- A specialist in Neurogenic Communicat0on disorders
- A Speech Language Pathologist
- A Linguist
- An Educational Consultant
- A Professional Speaker and above all;
- A wife and mother of two teenaged boys
Sucheta has an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the University of Bombay, India (1986). She holds a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University (1993) and a Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Bombay (1991). In addition, Sucheta is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders (BC-NCD) awarded by the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences. This certificate is presented to those who demonstrate specialized expertise in working with adults and children with a diagnosis of neurological dysfunction that impacts their communication, cognition and social-pragmatic proficiency.
In addition to her formal training, Sucheta has sought out opportunities to diversify her knowledge, widen her clinical foundation and strengthen her professional footing through a variety of scholarly activities including attending and presenting at different conferences. Most recently she has been a presenter at the Mind, Brain & Education Annual conference, the Learning and Brain Conference, the International Brain Injury Symposium, and EARLI. Sucheta will be a guest speaker at the Bethesda Annual Brain Injury Conference in the fall of 2012.
Sucheta started her career by working with individuals with various communication disorders including aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, stuttering, spasmodic dysphonia and spoken-written language disorders. She eventually shifted her focus to individuals with right-hemisphere dysfunction resulting from concussions, TBIs, strokes and other neurological disorders (including seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, brain aneurisms, AVM, etc.). Considering the similarities between acquired neurological dysfunction of disorganization, planning & goal setting and problem-solving deficits in patients with right hemisphere dysfunction, Sucheta shifted her attention to address the need of those with developmental anomalies with similar profiles such as ADHD, NVLD and LD.
Sucheta continues to expand her professional development and stays current by attending conferences relating to neuroscience, social cognition, clinical psychology, contemplative research, communication disorders, teacher education, curriculum development and learning disabilities. All of which enable Sucheta to bridge the connection between learning, mindfulness and personal development.
Sucheta has far-reaching and vast interests, which have fueled her quest for learning and teaching. Her rich experiences span from participating in TEDx events, Aspen Ideas Festival to traveling to Israel to visit centers that provide speech-language pathology services to brain injury patients. As a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015, Sucheta is involved in many socially inspired initiatives in the Metro Atlanta area. She has completed IshaYoga training and enjoys charcoal drawing as a hobby. Sucheta is proud say that she has successfully participated in a Sprint Triathlon as well as the 3-day 60-mile walking challenge for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Sucheta finds physical and mental challenges invigorating and rejuvenating. She is a voracious reader and an avid blogger. In her writings, Sucheta makes connections from both her personal observations and her clinical experiences to foster ideas that move her.
Sucheta is passionate about educating all kinds of learners. She believes in Mindful Learning and the need for teaching our learners methods and processes related to self-devised strategic thinking. She strongly advocates for curriculum that accelerates metacognitive development and executive functions. These approaches and techniques are useful and essential for all students and not just those who have been diagnosed with a learning issue.
Sucheta brings in perspectives and angles that have shaped her approach to designing and refining rehabilitation and educational ideas that are innovative and unique. She recognizes the potential in every individual to think differently in order to learn and compensate inadequacies, challenges or shortcomings. Finally, Sucheta's work resembles her philosophy about life, which is "mindfulness". She believes that whether living a meaningful, productive life or life that desires to overcome obstacles and barriers one must apply oneself and invent oneself everyday not because there is a need but because that is LIVING!
2016 ASHA Continuing Education Award
2016 GSHA Professional Achievement Award
2000 Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award
1999 Partner's in Excellence Award
Leadership Atlanta Graduate (2015)
President of Georgia-Speech-Language Hearing Association (GSHA)
Founding Member of Georgia-Speech-Language Hearing Foundation, Inc. (GSHFoundation)
Executive Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Branch (IDA-GA)
Member of the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)
Member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Member of Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
Member of ASHA's Special Interest Group for Schools and Learning
Member of ASHA's Special Interest Group for Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Board Member at the Sanatan Mandir Atlanta Hindu Temple