Associate Professor Christine Johnston

Associate Professor Christine Johnston

Engagement and International (SoE)

Secondary Education (SoE)


Associate Professor Christine Johnston convenes the Special Education Programs within 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

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Engagement and International (SoE)
  • Secondary Education (SoE)


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

  • 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

  • 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. 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

  • 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', Research Report


Previous Projects

Title: Vision and Living Skills (VaLs) Project (Industry Partner ARCSPIRT C79906831 [via USYD])
Years: 2004-09-02 - 2011-06-30
ID: P0014417
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
  • Royal Blind Society
Title: Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Determining Critical Pathways to Self-Management
Years: 2006-03-07 - 2011-03-30
ID: P0014733
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Title: Barriers and Facilitators of Early Childhood Education in the Blue Mountains: Enhancing Access and Equity
Years: 2006-01-10 - 2007-01-31
ID: P0014935
Western Researchers: Christine Woodrow, Christine Johnston, Jean Ashton and June Wangmann
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Blue Mountains City Council
Title: Evaluation study of the impact of professional learning on teacher capacity in implementing curriculum planning and assessment frameworks (COGS)
Years: 2007-08-31 - 2009-08-31
ID: P0015840
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Wayne Sawyer
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Title: Extending the Guidelines for Effective Transition to Schools Programs to all educational transitions
Years: 2006-02-27 - 2006-07-03
ID: P0015053
Western Researchers: Sue Dockett, Bob Perry, Diana Whitton, Christine Johnston and Margaret Vickers
  • NSW Department of Education & Training
Title: Early Childhood Intervention Mobile Playgroup Project
Years: 2003-12-10 - 2006-03-30
ID: P0011996
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston
  • Community Services, Department of Human Services
Title: Individualised funding websites and online training module
Years: 2012-11-28 - 2013-06-28
ID: P00021159
Western Researchers: Christine Johnston and Danielle Tracey
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


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

Current Supervision

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

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