Suma Suswaram, PhD Hear my name
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Psychological and Brain Sciences

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Dr. Suswaram (pronounced as: seuss-wuh-rum) is a postdoctoral associate at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, Master’s and Bachelor’s in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology from Bangalore University, India. Her research focuses on advancing health care equity in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also interested in understanding factors underlying academic and research success for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in higher education.

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  1. Sravanti L, Kommu JVS, Suswaram S, Yadav AS. Musical preferences of Indian children with autism spectrum disorder and acceptability of music therapy by their families: An exploratory study. Ind Psychiatry J. 2023; 32(1):176-186. PMID: 37274590; PMCID: PMC10236685; DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_190_22;
  2. Suswaram S, Brady NC, Gillispie M. The role of service providers' linguistic backgrounds on assessment of multilingual children. J Commun Disord. 2023; 102:106302. PMID: 36753822
  3. Suswaram S, Perelmutter B, Keuwo R, Gillispie MW. "I Truly Feel Like I Have Been Hustling on My Own": Minority Graduate Students' Experiences in Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. 2022; 1-14. View Publication

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2022 Office of Associate Dean, University of Kansas: DEI Development Fund ($500)
2021 University of Kansas: Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund ($500)
2021 University of Kansas: Sunnyside Funding ($700)
2021 University of Kansas: Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Travel Fund
2021 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR): Low Income Countries Travel Awards ($2000)
2021 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas: CLAS Graduate Scholarly Development Fund ($500)
2020 International Support Services, University of Kansas: International Leader
2020 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR): Low Income Countries Travel Awards
2020 KU Student Endowment Board, University of Kansas: Tradition of Excellence Award ($1500)
2020 University of Kansas: Doctoral Student Research Fund Award ($1500)
2019 University of Kansas: Sunnyside Funding ($1000)
2019 University of Kansas: Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund ($500)
2019 American Speech- Language-Hearing Foundation: Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Award ($1500)
2017-2022 University of Kansas: Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship
2015 Bangalore University, India: Merit Award
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