"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.
Rillotta, F., Raghavendra, P., McMillan, J. (2017-2018). Enhancing Social Networks between Students with and without Disability through Physical Activity and Social Media: A pilot study. Department of Education and Child Development, $25,719
Raghavendra, P., Walker, R., Rillotta, F., & Balandin, S. (2016-2018). Impact of social media use training on the social networks of adults with intellectual disabilities living in supported accommodation. Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences ‐ 2016 Competitive Research Grants, $19,932.
Wood, D., Fredericks, B., Huntly, H., Raghavendra, P., Lindsay, N., Schutt, S., & Tedmanson, D. (2015-2017). Enhancing social and communication skills, and improving education and employment outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people with disabilities in rural, remote and metropolitan areas of Australia. Research in Disability Working Group, Commonwealth Government, $860,139.
2013-2016, Wood, D., Lindsay, N., Shute, S., & Raghavendra, P. DEEWR-NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program - Digital Enterprise:Pathways to Education and Employment for young people with disabilities program: $2,974,267.
2013-2015, Raghavendra, P. (CI), Wood, D., Newman, L. Social networks of children and young people with disabilities in rural and regional areas: Can mobile and computer based technologies facilitate their social participation? National Disability & Research Development Grant, $204,671; Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SA Government $30,000.
2013, Raghavendra, P. (CI), Wood, D., Iacono, T. Communication abilities and social networks of adults with disabilities: Can iPads facilitate their communicative and social participation using the train-the-trainer model? Flinders Medical Centre Foundation Seeding Grant, $15,000, Deanery, $5000
Research Section Head, Communities & Consumers, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Chair, University Disability & Access Committee
University Runner Up & Faculty Winner of 3 Minute thesis competition - AUG 2014
NHMRC Ph.D. Scholarship - FEB 2015
aUDA Grant for digital technology - JAN 2015
NorthCott Ph.D. Schloarship (April 2013) -
Received Ph.D. grant from Apex Foundation-Autism Research - DEC 2013