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.
Nikita is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She completed her Masters in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University), Mangalore after which she worked at an early intervention inclusive program.
Nikita has over three years of experience working with children with speech and language disorders and their families in a multidisciplinary set up. She has conducted the Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk parent training program for families and is also trained in Play Therapy for children with special needs, Oral Placement Therapy (OPT Level 2) and PROMPT.
Nikita’s interest lies in early identification and intervention of childhood speech and language disorders and she strongly supports the need to involve families in the intervention plan.
Prathiksha is a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore. She has completed her Masters in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune.
Prathiksha has presented research papers at various national conferences. She has over three years of experience of working with children and adults with speech and language disorders at a private hospital and clinic.
Prathiksha has a keen interest in the early identification and intervention of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is also passionate about adult neurogenic communication and feeding disorders.
Divya is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist 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 neurodevelopmental disorders.