Jayanthi Sasisekaran

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Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
220B Shevlin Hall

164 Pillsbury Dr SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Post-doc: Speech Language Pathology, Purdue University, 2006 - 2007.
  • Ph.D. : Speech Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2006.
  • M.Sc: Speech pathology & Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India, 1997.


  • stuttering, psycholinguistic processes, dual task performance, language - speech motor interface
Courses Taught
  • SLHS 8410 - Research Seminar
  • SLHS 5503 - Dysphagia and Motor Speech Disorders (co-taught the Motor Speech Disorders section).
  • SLHS 5501 - Fluency and Phonological Disorders (co-taught the Fluency section)
  • SLHS 3402 Capstone Project in SLHS
  • SLHS 1401/3401 - Communication Differences & Disorders
  • SLHS 1402 - The Talking Brain
  • SLHS 3305W - Speech Science
  • SLHS 1302 - Rate your World
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Communication Disorders (2015-2017):


  • Phonological encoding abilities and fluency:
  • Dual task performance in persons who stutter:
  • Sensory motor integration in fluent and disfluent speakers:
  • Sasisekaran, J. & Basu, S. (2017). The influence of executive functions on phonemic processes in children who do and do not stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research, 60, 2792-2807.

    Sasisekaran, J. & Donohue, C. (2016). Effects of concurrent task demands on language planning in fluent children and adults. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37, 1311–1366. .

    Sasisekaran, J. & Weisberg, S. (2014). Practice and retention of nonwords in adults who stutter.Journal of Fluency Disorders, 41, 55-71.

    Sasisekaran J. (2013). Exploring the link between stuttering and phonology: A review and implications for treatment. Seminars in Speech and Hearing, 35(2), 95-113.

    Sasisekaran, J., & Byrd, C. T. (2013). Nonword repetition and phoneme elision skills in school-age children who do and do not stutter.International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48(6):625-39.

    Sasisekaran, J. (2013). Nonword repetition and nonword reading skills in adults who do and do not stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38(3), 275-289.

    Sasisekaran, J., & Byrd, C. T. (2013). A preliminary investigation of segmentation and rime abilities of children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38, 222-234.

    Sasisekaran, J., Brady, A., & Stein, J. (2013). A preliminary investigation of phonological encoding skills in children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38(1), 45-58.

    Sasisekaran, J. (2012). Effects of delayed auditory feedback on speech kinematics in fluent speakers.Perceptual and Motor Skills, 115(3), 845-64.

    Sasisekaran, J. & Weisberg, S. (2012). Effects of cognitive – linguistic variables and language experience on behavioral and kinematic measures of nonword learning in young adults. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.42(2), 175-190.

    Sasisekaran, J. & Munson, B. (2012). Effects of repeated production on vowel distinctiveness within nonwords. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 131(4), EL336-EL341.

    Smith, A., Goffman, L., Sasisekaran, J., & Weber-Fox, C. (2012). Language and Motor Abilities of Preschool Children Who Stutter: Evidence from Behavioral and Kinematic Indices of Nonword Repetition Performance. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 37(4), 344-58.

    Sasisekaran, J., & Weber-Fox, C. (2012). Cross-sectional study of phoneme and rhyme monitoring abilities in children between 7 and 13 years.Applied Psycholinguistics, 33, 253-279.

    Sasisekaran, J., Smith, A., Sadagopan, N., & Weber-Fox, C. (2010). Nonword Repetition in Children and Adults: Effects on movement coordination. Developmental Science, 13(3), 521-532.

    Loucks, T.M.J., De Nil, L.F., & Sasisekaran, J. (2007). Jaw-phonatory coordination in chronic developmental stuttering. Journal of Communication Disorders, 40(30),257-272.

    Sasisekaran, J., & De Nil, L. F. (2006). Phoneme monitoring in production and perception in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31(4), 284-302.

    Sasisekaran, J., & De Nil, L. F., Smyth, H., R. & Johnson, J., C. (2006). An investigation of phonological encoding in the silent speech of persons who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31(1), 1-21.

    De Nil, L. F., Sasisekaran, J., Van Lieshout, P. H. H. M., & Sandor, P. (2005). Speech disfluencies in individuals with Tourette syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research,58(1):97-102.

    De Nil, L. F., Sasisekaran, J., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (2004). Recent insights into the nature of stuttering: A review and some speculations.Logopedie, 17, 26-38.

  • Sasisekaran, Jayanthi
  • Grant In Aid, University of Minnesota, 2018-2020
  • University of Minnesota, Brain Imaging Grant, 2018-2020.
  • NIH R03; Title: Emerging interactions of language and speech motor systems in children and adults who stutter., 2010 - 2015
  • University of Minnesota: Grant-in-Aid Fellowship: Effects of delayed feedback on speech accuracy and speech kinematics in fluent and disfluent speakers., 2013 - 2015
  • Consultant; Application for Smartphone assisted stuttering treatment. Dept. of Education (2015)
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid: Nonword reading in adults who stutter., Summer 2009 - Summer 2010