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Dr Natalie Ciccone

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2047, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.234A
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2047  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.234A  


Natalie is a Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology within the School of Psychology and Social Science

Current Teaching

  • SPE2103 Analysis of Speech and Language
  • SPE 3106 Management of Speech and Language Disorders
  • SPE4101 Clinical Speech Pathology Practicum: Treatment of a Single Case
  • SPE4107 Preparation on Honours Thesis Proposal
  • SPE4106 Honours Research Project
  • Coordinator of the Speech Pathology Honours program.


Dr Natalie Ciccone came to ECU in 2009 after working in the Speech Pathology programs at Curtin University since 1999. While at Curtin University Natalie was involved in clinical supervision and teaching as well as unit and course coordination for both the undergraduate and Master of Speech Pathology courses. While at Curtin University Natalie was responsible for establishing a number of student clinical placements including; a rehabilitation placement at Royal Perth Hospital- Shenton Park campus, an early intervention communication clinic at Balga Primary School and an interprofessional placement involving Speech Pathology and Psychology at Boronia Women’s Pre- Release Center. Natalie has worked as a clinician in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings in Perth and Darwin primarily working with patients with communication and swallowing difficulties following stroke and head injury. Natalie completed her PhD in aphasia- a language difficulty that occurs after stroke. Her PhD investigated variability in the communicative abilities of individuals with aphasia.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Research Affiliate CCRE Aphasia Research
  • Member of the ACQ Editorial Committee

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Honourable Mention in Curtin Student Guild Excellence in Teaching Award (2010).

Research Areas and Interests

  • The application of principles of cognition and neuroplasticity in the treatment of people with aphasia.
  • Exploring theoretical definitions of aphasia.
  • Investigating factors that influence Speech Pathologists' decision making in providing clinical services to people with aphasia.
  • Evaluation of the cost effectiveness of early intensive aphasia therapy following first ever ischaemic stroke.
  • Evaluation of an early multidisciplinary group intervention to improve communicative ability and psychosocial adjustment following traumatic brain injury.
  • Speech pathologists’ clinical decision making in the provision of services to people with aphasia.

Staff Qualifications

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


Recent Research Grants

  • Communication: How do females with Rett syndrome perform this activity?,  Stan Perron Charitable Trust,  Top Up Scholarship,  2012 - 2013,  $10,000.
  • Speech pathologists' clinical decision making in the provision of services to people with aphasia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $18,375.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • 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), early online, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1071480.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2015.15.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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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