Department of Psychology

Dr. Sumi Raghavan


Office: Science East 2050
Phone: 973-720-3317
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Department: Psychology
Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization

My area of expertise is clinical psychology and my research interests have two foci: trauma, specifically torture and refugee trauma, as well as cross-cultural differences in psychopathology.  I am also interested in program evaluation and culturally tailored interventions.  Clinically I have worked with a broad and diverse population in a range of settings including college counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient clinics, and forensic settings.  I am a practicing clinician in New York, providing psychotherapy for adults and adolescents.  I enjoy drawing on my clinical experiences to develop and examine new research questions.

Since joining WPU, I have built a Culture and Trauma lab where my students and I have examined a variety of topics under that umbrella.  Recently we examined the ways in which people bounce back from trauma, termed resilience, in a multinational sample of trauma survivors.  Presently we are exploring class as a dimension of culture, and examining the mental health and adjustment of first generation college students.  I actively involve Master's and undergraduate students in my work, providing opportunities for presentation and publication whenever possible.

When I'm not doing any of the above, I can be spotted in the wild in and about NYC, where I live with my husband, son, and feline friends.


Selected publications/presentations:

Raghavan, S. & Sandanapitchai, P. (2019).  Correlates of Resilience to Trauma in a Multinational Sample.* Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology,  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00131

Torres, A., Raghavan, S., & Perera, A. (in press) Cultural Considerations in Treating Trauma Related Disorders in Benuto, L., Gonzalez. F., & Singer, J.  (Ed).  Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health: A Guide for the Helping Professional. New York: Springer.*

Raghavan, S.  (2018) Cultural Considerations in the Assessment of Survivors of Torture: A Review.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0787-5.

Raghavan, S., Rosenfeld, B., & Rasmussen, A.  (2017).  Measurement Invariance of the Brief Symptom Inventory in survivors of torture and trauma. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(11) Doi: 0886260515619750

Karasz, A., Raghavan, S., & Patel, V.  (2016). ASHA: Using participatory methods to develop an asset-building mental health intervention for Bangladeshi Immigrant women.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 9(4), 501-512. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0080