Nidhi Mahendra, PhD
Associate Professor & Chair, Communicative Disorders & Sciences
Nidhi Mahendra is a teacher-scholar and leader who is passionate about improving the quality of life of persons with cognitive-communication disorders through contributing to science, service, equity design, community engagement, and international collaboration.
- Ph.D., Speech Language Hearing Science, minor in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Arizona
- Mahendra, N. (2019). Dementia: Concepts and contemporary practice (pp. 237-272). In
M. Kimbarow (Ed). Cognitive-Communication Disorders (3rd Edition). San Diego, CA:
- Mahendra, N. (2019). Integrating content on LGBTQ issues in course on cultural and
linguistic diversity: Instructional design and outcomes. Perspectives on Cultural
and Linguistic Diversity, 4, 384-394.
- Mahendra, N. (2019). Guest Editorial. Hot topics in speech, language, hearing and swallowing in old age. Speech Language Hearing Journal, 22:1. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2050571X.2019.1579407
- Mahendra, N. (March 2019). Advancing inclusion and social justice in aphasia care:
Three things you can do. Invited Presentation, 2019 Aphasia Access Leadership Summit,
- Mahendra, N. (February 2019). Global cultural competence: Going beyond the Certificate
of Clinical Competence. Keynote Presentation, Annual Conference, California State
- Mahendra, N., Tran Y., Currin-Percival, M. (November 2018). Incorporating research
and scholarly activity into your undergraduate courses. Faculty development workshop
presented as Faculty-in-Residence for Engaging Undergraduates, San Jose State University,
- Mahendra, N., Haynes, K. (2018). Exploring physician and speech-language pathologist
perceptions about recovery from aphasia. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference,
- Mahendra, N. (2018). Teaching speech-language pathology students about aphasia: An evidentiary comparison of instructional techniques. International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Aveiro, Portugal.
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
- Principal Investigator, Testing the Speakaboo app in Hindi - International collaboration
for enhancing the assessment of speech disorders in bilingual children. American Speech
Language Hearing Association. Awarded 2019-2020.
- Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation, Awareness, and Community Education for Stroke
(RACES). El Camino Hospital/Health Care District. 2018-Present.
- Principal Investigator, Communicative access in advance directive planning for persons with aphasia. Mary and Gary West Foundation. Awarded 2018-2019.
Areas of Research Interest
- Health equity
- Healthy aging
- Palliative care
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji, Anthony G. Greenwald
- Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson