Usha Tummala-Narra

Associate Professor

Lynch School of Education


Usha Tummala-Narra conducts research on mental health and trauma within immigrant communities, focusing her work on cultural competence in psychotherapy.  A licensed psychologist, Tummala-Narra has lent her expertise to NPR, NBC News, Al Jazeera America and many other outlets. She currently serves on three editorial boards: the Asian American Journal of Psychology Psychoanalytic Psychology, and Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Dr. Tummala-Narra is the author of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy (American Psychological Association Books, 2016); “Psychotherapy with South Asian Women: Dilemmas of the Immigrant and First Generations” (Women and Therapy); “Psychoanalytic Applications in a Diverse Society” (Psychoanalytic Psychology) and co-authored “A Qualitative Examination of Muslim Graduate International Students' Experiences in the United States” (International perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation); “Perceived Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms Among Immigrant-Origin Adolescents” (Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology); “Violence Exposure and Mental Health Among Adolescents: The Role of Ethnic Identity and Help Seeking” (Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2014); and “Voices of Older Asian Indian Immigrants” (Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2013).