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Lakshmi Kollara Sunil is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. Her research is focused on using MRI and advanced 3D imaging technology to study the speech mechanism in children with cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies. Kollara’s current collaborative work is focused on examining velopharyngeal muscle biomechanics and its effects on speech and surgical outcomes in children with 22q11.2 deletion (velocardiofacial) syndrome. Her work also involves the development and innovative translation of non-sedated MRI scanning protocols across clinically complex pediatric populations.

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • CCC-SLP, Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists
Areas of Specialty
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Resonance Disorders
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Craniofacial Syndromes
  • Imaging
Research Lab Affiliations
Research Grants
Communication Sciences and Disorders

An interdisciplinary approach towards the management of velopharyngeal dysfunction in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

  • PI: Lakshmi Kollara Sunil
  • Co-PI: Tushar Chandra
  • Co-PI: Craig Johnson
  • Co-PI: Brian Kellogg
  • Co-PI: Matthew Robinson
  • Amount: $40,026 | Timeframe: 01/11/2021 - 06/10/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Internal - UCF
  • Research in 60 Seconds Video: Helping Children Born with Cleft Palate
    Written By: Heather Lovett | January 6, 2023
    Whether it’s solving the world’s biggest problems or investigating the potential of novel discoveries, researchers at UCF are on the edge of scientific breakthroughs that aim to make an impact....
  • CSD Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Annual ASHA Convention in Washington, D.C.
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | November 4, 2021
    Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will participate in this year’s ASHA Convention, both in-person and virtually, from Nov. 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Experts from around the country will share research,...
  • New Faculty Members Join CHPS
    Written By: Camille Dolan | August 24, 2020
    We are so happy to welcome our new faculty to the College of Health Professions and Sciences for 2020-21! Nine faculty have joined their colleagues in the School of Communication...
  • UCF Cleft Palate Expert Is Changing The Way The Condition Is Diagnosed And Treated
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | April 7, 2020
    Craniofacial defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects. Lakshmi Kollara Sunil, assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is...
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