Dr Jessica Zanuttini
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Dr Jessica Zanuttini

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Dr Jessica Zanuttini

Jessica Zanuttini is a lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work atThe University of Sydney. Jessica graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and has recently completed a PhDthrough the University. Her PhD investigated theeffects of peer-mediated time-delayinstruction on the social communication of students with autism. This research took place within open-plan mainstream classrooms during inquiry-based learning tasks. As a special education teacher, Jessica has worked for the Department of Education, Sydney Catholic Schools, and various independent schools. Herteaching roles have been across primary and secondary settings, and within mainstream classrooms, support units, and schools for specific purposes.

  • Single-subject experimental design
  • Developmental disorders; autism
  • Social communication development
  • School-based interventions

Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Acceptance into the eighth cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars (DR-DSS)

Recipient of the Research Training Program Stipend (formerly Australian Postgraduate Award, 2015-2017)

Recipient of the Raymond L. Debus Bequest Scholarship (2017)

Australian Association of Special Education Research Award for 2019

Project titleResearch student
Shared book reading in bilingual families: Exploring interaction between parents, and children with and without disabilitiesSumali KURUPPU ACHCHIGE


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Selected Grants


  • Disability Awareness; co-created with students content to enhance engagement, Spandagou I, Evans D, Little C, Zanuttini J, Spencer M, Villeneuve M, DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant

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