Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP

Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP

Title
Professor
Director, PhD program
Director, Aphasia Research Laboratory
Research Director, Aphasia Resource Center
Email
kirans@bu.edu
Phone
617-358-5478
Website or Lab
Aphasia Research Lab
CV
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Courses Taught:

  • SAR 756 Aphasia

Scholarly and Practice Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • Des Roches, C. A., Balachandran, I., Ascenso, E.M., Tripodis, Y., Kiran, S. (2015). Effectiveness of an impairment-based individualized rehabilitation program using an iPad-based software platform. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.01015
  • Kiran, S. (2014). Tracking small and large scale fluctuations in language and cognitive performance: A longitudinal rehabilitation case study. International Journal of Physical Medical & Rehabilitation. Special Issue on Stroke Rehabilitation.2:3.
  • Sandberg, C., & Kiran, S. (2014). How justice can affect jury: Training abstract words promotes generalisation to concrete words in patients with aphasia. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 1-32. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2014.899504
  • Kiran, S., Des Roches, C., Balachandran, I., & Ascenso, E. (2014). Development of an impairment-based individualized treatment workflow using an iPad-based software platform. Seminars in Speech and Language, 35(1), 38-50. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1362995
  • Kiran, S, Balachandran, I., & Lucas, J. (2014). The nature of lexical-semantic access in bilingual aphasia. Manuscript submitted for publication. Behavioral Neurology. Article ID 389565, 18 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/389565
  • Hashimoto, N., Widman, B., Kiran, S. & Richards, M.A (2013). A comparison of features and categorical cues to improve naming deficits in aphasia. 27,1-28, Aphasiology. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2013.814760
  • Vallila-Rohter, S., & Kiran, S. (2013). Nonlinguistic learning in individuals with aphasia: effects of training method and stimulus characteristics. American journal of speech-language pathology, 22(2), S426-437. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0087). PMC# 3662497 
  • Kiran, S., Sandberg, C., Gray, T., Ascenso, E., & Kester, E. (2013). Rehabilitation in bilingual aphasia: evidence for within- and between-language generalization. American journal of speech-language pathology, 22(2), S298-309. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0085) PMC# 3662480 
  • Gray, T., & Kiran, S. (2013). A theoretical account of lexical and semantic naming deficits in bilingual aphasia. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0091) PMC# 3740041
  • Sandberg, C., & Kiran, S. (2013). Analysis of abstract and concrete word processing in persons with aphasia and age-matched neurologically healthy adults using fMRI. Neurocase. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2013.770881 PMC# 3713118
  • Vallila-Rohter, S., & Kiran, S. (2013). Non-linguistic learning and aphasia: evidence from a paired associate and feedback-based task. Neuropsychologia, 51(1), 79-90. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.10.024, PMC# 3626426
  • Kiran, S., Ansaldo, A., Bastiaanse, R., Cherney, L. R., Howard, D., Faroqi-Shah, Y., Meinzer, M., & Thompson, C. K. (2013). Neuroimaging in aphasia treatment research: standards for establishing the effects of treatment. Neuroimage, 76, 428-435. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.10.011 PMC # 3552150.
  • Meinzer, M., Beeson, P. M., Cappa, S., Crinion, J., Kiran, S., Saur, D., Parrish, T., Crosson, B., & Thompson, C. K. (2013). Neuroimaging in aphasia treatment research: consensus and practical guidelines for data analysis. Neuroimage, 73, 215-224. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.02.058 PMC # 3416913.
  • Kiran. S., (2012). What is the nature of post-stroke language recovery and reorganization?  ISRN Neurology. doi:10.5402/2012/786872
  • Kiran, S., Grasemann, U., Sandberg, C., & Miikkulainen, R. (2012). A computational account of bilingual aphasia rehabilitation. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Available on CJO doi:10.1017/S1366728912000533. NIHMSID #407826.
  • Edmonds, L., Nadeu, S., & Kiran, S. (2009). Effect of Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) on Sentence Production in Persons with Aphasia. Aphasiology 22 (3), 402-424. PMC# 2744980.
  • Kiran, S., Caplan, D., Sandberg, C., Levy, J., Berardino, A., Ascenso, E., Villard, S., & Tripodis, Y. (2012). Development of a Theoretically Based Treatment for Sentence Comprehension Deficits in Individuals With Aphasia. American  Journal of  Speech Language Pathology, 21(2), S88-102. PMC # 3348417.
  • Levy, J., Hoover, E., Waters, G., Kiran, S., Caplan, D., Berardino, A., & Sandberg, C. (2012). Effects of Syntactic Complexity, Semantic Reversibility, and Explicitness on Discourse Comprehension in Persons With Aphasia and in Healthy Controls. American  Journal of  Speech Language Pathology, 21(2), S154-165. PMC #3371337.
  • Sebastian, R., Kiran, S., & Sandberg, C. (2012). Semantic processing in Spanish–English bilinguals with aphasia. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 25(4), 240-262. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2012.01.003.
  • Sandberg, C., Sebastian, R., & Kiran, S. (2012). Typicality mediates performance during category verification in both ad-hoc and well-defined categories. Journal of Communication Disorders, 45(2), 69-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2011.12.004. PMC # 3298749.
  • Grasemann, U., Sandberg, C., Kiran, S., & Miikkulainen, R. (2011). Impairment and Rehabilitation in Bilingual Aphasia: A SOM-Based Model. Lecture notes in computer science, 6731, 207-217.
  • Kiran, S., & Iakupova, R. (2011) Understanding the relationship between language proficiency, language impairment and rehabilitation. Evidence from a single case study. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.25 (6-7), 565-583.
  • Sebastian, R. & Kiran, S. (2011). Task Modulated activation patterns in chronic stroke patients with aphasia. Aphasiology.25 (8), 927-951.
  • Kiran, S., Sandberg, C., & Sebastian, R. (2011). Treatment of category generation and retrieval in aphasia: Effect of typicality of category items. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, 54, 1101-1117.  PMC #3149763.
  • Sebastian, R., Laird, A. & Kiran, S. (2011). Meta-analyses of the neural representation of first language and second language. Applied Psycholinguistics. DOI:10.1017/S0142716411000075.
  • Miikkulainen, R. and Kiran, S. (2009). Modeling the Bilingual Lexicon of an Individual Subject. In Lecture  Notes in Computer Science 5629: Proceedings of the Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps (WSOM’09, St. Augustine, FL). Berlin: Springer. PMC2767190
  • Kiran, S., Sandberg, C., & Abbott, K. (2009). Treatment for lexical retrieval using abstract and concrete words in patients with aphasia: Effect of complexity. Aphasiology. 23 (7-8), 835-853. PMC# 2758793.
  • Kiran, S. & Roberts, P. (2009). Semantic feature analysis treatment in Spanish-English and French-English bilingual aphasia, Aphasiology, 24 (2), 231-261.
  • Edmonds, L., Nadeu, S., & Kiran, S. (2009). Effect of Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) on Sentence Production in Persons with Aphasia. Aphasiology 22 (3), 402-424. PMC# 2744980.

Selected Presentations

  • Kiran, S. (2013). Changes in task-based effective connectivity following rehabilitation in aphasia. Symposium on Neuroimaging markers of recovery from aphasia. Academy of Aphasia. Lucerne, Switzerland.
  • Kiran, S. (2013). The nature of facilitation and inhibition in bilingual aphasia rehabilitation. Symposium on Bilingual Aphasia. European Federation of Neuropsychology, Berlin Germany.
  • Kiran, S. (2012). Understanding and predicting bilingual aphasia rehabilitation. Symposium on Bilingual Aphasia. World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Aphasia and Cognitive Disorders, Hyderabad, India.
  • Kiran, S. (2012). New approaches to aphasia rehabilitation. CME workshop on aphasia Indore, India
  • Sims, J., Kapse, K., & Kiran, S. (2014, November). The importance of the ipsi- and contralesional frontal and temporal regions in language recovery in aphasia. 2013 Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA. .
  • Villard, S. & Kiran, S. (2014). Inter- and intra-individual variability in non-linguistic attention in aphasia. Poster at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  • Sims, J., Kapse, K., & Kiran, S. (2013, November). The importance of the ipsi- and contralesional frontal and temporal regions in language recovery in aphasia. 2013 Society for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • Kiran.S. et al., (2013, November). The nature of across-task and across-structure generalization following a sentence comprehension treatment for aphasia. 2013 Society for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • Vallila-Rohter, S., & Kiran, S. (2013, November). Neural activations during nonlinguistic category learning in individuals with aphasia. 2013 Society for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.
  • Kiran, S., Stepp, C, Vega-Brachowitz, C., Ambrosi, D., & Perry, P., (2013, November). The Next Frontier in Rehabilitation: Connected Care Using Tablets, Cloud-Computing, & Other Technologies. American Speech Language and Hearing Convention. Chicago, IL.
  • Kiran, S., Des Roches, C., Balachandran, I., & Ascenso, E. (2013, November). Validating Patient Outcomes Using an iPad-Based Software Platform for Language & Cognitive Rehabilitation. American Speech Language and Hearing Convention. Chicago, IL.
  • Gray, T., & Kiran, S. (2013, November). Cognitive Control in Bilingual Aphasia. American Speech Language and Hearing Convention. Chicago, IL.
  • Kiran, S., Gray, T., Kapse, K., & Salcedo, S. (2013, October). Language Networks in English-Spanish bilinguals with and without aphasia. 51st Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland.
  • Villard, S., & Kiran, S. (2013, October). Consistency of Sustained and Focused Non-Linguistic Attention in Aphasia. 51st Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland.
  • Sandberg, C. & Kiran, S. (2013, June). Changes in functional connectivity associated with treatment gains in aphasia. Organization for Human Brain Mapping 2013 conference.
  • Sandberg, C. & Kiran, S. (2013, May). Changes in Functional Connectivity Associated with Direct Training and Generalization Effects of a Theory-Based Generative Naming Treatment. Platform presented at the 43rd Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tuscon, AZ.
  • Gray, T. & Kiran, S. (2013, May).  Cognitive control in bilingual aphasia.  43rd Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tuscon, AZ.
  • Kiran, S., Des Roches, C., Balachandran, I., & Ascenso, E (2013, May). Validation of an ipad based therapy for individuals with brain damage. 43rd Annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tuscon, AZ.
  • Vallila-Rohter, S., & Kiran, S. (2013, May). Learning ability as a predictor of success with therapy.  43rd Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Selected Grant Activity

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