Our Team


Current Members

Dr. Ratnavalli Ellajosyula:
Ratnavalli is a senior consultant neurologist. She did her medical and neurological training in New Delhi. She was faculty, Department of Neurology at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore for a decade. She started the behavioural neurology clinic there. She has a fellowship in Cognitive Neurology from the University of Cambridge, UK. She was also a research fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel hill. Currently she heads the Memory Clinic at Manipal hospital. She has more than a decade's worth experience in cognitive neurology and neuropsychology. Her clinical interests are stroke, neuroinfections and dementia. Her research interests are multilingualism and dementia, breakdown of memory and mechanisms and neural substrates of language. She has several research projects and has published in the area of stroke and cognitive neurology.

Email: ratnavallie@gmail.com

Jwala Narayanan:
Jwala is the lead Consultant Neuropsychologist at the Clinic. She completed her training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow, U.K. She has an interest in memory disorders and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She was awarded the Neuropsychology International Fellowship in 2012 which partly funded her to visit various neuropsychology centres in the U.K.

Email: jwala.narayanan@gmail.com

Nidhi Dev:
Nidhi is a Consultant Neuropsychologist at our clinic, her areas of interest are epilepsy, dementia and children with neurological disorders. She is qualified with a B.Sc and Post-graduate diploma in Psychology from UWS in Sydney, Australia along with an M.Sc in Clinical Psychology from Christ College, Bangalore. She also has an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from KMC, Manipal University. Her core research emphasis has been on epilepsy in children and in adults.

Email: nidhidev@gmail.com

Apoorva Shivaram:
Apoorva has completed her B.A. in Psychology Honours from Christ University, Bangalore. She is passionate about neuroscience and aims to become a researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience, particularly in relation to the areas of learning and memory. She seeks to combine her knowledge and love for dancing with her future research. She has completed a research paper titled "Dance/Movement Therapy on Social Skills among Children with Autism" during the period of her undergraduate degree.

Email: apoorvashivaram@gmail.com

Siddharth Ramanan:
Siddharth works as a Neuropsychologist and Research Associate at the CNC and has interests in both experimental and clinical neuropsychology. He completed his M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., following which he worked in an experimental psychology project at NIMHANS, Bangalore. He is interested in better understanding semantic and episodic memory in dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment.


Past Members

Dr. Swathy Chandrashekhar:
Swathy works as a Clinical Research Associate at the CNC. She completed her MBBS at JJM Medical College, Davangere and Observerships at University of South Florida, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and University of Texas Southwestern. She thinks cognitive neurology is unique as it is an attempt by the brain to understand its own function and existence. She finds the diversity of clinical conditions in neurology fascinating and is interested in pursuing a residency in the same.

Prerana Sabnis:
Prerana works as a Neuropsychologist at the CNC and as a Senior Research Fellow for an ICMR funded project that aims at developing a battery to detect Vascular Cognitive Impairment. She completed her M.Sc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Edinburgh. She has a keen interest in bilingual aphasia, language acquisition and the role of memory in language acquisition.

Tanya D'Souza
Tanya completed her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at Christ University, Bangalore. While pursuing her post graduate degree, she became interested in the work happening at the CNC and worked here for a year. Her interests revolved around cognitive functions in frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson's disease, and varying patterns of deterioration of cognitive functions in different dementias.

Shivani Malik
Shivani completed her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at Christ University, Bangalore and worked with rehabilitation of cognitive functions in stroke and dementia. She specialized in conducting home visits and planning out rehabilitative strategies for patients. She was a part of the CNC team for two years.

Dr. Shivika Chandra