Madhavilatha Maganti-Kari is a developmental psychologist interested in studying typical and atypical development in infants and children. Specifically, her research interests are focused on understanding the developmental course of intersensory perception in preterm infants, and verb-acquisition in children. Further, she is interested in examining how early intervention can ameliorate perceptual delays associated with prematurity and other concomitant risk factors.
As part of her post-doctoral experience at the Infant Development Lab, Florida Gulf Coast University, she studied word-mapping in term and preterm infants, and also examined infants’ learning of verb-action relations. Her doctoral work from Osmania University focused on devising and testing an early-intervention model for improving cognitive outcomes in at-risk infants and children. She was also associated in a longitudinal study investigating the developmental patterns of children with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) from birth till 18 months of age. Her book titled -Reaching and Programming for Identifications of Disabilities (RAPID)’ is used as a practical guide by health workers in India.
Through her teaching and research interests she is committed to enhancing public understanding of improving developmental outcomes in at-risk infants and children from birth till 6 years of age.
In the below video, she talks more about her research.