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Dr Nathaniel Swain

Instructional Coach, The University of Melbourne

Dr Nathaniel Swain is an instructional coach and educator working in a Victorian Government School. Nathaniel is also a Researcher and Speech-Language Pathologist interested in language, literacy and learning — and effective and engaging teaching for all students across the curriculum.

Nathaniel's PhD Research centered on a language and literacy intervention project for young people in contact with youth justice. Nathaniel teaches, writes, and works with children and adolescents with a range of learning needs. He's passionate about the power of education, communication, and social justice.


  • 2021–present
    Instructional Coach, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
  • 2020–present
    Teaching and Learning Lead, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
  • 2018–present
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
  • 2013–present
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Gameplan
  • 2017–2019
    Lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 2018 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Education)
  • 2012 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Speech Pathology
  • 2010 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2015
    Assessing early communication skills at 12 months: a retrospective study of Autism Spectrum Disorder, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Speech pathology intervention for young offenders with language impairment
    PhD Candidate
    Funding Source:
    National Health and Medical Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Australia

Research Areas

  • Linguistic Processes (Incl. Speech Production And Comprehension) (170204)
  • Language Studies Not Elsewhere Classified (200399)
  • Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment And Rehabilitation (160202)
  • Education (13)