Dr Trembath is a speech pathologist, Senior Lecturer, and NHMRC Early Career Fellow (ECF) at the forefront of research efforts addressing communication impairment in minimally verbal children with autism and other developmental disabilities. His program of multidisciplinary collaborative research, supported by fellowships and research grants totalling $2.7 million dollars, has challenged conventional thinking and practice for children, adolescents, and adults with lifelong disability and formed the basis of 3 book chapters, 53 peer-reviewed articles, and 10 research reports and guidelines. He led the writing of the Speech Pathology Australia Clinical Guideline on evidence-based assessment and intervention for individuals with autism, holds a range of university and industry appointments including Secretary and Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Autism Research, and is highly engaged in mentoring junior research and clinical colleagues.
Publications since 2016
1. Trembath, D. & Iacono, T. (2016) Standardised Assessment of Prelinguistic Communication. In Keen, D., & Brady, N., Meaden, H., & Hale, J (Eds). Prelinguistic Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
2. Keen, D., Paynter, J., Trembath, D., & Simpson, K. (2016) Translating research to practice in prelinguistic communication. In Keen, D., & Brady, N., Meaden, H., & Hale, J (Eds). Prelinguistic Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
3. Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Trembath, D., Hudry, K., Erickson, S., & Spong, J. (2016). Family and practitioner perspectives on telehealth for services to young children with autism. In A. Maeder, K. Ho, A. Marcelo, & J. Warren (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (ebook) (pp 63-73). eISBN: 978-1-61499-712-2 ISBN 978-1-61499-711-5 Doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-712-2-63
Peer Reviewed Articles
4. Sulek, R., Trembath, D., Paynter, J., Simpson, K., & Keen, D. (accepted 17/02/17). Dynamics of staffing and their impact on service delivery and outcomes in ASD early intervention. Research in Developmental Disabilities.
5. Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Erickson, S., Hudry, K., Spong, J., & Trembath, D. (accepted 16/01/17) Translating research into practice in low-resource settings: A case study of early autism service provision in a regional town. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.
6. Logan, K., Trembath, D., & Iacono, T. (accepted 29/11/16) A systematic review of research into aided AAC to increase functional communication in children with autism spectrum disorder. Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
7. Paynter J., Westerveld, M., & Trembath, D. (2016). Reading assessment in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools. doi: 10.1017/jgc.2016.15
8. Keen, D., Paynter, J., Simpson, K., Sulek, R., & Trembath, D. (2016). Implementing structured consultation with autism spectrum disorder early intervention practitioners. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 1-6. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1235683
9. Granich, J., Dass, A., Busacca, M., Moore, D., Anderson, A., Venkatesh, S., Duong, T., Vellanki, P., Richdale, A., Trembath, D., Cairns, D., Marshall, W., Rodwell, T., Rayner, M., & Whitehouse, A.J. (2016). Randomised controlled trial of an iPad based early intervention for autism: TOBY playpad study protocol. BMC Pediatrics, 16(1), 167. doi: 10.1186/s12887-016-0704-9
10. Westerveld, M., Paynter, J., Trembath, D., et al (accepted 09/11/16). The emergent literacy skills of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
11. Lennox, M., Westerveld, M., & Trembath, D. (accepted 23/08/16) Evaluating the effectiveness of PrepSTART, an interdisciplinary program aimed at promoting. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
12. Sutherland, R., Hodge, A., Trembath, D., & Roberts, J. (accepted 12/08/16). Overcoming barriers to using telehealth for standardised language assessments. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, Telepractice.
13. Iacono, T., Erickson, S., & Trembath, D. (accepted 01/08/16) The role of AAC for children with autism: Current status and future trends. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment.
14. Trembath, D., Mahler, N., & Hudrey, K. (provisionally accepted 02/06/16). Treatment Review: Evidence from systematic review indicates that parents can learn to implement naturalistic interventions leading to improved language skills in their children with disabilities. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention.
15. Paynter, J., Westerveld, M., & Trembath, D. (accepted, 24/05/16). Don’t Assume, Assess: Literacy and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools.
16. Rose, V., Trembath, D., Keen, D., and Paynter, J. (2016) The proportion of minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder in a community-based early intervention programme. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60: 464–477. doi: 10.1111/jir.12284
17. Paynter, J., Ferguson, S., Fordyce, K., Joosten, A., Paku, S., Stephens, M., Trembath, D., Keen, D. (accepted 27/01/16). Utilisation of evidence-based practices by ASD early intervention service providers. Autism: Journal of Research and Practice.
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