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


Selected Publications

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.