Faculty/Staff Detail

Nimisha Muttiah

Nimisha Muttiah joined SUNY Cortland in Fall 2022. Dr. Muttiah has many years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She has previously worked at the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka) as a Senior Lecturer. She is an active researcher who has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at both national and international conferences.



  • Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
  • MSc. Bowling Green State University
  • BSc. Bangalore University (India)


  • SHH 229 Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SHH 370 Disorders of Articulation and Language
  • SHH 677 Advanced Diagnostics
  • SHH 668 Language Disorders – Birth to 5
  • SHH 669 Language Disorders – School-age
  • SHH 675 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Clinical Interests

  • Children with complex communication needs
  • Individuals on the autism spectrum


Caldera, A.V., Wickremasinghe, A. R., Munasinghe T.U., Perera, KMN, Muttiah, N., Tilakarathne, D., Peiris, M.K.R.R., Thamilchelvan E., Sooriyaarachchi, C Mohamed Naseem Nasma, MN., Manamperige, RM, Ariyasena ADK, Sumanasena, S.P. (2023). Availability of rehabilitation services for communication disorders in Sri Lanka; a cross sectional survey. BMJ Open, 13(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-071620

Muttiah, N., Drager, K., Samarasinghe, I. (2023). Strategies for Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Classroom Setting in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. In S. Halder, S. Dada, & R. Banerjee (1st Edition). The Routledge Handbook of Inclusive Education for Teacher Educators: Issues, considerations, and strategies. Routledge India. 

Caldera, A.V., Wickremasinghe, A.R., Muttiah, N., Godamune, P.K.S., Jayasena, B.N., Chathurika, L.K.E., Perera, K.M.N., Mendis, M., Tilakarathne, D., Peiris, M.K.R.R., Wijesignhe, T., Senarathne, N.T., Saubhagya, W.D.L., Chandraratne, M., & Sumanasena, S.P. (2023). REACh for the preschoolers; A developmental assessment tools for 2-5 year old children in Sri Lanka. BMC Pediatrics, 23(80). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-023-03895-5

Muttiah, N., Seneviratne, A., Drager, K.D.R., & Panterliyon, N. (2022). Parent Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Sri Lanka. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Online). https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2022.2121940

Muttiah, N., Gormley, J., Drager, K.D.R. (2022). A Scoping Review on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Interventions in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Online). https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2022.2046854

Muttiah, N. (2021). Ground realities of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Sri Lanka. Disability, CBR, & Inclusive Development, 32(1), 150-159. doi 10.47985/dcidj.383

Heiyanthuduwage, T.M., Sumanasena, S.P., Kitnasamy,G., Sheedy,H.S., Khandaker, G., Fernando, R., Wijesekera, S., Jagoda, J., Ratnayake, P., Wanigasinghe, J., McIntyre, S., Goldsmith, S., Waight, E.,Badawi, N., Muhit, M., & Muttiah, N. (2020). Protocol for the Sri Lankan Cerebral Palsy Register Pilot Study. BMJ Open, 10(8), 1-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039353

Muttiah, N., Drager, K.D.R., Beale, B., Bongo, H., & Riley, L. (2019). The effects of an intervention using low-tech visual scene displays and aided modeling with young children with complex communication needs. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 

Muttiah, N., Drager, K.D.R., McNaughton, D., & Perera, N. (2018). Evaluating an AAC training for special education teachers in Sri Lanka, a low- and middle-income country. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 34,276-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/07434618.2018.1512651

Drager, K.D.R., Light, J. Currall, J., Muttiah, N., Smith, V., Kreis, D., Nilam-Hall, A.,    

Parratt, D., Schuessler, K., Shermetta, K., & Wiscount, J. (2017). AAC    technologies with visual scene displays and “just in time” programming and  symbolic communication turns expressed by students with severe disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 1-16.

Muttiah, N., Drager, K., & O’Connor, L. (2016). Special Education in Sri Lanka: A

snapshot of three provinces. Disability Studies Quarterly, 36(2). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v36i2

Muttiah, N., McNaughton, D., & Drager, K.D.R. (2015). Providing Instructional Support for AAC Service Delivery in Low and Middle-Income (LAMI) Countries. The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18, 341-353. DOI:10.3109/17549507.2015.1101154

Muttiah, N., Georges, K., & Brackenbury, T. (2011). Clinical and research perspectives on nonspeech oral motor treatments and evidence-based practice. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 47.