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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
Research Interests
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Resonance Disorders
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Craniofacial Syndromes
  • Imaging
  • 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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