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Sethu Karthikeyan

Associate Professor

College of Health Professions

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Location
  • @New York City
    163 William Street #415
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."
Richard Feynman

Biography


I am an Associate Professor in the College of Health Professions at Pace University in New York City. I teach undergraduate and graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. I enjoy teaching Psycholinguistics, Phonetics, Speech Science, Neuroscience, and Research Methods. My research adopts an evolutionary approach to human behavior. I am interested in the human capacity for spoken language, social evaluations based on speech and, more recently, the analysis of ethnographic reports of ancient customs in traditional societies. I served as a visiting scholar in the Evolutionary Psychology Lab at SUNY, New Paltz, and continue to collaborate with the team.

Education


PhD, The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York, NY, NY, 2012
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

MS, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing , Mysore, Karnataka, India, 2003
Speech and Hearing

BS, Dr. MV Shetty College of Speech and Hearing, Mangalore, Karnataka, India, 2001
Speech and Hearing

Awards and Honors


The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2010 - Martin Gitterman Excellence in Teaching Award
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2009 - Moe and Hannah Bergman Award for first-authored conference presentations

Publications


Karthikeyan, S. & Ramachandra, V. (2017). Social eavesdropping: Can you hear the emotionality in a “Hello” that is not meant for you?. i-Perception.

Karthikeyan, S. & Ficalora, S. (2017). Women's tendency to approach men speaking standard and non-standard accents varies with the nature of the help-seeking situation: Some initial findings. North American Journal of Psychology.

Karthikeyan, S. & Ramachandra, V. (2016). Are vocal pitch changes in response to facial expressions of emotions potential cues of empathy? A preliminary report. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Karthikeyan, S., Rammairone, B. & Ramachandra, V. (2016). The boubo-kiki phenomenon tested via schematic drawings of facial expressions: Further validation of the internal simulation hypothesis. i-Perception .

Karthikeyan, S. & Locke, J. L. (2015). Men's evaluation of women's speech in a simulated dating context: Effects of fertility variations on fundamental frequency and attractiveness. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

PRESENTATIONS


Karthikeyan, S. & Fisher , M. (2019, June). NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. The fascinating lives of Nayars during the pre-British period: The interplay of matrilineality, paternity uncertainty, and castes from an evolutionary perspective. Boston, MA .

Karthikeyan, S. (2018, September). International Society for Human Ethology. Iconic pitch manipulations and protowords. Santiago, Chile.

Karthikeyan, S. (2016, June). NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society . Was arbitrariness selected in language evolution? Clues from a variant form of the Bouba-Kiki test. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Karthikeyan, S. & Ficalora, S. (2015, November). American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Regional dialects influence listeners' help seeking tendencies depending on the nature of the situation.. Denver, CO.

RESEARCH INTEREST


Speech and Social Evaluations, Language Development, Cultural Diversity and Human Nature.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


Dean's research Release Time Award
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Kenan Faculty Development Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Kenan Faculty Development Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Dean's Research Release Time Award
Karthikeyan, S. . Funded.

Scholarly Research Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Dean's Research Release Time Award
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Kenan Faculty Development Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Kenan Faculty Development Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Scholarly Research Release Time Award
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Kenan Faculty Development Funds
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Dyson Faculty Summer Research Grant
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Provost's Summer Student-Faculty Research Grant
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

Undergraduate Faculty-Student Research Program Grant
Karthikeyan, S. Pace University . Funded.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


International Society for Human Ethology

NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

COLLEGE SERVICE

  • Course Evaluation Committee [Committee Chair]
  • Search Committee [Committee Member]

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Council of Deans and Faculty on Promotion and Tenure, Alternate member
  • Pace Path [Committee Member]
  • Institutional Review Board [Committee Member]
  • Scholarly Research Committee [Committee Member]

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, The Graduate Center, CUNY [Task Force Member]
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