Usha Tummala-Narra conducts research on mental health and trauma within immigrant communities, focusing her work on cultural competence in psychotherapy. Her expertise includes areas of immigration, race, gender, interpersonal and collective trauma, and culturally informed psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Tummala-Narra is director of the master's in mental health counseling program, serves as chair of the Awards Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis, and is on the advisory board for the Social Justice and Human Rights Program at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Since 2015, she has been a member of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century.
The American Psychological Association has honored her with numerous awards, including the Diversity Award and the Shining Star Award. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.
A licensed psychologist and co-author of dozens of books and journals, 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.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1997-present