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.
Durvasula was born in Englewood, New Jersey on December 30, 1965.
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. She has a private practice in Santa Monica and another in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. She is also Professor of Psychology at California State University, and a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. 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.
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. 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. She is co-host of the podcast Sexual Disorientation. 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. At the American Psychological Association, she was on the Committee on Socioeconomic Status from 2014–2017 (serving as president in 2016), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program. The National Institutes of Health has funded her research on personality disorders; they approved a $1.5 million grant for her to study the link between HIV and mental illness. 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).
In 2003, Durvasula received the “Emerging Scholar” Award from the American Association of University Women and the “Distinguished Woman” Award from the CSULA. California State University was named Outstanding Professor of the year in 2012.
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. The fellow mothers at her daughter's school, who she says were generally svelte, were unkind to her. 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. She lost 65 pounds after a little over a year.
- Thintervention (2010) – starred
- Hinkin, Charles H.; van Gorp, Wilfred G.; Satz, Paul; Marcotte, Thomas; Durvasula, Ramani S.; Wood, Stacey; Campbell, Lionel; Baluda, Marc R. (June 1996). "Actual versus Self-reported Cognitive Dysfunction in HIV-1 Infection: Memory-Metamemory Dissociations". Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 18 (3): 431–443. doi:10.1080/01688639608408999. PMID 8877626.
- Robinet, Marta; Lam, Mona N.; Castellon, Steven A.; Levine, Andrew J.; Hardy, David J.; Hinkin, Charles H.; Durvasula, Ramani S.; Mason, Karen I.; Schug, Robert (May 2004). "ANPA ABSTRACTS". The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 16 (2): 218–241. doi:10.1176/jnp.16.2.218.
- Levine, Andrew J.; Hinkin, Charles H.; Marion, Sarah; Keuning, Allison; Castellon, Steven A.; Lam, Mona M.; Robinet, Marta; Longshore, Douglas; Newton, Thomas; Myers, Hector; Durvasula, Ramani S. (2006). "Adherence to antiretroviral medications in HIV: Differences in data collected via self-report and electronic monitoring". Health Psychology. 25 (3): 329–335. doi:10.1037/0278-622.214.171.1249. PMID 16719604.
- Durvasula, Ramani S.; Myers, Hector F.; Mason, Karen; Hinkin, Charles (February 16, 2007). "Relationship between Alcohol Use/Abuse, HIV Infection and Neuropsychological Performance in African American Men". Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 28 (3): 383–404. doi:10.1080/13803390590935408. PMC 2891502. PMID 16618627.
- Hinkin, Charles H.; Barclay, Terry R.; Castellon, Steven A.; Levine, Andrew J.; Durvasula, Ramani S.; Marion, Sarah D.; Myers, Hector F.; Longshore, Douglas (July 29, 2006). "Drug Use and Medication Adherence among HIV-1 Infected Individuals". AIDS and Behavior. 11 (2): 185–194. doi:10.1007/s10461-006-9152-0. PMC 2867605. PMID 16897351.
- Barclay, TR; Hinkin, CH; Castellon, SA; Mason, KI; Reinhard, MJ; Marion, SD; Levine, AJ; Durvasula, RS (January 2007). "Age-associated predictors of medication adherence in HIV-positive adults: health beliefs, self-efficacy, and neurocognitive status". Health Psychology. 26 (1): 40–9. doi:10.1037/0278-6126.96.36.199. PMC 2863998. PMID 17209696.
- Levine, Andrew J.; Hinkin, Charles H.; Castellon, Steven A.; Mason, Karen I.; Lam, Mona N.; Perkins, Adam; Robinet, Marta; Longshore, Douglas; Newton, Thomas; Myers, Hector; Durvasula, Ramani S.; Hardy, David J. (August 9, 2005). "Variations in Patterns of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Adherence". AIDS and Behavior. 9 (3): 355–362. doi:10.1007/s10461-005-9009-y. PMID 16088365.
- Regan, Pamela C.; Durvasula, Ramani S. (November 30, 2008). "Predictors of Breast Cancer Screening in Asian and Latina University Students". College Student Journal. 42 (4): 1152–1161. ISSN 0146-3934. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
- Ettenhofer, Mark L.; Hinkin, Charles H.; Castellon, Steven A.; Durvasula, Ramani; Ullman, Jodi; Lam, Mona; Myers, Hector; Wright, Matthew J.; Foley, Jessica (April 2009). "Aging, Neurocognition, and Medication Adherence in HIV Infection". The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 17 (4): 281–290. doi:10.1097/JGP.0b013e31819431bd. PMC 2679810. PMID 19307857.
- Durvasula, Ramani S.; Miller, Eric N.; Myers, Hector F.; Wyatt, Gail E. (August 9, 2010). "Predictors of Neuropsychological Performance in HIV Positive Women". Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 23 (2): 149–163. doi:10.1076/jcen.188.8.131.521. PMID 11309669.
- Durvasula, Ramani; Miller, Theodore R. (April 22, 2014). "Substance Abuse Treatment in Persons with HIV/AIDS: Challenges in Managing Triple Diagnosis". Behavioral Medicine. 40 (2): 43–52. doi:10.1080/08964289.2013.866540. PMC 3999248. PMID 24274175.
- Durvasula, R (August 4, 2014). "HIV/AIDS in older women: unique challenges, unmet needs". Behavioral Medicine (Washington, D.C.). 40 (3): 85–98. doi:10.1080/08964289.2014.893983. PMC 4152459. PMID 25090361.
- Sayegh, Philip; Thaler, Nicholas S.; Arentoft, Alyssa; Kuhn, Taylor P.; Schonfeld, Daniel; Castellon, Steven A.; Durvasula, Ramani S.; Myers, Hector F.; Hinkin, Charles H.; Duregger, Cornelia (February 1, 2016). "Medication adherence in HIV-positive African Americans: The roles of age, health beliefs, and sensation seeking". Cogent Psychology. 3 (1). doi:10.1080/23311908.2015.1137207. PMC 5667904. PMID 29104879.
- Durvasula, Ramani S.; Regan, Pamela C.; Ureño, Oscar; Howell, Lisa (August 31, 2016). "Frequency of Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Rates in a Multi-Ethnic Female College Sample". Psychological Reports. 99 (2): 418–420. doi:10.2466/pr0.99.2.418-420. PMID 17153810.
- Minnick, Alyssa M.; Cachelin, Fary M.; Durvasula, Ramani S. (August 2, 2017). "Personality Disorders and Psychological Functioning Among Latina Women with Eating Disorders". Behavioral Medicine. 43 (3): 200–207. doi:10.1080/08964289.2016.1276429. PMC 6105924. PMID 28767016.
- Durvasula, Ramani S. (August 2, 2017). "Personality Disorders and Health: Lessons Learned and Future Directions". Behavioral Medicine. 43 (3): 227–232. doi:10.1080/08964289.2017.1337403. PMC 6139668. PMID 28767011.
- Ogaugwu, Christian E.; Cheng, Qiuying; Fieck, Annabeth; Hurwitz, Ivy; Durvasula, Ravi (March 2018). "Characterization of a Lactococcus lactis promoter for heterologous protein production". Biotechnology Reports. 17: 86–92. doi:10.1016/j.btre.2017.11.010. PMC 5849866. PMID 29541600.
- Durvasula, R; Kelly, J; Schleyer, A; Anawalt, BD; Somani, S; Dellit, TH (April 2018). "Standardized Review and Approval Process for High-Cost Medication Use Promotes Value-Based Care in a Large Academic Medical System". American Health & Drug Benefits. 11 (2): 65–73. PMC 5973244. PMID 29915640.
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- 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)
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