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Assoc Prof David Trembath

Assoc Prof

David Trembath

Associate Professor
School of Allied Health Sciences - Speech Pathology
+61 (0)7 5678 0103 (Work)
G40 2.71, Gold Coast Campus

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David Trembath is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and Deputy Research Director at The Hopkins Centre, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University. David is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), a Master of Applied Science (Communication Sciences and Disorders), and PhD. David’s research vision is that every child, adolescent, and adult with autism and related lifelong disabilities will have an effective way to communicate. He leads a large program of human-rights focused research to understand and optimise each person’s communication. His work has been supported by over $2.9 million dollars in research funding including a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018) and has resulted in over 85 research articles, chapters, and reports. David is leading the establishment of a program of Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) research in Child Health and Disability at Griffith University. David’s approach to research draws on 20 years of clinical, clinical education, and clinical-research academic roles across not-for-profit, government, education, and university services and providers. His research is characterised by large scale community partnerships including co-design with persons with lived experience of disability. He is a highly engaged member of his professional community, as evidenced by multiple positions of responsibility including leading the writing of the Speech Pathology Australia Clinical Guideline on Evidence Based Practice for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2010, 2016), Editor of the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology (2014-2016), Associate Editor of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and editorial board member of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (2016-ongoing), Research Committee member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2018-ongoing), grant review responsibilities for national and international schemes, and executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research (2016-ongoing). David’s learning and teaching experience includes roles as Program Coordinator of the Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney (2009), course coordinator and teaching experience across four universities, and recent responsibility developing and now acting as Program Director of Graduate Certificate and Masters programs in applied behaviour analysis at Griffith University. He has presented invited workshops for students at Massey University, New Zealand on an annual basis since 2013 and was an invited international expert reviewer for the Massey University Speech and Language Therapy Qualification review in 2017. David is passionate about provide outstanding learning opportunities for students to become highly skills clinicians and researchers for the benefit of children, adolescents, and adults with disability and their families. He has supervised 6 PhD students, 3 Masters students, and 9 Honours students to completion, many with awards and excellent post-degree employment. David is also a mentor within the Speech Pathology Australia mentoring program and available for postgraduate supervision.


  • Deputy Research Director
    Menzies Health Institute Queensland, The Hopkins Centre, Australia2016
  • Member
    Disability & Rehabilitation1 Jan 2018


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
    University of Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Applied Science (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
    University of Sydney, Australia
  • PhD (NHMRC Postgraduate Award)
    University of Sydney, Australia


  • Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist
    Speech Pathology Australia2001


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    La Trobe University, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, Australia2010 - 2013
    AutismPostdoctoral FellowshipSupervised by Dissanayake C
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship
    Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia2014 - 2018
    AutismPostdoctoral Fellowship