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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 asenior 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 Aboriginal Australians
  • Use of discourse in the analysis and treatment of aphasia


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Human Communication Science, Curtin University of Technology, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Science (Speech & Hearing Science), Curtin University of Technology, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Enhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: Healing Right Way,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Partnership Projects,  2016 - 2022,  $3,281,800.
  • Yarning together: Developing a culturally secure rehabilitation approach for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury,  Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC,  2017 Research Funding,  2018 - 2019,  $185,182.
  • Investigating a Communication Enhanced Environment to Increase Communication Activity Early After Stroke. ,  Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $17,483.
  • Stroke survivors and staff informing Very Early Rehabilitation in Speech (VERSE-Q): a VERSE qualitative sub-study.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • Evidence based practice in the treatment of adults who stutter: Towards translation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2017 - 2018,  $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.
  • 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

  • Hennessey, N., Fisher, G., Ciccone, N., (2018), Developmental changes in pharyngeal swallowing acoustics: a comparison of adults and children. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, Article in press(Article in press), 10p., Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14015439.2017.1326526.
  • Katzenellenbogen, J., Atkins, E., Thompson, S., Hersh, D., Coffin, J., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Ciccone, N., Woods, D., Greenland, M., McAllister, M., Armstrong, B., (2018), Missing Voices: Profile, Extent, and 12-Month Outcomes of Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injury in Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Adults in Western Australia Using Linked Administrative Records. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, epub ahead of print(epub ahead of print), 12p., United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000371.
  • Penn, C., Armstrong, B., Brewer, K., Purves, B., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Ciccone, N., Lewis, A., (2017), De-colonizing Speech-Language Pathology practice in acquired neurogenic disorders. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 2(3), 91-99, Rockville, USA, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, DOI: 10.1044/persp2.SIG2.91.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Ciccone, N., Girdler, S., Leonard, H., Downs, J., (2017), Choice making in Rett syndrome: a descriptive study using video data. Disability and Rehabilitation, article in press(article in press), 10p., Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis Group, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1277392.
  • Unwin, L., Bruz, I., Mayberry, M., Reynolds, V., Ciccone, N., Dissanayake, C., Hickey, M., Whitehouse, A., (2017), Acoustic properties of cries in 12-month old infants at high-risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(7), 2108-2119, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3119-z.
  • Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Coffin, J., Thompson, S., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Woods, D., McAllister, M., (2017), Development of the Aboriginal Communication Assessment After Brain Injury (ACAABI): a screening tool for identifying acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal Australians. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19(3),  297-308, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2017.1290136.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Downs, J., Girdler, S., Ciccone, N., Leonard, H., (2016), An Exploration of the Use of Eye Gaze and Gestures in Females With Rett Syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59(6), 1373-1383, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, DOI: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-14-0185.
  • Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Bernhardt, J., (2016), ?Ward Talk?: nurses' interaction with people with and without aphasia in the very early period poststroke. Aphasiology, 30(5), 609-628, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.933520.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Leonard, H., Girdler, S., Ciccone, N., Downs, J., (2016), Parental perspectives on the communication abilities of their daughters with Rett syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19(1), 17-25, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis Ltd., DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2013.879940.
  • Ciccone, N., West, D., Cream, A., Cartwright, J., Rai, T., Granger, A., Hankey, G., Godecke, E., (2016), Constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT): a randomised controlled trial in very early stroke rehabilitation. Aphasiology, 30(5), 566-584, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1071480.
  • Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Rai, T., Middleton, S., Ciccone, N., Whitworth, A., Rose, M., Holland, A., Ellery, F., Hankey, G., Cadilhac, D., Bernhardt, J., (2016), A randomized controlled trial of very early rehabilitation in speech after stroke. International Journal of Stroke, 11(5), 586-592, London, UK, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1747493016641116.
  • Ferreira, D., Ciccone, N., Verheggen, A., Godecke, E., (2016), Speech pathology service delivery in the acute hospital setting. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 19-22.
  • Hersh, D., Ciccone, N., (2016), Predicting potential for aphasia rehabilitation: The role of judgments of motivation. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 3-7.
  • Nang, C., Ciccone, N., (2016), Stuttering prognosis and predictive factors of treatment outcome: A review. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 18(2), 94-99, Melbourne, VIC, Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Katzenellenbogen, J., Atkins, E., Thompson, S., Hersh, D., Coffin, J., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Ciccone, N., Woods, D., McAllister, M., Armstrong, B., (2016), Missing Voices: Profile and extent of acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adult stroke survivors in Western Australia using linked administrative records. International Journal of Stroke, 11(1), 103-116, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1747493015607521.
  • 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, 16(2), 145-156, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 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, Wiley-Liss Inc., DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.36871.
  • 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, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12074.
  • 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.
  • 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, Thieme Medical Publishers, DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1358369.
  • 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, Speech Pathology Australia.

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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Communication: How Do Females With Rett Syndrome Perform This Activity And What Factors Influence Performance?
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