Associate Professor Pammi Raghavendra

Academic Level D

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park (S277)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

"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.

Ph.D. Speech-Language Pathology, Purdue University, USA Speech & Hearing Sciences, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore University, India, Speech Pathology & Audiology, All India Insitute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore University, India
Honours, awards and grants


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

Key responsibilities

Research Section Head, Communities & Consumers, College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Chair, University Disability & Access Committee

Topic coordinator
DSRS2231 Augmentative & Alternative Communication
DSRS1215 Communication & Language
DSRS9050 Communication Difficulties
Topic lecturer
DSRS5005 Foundations of Disability Research
DSRS9050 Communication Difficulties
DSRS2231 Augmentative & Alternative Communication
Supervisory interests
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Enhancing communicative participation in people with complex communication needs
Evidence based practice
Social media
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Social media & Online social networking (1), AAC & Sexuality (1)
Associate supervisor: Employement & Disability (1), Machado-Joseph Disease and AAC (1)
Associate supervisor: Autism & Techonology (1), Social media & adults with motor neuron disease (1), Technology & Autism (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Emma Grace

University Runner Up & Faculty Winner of 3 Minute thesis competition - AUG 2014

Emma Grace

NHMRC Ph.D. Scholarship - FEB 2015

Emma Grace

aUDA Grant for digital technology - JAN 2015

June Alexander

NorthCott Ph.D. Schloarship (April 2013) -

Abirami Thirumanickam

Received Ph.D. grant from Apex Foundation-Autism Research - DEC 2013