Nidhi Mahendra, PhD
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
- M.S., Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, University of Mysore
- B.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
- Mahendra, N., Girolamo, T., Fannin, D.K. (2021). Advancing Justice, Equity in the Pipeline to the Professions (OpEd). https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/leader.FMP.26082021.8/full/
- Mahendra, N., Hopper, T. (in press, 2021). Dementia and related neurodegenerative
disorders. In I.Papathanasiou (Ed). Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders
(3rd Edition). Boston,
MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Mahendra, N. (September 16, 2020). Giving voice to those with communication disorders (OpEd). https://visiblemagazine.com/give-voice-to-those-with-communication-disorders/
- Mahendra, N. (2020). Introduction to Addressing Racism in CSD Education. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders – Published Remarks. https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/1149.pdf [pdf]
- Mahendra, N., Tadokoro, A*. (2020). Non-fluent primary progressive aphasia: Implications of palliative care principles for informing service delivery. Topics in Language Disorders, 40, 7-24.
- Mahendra, N. (2020). Palliative care and speech-language pathologists: From training to practice. Topics in Language Disorders, 40, 230-232.
- Fannin, D., Mandulak, K., Girolamo, T., Harley, J., Bland, L., Mahendra, N. (April 2021). A framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Plenary Session, Annual Convention of the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
- Mahendra, N. (August 2020). Good trouble and championing equity: Reimagining classrooms, clinical programs and organizations. Moderator and curator, Aphasia Access Panel Presentation.
- Mahendra, N. (August 2020). Addressing Racism in CSD Education. Introductory speaker and moderator, Webinar organized by the journal Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders (TLCSD).
- Mahendra, N. (July 2020). Designing for equity: Big, bold thinking for speech-language pathologists in 2020, Bilingual Therapies Symposium, Austin, Texas.
- Mahendra, N. (April 2020). The hypokinetic dysarthria of Parkinson’s disease. Guest Lecture, Graduate Seminar on Motor Speech Disorders, San Jose State University, San Jose.
Noteworthy Grants and Awards
- California State University Office of the Chancellor. Program Enhancement Award to the Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program (Role:Proposal Author, Oversight of awarded funds; Funding: $333,333). Awarded 2020-2025.
- Lurie College of Education Strategic Planning Seed Grant (with Cara Maffini-ChAD & Matthew Capriotti, Psychology). Title: Healthy Development (HD) Clinic for Children, Youth, & Families (Funding: $ 15,000). Awarded 2020-2021
- Inaugural SJSU Public Voices Fellow, The OpEd Project. Selected 2020.
- 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.
Dr. Nidhi Mahendra presented “Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC): Where aphasia research, clinical service delivery, and student training meet” as part of the Spring 2021 Lurie College of Education Faculty Research Symposium.
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