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Assistant Professor

Academic Unit of Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences


MSc (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)
BSc (University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences)


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(852) 3917 1592


Room 766, Meng Wah Complex

Research Interests:

  • Psycholinguistics and neurocognitive aspects of communication disorders
  • Stuttering and fluency disorders
  • Speech and language assessment and intervention
  • tDCS

Teaching areas:

  • SHSC 1033 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • SHSC 1034 Anatomy & Physiology for Speech and Hearing
  • SHSC 4034 Fluency, Laryngectomy, and Craniofacial Anomalies
  • PhD Fellowship Award, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2011.
  • Departmental Reward Scheme for Research Publications in Indexed Journals, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2016-2021)
  • Young Researcher of the Year, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, 2007.

Refereed Journal Articles:


  • Zhang, Y., Pattamadilok, C., Lau, D. K. Y., Bakhtiar, M., Yim, L.-Y., Leung, K.-Y., and Zhang, C. (2021). Early auditory ERPs are modulated by alphabetic literacy skills in logographic Chinese readers.Frontiers in Psychology, 12:663166.

  • Bakhtiar M., Mokhlesin M., Pattamadilok C., Politzer-Ahles S., and Zhang C. (2021). The effect of orthographic transparency on auditory word recognition across the development of reading proficiency. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:691989.

  • Momenian M., Bakhtiar M., Chan YK., Cheung SL., Weekes B. (2021). Picture Naming in Bilingual Chinese Speakers: Capturing Similarity and Variability. Behavior Research Methods, 1-12.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Shao, J., Cheung M.N. & Zhang, C (2021). Categorical perception of the speech sounds in adults who stutter. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 35 (6), 560-576.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Wong, M. N., Tsui, E. K. Y., & McNeil, M. R. (2020). Development of the English Listening and Reading Computerized Revised Token Test Into Cantonese: Validity, Reliability, and Sensitivity/Specificity in People With Aphasia and Healthy Controls. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 63, 3743–3759.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Zhang, C., & Ki, S. S. (2019). Impaired processing speed in categorical perception: Speech perception of children who stutter. PloS one, 14(4), e0216124.

  • Nilipour, R., Bakhtiar, M., Momenian, M., & Weekes, B. S. (2017). Object and action picture naming in brain-damaged Persian speakers with aphasia. Aphasiology, 31(4), 388-405.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Jafary, R., & Weekes, B. S. (2017). Aphasia in Persian: Implications for cognitive models of lexical processing. Journal of Neuropsychology, 11(3), 414-435.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Su I-F., Lee H. K., & Weekes, B. S. (2016). Neural correlates of age of acquisition on visual word recognition in Persian. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 39, 1-9.

  • Ahangar, A. A., Bakhtiar, M., Mohammadi, M., & Shakeri Kavaki, M. (2016). The Effect of Syntactic Complexity in Terms of Sentence and Clause Structure on the Stuttering Occurrence of Pre-school Persian Speaking Children. Journal of Modern Rehabilitation, 9(7), 115–124.

  • Bakhtiar, M., & Weekes, B. S. (2015). Lexico-semantic effects on word naming in Persian: Does age of acquisition have an effect? Memory & Cognition, 43, 298-313.

  • Reichel, K., Ademola-Sokoya G., Bakhtiar, M. et al. (2014). Frontiers of cluttering across continents: Research, clinical practices, self-help, and professional preparation. Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, 4, 42-50.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Nilipour, R., & Weekes, B.S. (2013). Predictors of timed picture naming in Persian. Behaviour Research Methods, 45, 834-841.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Ansari, H., & Packman, A. (2011). Translating the Stuttering Severity Instrument (SSI-3) into Persian: Response to Karimi, Nilipour, Shafiei & Howell. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 36, 249-250.

  • Seifpanahi, S., Bakhtiar, M., & Salmalian, T. (2011). Objective vocal parameters in Farsi-speaking adults with Down syndrome. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 63, 72-76.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Seifpanahi, S., Ansari, H., Ghanadzade, M., & Packman, A. (2010). Investigation of the reliability of the SSI-3 for preschool Persian-speaking children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 35, 87-89.

  • Dehqan, A., Ansari, H., & Bakhtiar, M. (2010). Objective voice analysis of Iranian speakers with normal voices. Journal of Voice, 24, 161-167.

  • Bakhtiar, M., & Packman, A. (2009). Intervention with the Lidcombe Program for a bilingual school-age child who stutters in Iran. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 61, 300-304.

  • Seifpanahi, S., Dadkhah, A., Dehqan, A., Bakhtiar, M., & Salmalian, T. (2008). Motor control of speaking rate and oral diadochokinesis in hearing-impaired Farsi speakers. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 33, 153-159.

  • Dehqan, A., Bakhtiar, M., Panahi, S.S., & Ashayeri, H. (2008). Relationship between stuttering severity in children and their mother's speaking rate Sao Paulo Medical Journal, 126, 29-33.

  • Bakhtiar, M., Abad Ali, D.A., & Sadegh, S.P.M. (2007). Nonword repetition ability of children who do and do not stutter and covert repair hypothesis. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, 61, 462-470.