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  • Grad student Alex Tollast was chosen to recieve the CSHA Outstanding Student Award- Congratulations Alex! 
  • Former faculty member Dr. Katrina Nicholas and student co-authors Tobie Grier, Priscilla Helen, and Chelsea Miller have a new publication in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 


  • Pioneer Pals is in CSU East Bay news! Read more about it here.
  • The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association awards one of its highest honors, the 2014 Public Service Award, to CSUEB's Aphasia Treatment Program (ATP) and the Yosemite National Park in April 2014, acknowledging the historic collaboration of ATP and the Yosemite National Park in producing the first-ever Aphasia Friendly Guides to Visiting Yosemite Park.
  • Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, the current director of our Aphasia Treatment Program, is recognized nationally at the 2014 Convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association with a Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education.
  • The National Stroke Association confers a 2013 RAISE award for being MOST CREATIVE in spreading the word about stroke to The National Park Services in Collaboration with CSUEB's Aphasia Treatment Program and the Yosemite Conservancy.
  • CSUEB's College Link Program, supporting services for college students with autism, is included in a recent Autism Bay Area Magazine issue.
  • Campus-based pilot program providing autism intervention services for CSUEB students is launched.
  • The Aphasia Treatment Program's Aphasia Tones choir receives a standing ovation at the plenary session of the 2012 Annual Convention of the California Speech Language Hearing Association in San Jose in March.
  • The CSD department and Speech Language and Hearing Clinic become one of the first institutional affiliates of the National Aphasia Association.
  • Cal State East Bay is ranked No. 1 for Asian American degree recipients in Communication Disorders Sciences by "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education". Read more about diversity at Cal State East Bay.
  • Aphasia choir instructs, inspires students and singers.


  • Dr. Michelle Gravier is honored as a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar and will be a featured guest on the Aphasia Conversations podcast, sponsored by Aphasia Access, to discuss her research. 
  • Dr. Nidhi Mahendra is invited to the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department at Michigan State as part of their Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer Lecture series.
  • Drs. Nidhi Mahendra and Shubha Kashinath are awarded a 3-year grant (2012-2015) from The California Wellness Foundation to recruit, retain, and mentor underrepresented minority students in speech language pathology.
  • Dr. Nidhi Mahendra receives the Certificate of Recognition for Significant Contribution to Multicultural Affairs, by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
  • Dr. Janet Patterson, former faculty member and current lecturer, receives the coveted honor of Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. See her name on the full list of ASHA Fellows
  • Faculty member Dr. Nidhi Mahendra researches how technology can provide cognitive rehabilitation for those with Alzheimer's and memory loss.
  • "Using the Internet Safely, part 2" is posted at the Aphasia Corner Bog.
  • The Aphasia Corner Blog posts "Using the Internet Safely, part 1" by Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, Sandy Glista, Glenn Goldblum, Janet Patterson and Robin Pollens.


  • Five graduate students, and their co-authors, presented at the 2023 CSR Student Research Symposium: Eli Angstadt-Leto, Simone Armstrong, Hannah Evans, Chelsea Miller, and Alex Tollast.  
  • Eight students are awarded research fellowships from the CSUEB Center for Student Research for 2013-2014: Hannah Dixon, Katharina Lawrence, Kate Murphy, Elyse Nishiki-Finley, April Nguyen, Aubrey Pearman, Brandee Prinze and Melissa Riley.
  • Students Natalie Sanford and Julianne Spicer are awarded Research Fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year by the new CSUEB Center for Student Research, doing independent projects on aphasia and dementia.
  • CSD graduate students Laura Ludlow, Tamar Solomon, and Emily Dionne present at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Atlanta in November.
  • Amanda Scullion receives the 2012 California Speech-Language-Hearing Association District 3 Outstanding Student award.