Cognitive educational psychology, Classroom-based instruction strategy training and problem solving, Intellectual disability, Learning difficulties, Aging and disability, Inclusion, Adolescent reading and writing habit, Issues relating to victimised youth, Creative Writing.
Professor Ashman completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Applied Psychology. He continued his studies at the University of Alberta, Canada and was granted a Master of Education (Counselling) and a PhD in the area of cognitive educational psychology. He has taught at the universities of Alberta, Regina, and Newcastle and came to the Schonell Special Education Research Centre in 1987. He has published widely in the area of cognitive psychology, special education and disability and has authored or edited over a dozen volumes in these areas. He is past national President of the Australian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability, and past President of the International Association on Cognitive Education.