CSLA: Gaithri Fernando

College of Natural and Social
Sciences

Department of Psychology



Gaithri Fernando
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Office: KH D3089

Phone: (323) 343-2260

FAX: (323) 343-2281

Email: gfernan2@calstatela.edu



Introduction


 | Teaching Interests
 | Research Interests
Educational Background
 | Schedule
& Office Hours


Introduction

I am
a licensed clinical psychologist and long-term Angelino who joined the CSULA
Psychology Department in 2002.


Teaching Interests

M y
teaching interests arise from my clinical experience, and include abnormal and
clinical psychology, posttraumatic stress, test construction, personality, and
developmental psychopathology, as well as clinical and neuropsychological
assessment. My teaching style tends to vary with the level of courses I teach:
more didactically oriented in the introductory courses and more
discussion-oriented in the higher-level courses. I strongly believe in the
research-practitioner model of psychology, and therefore use texts that
incorporate the most recent research findings in the topics of interest; I
also include current publications available on different topics in
supplementary reading materials in the courses I teach.

Research Interests

I
direct the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at CSULA. My primary
interests are in posttraumatic stress in the context of war and extreme
traumas such as torture, bomb blasts, and assassination attempts. I am also
interested in exploring posttraumatic stress in the context of child abuse and
domestic violence. However graduate students in my lab are encouraged to
develop and run their own projects as they relate to assessment and
intervention. I enjoy working with students, and our research team presents
papers at several conferences each year, including those organized by the
Western Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and
the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
2005

Eugene, D., & Fernando, G. Mirroring Feelings in
Unexpected Ways: Experiences of a Play Therapist Working
in Sri Lanka. Clinical Psychology of
Ethnic Minorities Newsletter,
17-19.

2005

Fernando,
G. Making meaning after the tsunami disaster: Risk and resilience in Sri
Lanka.
Traumatic Stress
Points, 19, 1,12.

2005

Fernando,
G. Interventions for survivors of the tsunami disaster: Report from Sri
Lanka. Journal
of Traumatic Stress,
267-268.

2005

Fernando,
G. “We Don’t Need Psychologists, We Need Help”: Can Psychology Really
Help
Tsunami Survivors in Sri Lanka? Variability, 1,
12.

2005,
November

Fernando,
G. Training counselors in Sri Lanka:
Challenges and Successes.
In G. Fernando
(Chair), Dissemination
in Cross-Cultural Assessment: Challenges and Successes.

Symposium
conducted at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

2005,
November

Fernando,
G. Differential impact of traumatic
events on the psychosocial well being of

Sri Lankans. In E. Triffleman (Chair), In
the wake of the tsunami: Research principles, practices,

and results.
Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress
Studies.

2005, July

Fernando,
G., & Kayser-Boyd, N. After the
tsunami disaster: Cultural factors in recovery.
Paper presented at the
International Congress for Projective Methods, Barcelona, Spain.

2005,
June

Fernando,
G., & Makanui, P.K. Children of
Sri Lanka: Exposure to violence, mental health

symptoms, and self esteem.
In K. Putnam (Chair), Traumatic
Exposure and its Impact on Children.
Symposium
conducted at the annual meeting of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,
Stockholm, Sweden. 

2004,
November

Fernando,
G.
Torture in Sri Lanka:
Case Studies.
Paper presented at the annual
meeting
of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.

2004 Fernando, G. Working with survivors of war in
non-western cultures: The role of the clinical psychologist. Intervention:
International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in
Areas of Armed Conflict, 2,
108-117.

1994

Durvasula, R.S. & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G. Mental Health of
Asian Indians: Relevant Issues and community implications. Journal of
Community Psychology, 22, 97-108.

1994

Mylvaganam(Fernando), G. South
Asian women: An introduction to the psychological literature.
Poster
presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association,
Kona, Hawaii.

1994

Theberge, D., & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G.. A perversion of parenting: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Poster
presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association,
Kona, Hawaii.

1992

Henderson, V., Buckwalter, G., & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G..
Handedness and longevity in patients with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimers
Disease. The Annals of Neurology, 32,
243.


Educational Background

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1996
Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California
M.A. Theology 1994
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California
M.A. English Literature 1987
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
B.A. English Language and Literature 1994
Trinity College, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada


Winter 06 Schedule Office Hours

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

 9:15-10:15
a.m.

By
appointment

1-2 p.m.

 

 

1:00 –
1:30 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 



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