Associate Professor Christine Johnston

Associate Professor Christine Johnston

Associate Dean, International,
Dean's Unit, School of Education

Associate Professor,
Secondary Education


Associate Professor Christine Johnston is Associate Dean, International in the School of Education. She teaches primarily in the areas of early childhood intervention and evidence-based practice. She has a proven record as a project co-ordinator and extensive experience in the use of multi-method approaches and the ecocultural paradigm as a research tool. A strong thread throughout her research program is that of linking research to practice. This was notably the case in the ARC Vision and Living Skills (VaLS) Project in partnership with Royal Blind Society. The project combined both a strong theoretical base and a concern for practical applications and intervention. The project culminated in the production of a training package for parents and professionals which has been translated into four European languages. She is currently involved in a multidisciplinary ARC study entitled Diabetes Research on Adolescent Transitions (the DRAT! Project) which is exploring the psychosocial factors which affect self-management in young people with Type 1 diabetes. Christine maintains a strong involvement in the early childhood intervention field both nationally and internationally through her teaching, her work with professional groups and her research.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Johnston.


  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Early childhood Intervention Australia (2020 - 2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Education
  • Secondary Education


Phone: (02) 47360 782
(02) 47360 782
Location: J.1.14
Penrith (Kingswood)J.1.14
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Chapters in Books

  • Johnston, C., Luscombe, D. and Fordham, L. (2017), 'Working with families as part of early childhood intervention services : family-centred practice in an individualised funding landscape', Early Childhood Intervention: Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs, Routledge 9781138918511.
  • Fordham, L. and Johnston, C. (2014), 'Family-centred practice for inclusive early years education', Inclusive Education in the Early Years: Right From the Start, Oxford Univesrity Press 9780195524123.
  • Johnston, C. (2003), 'Formal and Informal Networks', Early Intervention Practices Around the World, Paul H Brookes Publishing Co 1557666458.

Journal Articles

  • Rose, M., Mooney, M., Johnston, C. and Parada, R. (2023), '[In Press] Parent involvement in positive behaviour intervention and supports in Australia : teacher and parent/caregiver perspectives', Australian Educational Researcher, .
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2021), 'Diabetes care in the early primary school setting : narratives of Australian mothers', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 38, no 2 , pp 52 - 64.
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2021), 'Intensive insulin therapy for children in early primary school : the narratives of parents, school teachers and diabetes educators', Australian Diabetes Educator, vol 24, no 3 .
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2020), 'The health promotion role of Australian early primary school teachers supporting students with type 1 diabetes', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 31, no 2 , pp 240 - 250.
  • Tracey, D., Johnston, C., Papps, F. and Mahmic, S. (2018), 'How do parents acquire information to support their child with a disability and navigate individualised funding schemes?', Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, vol 18, no 1 , pp 25 - 35.
  • Karlsson, P., Johnston, C. and Barker, K. (2018), 'Influences on students' assistive technology use at school : the views of classroom teachers, allied health professionals, students with cerebral palsy and their parents', Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, vol 13, no 8 , pp 763 - 771.
  • Marks, A., Wilson, N., Blythe, S. and Johnston, C. (2018), 'Facilitation of intensive insulin therapy in the early primary school setting : narratives of Australian diabetes educators', Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, vol 41, no 3 , pp 213 - 227.
  • Karlsson, P., Johnston, C. and Barker, K. (2017), 'Stakeholders' views of the introduction of assistive technology in the classroom : how family-centred is Australian practice for students with cerebral palsy?', Child: Care, Health and Development, vol 43, no 4 , pp 598 - 607.
  • Waller, D., Waller, D., Johnston, C., Molyneaux, L., Brown, L., Hatherly, K., Smith, L. and Overland, J. (2013), 'Glycemic control and blood glucose monitoring over time in a sample of young Australians with type 1 diabetes : the role of personality', Diabetes Care, vol 36, no 10 , pp 2968 - 2973.
  • Hatherly, K., Smith, L., Overland, J., Johnston, C., Brown, L., Waller, D., Waller, D. and Taylor, S. (2011), 'Glycemic control and type 1 diabetes : the differential impact of model of care and income', Pediatric Diabetes, vol 12, no 2 , pp 115 - 119.
  • Hatherly, K., Smith, L., Overland, J., Johnston, C. and Brown, L. (2011), 'Application of Australian clinical management guidelines: The current state of play in a sample of young people living with Type 1 diabetes in the state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 93, no 3 , pp 379 - 384.
  • Hatherly, K., Overland, J., Smith, L., Taylor, S. and Johnston, C. (2009), 'Providing optimal service delivery for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes : a systematic review', Practical Diabetes International, vol 26, no 4 , pp 154 - 159.
  • Campbell, J. and Johnston, C. (2009), 'Emotional Availability in Parent-Child Dyads Where Children are Blind', Psychology Press, vol 9, no 40636 , pp 216 - 227.
  • Ashton, J., Woodrow, C., Johnston, C., Wangmann, J., Singh, L. and James, T. (2008), 'Partnerships in learning : linking early childhood services, families and schools for optimal development', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 33, no 2 , pp 10 - 17.
  • Sawyer, W., Singh, M., Woodrow, C., Downes, T., Johnston, C. and Whitton, D. (2007), 'Robust Hope and Teacher Education Policy', Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, vol 35, no 3 , pp 227 - 242.

Conference Papers

  • Johnston, C. and Pilgrim, V. (2004), 'Preschool Inclusion: Parental and staff perceptions and exzpwctations.', Early Childhood Intervention Australia, 6th Biennial National ECIA Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Other Publications

  • 2023, 'Leading Disability Research and Workforce Development: A Western Sydney Collaboration', Report
  • 2022, 'Check-ups Before School (Cubs): Final Report of the Pilot Study', Report
  • 2022, 'Individual-Based Measure of Socio-Economic Disadvantage: Making Identification "Agile"', Report
  • 2013, 'Getting the Best from DisabilityCare Australia: Families, Information and Decision Making: Report of a Project Undertaken for the Practical Design Fund Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs', Report

Current Projects

Title: Living Well With Global Developmental Delay
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2019-11-18 - 2024-11-30
ID: P00025846

Previous Projects

Title: Vision and Living Skills (VaLs) Project (Industry Partner ARCSPIRT C79906831 [via USYD])
  • Royal Blind Society
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
Years: 2004-09-02 - 2011-06-30
ID: P0014417
Title: Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Determining Critical Pathways to Self-Management
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
Years: 2006-03-07 - 2011-03-30
ID: P0014733
Title: University responses to enhancing equity in the post-Covid landscape [Via UNSW]
  • National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Curtin University
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Jim Micsko
Years: 2020-09-14 - 2021-11-15
ID: P00026851
Title: Barriers and Facilitators of Early Childhood Education in the Blue Mountains: Enhancing Access and Equity
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Blue Mountains City Council
Western Researchers: Christine Woodrow, Christine Johnston, Jean Ashton and X
Years: 2006-01-10 - 2007-01-31
ID: P0014935
Title: Evaluation study of the impact of professional learning on teacher capacity in implementing curriculum planning and assessment frameworks (COGS)
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Wayne Sawyer and Christine Johnston
Years: 2007-08-31 - 2009-08-31
ID: P0015840
Title: Extending the Guidelines for Effective Transition to Schools Programs to all educational transitions
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Western Researchers: Sue Dockett, Bob Perry, Diana Whitton, Christine Johnston and Margaret Vickers
Years: 2006-02-27 - 2006-07-03
ID: P0015053
Title: Individual-based measure of socio-economic disadvantage
  • Department of Education and Training (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Russell Thomson, Christine Johnston, Kerry Staples, Roger Dawkins, Karen Soldatic and Jim Micsko
Years: 2017-11-09 - 2020-03-31
ID: P00024616
Title: Early Childhood Intervention Mobile Playgroup Project
  • Community Services, Department of Human Services
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
Years: 2003-12-10 - 2006-03-30
ID: P0011996
Title: Individualised funding websites and online training module
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Danielle Tracey
Years: 2012-11-28 - 2013-06-28
ID: P00021159
Title: Supporting School Readiness: Locating health and developmental screening in local community sites.
  • United Way Australia
Western Researchers: Rebekah Grace, Christine Woodrow and Christine Johnston
Years: 2020-02-10 - 2022-03-31
ID: P00026358
Title: Our Place 'Mirrung': The Ashcroft Wellbeing Hub
  • Council of Social Service of NSW
Western Researchers: Rebekah Grace, Gabrielle Drake, Christine Woodrow, Christine Johnston, Teddy Nagaddya and Cathy Kaplun
Years: 2022-03-07 - 2022-10-31
ID: P00027871


Associate Professor Johnston is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Impact of Individualized Funding Models on Children, Families and Service Providers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Is it Enough to have Consistent Assessment Validation in the VET Sector to Ensure Consistent Training
Field of Research:

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