Shyamala Venkataraman, PhD
Clark University, 1986
Dr. Venkataraman has practiced psychology in New York for fifteen years and joined the MSPP faculty in 2000 where she teaches Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior and Clinical Seminar I. Dually licensed in NY and in MA, she enjoys teaching, mentoring, consulting and clinical practice. Her exposure to Jean Piaget and Heinz Werner during her doctoral training has left an indelible mark on her work as a clinical psychologist. She sees the parallels between the individual life cycle and the family cycle, both of which can punctuate developmental changes at crucial moments. In her clinical work, she sees developmental psychology and clinical psychology as intricately interwoven, thus looking for signs of both normality and pathology in her developmental assessments of individuals. She has served as a clinical consultant to residential and foster care programs for children and youth, has designed a risk management program for chronic psychiatric patients in a large mental health center, and enjoyed private practice doing long term therapy. She has a particular interest in attachment theory, traumatic loss and foster care.