Associate Professor Pammi Raghavendra

1989 …2024

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Research Biography

"Communication is the essence of life," (ASHA, 1991, p.9). Pammi is a speech pathologist with over 30 years of research, clinical and/or teaching experience in working with children and adults with disabilities, especially those with complex communication needs using augmentative and alternative communication. She was the Manager of Research at Novita Children's Services, Adelaide, for over 12 years setting up a vibrant multi-disciplinary research program, before joining Flinders in 2011. Pammi's current  research interest focuses on facilitating the participation of individuals with disabilities using inclusive technologies. Pammi has international experience having worked and/or studied in India, Singapore, USA and Sweden.

Research Interests

  • Understanding and measuring the participation of children and adults with disabilities especially those with complex communication needs at home, school and community;
  • Enhancing the participation of children and adults with complex communication needs and other disabilities using mainstream technologies such as iPads, social media, and online social networking

Supervised Students Successes

  • Feb 2015 Emma Grace - NHMRC Ph.D. Scholarship
  • Jan 2015 Emma Grace - aUDA Grant for digital technology
  • Aug 2014 Emma Grace - University Runner Up & Faculty Winner of 3 Minute thesis competition
  • Dec 2013 Abirami Thirumanickam - Received Ph.D. grant from Apex Foundation-Autism Research
  • June Alexander - NorthCott Ph.D. Schloarship (April 2013)

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Autism & Techonology (1)
  • Social media & adults with motor neuron disease (1)
  • Technology & Autism (1)

Research Areas

  • Disability and community inclusion
  • Speech pathology

Supervisory Interests

  • Evidence based practice
  • Enhancing communicative participation in people with complex communication needs
  • Social media
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)


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