Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

San Diego Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University Irvine
2855 Michelle Drive, Suite 300
Irvine CA 92606

949-812-7456

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

MFT Practicum

Advanced Research Methodology - Qualitative

Intergenerational Theories

MFT Law and Ethics

Doctoral Dissertation

MFT Research Methodology

Immigration; cross-cultural research; cultural immersion programs; self-of-therapist training and supervision; qualitative research; systemic training and evaluation

Natrajan-Tyagi, R., Banerjee Brown, L., Calkins, M., Boucher, T., Nissen, B., Lopez-Plunkett, L. (2007).Early connections: Process research and circles of experience. In L. Banerjee Brown (Ed.),Circles in the Nursery: Practicing Multicultural family Therapy. ZERO TO THREE Press.

Natrajan, R., Karrupaswamy, N., Ramadoss, K., & Thomas, V. (2005). Adaptation of Two Family Therapy Training Instruments to Culturally Suit the Indian Context. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 27, 415 - 434.

Rastogi, M., , Natrajan. R. & Thomas, V. (2005). On becoming a profession: The growth of Marriage and Family Therapy in India. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy. 27, 453 - 471.

Poulsen, S., Karuppaswamy, N. & Natrajan, R. (2005). Immigration as a dynamic experience: Personal narratives and clinical implications for family therapists. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 27, 403-414.

Karuppaswamy, N., & Natrajan, R. (2003). Family therapy from a Hindu Indian worldview. In M. Rastogi & E. Wieling (Eds.), Voices of color: First person accounts of ethnic minority therapists (pp. 297-312). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Natrajan, R., & Thomas, V. (2002). Need for family therapy services for middle class families in India. Contemporary Family Therapy, 24, 483-503.

Poulsen, S., Natrajan-Tyagi, R. & Karuppaswamy, N. (Oct. 2007). Immigration: Complexity in Stress and Resiliency Experiences. Workshop at the 65th Annual National Conference of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Natrajan-Tyagi, R. & Banerjee-Brown, Leena (2007, July). Innovative Research Methodologies in Studying Complex Interactions in the Context of Training in Infant-Family Mental Health. Workshop at the 17th Annual International Conference of Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, Orange, CA.

Natrajan-Tyagi, R., Banerjee, L., Lopez-Plunkett, L. & Poulsen, S. (August, 2007). Reflections on Immigrant Women as Professionals, Clients, and Collaborators. Invited panel presentation at the APA 115th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Banerjee, L., Natrajan, R. & Calkins, M. (2006, October). Reflections and Connections for Thriving in the Nursery: Hope for a Global World. Workshop at the XV International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) World Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Natrajan, R., Thomas, V., & Poulsen. S. (2005, June). Family therapy training in Chennai, India: Developing culturally relevant training. Brief presentation at the International Conference on Family Therapy, AFTA-IFTA, Washington, DC.

Poulsen, S., Natrajan, R., & Karuppaswamy, N. (2004, June). Window into the experience of immigration: A dynamic process. Workshop presented at 2004 Teaching Family Science Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana.

Natrajan, R., & Karuppaswamy, N., Poulsen, S. (2004, June). Being different: A role-play activity. Workshop presented at 2004 Teaching Family Science Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana.

Natrajan, R., & Dolbin-MacNab, M. (2003, June). Don't lose your cool! Managing your affect while interacting with students about sensitive subjects. Workshop presented at 2003 Teaching Family Science Conference, Gatlinberg, TN.

Natrajan, R., & Karuppaswamy, N. (2003, June). Challenging ethnic and racial stereotyping: Some instructional guidelines. Workshop presented at 2003 Teaching Family Science Conference, Gatlinberg, TN.

Natrajan, R., Karuppaswamy, N., & Poulsen, S. (2001, October). Window into the experience of immigration. Workshop presented at Indiana Council of Family Relations, Indianapolis, IN.

Natrajan, R., & Karuppaswamy, N. (2001, October). Barriers to accessing MFT in Asian societies: Client and therapist factors. Paper presented at the 59th Annual National Conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Nashville, TN.

Poulsen, S., Karuppaswamy, N. & Natrajan-Tyagi, R. (July, 2007). Experience of Immigration and its Impact on Identity in Indian Women. Poster presented at International Conference on Psychology in Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Jarvis, K. R., Roberson, A. & Natrajan-Tyagi, R. (Oct. 2007). How do MFT Students Decide Between an MA or PsyD Degree? Poster presented at the 65th Annual National Conference of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Natrajan, R., Rastogi, M. & Thomas, V. (2006, October). MFT as a Profession in India. Poster presented at the 64th Annual National Conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, TX.

Natrajan, R., & Karuppaswamy, N. (2006, April). Do I Fit The Mould? Videotape Interviews of Representatives of Ethnically Diverse Families. Poster presented at the 1st Annual Conference of Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology of the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

Natrajan, R., Poulsen, P. & Karuppaswamy, N. (2006, February). Continuum in Asian Indian Immigration Experience: A Grounded Theory Initiative. Poster presented at the APA Expert Summit on Immigration, San Antonio, TX.

Natrajan, R., & Whiting, J. (2004, September). Training competent systemic therapists: Student perspectives. Poster presented at the 62nd Annual National Conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.

Academic History and Background

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University, 2004

M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University, 2000

M.A. in Social Work, Madras School of Social Work, India, 1998

Licensed MFT in the state of Indiana, # 035001582A

Registered MFT intern in the State of California. Intern # IMF49634

Approved Supervisor Candidate

Recipient of the "Excellence in Doctoral Studies" award, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University., 2005

Recipient of the 'Vimala Pai' prize for the best student in Social Service with a good academic record, Women's Christian College, 1996

Recipient of the 'Maria Philip award' for the best all-round performance, Madras School of Social Work, 1996-1998

Recipient of the award for the outgoing student in fieldwork, Madras School of Social Work, 1996-1998

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

American Psychological Association