At the SJSU Lurie College of Education Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS), we provide rigorous academic and clinical preparation to students seeking careers working with individuals with communication disorders, and their families. We are guided by a commitment to culturally responsive teaching and clinical training as well as to scholarly research and evidence-based practice. Our graduates will adhere to the highest ethical standards in serving the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse community.
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Dr. Nidhi Mahendra Named ASHA Fellow
Dr. Nidhi Mahendra, Professor and Chair of the department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, was just named a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Fellowship of ASHA is among the "highest forms of recognition awarded by ASHA to recognize individual accomplishments and publicly declaring outstanding professional achievement". Please join us in congratulating her on this significant career milestone. She joins the proud Lurie College of Education and CDS legacy of ASHA Fellows, following in the footsteps of CDS Professors Emeriti, Dr. Gloria Weddington, Dr. Henriette Langdon, and Dr. Michael Kimbarow.
"Dr. Mahendra is a gifted researcher who bridges theory, practice, and policy to generate new knowledge and advance the profession. She is passionately dedicated to issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and has been a leader in addressing structural inequities and systemic injustices in her department, the university, and in the profession. And across all of her work, Dr. Mahendra consistently exhibits deep kindness, empathy, and care for individuals and communities, keeping the humanity of the person at the center of her practice.” - Dean Heather Lattimer
"Dr. Mahendra is not only an outstanding scholar, she is also a campus leader and innovator, who translates her research into everyday practice. What I particularly enjoy about working with Dr. Mahendra is that she imagines the world of higher education without boundary or constraint. This doesn't mean she is impractical. It does mean, however, that she is one of the most creative thinkers I have come across in my time at SJSU." - Provost Del Casino
A statement from Dr. Mahendra: “My heart is full of the joy and weight of this moment as well as a profound humility. I express my bottomless gratitude to my family, fantastic mentors, dear colleagues, and many students and clients/patients whose lives have intersected with mine in a deeply fulfilling journey to this point. I hold sacred the honor and trust placed in me with this recognition, and thank you each for sharing this moment with me.” - Nidhi Mahendra
Lurie College and SJSU Announcements
- 2021-2022 Impact Report - Read about the impact of our students, faculty, programs, and more from the past year.
- 2022 U.S. News and World Report Rankings - Lurie College moved up 33 spots in this year's rankings of Best Education Schools and is #2 among universities in the Cal State system, #4 among universities in the Bay Area, and #14 among universities in California.
- Financial Aid Opportunities - Visit this page to learn about the numerous scholarship and grant opportunities available through the college. The application process for scholarships takes place each spring semester.
- SJSU Lurie College of Education Blog - Our college-wide blog contains more announcements, opportunities, and news for and about CDS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Student and Faculty Spotlights
Graduate student Caryn Iwakiri was selected for the Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA). The award will be presented at this year's Annual Research Symposium at ASHA Convention on artificial intelligence in communication sciences and disorders, which will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
Vondell Pilcher (right) with ASHA CEO, Vicki Deal Williams (center) and SLP Kyle Greene-Pendelton (left) at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing Convention, April 2023.
Graduate student, Alyson Jimenez, awarded ASHA 2023 scholarship at the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) at ASHA Convention
Alondra Moran-Flores, senior CDS student, was selected and attended NYU’s competitive Summer Health Academic Research Experience in Communication Sciences and Disorders (SHARE-CSD) program summer 2023.
Alumni, Peace Lu won the Audience Choice Award at the SJSU Grad Slam in April, 2023 for her research on Rethinking Bilingual Stuttering.