After I qualified as a speech and language therapist in India, I completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (jointly run by UCL and Birkbeck). I worked as a speech-language pathologist in Dubai for a brief while. After this I completed a PhD at Birkbeck with Professors Dick and Karmiloff-Smith. I went on to hold postdoctoral positions with Professor Sophie Scott (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL), and Professors Dorothy Bishop and Kate Watkins (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford). At Oxford, I also held two college positions – a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College and a stipendiary lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall. I am now a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London.
I am interested in identifying brain changes that underlie childhood speech and language disorders such as developmental language disorder or stuttering, and use this knowledge to improve existing clinical tools. My existing work has approached this issue from multiple perspectives:
- determining how brain circuits for speech/language change over childhood and in developmental speech and language disorders,
- exploring the factors that explain individual differences in speech/language performance,
- questioning how speech/language learning can be improved, and
- pinning down the neural changes occur as a function of learning and training in the auditory-motor domain (such as being a musician).
I use classical behavioural paradigms, as well as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to address these questions.
Email me: salonikrishnan [AT] gmail [DOT] com