• Additional Titles:Director, Aphasia Research Laboratory
    Research Director, Aphasia Resource Center
  • Website or Lab: Aphasia Research Lab
  • Phone:617-358-5478

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Bilingual aphasia, Aphasia rehabilitation, Functional neuroimaging, Language recovery, impairments in naming, reading, writing.

Courses Taught:

  • SAR 756 Aphasia

Selected Publications

  • Penaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Dekhtyar, M., Miikkulainen, R., Kiran, S. (under review). BiLex: A computational approach to the effects of age of acquisition and language exposure in bilingual lexical access.
  • Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (under review). Functional connectivity and network topology normalize in chronic stroke patients who benefit from naming treatment.
  • Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., Pan, Y. & Kiran, S. (under review). Pre-treatment graph theoretical measures of a functional semantic network are associated with naming therapy outcomes in chronic aphasia.
  • Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., Pan, Y., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (under review). Treatment-related changes in neural activation vary according to treatment response and extent of spared tissue in patients with chronic aphasia.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (under revision). The utility of lesion classification in predicting language and treatment outcomes in chronic stroke- induced aphasia.
  • Kiran, S., & Thompson, C.K. (under revision). Neuroplasticity of Language Networks in Aphasia. Frontiers in Neurology, Stroke
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (under revision). A connectivity- based hierarchical model of chronic aphasia recovery dissociates subgroups of patients and healthy controls.
  • Godlove, J., Anantha, V., Advani, M., Des Roches, C., & Kiran, S. (under revision). Effectiveness of rehabilitation at home and in the clinic. Frontiers in Neurology, Stroke
  • Europa, E., Gitelman, D., Kiran, S., Thompson, C.K. (2019). Neural connectivity in syntactic movement processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00027
  • Gilmore, N., Meier, E., Johnson, J., & Kiran, S. (accepted). The multidimensional nature of aphasia: Using factors beyond language to predict treatment-induced recovery. Archives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation.
  • Gilmore, N., Dwyer, M., & Kiran. S. (2018). Benchmarks of significant change after post-stroke language rehabilitation. Archives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2018.08.177
  • Wallace SJ, Worrall L, Rose T, Le Dorze G, Breitenstein C, Hilari K, Babbitt E, Bose A, Brady M, Cherney LR, Copland D, Cruice M, Enderby P, Hersh D, Howe T, Kelly H, Kiran S, Laska AC, Marshall J, Nicholas M, Patterson J, Pearl G, Rochon E, Rose M, Sage K, Small S, Webster J. A core outcome set for aphasia treatment research: The ROMA consensus statement. Int J Stroke. 2018 Oct 10:1747493018806200. doi: 10.1177/1747493018806200. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30303810.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., & Kiran, S. (2018). Frontotemporal effective connectivity during semantic feature judgments in patients with aphasia versus healthy controls. Cortex, 108, 173-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2018.08.006. PubMed PMID 30243049
  • Ryskin, R., Futrell, R., Kiran, S., & Gibson, E. (2018). Comprehenders Model the Nature of Noise in the Environment. Cognition, 181, 141-150. NIHMS1506288
  • Gilmore, N., Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., & Kiran, S. (2018). Typicality-based semantic treatment for anomia results in multiple levels of generalisation. Neuropsychological rehabilitation, 1-27. PMID 30027828
  • Niziolek, C., & Kiran, S., (2018). Assessing speech error correction with acoustic analyses: evidence of preserved online correction in persons with aphasia. International Journal of Speech Pathology.
  • Gilmore, N., Ross, K., & Kiran, S. (in press). The Intensive Cognitive- Communication Rehabilitation (ICCR) Program for Young Adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). American Journal of Speech Language Pathology
  • Kasdan, A., & Kiran, S. (in press). Please don’t stop the music: Song completion in patients with aphasia. Journal of Communication Disorders, 75, 72-86
  • Kastenbaum, J., Bedore, L., Pena, E., Sheng, L., Mavis, I., Sebastian, R., Vallila- Rohter, S., Kiran, S. (2018). The influence of language combination and proficiency on bilingual lexical access. Bilingualism Language and Cognition. 1-31. doi:10.1017/S1366728918000366. NIHMSID 947223
  • Blank, I. A., Kiran, S., & Fedorenko, E. (2017). Can neuroimaging help aphasia researchers? Addressing generalizability, variability, and interpretability. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 34(6), 377-393. doi:10.1080/02643294.2017.1402756
  • Gray, T., & Kiran, S. (2018). The effect of task complexity on linguistic and non- linguistic control mechanisms in healthy bilingual adults and bilingual adults with aphasia. Bilingualism Language and Cognition,1-19, doi:10.1017/S1366728917000712
  • Villard, S., & Kiran, S. (2018). Between-session and within-session intra-individual variability in attention in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 109, 95-106. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.12.005
  • Johnson, J. P., Ross, K., & Kiran, S. (2017). Multi-step treatment for acquired alexia and agraphia (Part I): efficacy, generalisation, and identification of beneficial treatment steps. Neuropsychol Rehabil, 10.1080/09602011.2017.1311271, 1-31. doi:10.1080/09602011.2017.1311271
  • Ross, K., Johnson, J. P., & Kiran, S. (2017). Multi-step treatment for acquired alexia and agraphia (part II): a dual-route error scoring system. Neuropsychol Rehabil, 10.1080/09602011.2017.1311796, 1-40. doi:10.1080/09602011.2017.1311796
  • Des Roches, C.A. & Kiran, S. (2017) Technology-Based Rehabilitation to Improve Communication after Acquired Brain Injury. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11:382.doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00382
  • Lukic, S., Barbieri., E., Wang, X., Caplan, D., Kiran, S., Rapp., B., Parrish, T., & Thompson, C. (2017). Right Hemisphere Grey Matter Volume and Language Recovery in Stroke Aphasia. Neural Plasticity. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5601509
  • Thompson, C. K., Walenski, M., Chen, Y., Caplan, D., Kiran, S., Rapp, B., … Parrish, T. B. (2017). Intrahemispheric Perfusion in Chronic Stroke-Induced Aphasia. Neural Plasticity, 2017, [2361691]. DOI: 10.1155/2017/2361691
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Villard, S., & Kiran, S. (2017). Does Naming Therapy Make Ordering in a Restaurant Easier? Dynamics of Co-Occurring Change in Cognitive-Linguistic and Functional Communication Skills in Aphasia. Am J Speech Lang Pathol, 10.1044/2016_AJSLP-16-0028, 1-15. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-16- 0028
  • Des Roches, C., Rohter, S., Villard, S., Tripodis, Y., Caplan, D., & Kiran, S. (2017). Evaluating treatment and generalization patterns of two theoretically motivated sentence comprehension therapies. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology. December 2016, Vol. 25, S743-S757. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0134
  • Des Roches, C., Mitko, A., Kiran, S., (2017). Relationship between level of assistance and rehabilitation outcomes in individuals with aphasia: Understanding individual responsiveness to a technology-based rehabilitation program. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11, 7, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00007

Selected Presentations

  • Foo, L., Gilmore, N., & Kiran, S. (accepted oral presentation, 2018) Intensive- Cognitive Communication Rehabilitation (ICCR) for Young Adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). 2018 American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (2018, October). The utility of lesion classification models in predicting language abilities and treatment outcomes in persons with aphasia. 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Montreal, Canada.
  • Kiran, S., Meier, E., Johnson, J., Pan, Y., El Guindy, S., & Bohland, J. (2018, October). Functional networks, language impairment and recovery after treatment in aphasia. 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Montreal, Canada
  • Angelopolou, G., Kiran, S., Kasselimis, D., Meier, E., Pan, Y., Varkanitsa M., Tsolakopoulos, D., Papageorgiou, G., Goutsis, D., Evdokimidis, I &Potagas, C. (2018, October). Speech errors patterns in post-stroke aphasia: cross-linguistic evidence from two elicitation tasks. 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Montreal, Canada.
  • Ryskin, R., Gibson, E., & Kiran, S. (2018, October). Adaptation to the noise in aphasic sentence comprehension. 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Montreal, Canada.
  • Campbell, R., Ryskin, R., & Kiran, S. (2018, October). A novel eye tracking paradigm for assessing semantic and phonologic activation in aphasia. 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia. Montreal, Canada.
  • Gilmore, N., Foo, L, & Kiran, S. (2018, October). Filling the Gap: Cognitive Rehab for College-Bound Young Adults with Brain Injury. Brain Injury Association of Vermont Annual Brain Injury Conference. Waterbury, VT.
  • Gilmore, N., Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., & Kiran, S. (2018, September) Investigating the relationship between language and cognition in persons with aphasia as a function of semantic-based naming therapy. The 2018 International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Gilmore, N., Foo, L, & Kiran, S. (2018, September) Intensive Cognitive- Communication Rehabilitation for College-bound Young Adults with Brain Injury. The 2018 International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (2018, August). Beyond left hemisphere versus right hemisphere in aphasic language recovery: Evidence from effective connectivity during lexical-semantic processing. Poster presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Québec City, Canada.
  • Dekhtyar, M., Peñaloza, C., Kiran S., Gray. T. (2018, February). Bilingualism may be a neuroprotective factor post brain injury in patients with aphasia. Poster presented at the 46th Annual International Neuropsychology Conference, Washington DC.
  • Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Dekhtyar, M., Miikkulainen, R., & Kiran, S. (2018, June). A computational approach to healthy bilingual naming performance and naming impairment in aphasia. Accepted for poster presentation at the International Max Planck Research School for the Language Sciences Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Dekhtyar, M., Miikkulainen, R., & Kiran, S. (2018, August). A computational approach to healthy bilingual naming and naming impairment in aphasia. Submitted for oral presentation at The Bilingual Brain: A long life perspective Satellite Symposium of the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Dekhtyar, M., Miikkulainen, R., & Kiran, S. (2018, August). Discern: A computational model of naming deficits in bilingual speakers with aphasia. Submitted for oral presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., Pan, Y., & Kiran, S. (2018). Task-based functional connectivity during picture naming in individuals with aphasia and healthy controls. Poster presented at the 2018 Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Austin, TX, USA.
  • Meier, E. L., Pan, Y., Higgins, J., Kurani, A., Parrish, T., Thompson, C. K., & Kiran, S. (2018, May). Structural predictors of naming therapy outcomes in persons with aphasia. Oral presentation at the 48th Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Dekhtyar, M., Miikkulainen, R., & Kiran, S. (2018, May). A computational account of naming in healthy bilinguals and naming impairment in bilinguals with aphasia. Accepted for oral presentation at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Gilmore, N., Meier, E., Johnson, J., & Kiran, S. (2018, March). Baseline semantic processing skills are important for typicality-based naming therapy outcomes. 2018 CNS Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, USA.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Geng, Y., Kurani, A., Higgins, J., Parrish, T., Thompson, Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Miikkulainen, R., Dekhtyar, M., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). A computational account of word representation and processing in bilingual individuals. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.
  • Peñaloza, C., Rao, L., Barrett, K., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). The association between language exposure and proficiency and L2 performance in bilingual adults with aphasia. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD.
  • Quillen, I.A., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). Effects of Lexical Stress on Noun and Verb Production in Aphasia. Accepted for poster presentation at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD
  • Chaturvedi, S., Johnson, J. P., Meier, E. L., Geng, Y., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). Changes in neural activity during a semantic verification task as a result of treatment in persons with aphasia. Accepted for poster presentation at the 9thAnnual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.
  • Gilmore, N., Johnson, J. P., Meier, E. L., Des Roches, C. D., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). The multidimensional nature of aphasia: Using factors beyond language to predict treatment outcomes. Accepted for oral presentation at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD.
  • Gilmore, N., Johnson, J., Meier, E., Cardullo, S., & Kiran, S. (poster presentation May 2017). Treatment and generalization effects of training atypical exemplars of semantic categories for patients with chronic aphasia. The 2017 Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Gilmore, N., Johnson, J., Meier, E., Cardullo, S., & Kiran, S. (lightning talk April 2017). The Multidimensional Nature of Aphasia: Using Factors beyond Language to Predict Treatment Outcomes. Aphasia Research Laboratory Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Johnson, J.P., Des Roches, C., Meier, E.L., Gilmore, N., & Kiran, S. (November, 2017). The multidimensional nature of aphasia: Predicting and documenting treatment outcomes with linguistic and cognitive measures. American Speech- Language-Hearing Association Convention; Los Angeles, CA.
  • Johnson, J.P., Meier, E.L., Gilmore, N., Des Roches, C., & Kiran, S. (October, 2017). Predicting gains from aphasia rehabilitation using measures of language and cognition. Oral presentation submitted to the 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference; Atlanta, GA.
  • Meier, E. L. & Kiran, S. (2017, November). Left hemisphere frontotemporal effective connectivity during semantic feature judgments: Differences between patients with aphasia and healthy controls. Accepted for poster presentation at the 9thAnnual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.
  • Meier, E. L., Johnson, J. P., Geng, Y., & Kiran, S. (2017, November). White matter matters in the recovery of language in post-stroke aphasia. Accepted for poster presentation at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.
  • Meier, E.L., Johnson, J.P., & Kiran, S. A clinician’s guide to neuroimaging techniques for acquired brain injury. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention; Los Angeles, CA.
  • Peñaloza, C., Rao, L. and Kiran, S. (November, 2017). The association between language use/proficiency and L2 performance in bilingual adults with aphasia. Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, MD.
  • Peñaloza, C., Grasemann, U., Miikkulainen, R., and Kiran, S. (November, 2017). A computational account of word representation and processing in bilingual individuals. Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, MD.
  • Ross, K., Ross, N., Gilmore, N., Des Roches, C. & Kiran, S. (platform presentation – May 2017). The Intensive Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation (ICCR) Program for Young Adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC) 47th Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Ross, N., Ross, K., Gilmore, N., Des Roches, C. & Kiran, S. (poster presentation – April 2017). A Novel Approach to Intensive Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation for Young Adults with Acquired Brain Injury. 12th World Congress on Brain Injury. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Niziolek, C.A., Quillen, I.A., Lin, K.R., Beach, S.D., and Kiran, S. (March, 2017). Cognitive interference modulates speech acoustics in a vowel-modified Stroop task. 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society; San Francisco, CA.
  • Niziolek, C.A., Lin, K.R., Beach, S.D., Quillen, I.A., and Kiran, S. (June, 2017). Speech acoustics are modulated by cognitive interference in a vowel-modified Stroop task. 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America; Boston, MA.
  • Beach, S.D., Niziolek, C.A., and Kiran, S. (September, 2017). Neural decoding of word identity and acoustic prototypicality during speech perception in listeners with and without aphasia. Sixth International Conference on Auditory Cortex; Banff, Canada.
  • Niziolek, C.A. and Kiran, S. (November, 2017). Cortical sensitivity to spoken acoustic variability in persons with aphasia: an MEG study. Seminar at the Academy of Aphasia 55th Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD.
  • Niziolek, C.A., Beach, S.D., and Kiran, S. (November, 2017). Decoding the cortical sensitivity of spoken acoustic variability in persons with aphasia. Society for the Neurobiology of Language; Baltimore, MD.
  • Kiran, S., & Godlove, J., (February, 2017). Personalizing Rehabilitation for Stroke Survivors- A Big Data Approach. International Stroke Conference, Houston, Texas.

Selected Grant Activity

Pending NIH/NIDCD 1R01DC015961-01A1 Functional reorganization of the language and domain-general multiple demand systems in aphasia. MPI: Swathi Kiran ($3,594,247).
2018-2020 NIH/ NIBIB R01EB026998 Next-generation optical brain functional imaging platform (PI: Qianqian Fang; Role: subcontract)
2018-2023 NIH/NIDCD R13 1R13DC017375-01, Academy of Aphasia Research and Training Symposium. PI: Swathi Kiran ($192,618)
2016-2021 NIH/NIDCD 1U01DC014922. Predicting rehabilitation outcomes in bilingual aphasia using computational modeling. MPI: Swathi Kiran ($3,269,847)
2015-2017 ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs. Projects on multicultural activities Development of a Free Online Interactive Naming Therapy for Bilingual Aphasia. PIs: Chaleece Sandberg, Teresa Gray, Swathi Kiran
2013-2018 NIDCD/NIH 1P50DC012283-01 Neurobiology of language recovery in aphasia, natural and treatment induced recovery. PI: Cynthia Thompson, ($7,500,000) Sub Project PIs Swathi Kiran (BU: $791,855)
2009-2015 NIDCD, R21/R33. 1R21DC010461-01.Theoretically based treatment for sentence comprehension deficits in aphasia ($1,615,519), PD/PI Swathi Kiran
2012-2013 Coulter Foundation Translational Award. Validation of an iPAD therapy for individuals with post-stroke aphasia. ($124,000) PI: Swathi Kiran, Cara Stepp.
2011-2013 NIDCD/NIH 1K18DC011517-01 Mentored Clinical Development Grant. Application of Multimodal Imaging Techniques to Examine Language Recovery in Post Stroke Aphasia ($253,478) PI: Swathi Kiran
2008-2011 ASHA foundation Clinical Research Grant. Effect of a semantic based naming treatment on crosslinguistic generalization in bilingual patients with aphasia. ($50,000). PI: Swathi Kiran
2009-2012 NIH/NIDCD 1R21DC009446. Computational and Behavioral Evidence for Bilingual Aphasia Rehabilitation. ($275,000). PIs: Swathi Kiran, Risto Miikkulainen

Consulting and Professional Activities

2011-Present Member, Organizing Committee, NIDCD R13 DC006295: Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology
2011-Present Editor, AJSLP Clinical Aphasiology Conference Special Issue
2010- Present Public outreach officer, Academy of Aphasia
2010-2011 Associate Editor: Language, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research2010-2011
2011-2016 Standing Member, NIH/NIDCD CDRC review panel
2010- present Reviewer, American Heart Association, Brain and Clinical Sciences Division
2009-2011 Committee Member, Research & Scientific Affairs, American Speech Language and Hearing Association
2009-2011 Faculty Mentor, Fourth Annual ‘Lessons for Success: Developing the Emerging Scientist.’ American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
2009-2011 Committee Member, Research And Scientific Affairs, American Speech Language and Hearing Association
2009 Reviewer, Human Brain Mapping Conference
2008 Reviewer, Cognitive Science Society (2008)
2007 Program Committee, Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2008)
2006 Reviewer, American Speech Language and Hearing Foundation: New Investigator and New Century Scholars Grant Program
2006 Program Committee, Adult Language Disorders, ASHA Convention
2006 Guest Editor, American Speech Language and Hearing Association: Special Interest Division 2: Perspectives
2005 Program Committee, Adult Language Disorders, ASHA Convention

Awards and Honors

2013 Named Fellow of the American American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2008 Best Research Paper Award, College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
2008 Reddick Award, University of Texas at Austin
2007 Mentor, Advancement of Academic and Research Career Award (AARC), American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Mentee: Sharon Antonucci.
2005 Advancement of Academic and Research Career Award (AARC), American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Licensing and Certification

2001-present Licensed Member, American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

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