Dr Ruth Nicholls is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Ruth has experience across a range of clinical, research and academic settings including public health, early intervention, private practice, education (primary, secondary and tertiary settings) and research project management. In 2009, Ruth completed a PhD through the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute/Royal Children’s Hospital/The University of Melbourne, which investigated language development among Australian bilingual children during the preschool years. Ruth has a special interest in child language development, particularly children who are learning to communicate in more than one language during the early years. Ruth previously worked as a Lecturer in Speech Pathology at The University of Melbourne and she is currently the Allied Health Clinical Education Lead at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.