Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty/Supervisors

  • Shawn Sullivan M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Linda Sagliano M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Erin Walsh M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Tara Pagotto Au.D. CCC/A
  • Erin Knoepfel M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Maura McGuire M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Adrienne Talerico M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Byron Almekinder M.S.
  • Kelly Somers M.S.

Vijayachandra Ramachandra Ph.D.



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.


Research / Presentations



  • Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V. (Under Review). On whether vocal pitch changes in response to facial expressions of emotions are potential cues of empathy: a preliminary report

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



Book Chapters

  • Griffer, M., & Ramachandra, V. (2011). Language and children with learning disabilities. In Reed, V. A. (Ed.), An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders. 4th Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


  • Griffer, M., & Ramachandra, V. (2011). Language and other special populations of children. In Reed, V. A. (Ed.), An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders. 4th Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


  • Griffer, M., & Ramachandra, V. (2011). Language and children with autism. In Reed, V. A. (Ed.), An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders. 4th Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.





Journals: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, North American Journal of Psychology, PLoS ONE, Infant and Child Development, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Journal of Indian Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Ammons Scientific