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Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology and a senior lecturer within the program.
Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone came to ECU in 2009 after working in the Speech Pathology programs at Curtin University since 1999. Associate Professor Ciccone’s primary area of research interest is aphasia- a language disorder that occurs after stroke. She is currently involved in two NHMRC funded projects; a multi-centre randomised control trial of very early intervention for people with aphasia after stroke and an exploration into communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal peoples in Western Australia.
She has previously been involved in funded research projects including the evaluation of the cost effectiveness of early intensive aphasia therapy after stroke, evaluation of early multidisciplinary group intervention to improve communicative ability and psychosocial adjustment following traumatic brain injury and the investigation of speech pathologists’ clinical decision making in the provision of services to people with aphasia.
Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone has published in the area of aphasia, communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury and interprofessional education. She presents regularly at national and international speech pathology and allied health conferences and is currently on the Editorial Committee for the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology.
Associate Professor Ciccone has worked as a speech pathologist in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings as well as community based clinics in Perth and Darwin primarily working with patients with communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke and head injury.