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natrajan tyagi
Professional Interests
  • Immigration and acculturation
  • Parenting
  • Bicultural identity
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Cultural immersion programs
  • Self-of-therapist training and supervision
  • Qualitative research
  • Systemic training and evaluation
Education and Certifications
  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • M.A. in Social Work, Madras School of Social Work, India



  • 2005 Recipient of the "Excellence in Doctoral Studies" award, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University.
  • 1996 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 Recipient of the award for the outgoing student in fieldwork, Madras School of Social Work
  • MFT Practicum
  • Advanced Research Methodology - Qualitative
  • Intergenerational Theories
  • MFT Law and Ethics
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • MFT Research Methodology
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • 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.