Dr. Shoba Meera is an Associate 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, she 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 high likelihood for a later diagnosis of autism and identifying early language markers of autism in infants at high familial likelihood for Autism.
Dr. 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 autism and related DD, parent-mediated early intervention for children with DD, language and communication deficits in the broader autism phenotype, co-morbidity in autism, augmentative and alternative Communication (AAC) and bilingual language development in children with DD.
When Meera is not at work, she devotes time to practice and teach 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 Tele-center for persons with communication disorders at AIISH, Mysore, where she provided both direct and parent-mediated tele-intervention. She is enthusiastic about working with cognitive linguistic disorders, autism, and other neuro-developmental disorders.
She has been awarded the 2022 INSAR Virtual Research Internship in Autism and Cultural Diversity where she will be studying the caregiver-infant interaction in infants at high likelihood for autism and neurotypical dyads in the Indian context.
Malavi's current area of research focuses on parent-mediated early intervention, delivered online, for infants at high likelihood for autism and related 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.
Reny's current area of research focuses on
maternal linguistic input in mothers with postpartum severe mental illness and its impact on their infants’ language abilities.
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. 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 has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship for the academic year 2023-2024. She is currently conducting her research at the University of Chicago, under the expert guidance of Dr. Marisa Casillas, whose work can be explored at https://chatterlab.uchicago.edu/. Over the course of her nine-month fellowship, Divya will be working on elevating the performance of existing Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR's) models with a specific aim to enhance its performance and utility in India.
Divya's current area of research focuses on the early home language environment and its impact on the development of early communication and language skills in infant-toddlers.
Divya is a pro in basketball. Like the rest of the lab members, she too enjoys traveling around the world.
Rachel is a speech-language pathologist by clinical training. She completed her masters in speech-language pathology from Father Muller College, Mangalore.
Rachel is a university rank holder at both bachelor’s and master’s level. She has a keen interest in research and has presented on speech-language-communication sciences at various national and international conferences. Her key areas of interest include neuro-developmental disorders and speech sound disorders.
In her free time Rachel enjoys dancing.
Anaam studied physics at the undergraduate level but found an interest in neuroscience. She is currently perusing her master's in neuroscience at the University of Bremen in Germany.
She did her first lab rotation in Dr. Ekkehard Kuestermann's lab on an fMRI study on erroneous spatial navigation. She is now doing her second lab rotation and her master's thesis at LiL’ under the guidance of Dr. S.S. Meera (Dept. of Speech Pathology and Audiology) and Dr. Manoj (Dept. of Neuroimaging & Interventional Radiology). Anaam’s key areas of interest lie in autism spectrum disorder, theory of mind development, and language development.
In her free time, she enjoys drawing.
Sahana is a speech-language pathologist by clinical training. She completed her bachelor's in speech language pathology and audiology from Dr. S R Chandrashekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore.
Her key areas of interest lie in neurodevelopmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder and adult language disorders.
In her free time, she enjoys dancing.
Shree Volme is a speech-language pathologist by clinical training. She completed her masters in speech-langauge pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore.
Shree Volme is a university rank holder at bachelor's level. She is an experienced clinician working with various communication disorders and a keep interest in research around autism and adult language disorders.
She is a foodie and a melophile who also loves dancing!
Prathiksha Vaidhyanathan, MASLP
Speech language pathologist at Jupiter Hospital, Pune
Nikita Dadlani, MASLP
Speech Language Pathologist, USA
Supraja Srikumar, MSc. SLP
PhD Scholar at University of South Carolina, USA
Nadia Khateeja, MSc. SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Sri Ranjani V, MSc. SLP
Ph.D. Scholar at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and research, Chennai
Manasa R.B., MSc. SLP
Speech Language Pathologist at Navarang Speech & Hearing Clinic, Bangalore
Diya Nair, BSLPA
MSc student (Graduate teaching assistant) at Western University, Canada
Ashish Kumar, BSLPA
Speech Language Pathologist at Latika Roy Memorial Foundation, Dehradun