Professor Danielle Tracey


Professor in Educational and Developmental Psychology and Disability Studies


Danielle is a Professor in Educational and Developmental Psychology and Disability Studies, and a researcher in the Translational Health Research Institute and Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University. In 2018 she was appointed as the University-wide Research Theme Champion for Education and Work where she applies her research and leadership expertise to foster high quality interdisciplinary research across the University within this substantive area.

Her career objective is to advance the physical and psychosocial wellbeing of children and young people, with a particular focus on individuals with disabilities. She achieves this through the synergies between her research, teaching and leadership, HDR supervision, and consultancy in the field. Her work adopts an ecological approach to understand and shift the influential factors at individual, systemic practice, and community policy levels.

As an accomplished researcher winning over $4 million in national and international research grants she collaborates with scholars in Canada, USA, Germany, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and Hong Kong.  She is widely authored in high-impact journals and is the co-editor of two international volumes on inclusive education. She is a mixed-method researcher conducting rigorous program evaluations and longitudinal designs to identify developmental trends and practices that optimise physical and psychosocial development.

Most notably, she works closely with industry and end-users of research as a consultant and researcher. These partnerships are strengthened by her experience as an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Service Manager within the community sector for 15 years prior to entering academia.

Professional Memberships

  • College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (1999)
  • Australian Psychological Society (1999 - 2018)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Research & Publications

Contact Details
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