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Sharon Smart

Lecturer and Researcher (Speech Pathology) - School of Allied Health, Curtin University

Dr Sharon Smart is a clinical researcher specialising in infant feeding, swallowing disorders in children, tongue-tie, and paediatric speech and language development. She has coordinated and taught undergraduate and postgraduate units in paediatric speech, language, feeding and swallowing disorders.

Dr Smart enjoys translating clinical problems into research topics, and teaching evidence-based assessment and intervention practices to the next generation of speech pathologists.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, Curtin University
  • 2018–2020
    Course Coordinator (Master of Speech Pathology), Curtin University
  • 2013–2019
    Director/Speech Pathologist, Smart Speech Pathology
  • 2009–2015
    Sessional Academic, Curtin University
  • 2007–2009
    Professional Manager of Paediatric Speech & Language , Royal Free Hospital, London
  • 2006–2006
    Speech Pathologist, Northwick Park Hospital Primary Care Trust, London
  • 2001–2005
    A/Senior Speech Pathologist & Speech Pathologist, Princess Margaret Hospital
  • 2002–2003
    Senior Project Officer, Therapy Focus
  • 2001–2003
    Speech Pathologist, Therapy Focus


  • 2008 
    Curtin University, Doctor of Philosophy (Human Communication Science)
  • 2000 
    Curtin University, Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science)


  • 2020
    Speech production in young children with tongue-tie, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • 2020
    I remember when…’ The Role of Reminiscence Therapy on Discourse Production in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • 2019
    "Investigating Tongue Strength and Endurance in Children Aged 6 to 11 Years, Dysphagia

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA), United Kingdom
  • Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP), Speech Pathology Australia
  • Australasian Society for Tongue and Lip Ties (ASTLiT)
  • International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP)