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.

 Dr. Ramachandra's Communication and Cognition Lab

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 (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.



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.





Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V. (2016). Was arbitrariness selected in language evolution? Clues from a variant form of the Bouba-kiki test. Paper presentation at the Tenth Annual Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Conference, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.


Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V., Gallagher, K., & Walker, S. (2014). Potential audience effects on Indian English as revealed by judgments of native speakers of American English. Poster presentation at the 2014 American Speech Language and Hearing Convention, Orlando, FL.


Ramachandra, V., & Mikajlo, B. (2013). Affective theory of mind may be unimpaired in people with aphasia. Poster presentation at the Academy of Aphasia 51st Annual Meeting, Lucerne, Switzerland.



Fisch, J., Massa, J., Toron, D., White, E., Dewing, M., Gadberry, A., & Ramachandra, V. (2013). The effect of music therapy for a person with nonfluent aphasia: a neurobiological perspective. Poster presentation at the Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Diego, CA.

Karthikeyan, S., & Ramachandra, V. (2013). Vocal responses to facial emotions: Potential cues of empathy. Paper presentation at the International Society of Research on Emotions, University of California, Berkeley.


Ramachandra, V., Buckley, K., Dixon, C., & Pauline, S. (2012). The phonological and lexical factors related to lexical-gustatory synesthesia: A Case Study. Poster presentation at the Eighth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Montreal, Canada.


Journal and Grant Reviews


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


Grants: National Institute of Health-INBRE program