Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Roxana Marachi

Roxana Marachi is an Associate Professor of Education at San José State University where she teaches courses in Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership.  Dr. Marachi’s publications have focused on school climate, learning environments, and the evaluation of school violence prevention programs.  Her current interests are focused on strategies for the prevention of data harms and on bridging research-to-practice gaps in the integration of emerging technologies in education.  Marachi serves as Education Chair of the California State NAACP and is actively involved in local, state, and national efforts to strengthen and protect public education. Read Roxana’s full profile below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Roxana Marachi


  • Ph.D., Education and Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Psychology, Minor in Music, University of Washington


  • Heilig, J.H. Marachi, R., & Cruz, D.E. (2016). Mismatched assumptions: Motivation, grit, and high-stakes testing. Educational Policies and Youth in the 21st Century (pp. 143-155). Charlotte: Information Age.
  • Dewey, C., & Marachi, R., (2015). National and State Level Approaches to Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention. In D. Espelage & P. Goldblum (Eds.) The Challenge of Youth Suicide and Bullying. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Marachi, R., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2013). Evidence-based violence prevention programs and best implementation practices. In C. Franklin, M. B. Harris & P. Allen- Meares (Eds). The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, (Second Edition, pp. 453-472). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • Marachi, R. (2018). Health research gaps in the marketing and promotion of emerging technologies. [Peer-reviewed poster presentation for Digital Media and Developing Minds Conference, Cold Harbor Springs, NY, October, 2018.
  • Marachi, R. (2018). Online Preschools: “Innovation” or Exploitation? Invited presentation for the National Screen Time Action Network Conference. Boston MA, April 20, 2018.
  • Marachi, R. (2017). Unpacking College and Career Readiness Metrics. Do They “Level the Playing Field”? Or Create [More] Systemic Barriers to Educational Access? Invited Keynote for State NAACP/ESSA Civil Rights Education Conference. San José, CA. August 19th, 2017.


  • 2015 Freedom Fighter Award (San José / Silicon Valley NAACP)
  • 2015 Justice Award (Californians For Justice)



  • Data Ethics
  • Data Harms
  • School Climate
  • Violence Prevention


Lurie College Faculty Featured on Speech Pathology Website

Shout out to SJSU Lurie College faculty member Nidhi Mahendra, who was recently a featured faculty interview on the website!  Read an excerpt of the interview below and access the full interview at

What aspect of your work are you most proud of?

“I have to say I am most proud of the people I have had a positive impact on – certainly persons with aphasia and their families but also our students and future SLPs. In the end, our students will go out and change the face of the discipline and I find that there is an incredible return-on-investment if we do things right in training our students.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Faculty Nidhi Mahendra

Lurie College Faculty Published in Journal of Teacher Education

Shout out to SJSU Lurie College faculty member Colette Rabin, whose research article “Co-Teaching: Collaborative and Caring Teacher Preparation” was recently published in the Journal of Teacher Education! Check out the abstract below and read the full article at 💙💛


This study investigated what happened during the implementation of a co-teaching model for student-teaching from a relational perspective. When analyzed through the theoretical framework of care ethics, teacher-candidates and their mentor-teachers developed caring relationships, acknowledged and negotiated differential power dynamics, and described cultivating a caring climate through dialogue and modeling.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Colette Rabin 1

Read the 2018-19 Lurie College of Education Annual Report

The Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University is a place of transformation, where we prepare educators, counselors, therapists, and community leaders using emancipatory pedagogy across our teaching, scholarship and service. Learn more about our impact by reading through this report and join the Lurie College family by visiting!

Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Pei-Tzu Tsai

Pei-Tzu’s research focuses on underlying factors and clinical management of stuttering, gender diverse voice and communication services, and graduate training of cultural-linguistic diversity in speech-language pathology.  She teaches fluency disorders and voice disorders, and provides clinical education and services in stuttering and voice.  Read more below and listen to Pei-Tzu’s personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Faculty Pei-Tzu Tsai


  • Ph.D., Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland – College Park


  • Tsai, P.-T. (2018). Phonological neighborhood effect in spontaneous speech in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders,
  • Quach, W., & Tsai, P.-T. (2017). Preparing future SLPs for the clinical world of cultural-linguistic diversity. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2, 82-102.
  • Tsai, P.-T., & Bernstein Ratner, N. (2016). Involvement of central cognitive mechanism in word production in adults who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 59, 1269-1282.


  • Arboleda, M., Moriarty, K., Tam, H., Herrera M., Busy, C., Costa, K., & Tsai, P.-T. (2019, March). Stuttering camp effects: Intensive camp for children who stutter and their caregivers. Poster presented at the 2019 California Speech Language Hearing Association Annual State Convention, Pasadena, CA.
  • Tsai, P.-T. (2018, November). Listener perception of transgender voice. Poster presented at the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.


  • Reassigned Time Program Award, SJSU, 2019-2023
  • Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, SJSU, 2018-2019



  • Cognitive demand
  • Cultural diversity
  • Linguistic processing
  • Phonological factor
  • Stuttering
  • Transgender voice