Full-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty/Supervisors
  • Amanda Connell M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Sarabeth George M.S.
  • Benjamin Ivey Ph.D.CCC/SLP
  • Erin Knoepfel M.S. CCC/SLP
  • Tara Pagotto Au.D. CCC/A
  • Kelly Somers M.S.
  • 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.

Full Professor


I am a Professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I teach a wide array of courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. I enjoy teaching courses such as Speech Science, Neuroscience, Pediatric Language Disorders, and Neurocognitive Disorders in Adults (TBI, Dementia, and Right Hemisphere Damage). I conduct research in communication and cognition across the life span. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the cognitive processes such as theory of mind and working memory underlying language in children, normal adults, and adults with neurological impairment. I am also interested in investigating the psychological and cognitive bases of facial and vocal emotions. Recently, I have focused my research on synesthesia and crossmodal associations in normal adults and adults with neurological impairment.

 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.