Meera is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders (DD).
Prior to accepting her current position at NIMHANS, Meera was a Fulbright-Nehru post doctoral research fellow in neurosciences at an NIH funded autism center for excellence network study - the Infant Brain Imaging Study (PI: Dr. Piven) at the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities, UNC-Chapel Hill, USA. Her work included understanding how parent report of early signs (around the first birthday) can help in identifying infants at the highest risk for a later diagnosis of ASD and identifying early language markers of ASD in infants at high familial risk for Autism.
Meera is a recipient of the prestigious Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance early career fellowship in clinical and public health, 2019-2024. Funding from this fellowship has supported her to kick-start this lab – The Infant-Toddler Language Development and Intervention Lab (LiL’).
Her current areas of interest include screening methods for early detection of ASD and related DD, parent-mediated early intervention for children with DD, language and communication deficits in the broader autism phenotype, co-morbidity in ASD, and bilingual language development in children with DD.
When Meera is not at work, she devotes time to practice a traditional Indian classical dance form Bharathanatyam, which she has been learning with an abiding passion for over 2 decades. She believes that dance has not only kept her happy but has hugely impacted the way she thinks of her profession.
Malavi is a Ph.D. scholar at the department of speech pathology and audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She completed her masters in speech-language pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore.
Prior to joining NIMHANS, Malavi worked at the Telecenter for persons with communication disorders at AIISH, Mysore. She worked as a tele-therapist in both direct and parent mediated intervention.
She has presented research papers at various national conferences and is enthusiastic about working with cognitive linguistic disorders, autism, and other neuro-developmental disorders.
Malavi enjoys exploring different cuisines and loves to travel.
Reny is a Ph.D. scholar at the department of speech pathology and audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She completed her masters in speech-language pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore. A Gold medalist from the University of Mysore, she has won several other awards for her academic excellence including the prestigious Abhilasha award for the best student clinician at AIISH, Mysore.
Prior to joining the lab she worked at the department of clinical services at AIISH, Mysore. She was part of a multidisciplinary team that conducted evaluation and intervention for individuals with speech-language disorders. Her areas of interest include in-depth study of language disorders across the life span and fluency disorders.
In her free time, Reny enjoys listening to music. She loves to travel and explore places.
Divya is a speech-language pathologist and audiologist by clinical training and is currently a Ph.D. Scholar at the department of speech pathology and audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She completed her masters in audiology and speech-language pathology from Dr S. R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore.
Prior to joining NIMHANS, Divya worked at the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore for 3 years. She worked on developing an early screening tool for autism. She has been a part of various national conferences where she has presented research papers and has won awards. She has also been part of the Scientific Committee for the Global Autism Convention that was conducted in 2018.
Divya is trained in Play therapy and Oral Placement Therapy (OPT Level 1). She is passionate about working in early identification of, and early intervention in children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
Divya is a pro in basketball. Like the rest of the lab members, she too enjoys traveling around the world.
Sanjana is a digital designer (UI/UX and Graphics) with over 3 years of experience in the field. She works at a renowned IT company and designs creatives for the lab during her free time.
Prathiksha Vaidhyanathan, MASLP
Speech language pathologist at Jupiter Hospital, Pune
Nikita Dadlani, MASLP
Diya Nair, BSLPA
Speech Language Pathologist at Latika Roy Memorial Foundation, Dehradun