CSLA:Ramani Durvasula - 12/18/02

School of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology



Ramani Durvasula
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Office:KHD3085
Phone:(323) 343-5872
FAX: (323) 343-2281
Email: rdurvas@calstatela.edu



Introduction

 | Teaching Interests  | Research Interests
Educational Background  | Schedule & Office Hours

Introduction

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y name is Ramani Durvasula and this is my first year as an Assistant Professor at Cal State L.A. I am looking forward to working with CSULA students both in the classroom and in the lab and I encourage students who are interested in research to stop by. I also welcome the chance to talk with students who are interested in or have questions about graduate school or further training.

Teaching Interests

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enjoy teaching courses that are related to my areas of training and research (e.g., abnormal, clinical, and health psychology). I use an interactive format in the classroom whenever possible and I strongly encourage critical thinking through writing and discussion. I realize that not every student in my classes is going to become a psychologist, thus, I try to make the material applicable to a variety of areas. I attempt to bring the classroom material to "life" by using examples from my research and clinical work.

Research Interests

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y research has been focused on health psychology neuropsychology particularly within ethnic minority communities. My current area of focus is the neuropsychiatric effects of HIV, and I have been doing work with HIV + men and women for the past 4 years. I have recently started a program of research which examines the effects of these neuropsych problems on health behaviors. In addition, I am doing research on other HIV related topics such as the effects of alcohol use on HIV + men and women.

Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
1994 Durvasula, R.S. & Mylvaganam, G. Mental Health of Asian Indians: Relevant Issues and community implications. Journal of Community Psychology, 22, 97-108.
1995 Durvasula, R. S. & Sue, S. Severity of psychiatric disorder in Asian and White outpatients. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, 2.
1995 Keefe, K., Sue, S., Enomoto, K., Durvasula, R., & Chao, R. Asian-American and college students' performance on the MMPI-2. InHandbook of International MMPI-2 Research
1996 Hinkin, C.H., van Gorp, W.G., Satz, P., Marcotte, T., Durvasula, R.S., Wood, S., Campbell, L., Baluda, M.R. Actual versus self-reported cognitive dysfunction in HIV-1 infection: Memory-metamemory dissociations. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 18 (3), 431-443.
1997 Kagawa-Singer,M., Wellisch, D., & Durvasula, R.S. Impact of breast cancer on Asian-and Anglo-American Women.Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 21, 449-480.
1998 Wyatt, G.E., Myers, H. F., Ashing-Giwa, K., & Durvasula, R.S. Sociocultural factors affecting sexual risk taking in African American men and women: Results from two empirical studies. In R. Staples (Ed.) The Black Family: Essays & Studies (6th edition).
1999 Wyatt, G. E., Durvasula, R.S., Guthrie, D., LeFrfanc, E., Forge N.G. (1999) Proximal and distal correlates of age at first intercourse among women in Jamaica. Archives of Sexual Behavior
1999 Durvasula, R.S. (1999) Book Review of The Sikh Diaspora: Tradition and Change in Immigrant Community. Amerasia Journal.
Under Review Durvasula, R.S., Myers, H. F., Satz, P., Miller, E.N., Morgenstern,H., Richardson, M.A., Evans, G., & Forney, D. (under review). HIV-1, cocaine, and neuropsychological performance in African American men. Under review: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
In press Myers, H. F., & Durvasula, R.S. (In press). Psychiatric and substance abuse disorders in African American men and women living with HIV/AIDS.Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
In press Axelrod, J., Myers, H. F., Durvasula, R.S. & Wyatt, G. E. (In press) Impact of relationship violence, ethnicity and HIV on adjustment in women. Under review: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Under review Durvasula, R. S., Miller, E.N., Myers, H.F., & Wyatt, G.E. (under review). Predictors of neuropsychological performance in HIV positive women. Under review: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.
1997 Durvasula, R.S., Miller, E.N., Wyatt, G.E.Neuropsychological performance in HIV positive women: A preliminary report. Paper presented at the Annual Women and HIV Conference, Pasadena, CA

Selected Presentations

Date Selected Presentations
1998 Durvasula, R.S., Miller, E.N., Myers, H.M., Satz, P., & Wyatt, G. (1998). Neuropsychological performance and HIV-1 in ethnic minority samples of women and men: Serostatus effects, comparative data, and methodological considerations Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Honolulu, HI
1998 Durvasula, R.S., Miller, E.N., & Wyatt, G. (1998). Longitudinal assessment of neuropsychological performance in HIV + women (baseline & 6 months). Poster presented at the 12th World AIDS Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.
1998 Durvasula, R.S., Golin, C., & Stefaniak, M. (1998). Determinants of medication adherence in HIV + women: A pilot investigation. Poster presented at the 12th World AIDS Conference, Geneva, Switzerland.
1998 Myers, H. F., Durvasula, R., & Russell, G. (1998). Psychosocial predictors of psychological distress in HIV + African American men. Poster presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA
1999 Durvasula, R.S., Miller, E.N., & Wyatt, G.E. (1999). Neuropsychological performance in HIV + women: Baseline data. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA
1999 Durvasula, R.S., Golin, C., & Miller, E.N. (1999). Neuropsychological performance and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence in HIV positive women. Poster to be presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA
1999 Feigel, C. & Durvasula, R.S. (1999). Social desirability and self-report of adherence in HIV positive women. 107th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA
1999 Myers, H. F., Durvasula, R.S., & Wyatt, G.E. (1999). Alcohol and other psychosocial predictors of psychiatric risk in HIV positive women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the RSA.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, January,1997
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
M.A., Clinical Psychology, March,1993
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

B.S.,Psychology, December,1988
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT


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