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Usha Tummala-Narra

associate professor
counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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Room 319


Ph.D., Michigan State University, Clinical Psychology
M.A., Michigan State University, Clinical Psychology

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1997-present

Multicultural psychology, psychological trauma, ethnic and racial discrimination among immigrant communities, race and ethnicity in the psychotherapeutic process.


  • Diversity Award, Division 39/American Psychological Association
  • Shining Star Award, American Psychological Association National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS)
  • Johanna K. Tabin Division 39/American Psychological Associatoin Book Proposal Prize
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Multicultural Concerns Award, American Psychological Association Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee


Tummala-Narra, P. (2016). Psychoanalytic theory and cultural competence in psychotherapy.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Tummala-Narra, P., & Claudius, M. (2016). Immigrant mothers. In S. Akhtar (Ed.), New motherhoods (pp. 127-143). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Tummala-Narra, P. (2015). Mental health and clinical issues of immigrant children and youth.  In C. Suarez-Orozco, M. Abo-Zena, & A. Marks (Eds.), The Development of Immigrant Children & Youth (pp. 218-237). New York: NYU Press. 

Tummala-Narra, P., Satiani, A., & Patel, N. (2015). Sexual violence in the immigrant context: South Asian women in the United States.  In O.M. Espin & A.L. Dotolo (Eds.), Women's Experiences of Migration (pp. 167-89). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 

Kira, I., Tummala-Narra, P. (2015). Psychotherapy with refugees: Emerging paradigms. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 20, 449-467. 

Tummala-Narra, P. (2015).  Cultural competence as a core emphasis of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  Psychoanalytic Psychology 32(2),275-292.

Inman, A.G., Tummala-Narra, P., & Kaduvettoor-Davidson, A., Alvarez, A.N., & Yeh, C.J. (2015). A qualitative exploration of the role of race and racism for first generation Asian Indians.  The Counseling Psychologist, 41(2), 217-247.

Tummala-Narra, P. (2015). Ethnic identity, perceived support, and depressive symptoms among racial minority immigrant-origin adolescents.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(1), 23-33.

Tummala-Narra, P., Li, Z., Liu, T., & Wang, Y. (2014).  Violence exposure and mental health among adolescents:  The role of ethnic identity and help seeking.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Relearch , Practice, and Policy, 6(1), 8-24.


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