Noma Anderson is dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Prior to arriving at the UT Health Science Center, she was a professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University and former dean of the School of Health Sciences at FIU. Dr. Anderson was on the faculty in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and chaired the department for 10 years. She also was on the faculty at Hampton University.
Dr. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia, a master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Her area of study has been speech-language pathology. She began her clinical career at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She also was employed as supervisor for speech, language and hearing for Pittsburgh Head Start. Dr. Anderson’s professional areas of expertise are in multicultural aspects of communication sciences and disorders, second language and second dialect acquisition, health and educational disparities, language acquisition, childhood language disorders and test preparation for the national examination in speech-language pathology. Dr. Anderson has served on the advisory board and the advisory council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anderson has served as a consultant serving on the panel setting visa screen requirements for speech-language pathologists and audiologists from foreign countries.
Dr. Anderson is actively involved in professional associations. In 2007, she was president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a 140,000 member association of audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. From 1998-2000, Dr. Anderson was ASHA vice president for academic affairs. She also has served as deputy director of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and secretary of the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
In 1992, Dr. Anderson was recognized as a fellow of ASHA; in 1994 she received the Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Emerson College, and, in 1999 she received Honors from the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2002, she was a recipient of the Scholar/Mentor Award from NBASLH and received the Diversity Incentive Award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2007, she received the Harvard University Foundation Medallion for Intercultural and Race Relations. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council. In 2010, she was selected for the Wall of Fame in Howard University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.