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Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2047, Email: n.ciccone@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.520
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2047
Email: n.ciccone@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.520  

 

Associate Professor Natalie Ciccone is the Associate Dean in Allied Health and is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology.

Background

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

Qualifications

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

Research

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.
  • Investigating a Communication Enhanced Environment to Increase Communication Activity Early After Stroke. ,  Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation,  Grant,  2016 - 2020,  $17,483.
  • 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,  $197,622.
  • Translation of a culturally responsive stroke rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into a real-world setting in northern Australia: A Type 1 hybrid effectiveness implementation trial.,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program,  2018 - 2019,  $9,487.
  • 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

  • Moore, K., Bacon, R., Bevitt, T., Bialocerkowski, A., Ciccone, N., Haworth, N., Horstmanshof, L., Milne, N., Naumann, F., Sanderson, B., Wells, C., (2018), Report: The University Health Clinic: Definition, educational practices and outcomes. Focus on Health Professional Education, 19(2), 1-13.
  • Godecke, E., Rai, T., Cadilhac, D., Armstrong, B., Middleton, S., Ciccone, N., Whitworth, A., Rose, M., Holland, A., Ellery, F., Hankey, G., Bernhardt, J., (2018), Statistical analysis plan (SAP) for the Very Early Rehabilitation in Speech (VERSE) after stroke trial: aninternational 3-arm clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of early, intensive, prescribed, direct aphasia therapy. International Journal of Stroke, 13(8), 863-880, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/1747493018790055.
  • Hennessey, N., Fisher, G., Ciccone, N., (2018), Developmental changes in pharyngeal swallowing acoustics: a comparison of adults and children. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 43(2), 63-72, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/14015439.2017.1326526.
  • Urbanowicz, A., Ciccone, N., Girdler, S., Leonard, H., Downs, J., (2018), Choice making in Rett syndrome: a descriptive study using video data. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(7), 813-819, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis Group, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1277392.
  • 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, 33(6), 412-423, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000371.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.

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?

Co-ordinating Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  EXPLORING THE PREPAREDNESS OF NOVICE (STUDENT) PARAMEDICS FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES OF THE PARAMEDIC PROFESSION USING THE WISDOM OF THE ELDERS.
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