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About Nidhi Mahendra

Professor Nidhi Mahendra is a tenured faculty member and Chair of the department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Her areas of clinical and research interest are in Aphasia and Dementia, Healthy Aging, Diversity and Equity Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, and in Palliative Care. At SJSU, she directs the Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC) and is a core faculty member of the interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP).

She has been a faculty member in the California State University system since 2005 (2005-2016 at CSU East Bay) and came to San Jose State University in Fall 2016. A multilingual speech-language pathologist, she is state-licensed and nationally certified as a practitioner. Her prior research has been funded by the Alzheimer's Association, The California Wellness Foundation, the El Camino Hospital and Healthcare District, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, and the Masonic Homes of California. Current research is funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Lurie College of Education. 


August 2016 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Communicative Disorders and Sciences
June 2016 - August 2016 Professor, California State University, East Bay ‐ Communicative Sciences and Disorders
June 2011 - June 2016 Associate Professor, California State University, East Bay ‐ Communicative Sciences and Disorders
July 2012 - July 2015 Department Chair, California State University, East Bay ‐ Communicative Sciences and Disorders
January 2006 - June 2011 Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay ‐ Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015: Nominee, CSUEB’s George and Miriam Phillips Outstanding Professor Award
  • 2015: Invited Keynote Speaker, Bilingual Therapies Symposium, Saint Maarten (July 2015)
  • 2014-2017: Appointed, Editor, Perspectives on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • 2014: Named 2014 Lynda Campbell Memorial Lecturer, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Saint Louis University (October 2014)
  • 2014: Named 2014 Oyer Lecturer, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University (May 2014)
  • 2013: Recipient, Award of Faculty Fellow in Diversity and Social Justice, CLASS, CSUEB
  • 2013: Nominee, Diversity Award (for addressing diversity issues in the discipline), California Speech Language Hearing Association
  • 2012: Recipient, National Certificate of Recognition for Significant Contribution in Multicultural Affairs, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • 2012, 2010: Recipient, Juried Award for Commitment to Diversity Issues as Course Instructor (Course: SPPA 4868 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity), Diversity Day, CSUEB
  • 2011: Faculty Sabbatical Award, California State University East Bay
  • 2008: Selected Attendee, American Speech Language Hearing Association Training Institute Lessons for Success: Developing the Emerging Scientist
  • 2006: Recipient, Editor’s Award for Most Meritorious Article, American Journal of Speech Language Pathology
  • 2005: Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, for Service as Chair of Multicultural Issues Board, American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • 2003, 1999: Recipient, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Travel Fellowship
  • 2000: Recipient, Science & Research Career Forum Fellowship, ASHA
  • 2000, 1998: Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona
  • 1997: Recipient, Graduate Student Research Scholarship, American Speech Language Hearing Foundation (ASHF)
  • 1996: Recipient, Manohar Memorial Young Scientist Award, Best Paper in Speech Pathology, Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA)
  • 1994, 1995, 1996: Recipient, Government of India Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India


2001 Ph.D., University of Arizona ‐ Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
1996 M.S., University of Mysore ‐ Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology
1994 B.S., All India Institute of Medical Sciences ‐ Speech and Hearing Science

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