Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi

Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi | Assistant Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Marital and Family Therapy (PsyD)
  • Irvine/Orange County Campus

Research 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


  • 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


  • MFT Practicum
  • Advanced Research Methodology - Qualitative
  • Intergenerational Theories
  • MFT Law and Ethics
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • MFT Research Methodology


  • Recipient of the "Excellence in Doctoral Studies" award, Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University.
  • Recipient of the 'Vimala Pai' prize for the best student in Social Service with a good academic record, Women's Christian College
  • Recipient of the 'Maria Philip award' for the best all-round performance, Madras School of Social Work
  • Recipient of the award for the outgoing student in fieldwork, Madras School of Social Work



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.

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