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Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA, Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and the Founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training & Consulting. She is an author of several books including Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving A Relationship with a Narcissist, and “Don’t You Know Who I Am?”: How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. The focus of Dr. Durvasula’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. Her work has been featured at SXSW, TEDx, Red Table Talk, the Today Show, and Investigation Discovery. You can also find her on YouTube where she has accumulated millions of views on her videos discussing narcissism on her successful channel, and on social media @DoctorRamani. Now she will be adding the role of host to her resume as she launches her new podcast, Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani, a show that focuses on narcissism and its impact on relationships.

  • B.S. (magna cum laude), University of Connecticut, Psychology
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Psychology (Minor: Health Psychology)
  • Pre-doctoral Internship, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
  • Clinical Licensure, State of California – Psychologist
  • 2015 Recognition of Exceptional Service to Students – California State University Los Angeles
  • 2012 California State University, Los Angeles Outstanding Professor Award
  • 2003 California State University, Los Angeles, Distinguished Woman Award
  • 2003 Golden Key Honor Society – Honorary Member (recognition by students)
  • 2002 Innovative Instruction Award – California State University Los Angeles (“A Classroom Based Program for Individualized Research Development”)
  • 2002 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars (awarded to one untenured woman nationally to recognize excellence in research, teaching, and mentorship)
  • 1996 Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship (awarded in recognition of academic excellence)
  • 1993 American Psychological Association Science Directorate Award
  • 1992-1994 NIMH Health Psychology Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Services for Transition Age Youth Program of the APA Minority Fellowship Program
  • APA Key Contact – to Congressman Xavier Becerra (34 th District)
  • Organizing Committee: From International to Transnational: Transforming the Psychology of Women Global Summit Satellite Meeting of the American Psychological Association Annual Convention
  • Former Coordinator, MA Program, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Former Chair of APA Committee on Psychology and AIDS
  • Former Vice Chair of the APA Committee on Psychology and Women
  • Former Chair of the APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status
  • Board Member – Ganley Foundation
  • Mentor – StepUp Women’s Foundation
  • APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Association

Personality Disorders, Decision Making and Sexual Risk:
National Institute of General Medical Science
R. Durvasula, Ph.D. – P.I.

Personality Disorder and Medication Adherence in HIV+Adults:
National Institutes of Health
R. Durvasula, Ph.D. – P.I.

Personality Disorders and Risk in HIV+ Adults.
National Institutes of Health
R .Durvasula – PI

  • American Psychological Association
  • Western Psychological Assocation
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine

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