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Nat Munro

BAppSc, GradCert Edu, PhD


Faculty of Health

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Gold Coast campus, Gold Coast
Nat Munro


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Dr Natalie (Nat) Munro is Professor of Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University. Nat is a certified practising speech-language pathologist (1996) and has worked in academic, clinical research settings, NSW Health, public and independent schools. Nat is a graduate of The University of Sydney where she completed a PhD (2008) on the word-learning abilities of children with language disorder and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Studies (2009). Nat held leadership positions including Course Director for the undergraduate speech pathology program at The University of Sydney, Honours Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Sydney Women’s Leadership Program mentor, and APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Mentor.

Nat has developed a program of speech and language paediatric research that spans from toddlerhood through to adolescence and includes national and international collaborators across the fields of speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, community paediatrics, education and linguistics. Nat has a track record of over $5 million in grant funding and more than 75 refereed publications.  


Dr Munro's research interests include investigating individual differences in children's speech, language and communication development among learners who have developmental language disorder, speech sound disorder, ADHD and autism. Nat also leads intervention and evidence-based practice research to support children and young people with communication needs, their families, their educators and their communities. Nat is a heritage language speaker and has a research interest in the promotion and maintenance of multilingualism. Nat was a recipient of the DVC Research/Brown Fellowship at The University of Sydney, an invited Keynote speaker for the International Developmental Language Disorder Research Conference. Nat is recognised as a world leader in developmental language disorder research.

Community engagement

Dr Munro is a former Associate Editor for the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and an editorial review member for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Nat is currently the Editor in Chief for The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and a founding committee member of SpeechBITE - a free online database for interventions across the scope of speech pathology practice.

To address real world challenges in the delivery of health care and education, Dr Munro has collaborated with many local health districts, the early childhood education and care sector and non-government organisations. These collaborations have resulted in recognition of delivering integrated care and collaborative achievement awards. Nat has appeared on various radio interviews and podcasts including ABC Sydney and Talking DLD Podcast.  Nat is also a research advisory committee member for SATB2 Connect – a not for profit organisation that supports individuals diagnosed with SATB2 Associated Syndrome and their families and carers.


Dr Munro has supervised eight PhD students, four research masters students and more than 20 Honours students. Many of her research students have been awarded Best paper/poster prizes at national and international conferences as well as Speech Pathology Australia research grants. Nat has examined PhD and Masters research theses.


Dr Munro is an award-winning teacher who is passionate about the growth and success of the field of speech-language pathology. Nat is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2021) and a former National Tour Speaker for Speech Pathology Australia. Nat has co-led and developed online professional development modules about Developmental Language Disorder hosted by Speech Pathology Australia. Nat is committed to diversity, eq

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