Dr Michelle Swift

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Michelle is a lecturer and clinical educator in fluency disorders for the Flinders University Speech Pathology program. She has been employed at Flinders University since 2007, and completed her PhD in early childhood stuttering through the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, the University of Sydney, in 2012. Michelle is involved in the teaching and clinical education programs for both the undergraduate and graduate entry speech pathology programs at Flinders University. She is a clinical educator for the Flinders University Fluency Clinic. Michelle has specific interests in fluency disorders, the lived experience of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders, and child behaviour and mental health. She has collaborated in research projects with the Department of General Practice, Flinders University and Southern Adelaide Health Service - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services since 2007.

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (First Class) degree and a University Medal from Flinders University in 2003. In 2012 she received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Sydney with her thesis entitled Parent and child treatment behaviours during the Lidcombe Program.
Honours, awards and grants
University Medal, Flinders University (2003)
Australian Postgraduate Award through The University of Sydney (2008-2011)
Key responsibilities

Michelle's key responsibilities include curriculum development and teaching of fluency and stuttering related topics in both the undergraduate and graduate entry Speech Pathology programs at Flinders University. Michelle provides professional support to the other clinical educators in the Flinders University Fluency Clinics and is a clincial educator for the Adult and Adolescent stuttering intensive clinics which are run annually. She also conducts research into fluency issues and child mental health and supervises student research into these areas.

Teaching interests
Michelle's teaching interests include the theoretical background and clinical application of speech pathology assessment and treatment for fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering.
Topic coordinator
SPTH2907 Clinical Skills and Practice 1B (Motor Speech Disorders)
SPTH9126 Speech Pathology Skills and Practice 3
Topic lecturer
SPTH9113 Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 2
SPTH9115 Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 3
SPTH9213 Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 4
SPTH2905 Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 1B (Motor Speech Disorders)
SPTH4710 Research Methods in Speech Pathology 2
Supervisory interests
Child and adolescent mental health, language
Clinical education
Evaluation research
Patient experience
Qualitative research
Speech fluency disorders
Speech pathology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Early childhood (1)
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