Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology and Author of You Are WHY You Eat


Dr. Ramani Durvasula (“Dr. Ramani’) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, as well as media commentator for both television and print media.

Dr. Durvasula completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, her master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA, and her internship and post-doctoral training at the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Durvasula is a Professor at California State University Los Angeles, where she has served as Director of the Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, the General Master’s Program, and the CSULA Psychology Clinic. In addition, she has been conducting research into sexuality, substance use, personality disorders, and HIV for the past 15 years and is the Principal Investigator of an NIMH funded grant on psychopathology and health.

The American Association of University Women awarded her the 2003 Emerging Scholar Award, and she received the CSULA Distinguished Woman Award in 2003 as well. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women and Psychology, which gives her an opportunity to contribute to the development of policy that directly benefits women and girls in education, health care, and the world at large. In addition, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles.  

Dr. Durvasula is also the author of the soon to be released You Are WHY You Eat, to be published by Globe Pequot Press, one of the most innovative looks at weight management, health and wellness that draws together neuroscience, mindfulness, and years of clinical experience as well as simple common sense.  

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