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gita seshadri

Dr. Seshadri is an Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. Her publications include research within the following topics: Diversity, couple relationships, gender perspectives of power within culture, grief, anger management, relapse prevention, and interracial couples. She also has a variety of experience working with various clinical populations. She enjoys working with students and helping them live out their passions in their respective careers.

Professional Interests

Experiences of interracial couples and families, culture, process-based research, qualitative research, parent-child relationships, factors influencing attachment in relationships, the impact of family of origin on self, couple, and family, how addiction impacts the family, and bullying/trauma.

Education and Certifications
  • LMFT
  • AAMFT Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor
  • Law and Ethics
  • MFT Practicum
  • Parent Child Relationships
  • Chemical Dependency and the Family
  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Advanced MFT Research Methods: Qualitative Research
  • Advanced Couples Therapy
  • Advanced Intergenerational Therapy
  • Internship supervision
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Dansby Olufowote, R., Seshadri, G, & Samman, S. K. (2022, August/Sept). "Why your interracial/multinational couples might be dropping out of therapy: A self-of-the-therapist approach to increase retention and a discussion of related factors." Family Therapy Magazine.
  • Gutierrez, D., Gonzalez, C., & Seshadri, G. (2022). "We are the unicorns: Exploring experiences of Latina graduate women utilizing an intersectional Latino/a critical theory framework." Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Valdes, J. B., Kim, K.B., Hsieh, A.L., & Seshadri, G. (2021) "Married Gay Asian-American men‚Äôs constructs of marriage", Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2021.2008571
  • Negash, S., Roberson, P. N. E., Seshadri, G., & Ayres, K. (2021). "Relational Factors and Sexual Health for Female College Students in Exclusive Heterosexual Relationships." Sexuality & Culture. doi:10.1007/s12119-021-09867-0
  • Seshadri G. (2021). "Assumed Privilege and Role Confusion: A South Asian Woman‚Äôs Experiences of Social Location and Professional Roles." In: Quek K.MT., Hsieh A.L. (eds) Intersectionality in Family Therapy Leadership. AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy. Springer, Cham.
  • Seshadri G. (2019). "Homeostasis in Family Systems Theory. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy." Springer, Cham doi:
  • Gorden A., Seshadri G. (2018). "Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, Leuven." In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_634-1
  • Samman S.K., Seshadri G. (2018). "AAMFT Approved Supervisor Training." In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_655-1
  • Hsieh, A. L., & Seshadri, G. (2018). "Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Training in Higher Education: Calling in Faculty." In B. Blummer, J. Kenton, & M. Wiatrowski (Eds.), Promoting Ethnic Diversity and Multiculturalism in Higher Education (pp. 112-131). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-4097-7.ch007
  • Wilson, K., Glebova, T., Davis, S., & Seshadri, G. (2017). "Adolescent Mothers in Foster Care: Relational Ethics, Depressive Symptoms and Health Problems Through a Contextual Therapy Lens." Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 39(3), 150-161. doi:10.1007/s10591-017-9417-y
  • Seshadri, G. (2017). David Kniskern. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_729-1
  • Seshadri, G. (2017). Shin-Ichi Nakamura. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_730-1
  • Seshadri, G. (2017). Melvin Wilson. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_854-1
  • Seshadri, G. (2017). Steven Wolin. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_855-1
  • Seshadri, G. (2016). "Moving away from pathology: A review of the system of intermarriage. [Review of the book Intermarriage and Mixed Parenting, Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing: Crossover Love by Rashmi Singla]." Psyccritiques, 61(6), doi:10.1037/a0040122
  • Seshadri, G. (2014). "How does your anger bubble up? An intervention for anger, grief, and relapse prevention." Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 25(3), 271-274.
  • Seshadri, G & Knudson-Martin, C. (2013). "How couples manage interracial and intercultural differences: What works?" Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 39(1), 43-58 (early view, Feb 2012)