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Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone

Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2047, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.520
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2047  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.520  


Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology and a senior lecturer within the program.

Current Teaching

  • SPE3111 Neurogenic Communication Disorders
  • SPE3110 Professional Issues in Speech Pathology
  • SPE4100 Clinical Speech Pathology Practicum: Assessment of a Single Case
  • SPE4101 Clinical Speech Pathology Practicum: Treatment of a Single Case


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.

Professional Associations

  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • The Stroke Society of Australasia 

Research Areas and Interests

  • Neurogenic communication disorders
  • Aphasia intervention
  • Clinical decision making
  • Communication difficulties after stroke in Indigenous Australians
  • Use of discourse in the analysis and treatment of aphasia


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science, Curtin University of Technology, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Evidence based practice in the treatment of adults who stutter: Towards translation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2017,  $21,158.
  • The Wangi (talking) project: a feasibility study of a culturally sensitive rehabilitation model for Aboriginal people post stroke.,  National Stroke Foundation,  Seed Grants,  2016 - 2017,  $49,779.
  • Investigating a Communication Enhanced Environment to Increase Communication Activity Early After Stroke. ,  Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $18,983.
  • Communication: How do females with Rett syndrome perform this activity?,  Stan Perron Charitable Trust,  Top Up Scholarship,  2012 - 2014,  $10,000.
  • Speech pathologists' clinical decision making in the provision of services to people with aphasia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $18,375.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Coffin, J., Thompson, S., Ciccone, N., Hayward, C., Flicker, L., Woods, D., McAllister, M., (2015), Study Protocol: Missing Voices - Communication difficulties after stroke and traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal Australians. Brain Impairment, Early online(Early online), 1-12, Cambridge, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2015.15.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Downs, J., Girdler, S., Ciccone, N., Leonard, H., (2015), Aspects of speech-language abilities are influenced by MECP2 mutation type in girls with Rett Sydnrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 167(2), 354-362, United States, DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.36871.
  • Ciccone, N., West, D., Cream, A., Cartwright, J., Rai, T., Granger, A., Hankey, G., Godecke, E., (2015), Constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT): a randomised controlled trial in very early stroke rehabilitation. Aphasiology, early online(early online), 19p., DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1071480.
  • Stewart, K., Ciccone, N., Armstrong, B., (2014), Carer experiences with rehabilitation in the home. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 16(1), 2-6.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Leonard, H., Girdler, S., Ciccone, N., Downs, J., (2014), Parental perspectives on the communication abilities of their daughters with Rett syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, Early online(Early online), 1 - 9, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2013.879940.
  • Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Bernhardt, J., (2014), ?Ward Talk?: nurses' interaction with people with and without aphasia in the very early period post stroke. Aphasiology, n/a(n/a), n/a, DOI:
  • Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Bernhardt, J., (2014), "Ward talk": Nurses' interaction with people with and without aphasia in the very early period poststroke. Aphasiology, article in press(article in press), article in press, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.933520.
  • Godecke, E., Ciccone, N., Granger, A., Rai, T., West, D., Cream, A., Cartwright, J., Hankey, G., (2014), A comparison of aphasia therapy outcomes before and after a Very Early Rehabilitation programme following stroke. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49(2), 149-161, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12074.
  • Ciccone, N., Hersh, D., Priddis, L., Peterson, A., (2013), The role-emerging, interprofessional clinical placement: Exploring its value for students in speech pathology and counselling psychology. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3), 110-114, Australia.
  • Godecke, E., Rai, T., Ciccone, N., Armstrong, B., Granger, A., Hankey, G., (2013), Amount of therapy matters in very early aphasia rehabilitation after stroke: A clinical prognostic model. Seminars in Speech and Language, 34(3), 129-141, United States, DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1358369.
  • Ciccone, N., Priddis, L., Lloyd, A., Hersh, D., Taylor, A., Standish, G., (2012), Interprofessional clinical placement involving speech pathology and counselling psychology: Two students? experiences. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 14(1), 7-11, Australia.
  • Armstrong, B., Mortensen, L., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., (2012), Expressing opinions and feelings in a conversational setting. Seminars in Speech and Language, 33(1), 16-26, DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1301160.
  • Ciccone, N., Hennessey, N., Stokes, S., (2012), Community-based early intervention for language delay: a preliminary investigation. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 47(4), 467-470.
  • Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., Kok, B., (2011), Monologues and dialogues in aphasia: Some initial comparisons. Aphasiology, 25(11), 1347-1371, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2011.577204.
  • Miles, A., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., (2011), Effects of Topic Familiarity on Discourse in Aphasia. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language & Hearing, 13(1), 7-11.
  • Appleton, S., Browne, A., Ciccone, N., Fong, K., Hankey, G., Lund, M., Miles, A., Wainstein, C., Zach, J., Yee, Y., (2011), A multidisciplinary social communication and coping skills group intervention for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI): A pilot feasibility study in an inpatient setting. Brain Impairment, 12(3), 210-222, DOI: 10.1375/brim.12.3.210.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Speech And Swallowing Rehabilitation In The Home: A Comparison Of Two Service Delivery Models For Stroke Survivors
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