Mahendra, Nidhi

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Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Director, Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC)

Associate Director (2018-19), Center for Healthy Aging in Multicutural Populations (CHAMP)

Member and LCOE Representative, Academic Senate Professional Standards Committee


Ph.D.   2001    The University of Arizona

 Speech Language Hearing Science; Cognitive Neuroscience

Licenses and Certificates

ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology

California Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology


Nidhi Mahendra is a tenured faculty member in the department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Her areas of clinical and research interest are in Dementia and Aphasia, Healthy Aging, Multicultural 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 current research is externally funded by the El Camino Hospital and Healthcare District, and the Gary and Mary West Foundation. Other recent research has been funded by The California Wellness Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Masonic Homes of California. 


Select Publications

Mahendra, N. (2019). Guest Editorial. Hot topics in speech, language, hearing and swallowing in old age.Speech Language Hearing Journal, 22:1.                                   


Mahendra, N., Hayes, K. H. (2018). Comparing physician and speech-language pathologist perceptions of client understanding about post-stroke aphasia and recovery. Aphasiology, DOI:10.1080/02687038.2018.1487920

Mahendra, N. (2018). Teaching about aphasia: speech-language pathology students' perceptions of different instructional techniques. Aphasiology, DOI:10.1080/02687038.2018.1489122

Bell, C.B., Lopez, R. P., Mahendra, N., Tamai, A., Davis, J., Amella, E., Masaki, K. (2016). Person-centered feeding care: A reassessment protocol to re-introduce oral feeding for nursing home residents on tube feeding. Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, 20, 1-7. DOI:10.1007/s12603-016-0699-9.

Mahendra, N., Spicer, J. (2014). Access to speech-language pathology services for African American clients with aphasia: A qualitative study. Perspectives on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, DOI:10.1044/cds21.2.53

Mahendra, N., Namazi, M. (2014). Being bilingual: Circumstantial and elective bilingualism. Invited feature, The ASHA Leader. DOI:10.1044/leader.FTR2.19112014.40

Mahendra, N., Fremont, K., Dionne, E. (2013). Teaching future providers about dementia: The impact of service learning. Seminars in Speech and Language, DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1337390.

Mahendra, N., Apple. A. (2007). Human memory systems: A framework for understanding dementia. Invited feature article, The ASHA Leader. DOI:10.1044/leader.FTR1.12162007.8

Select Book Chapters

Mahendra, N., Hickey E., Bourgeois, M. (2018). Cognitive-communicative characteristics: Profiling types of dementia (Chapter 3). In Bourgeois, M. & Hickey, E. (Eds.). Dementia: from diagnosis to management-a functional approach(2nd Edition, pp. 42 - 80). NY: Taylor & Francis.

Mahendra, N.,Hopper, T. (2017). Dementia and related neurocognitive disorders. In I. Papathanasiou, P. Coppens, C. Potagas (Eds). Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders (2ndEdition). Boston, MA:Jones and Bartlett Publishers.


Adult Neurologic Disorders

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Alzheimer's Association

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

Memory and Aging Center, University of California San Francisco

Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)


Aphasia Access

National Aphasia Association

Multicultural Issues

ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs