Full-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty/Supervisors
  • Byron Almekinder M.S.
  • Amanda Connell M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Benjamin Ivey Ph.D.CCC/SLP
  • Erin Knoepfel M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Tara Pagotto Au.D. CCC/A
  • Kelly Somers M.S.
  • Shawn Sullivan M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Adrienne Talerico M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Kearston Thomas M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Erin Walsh M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Stephanie Watson M.S. CCC/SLP

Vijayachandra Ramachandra Ph.D.

Academic Faculty


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I conduct research in the area of language and cognition. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the relationship between working memory and novel word learning in children and adults, theory of mind and language in people with brain damage, psychological bases of nonverbal emotions, and linguistic and cognitive aspects of synesthesia.

 Dr. Ramachandra's Communication and Cognition Lab

Research / Presentations

Recent Publications

Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V. (2017). Social eavesdropping: Can you hear the emotionality in a "Hello" that is not meant for you? i-Perception. doi:10.1177/2041669517695816

Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V. (2016, August). Are vocal pitch changes in response to facial expressions of emotions potential cues of empathy? A preliminary report. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

​Ramachandra, V. (2016). The linguistic and cognitive factors associated with lexical-gustatory synesthesia: A case study. Brain and Cognition, 106, 23-32.

Karthikeyan, S., Rammairone, B., & Ramachandra, V. (2016). The bouba-kiki phenomenon tested via schematic drawings of facial expressions: Further validation of the internal simulation hypothesis. i-Perception. doi:10.1177/2041669516631877

Gadberry, A.L., & Ramachandra, V. (2015). The effectiveness of a music therapy protocol for a person with nonfluent aphasia: A preliminary case report. Music and Medicine, 7(1), 46-48.

Lettieri, L., & Ramachandra, V. (2014). Evaluating the effectiveness of non-semantic whole word reading therapy in treating a person with letter-by-letter reading. Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, 21(2), 131-147.

Ramachandra, V., & Mikajlo, B. (2013). Affective theory of mind may be unimpaired in people with aphasia. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 94, 164-165 (Conference Proceedings, Academy of Aphasia)

Ramachandra, V., Meighan, C., & Gradzki, J. (2012). The impact of musical training on the phonological memory and the central executive: A brief report. North American Journal of Psychology, 14(3), 541-548.

Ramachandra, V., & Schneider, E. (2011). Theory of mind reasoning in people with aphasia: The role of language and executive functions. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 23, 207-208 (Conference Proceedings, Academy of Aphasia).

Ramachandra, V., Hewitt, L., & Brackenbury, T. (2011). The relationship between phonological memory, phonological sensitivity, & incidental word learning.  Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 40(2), 93-109.

Ramachandra, V., Ruda, M., Rickenbach, B., LeCureux, B., & Pope, M. (2010). Fast mapping in healthy young adults: The influence of metamemory. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 39(3), 213-224.

Ramachandra, V. (2009). On whether the mirror neurons play a significant role in processing affective prosody. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 108(1), 30-36.

Ramachandra, V., DePalma, N., & Lisiewski, S. (2009). The role of mirror neurons in processing vocal emotions: Evidence from psychophysiological data. International Journal of Neuroscience, 119(5), 681-690.

 Ramachandra, V., & Hewitt, L. (2007). Language sampling in Kannada: Clinical challenges and potential. International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, 36(1), 15-32

 Ramachandra, V., & Karanth, P. (2007). The role of literacy in the conceptualization of words: Data from Kannada-speaking children and non-literate adults. Reading and Writing, 20(3), 173-199.