Ramani Durvasula

College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

 Dr. Ramani Durvasula is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012. In 2002, Dr. Durvasula was the recipient of the prestigious Emerging Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women.  She has presented numerous conference papers and written wide ranging peer reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including psychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS, women's health, and mental illness.  She is the author of the   Should I Stay or Should I Go:  Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist (Post Hill Press) and You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.  Dr. Durvasula received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, her clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.  Dr. Durvasula was the co-host of Oxygen’s series My Shopping Addiction, and has also been featured on series on Bravo, the Lifetime Movie Network, National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery as well as in documentary films on health.  She has been a featured commentator on nearly every major television network, as well as radio, print, and internet media.   Dr. Durvasula is also involved in national governance in the field of psychology and is presently the chair of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status at the American Psychological Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association. 

For the past 15 years Dr. Durvasula has conducted research on a variety of issues including the neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV, sexual risk behaviors, substance use, psychosocial factors and health, eating disorders, health and ethnicity, and health behaviors including eating, preventative health, and sexuality.   She is presently the Principal Investigator of the NIMH Funded Health Adherence Research Project – Phase II (HARP-II).  Her teaching encompasses a wide range of topics including introductory psychology, psychopathology, research design, health psychology, clinical psychology, assessment, and substance use.   Dr. Durvasula is also involved in faculty led global learning prograns and co-leads the service learning program to India which began in 2016.