custody.

Dr Tim Corcoran

  • 2019: $8,000

Industry and Other Funding

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

Dr Tim Corcoran

  • 2018: $18,181
  • 2017: $16,363

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

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

  • 2018: $160,522


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