Dr Ramya Maitreyee

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Ramya Maitreyee



Dr Ramya Maitreyee is a Lecturer in the Speech and Language Therapy Division, School of Health and Social Care. Ramya completed her Ph.D. in Human Communication Sciences from The University of Sheffield, UK, and received her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and Bachelors in Speech and Hearing from the University of Mysore, India. Her research interests are in the area of child language development, specifically in understanding how typically developing children acquire syntactic/grammatical structures. Along with studying how English-speaking children develop syntactic structures, she has been involved in conducting crosslinguistic research in this field, focussing on languages such as Hindi. Additionally, Ramya has an interest in cognitive ageing, especially in studying the roles of age and sex hormones in shaping cognitive abilities in midlife and late life women. She received The University of Sheffield Faculty Scholarship (2011-2014) to undertake her PhD in this area of study. Using behavioural paradigms, she examined the roles of demographic (education, IQ) and biological factors (menopause, physical health) on cognitive ageing in a substantial sample of English-speaking women aged between 45 and 80 years.


  • PhD University of Sheffield, (2016)

  • MSc Speech-Language Pathology University of Mysore, (2009)

  • BSc Speech and Hearing (3 years + 1 year internship) University of Mysore, (2007)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, University of Essex, University of Essex (4/5/2021 - present)

Other academic

  • Honorary Researcher, University of Liverpool (3/5/2021 - present)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

The roles of verb-semantics and distributional statistics in the retreat of causative overgeneralisation errors: Evidence from grammaticality judgments and computational modelling across five languages (English, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese and K’iche’)

International Association for the Study of Child Language Conference 2021, 19/7/2021

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Understanding Typical Communication (HS132)

  • Development of Individuals Throughout their Lifespan (HS135)

  • Professional Enquiry (HS240)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 1 (HS831)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 2 (HS832)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 3 (HS833)

  • Professional Enquiry Proposal (HS340)

  • Skills 1 Portfolio (HS705)


Journal articles (8)

Ambridge, B., Doherty, L., Maitreyee, R., Tatsumi, T., Zicherman, S., Mateo Pedro, P., Kawakami, A., Bidgood, A., Pye, C., Narasimhan, B., Arnon, I., Bekman, D., Efrati, A., Fabiola Can Pixabaj, S., Marroquín Pelíz, M., Julajuj Mendoza, M., Samanta, S., Campbell, S., McCauley, S., Berman, R., Misra Sharma, D., Bhaya Nair, R. and Fukumura, K., Testing a computational model of causative overgeneralizations: Child judgment and production data from English, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese and K’iche’. Open Research Europe. 1, 1-1

Ambridge, B., Maitreyee, R., Tatsumi, T., Doherty, L., Zicherman, S., Pedro, PM., Bannard, C., Samanta, S., McCauley, S., Arnon, I., Bekman, D., Efrati, A., Berman, R., Narasimhan, B., Sharma, DM., Nair, RB., Fukumura, K., Campbell, S., Pye, C., Pixabaj, SFC., Pelíz, MM. and Mendoza, MJ., (2020). The crosslinguistic acquisition of sentence structure: Computational modeling and grammaticality judgments from adult and child speakers of English, Japanese, Hindi, Hebrew and K'iche'. Cognition. 202, 104310-104310

Maitreyee, R., Varley, R., Whiteside, S. and Cowell, P., (2015). The effects of age and menopause on verbal fluency. Maturitas. 81 (1), 216-217

Goswami, SP., Priyadarshi, B., Maitreyee, R. and Malik, P., (2012). Regression as a sign of linguistic progress in typically developing children.. Proceedings of the 44th Indian Speech and Hearing Association Conference

Maitreyee, R. and Goswami, SP., (2009). Inter-lingual homophone retrieval in bilinguals.. Journal of Indian Speech and Hearing Association. 23, 33-41

Batra, R., Maitreyee, R. and Chengappa, S., (2008). Prosodic abilities in autistic children.. Proceedings of International Symposium Frontier of Research on Speech and Music, 251-255

Chengappa, S., Maitreyee, R. and Batra, R., (2007). Schizophasia: Cognitive and linguistic impairments in schizophrenia.. Psychological Studies. 52 (2), 158-162

Batra, R., Maitreyee, R. and Chengappa, S., (2007). Reading and writing skills in autistic children.. Journal of Indian Speech and Hearing Association. 21, 65-69