About Dr. Sumi Raghavan
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. I am also a full-time faculty member at William Paterson University, where I teach undergraduate and graduate students.
I work with adults and older adolescents coping with a wide range of psychological difficulties. I am especially experienced in working with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds including first generation Americans, and immigrants. As a professor, I am also uniquely aware of some of the challenges of early adulthood and I enjoy working clinically with teenagers and emerging adults.
Research demonstrates that a solid relationship between a client and therapist is the greatest factor in client improvement, and I work carefully to build a strong rapport with my clients. I have been trained in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical-behavioral treatment approaches, and I work to integrate different approaches to develop a treatment that is unique for each client. For some clients, this will involve learning concrete skills to manage emotions or change problematic thought-patterns. For others, it will involve helping clients come to terms with negative past experiences. In all cases I strive to understand and connect with my clients and help them grow in meaningful ways.
Fordham University: PhD in Clinical Psychology
New York University: BA in Psychology
Clinical Training Placements
Elmhurst Hospital/Mount Sinai Services
Manhattan Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Columbia Presbyterian/New York State Psychiatric Institute
NYU Poly University Counseling Center
Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Inwood Community Services
Ella McQueen Reception Center
Raghavan, S. (in press) Cultural Considerations in the Assessment of Survivors of Torture: A Review. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
Raghavan, S. & Sandanapitchai, P. (in press). Correlates of Resilience to Trauma in a Multinational Sample. Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology.§
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
§ Raghavan, S., Rasmussen, A., Rosenfeld, B., & Keller, A. S. (2013). Correlates of Symptom Reduction in Treatment-Seeking Survivors of Torture. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(4), 377-383. doi: 10.1037/a0028118
§ Rasmussen, A., Nguyen, L., Wilkinson, J., Vundla, S., Raghavan, S., Miller, K., and Keller, A. (2010). Rates and impact of trauma and current stressors among Darfuri refugees in Eastern Chad. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80 (2), 227-236.