About Dr. Ramani

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. Ramani 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. Ramani 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. Ramani 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. Ramani 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. Ramani brings a unique expertise and authentic voice as a professor, clinician, researcher, author, media commentator, and mother.

  • 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
  • Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Former Vice Chair, Committee on Women and Psychology, American Psychological Assocation
  • Former Director, Psychology Clinic, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Former Coordinator, MA Program, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Former Chair, Ad Hoc Commiteee on Psychology and AIDS, American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Western Psychological Assocation
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine
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