Program Director, Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology; Professor, Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology
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 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.
Fellow, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45), American Psychological Association. (2020)
Distinguished Contributions to the Understanding of Cultural Diversity Award, Indo-American Psychiatric Association, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, & South Asian American Forum. (2019)
Fellow, American Psychological Association. (2018)
Fellow, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39), American Psychological Association. (2018)
Patricia Arredondo Diversity and Equity Speaker Series Award, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University. (2018)
Honorable Mention, PROSE (Professional and Scholarly Excellence) Awards in Psychology, Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division in recognition of Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy. (2017)
Diversity Award, Division 39/American Psychological Association. (2015)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1997-present