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Associate Professor Erin Godecke

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5901, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21542
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5901
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21542  


Erin is a Senior Research Fellow in Speech Pathology within the School of Medical and Health Sciences, and is the Clinical Director of the Very Early Rehabilitation in SpeEch (VERSE) Trial for Aphasia after Stroke.


Dr Erin Godecke holds a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in Speech Pathology (2010-2014). Prior to commencing the Fellowship, she worked as a speech pathologist in acute care hospitals in Western Australia for 13 years. She has extensive experience in the assessment and management of acute communication and swallowing disorders in adults, working in areas including General Medicine, Head and Neck Cancer, Geriatric Medicine and Neurology. Her primary clinical role was that of Senior Speech Pathologist at the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Stroke Unit where she worked for 10 years. During her time at RPH, Dr Godecke undertook her PhD (part-time) and completed this in 2009.

Dr Godecke’s primary research is in the area of aphasia – language difficulty after stroke. In particular, her work focuses on the very early post-stroke recovery phase (first month following stroke). Her PhD was the first Randomised Clinical Trial (RCT) in Australia to investigate the effects of very early aphasia intervention. This study has been commended for its methodological rigor and application of evidence based practice in aphasia management. The positive effects of very early aphasia therapy, seen in her PhD, have been confirmed in another small clinical trial funded through the Western Australian State Health Research and Advisory Council (SHRAC), in which she was the chief investigator.

She is a Chief Investigator and the Clinical Director of the Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech (VERSE) trial after stroke. This multi-centre randomised controlled trial is Australia’s largest clinical trial in aphasia rehabilitation in stroke and will investigate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of very early aphasia therapy in stroke recovery.

Dr Godecke is also on the Management Committee of the European Union COST Action IS-1208: Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) which will result in methodological and technological advancements in aphasia research activities. This initiative will support high quality, international research collaboration between multidisciplinary aphasia researchers. Consensus activities will encourage a coordinated aphasia research approach

Dr Godecke’s secondary area of interest is in improving stroke care throughout Australia. She has contributed significantly to improving stroke care at local, state and national levels and has represented allied health on the Executive Committees of the Stroke Society of Austrasia (SSA) (2007-2010) and the Australian Stroke Coalition (ASC) (2006-2010) and chaired the Access to Stroke Units working group within the ASC (2009-2010). She is an invited member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care which aims to improve safety and quality of care, achieve better outcomes and provide a more effective and efficient health system for people with stroke.

Professional Associations

  • Speech Pathology Association of Australia
  • Stroke Society of Australasia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors

Awards and Recognition


  • Stroke Society of Australasia – Scientific Award
  • Rotary Allied Health Professional of the Year (WA) – Speech Pathology
  • Johnson and Johnson Scholarship – Excellence in clinical care.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Very early aphasia recovery
  • Outcomes in stroke care
  • Impairment-based aphasia therapy


  • Bachelor of Arts (Early Childhood), Curtin University of Technology.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2009.
  • Master of Science (Speech and Hearing Science), Curtin University of Technology, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science (Speech & Hearing Science), Curtin University of Technology, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Centres of Research Excellence,  2018 - 2023,  $390,247.
  • 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.
  • Brain injury yarning circles: Support groups for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury,  Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science,  Neurotrauma Research Program,  2020 - 2021,  $95,000.
  • 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.
  • COMPARE- Constraint Induced versus Multi-Modal aphasia rehabilitation: An RCT of therapy for stroke related chronic aphasia,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2015 - 2019,  $1,042,844.
  • Prediction of language outcome after stroke using clinically available acute brain imaging ,  Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Ltd,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $25,000.
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech: An RCT of aphasia therapy after stroke,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2013 - 2018,  $742,000.
  • 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.
  • Best Evidence: Helping Enhance Aphasia Rehabilitation using local Data (BE HEARD).,  Department of Health WA,  Near Miss Merit Awards,  2017 - 2018,  $75,000.
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech: An RCT of aphasia therapy after stroke,  Tavistock Trust for Aphasia,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $243,000.
  • REhabilitation and recovery of peopLE with Aphasia after StrokE (RELEASE): Utilizing secondary data to enhance speech and language therapy interventions for people with aphasia after stroke.,  National Institute for Health Research (UK),  HS&DR Researcher-led,  2016 - 2017,  $8,157.
  • Fostering Future Leaders Grant,  National Stroke Foundation,  Fostering Future Leader Grants,  2016 - 2017,  $9,905.
  • NIRIS Awards 2013,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC - New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award,  2013 - 2014,  $10,000.
  • Learning not to talk: Is communication "learned non-use" following stroke a reality?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $23,622.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Mohannak, N., Pattison, G., Radich, B., Hird, K., Godecke, E., Mastaglia, F., Needham, M., (2020), Exploring the efficacy of the expiratory muscle strength trainer to improve swallowing in inclusion body myositis: A pilot study. Neuromuscular Disorders, 30(4), 294-300, DOI: 10.1016/j.nmd.2020.02.010.
  • Brogan, E., Godecke, E., Ciccone, N., (2020), Behind the therapy door: what is “usual care” aphasia therapy in acute stroke management?. Aphasiology, Online(2020), 23p., DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2020.1759268.
  • Brogan, E., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., (2020), An exploration of aphasia therapy dosage in the first six months of stroke recovery. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, epub ahead of print(2020), 36p., DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2020.1776135.
  • Rohde, A., McCracken, M., Worrall, L., Farrell, A., O'Halloran, R., Godecke, E., David, M., Doi, S., (2020), Inter-rater reliability, intra-rater reliability and internal consistency of the Brisbane Evidence-Based Language Test. Disability and Rehabilitation, Online(June), 10p., DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1776774.
  • Rohde, A., Doi, S., Worrall, L., Godecke, E., Farrell, A., O'Halloran, R., McCracken, M., Lawson, N., Cremer, R., Wong, A., (2020), Development and diagnostic validation of the Brisbane Evidence-Based Language Test. Disability and Rehabilitation, Online(June), 13p., DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1773547.
  • Eng, J., Bird, M., Godecke, E., Hoffmann, T., Laurin, C., Olaoye, O., Solomon, J., Teasell, R., Watkins, C., Walker, M., (2019), Moving stroke rehabilitation research evidence into clinical practice: Consensus-based core recommendations from the Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Roundtable. International Journal of Stroke, 14(8), 766-773, DOI: 10.1177/1747493019873597.
  • Brogan, E., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., (2019), Treatment fidelity in aphasia randomised controlled trials. Aphasiology, 33(7), 759-779, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2019.1576442.
  • Rose, M., Copland, D., Nickels, L., Togher, L., Meinzer, M., Rai, T., Cadilhac, D., Kim, J., Foster, A., Carragher, M., Hurley, M., Godecke, E., (2019), Constraint-induced or multi-modal personalized aphasia rehabilitation (COMPARE): A randomized controlled trial for stroke-related chronic aphasia. International Journal of Stroke, 14(9), 972-976, DOI: 10.1177/1747493019870401.
  • Rhode, A., Worrall, L., Godecke, E., O'Halloran, R., Farrell, A., Massey, M., (2018), Diagnosis of aphasia in stroke populations: A systematic review of language tests. PLoS One, 13(3), Article number e0194143, United States, Public Libary of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194143.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Power, E., Thomas, E., Worrall, L., Rose, M., Togher, L., Nickels, L., Hersh, D., Godecke, E., O'Halloran, R., Lamont, S., O'Connor, C., Clarke, K., (2015), Development and validation of Australian aphasia rehabilitation best practice statements using the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method. BMJ Open, 5(7), Article no. e007641, London, UK, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007641.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Treatment fidelity in very early rehabilitation in speech (verse) randomised controlled trial: An exploration of treatment for aphasia
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