Michelle Somerton, PhD

Assistant Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Current topics of students under doctoral supervision include: critical thinking and digital games, vocational education institutions in Kazakhstan and inclusive education, collaborative partnerships between allied health professions, teachers, and parents in supporting students with autism.

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  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

Michelle Somerton is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education and current Academic Program Director of the degree Masters in Leadership Inclusive Education. She holds a PhD, Graduate Certificate in Research, and a Bachelor of Education with Honours from the University of Tasmania. Current research interests are investigating educational inequity and barriers to education in Kazakhstan including the diagnosis of children with Autism (ASD) and intellectual impairments, the effectiveness of resource centres in developing inclusive education in Kazakhstan, and developing an instrument to evaluate inclusion within higher education institutions. Her previous research considered reading comprehension difficulties in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the design of educational software for mobile technologies, and visual and phonological processing in children with ASD. Michelle currently teaches Inclusive Education leadership, policy, global perspectives, research methods, and inclusive practices for Master’s students. She has successfully supervised a number of Masters students to completion and currently supervises three doctoral students. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Tasmania

Mar 1 2012Mar 18 2016

Award Date: Mar 18 2016

Grad Cert Research, University of Tasmania

Mar 1 2013Mar 1 2014

Award Date: Mar 18 2016

BEd. Hons, University of Tasmania

Jul 10 2009Dec 10 2011

Award Date: Dec 10 2011

External positions

University of Tasmania

Jan 26 2016 → …

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Research Output

  • Prizes

    Awarded Elite Scholarship (Doctor of Philosophy)

    Somerton, Michelle (Recipient), Mar 2012

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Teaching Award

    Somerton, Michelle (Recipient), Jul 1 2017

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Teaching Award

    Somerton, Michelle (Recipient), Jul 1 2018

    Prize: Other distinction