Ramani Durvasula

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Ramani Durvasula
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Born (1965-12-30) December 30, 1965 (age 53)
OccupationPsychologist, author

Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D. (born December 30, 1965) is a licensed clinical psychologist, media expert, and author. She has been sought out in various media outlets for her expertise on personality and mood disorders, including Bravo, the Lifetime Movie Network, National Geographic, and the History Channel, as well programs such as the TODAY show and Good Morning America.

Early life[edit]

Durvasula was born in Englewood, New Jersey on December 30, 1965.[1]


We live in a world where mental illness, challenges in living, and general distress are so stigmatized. I strongly believed in the power of therapy to promote wellness, growth, and give people a nonjudgmental, structured space in which to be able to explore themselves in an uncensored manner.[2]

Careers in Psychology

Durvasula obtained a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UCLA.[3] She has a private practice in Santa Monica and another in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.[3] She is also Professor of Psychology at California State University, and a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg.[3] Books she has authored include Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist and You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. She will release a book addressing "the intersecting zeitgeists of societal and individual narcissism and their deleterious impact on our health and well-being" in 2019.[3]

Durvasula was the co-host of the show My Shopping Addiction on the Oxygen network, and has provided expert commentary on the TODAY show and Good Morning America.[3] Channels such as Bravo, the Lifetime Movie Network, National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery have also featured her. In the Fall of 2010, she starred in the Bravo series “Thintervention,” where she led group therapy sessions to help six participants find out the source of their overeating.[4] She is co-host of the podcast Sexual Disorientation.[3] She has been interviewed on internet media platforms as well, notably MedCircle and TONE Network. She has spoken at TEDx Sedona and South by Southwest.[3] At the American Psychological Association, she was on the Committee on Socioeconomic Status from 2014–2017 (serving as president in 2016),[5] and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program.[3] The National Institutes of Health has funded her research on personality disorders;[3] they approved a $1.5 million grant for her to study the link between HIV and mental illness.[4] The four-year study, that included 288 patients, determined that 92-percent of participants had experienced depression, substance use disorder or another Axis-I disorder, and that nearly half met criteria for at least one Axis-II disorder (e.g. antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, or narcissistic personality disorder).[6]


In 2003, Durvasula received the “Emerging Scholar” Award from the American Association of University Women and the “Distinguished Woman” Award from the CSULA.[2] California State University was named Outstanding Professor of the year in 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Durvasula resides in Los Angeles with her partner, Bill Pruitt.[1] She has two daughters, Maya and Shanti.[1]

In an interview with Prevention magazine, Durvasula recounted beginning to struggle with her weight in her mid 20s. After having children, however, stress from balancing her career and personal life caused her to seek "solace" in food.[7] The fellow mothers at her daughter's school, who she says were generally svelte, were unkind to her.[8] In preparation for a wedding, she tried on several saris her mother had brought her from India, but none of them fit. Tearful, she committed to losing weight, a began a regimen of daily walking, smaller portions, and produce at every meal.[7] She lost 65 pounds after a little over a year.[7]


  • Thintervention (2010) – starred[4]


  • GluckRadio (2013) – Episode 44[9]
  • Sexual Disorientation with Dr. Ramani (2017–present) – Host[10]




  • You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life (January 1, 2013)
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving A Relationship with a Narcissist (October 24, 2017)
  • Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are (October 31, 2017) – with Hillary L. McBride
  • Don’t You Know Who I Am: Staying Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility (2019)


  1. ^ a b c "Ramani Durvasula". Good Reads. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Ramani Durvasula – Therapist & Clinical Psychologist". Careers in Psychology. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Psychology Today staff. "Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D." Psychology Today. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Novotney, Amy (March 2011). "On-air interventions". Monitor on Psychology. 42 (3): 54. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Committee on Socioeconomic Status Past Members". American Psychological Association. Archived from the original on December 9, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Novotney, Amy (October 2009). "Reducing the risk". Monitor on Psychology. 40 (9): 56. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Bollinger, Caroline (2008). "I Got My Body Back!". Prevention. 60 (7): 057. ISSN 0032-8006.
  8. ^ Evans, Rory (December 2011). "Kitchen Confidential". Allure. 21 (12): 168. ISSN 1054-7711. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Dr. Gluck (May 3, 2013). "Episode 44: You Are WHY You Eat". Podomatic (Podcast). Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "Sexual Disorientation". sexualdisorientation.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.

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