Mangala Sadasivan is an associate professor in Medical Education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. She holds a PhD in Speech Language Pathology focused on neuropathology from MSU. Prior to her appointment at MSUCOM in 2006 as director of the PEAK Learning Center, she was in private practice for 20+ years specializing in cognitive rehabilitation of high-level trauma patients. In the past 15 years, she has directed her attention to training first- and second-year medical students in the art and science of efficiency in learning. Her areas of interest include disabilities (ADHD, OCD, LD, Anxiety, Depression…) and academic performance, and research related to the neuroscience of learning and memory. She is also very involved in issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is an advisor to the DO/PhD program, PA program and other accelerated programs that are being currently developed. She also serves as an advisor to the MSUCOM On-Target team providing consultation on all matters related to disabilities and learning as they impact academic success in medical school.
In 2018, she received the best research paper presentation award at the Global Science and Technology Forum on the topic “Efficiency of a process approach in preparation for COMLEX Level I examination.” She is also a collaborator on a D43 International Research Training Grant through the Department of Health and Human Services focused on Fogarty HIV Research Training for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions.