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.
She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and with APA Division 39 and Division 45. 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.
She has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee and Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors in American Psychological Association Division 39, and as a member of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, and the APA Task Force on Revising the Multicultural Guidelines.
A licensed psychologist and co-author of dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and books, Tummala-Narra has lent her expertise to NPR, NBC News, Al Jazeera America and many other outlets. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalytic Dialogues.
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