BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MS in Speech/Language Pathology from Loyola College
About Cindy Nichols
Cindy has been a practicing speech/language pathologist since 1980. She is a clinical supervisor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology department where she coordinates the adult neurological rotation at the Loyola Clinical Center in Columbia. She taught the Cognitive-Communication Disorders for Adults course from 2009 to 2014. Prior to coming to Loyola, she was a senior speech therapist at the University of Maryland Rehabilitative and Orthopedic Institute for 18 years.
Her interests include working with people with traumatic brain injuries and aphasia; in 2014, she developed the Intensive Treatment Program for Aphasia (ITAP) which is offered at the LCC during the summer semester. She was instrumental in starting an interprofessional program with the Pastoral Counseling department to provide counseling and educational resources for caregivers of people with aphasia. Research interests include the efficacy of using a task-specific approach for goal setting for people with aphasia. She has presented on topics such as supported communication for caregivers, developing an intensive aphasia program, as well as on the role of computer-based training for people with mild cognitive impairment.
Ms Nichols holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is actively involved with the national organization AphasiaAccess and was an invited speaker in their inaugural leadership summit in 2014. She is the volunteer coordinator for the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. Cindy is married and has 3 grown children. She loves to cook and to travel, and is an avid sports fan of all Baltimore teams, including Loyola University Maryland teams. She performs regularly with the Showtime Singers, a local choral group.