About Dr. Ramani

By keeping it simple – Dr. Durvasula (“Dr. Ramani”) makes psychology useful and usable for a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Ramani is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology. Drawing upon her years of clinical experience, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and published research – she is masterful at taking all things psychological and making them interesting and understandable for a wide variety of audiences. Her versatility makes her a useful presenter for audiences ranging from adolescents to professionals, laypeople to mental health professionals.

There are a limited number of simple truths offered by the field of psychology – and psychologists often miss the point and hide these simple truths behind undecipherable statistics and technical jargon. Years of teaching thousands of students have equipped Dr. Ramani with a knack for cutting to the core of the issue and cutting out the filler. Understanding these truths can help people reach their full potential in their relationships, jobs, and family time. By getting past the jargon and the simplifying the statistics – Dr. Ramani keeps it real and makes psychology a useful tool for everyone.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist (Post Hill Press) She is also the author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, as well as the author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers.

Dr. Durvasula received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UCLA.

She brings a wealth of expertise in relationships, sexuality, health and wellness. Dr. Durvasula was the co-host of Oxygen’s series My Shopping Addiction, and has also been featured on series on Bravo, the Lifetime Movie Network, National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery as well as in documentary films on health. She has been a featured commentator on nearly every major television network, as well as radio, print, and internet media.

Dr. Durvasula is also involved in national governance in the field of psychology and has served as the chair of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status at the American Psychological Association and is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Durvasula recognizes that narcissism and technology have changed the landscape of love and relationships and provides keen insights on how to survive in the new territory of love and commitment. As a South Asian woman she also brings a nuanced understanding of issues around immigration, assimilation, cultural tug-of-wars, and the role of cultural expectations on our experiences of mental health and mental illness.  Dr. Durvasula brings a unique expertise and authentic voice as a professor, clinician, researcher, author, media commentator, and mother.

Educational History

Honors and Awards

Professional Posts

Professional Affiliations

  • B.S. (magna cum laude), University of Connecticut, Psychology
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Psychology (Minor: Health Psychology)
  • Pre-doctoral Internship, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
  • Clinical Licensure, State of California – Psychologist
  • 2012: Outstanding Professor Award – California State University Los Angeles
  • 2003: California State University Los Angeles Outstanding Woman Award
  • 2002: American Association of University Women Emerging Scholar Award (Awarded to one female scholar nationally in recognition of outstanding performance and promise)
  • Advisory Board Member, Minority Fellowship Program, American Psychological Association
  • Former Chair, Committee on Socioeconomic Status, American Psychological Association
  • Former Vice Chair, Committee on Women and Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • Professor, California State University, Los Angeles:
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Commiteee on Psychology and AIDS, American Psychological Association
  • Professor, California State University, Los Angeles:
  • Former Director, Psychology Clinic, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Coordinator, MA Program, California State University, Los Angeles
  • American Psychological Association
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine






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