Swathi Kiran

Constant TherapyMy Recent CV:

My Recent Talks:

Watch my recent talk at TedxBU

Watch my recent talk at the 2015 BU Sargent Health Matters Virtual Conference

Watch my recent talk for the  C-STAR online aphasia lecture 


2001   Ph.D.   Northwestern University           (Speech Language Pathology)  

1998    M.A     Northwestern University           (Speech Language Pathology)

1995    B. Sc.   All India Institute of Speech & Hearing (Speech Path /Audiology)


2018- present  Associate Dean for Research, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University

2018- present  Faculty, Boston University Neurophotonics Center (NPC)

2017- present  Consultant, The Learning Corporation (FKA Constant Therapy)

2016- present  Faculty, Hariri Institute of Computing and Computational Sciences, Boston University

2016-present   Faculty, CRESCENT, Boston University

2014-present   Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Boston University Sargent College of Health Sciences

2014-present   Faculty, Center for Systems Neuroscience, Boston University

2012-2017       Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Advisor, Constant Therapy

Professional Activities:


2018                            Board of Governors, Academy of Aphasia

2018                            Conference Chair, Clinical Aphasiology Conference

2018                            Associate Editor, Frontiers In Neurology: Stroke

2017                            Program Chair, Clinical Aphasiology Conference

2017                            Reviewer, Human Brain Mapping Conference

2017                            Grant reviewer, Wellcome Trust

2016                            Program Chair, Academy of Aphasia Annual Conference

2016                            Special Topics Editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

2016                            Special Topics Editor, Neural Plasticity

2016- 2017                Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition

2016- present          Editorial Board, Bilingualism Language and Cognition

2015                            Reviewer, Human Brain Mapping Conference

2014- 2017      Editorial Board, Journal of Neurolinguistics


2017                            Organizer, Aphasia and Language Recovery Symposium. Boston University, CRESCENT, Hariri Institute of Computing and Computational Sciences

2017                            Chairperson, NIDCD VSL Special Emphasis Panel

2016- present  Ad-hoc member, VA Merit Review Panel, NIH F01B, LCOM, CDRC panels

2016                            Faculty Mentor, ASHA Lessons for Success Conference

2015- present  Member, Research and Education Committee, Aphasia Access

2011-2015       Standing Member, NIH/NIDCD CDRC review panel

2014-2015       Member, Strategic Planning Committee for ASHA Journals Program.

2011- Present  Member, Organizing Committee, NIDCD R13 DC006295: Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology

2014                            Reviewer, ASHA Grantsmanship and Reviewer Training Program. Organized by American Speech Language and Hearing Association and American Speech Language Foundation.

2010-2017       Associate Editor: Language, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research


Externally Funded

2019-2024      NIH/NIDCD 1R01DC015961-01A1 Functional reorganization of the language and domain-general multiple demand systems in aphasia. MPI: Swathi                              Kiran

2018-2023       NIH/NIDCD 1R13DC014644-01, 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/NIH R21/R33DC010461-01 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

2007-2008       ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs. Projects on multicultural activities The validation of a language use questionnaire across bilingual clinical populations. ($11,720). PIs: Swathi Kiran, Elizabeth Pena, Lisa Bedore.

2003-2006       NIDCD R03 DC 6359-01. Semantic complexity and treatment for lexical access ($216,000) PI: Swathi Kiran

2003-2004       ASHA foundation New Century Research Scholars Grant. ($10,000) Effect of semantic complexity on treatment of lexical access

2002-2003       ASHA foundation New Investigator Award. ($5000) Effect of semantic treatment on crosslinguistic generalization in bilingual aphasia