College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology



Gaithri Fernando
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Office: KH D3089
Phone: (323) 343-2260
FAX: (323) 343-2281
Email: gfernan2@calstatela.edu



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


Introduction

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and long-term Angelino who joined the CSULA Psychology Department in 2002.


Teaching Interests

M y teaching interests arise from my clinical experience, and include abnormal and clinical psychology, posttraumatic stress, test construction, personality, and developmental psychopathology, as well as clinical and neuropsychological assessment. My teaching style tends to vary with the level of courses I teach: more didactically oriented in the introductory courses and more discussion-oriented in the higher-level courses. I strongly believe in the research-practitioner model of psychology, and therefore use texts that incorporate the most recent research findings in the topics of interest; I also include current publications available on different topics in supplementary reading materials in the courses I teach.

Research Interests

I direct the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at CSULA. My primary interests are in posttraumatic stress in the context of war and extreme traumas such as torture, bomb blasts, and assassination attempts. I am also interested in exploring posttraumatic stress in the context of child abuse and domestic violence. However graduate students in my lab are encouraged to develop and run their own projects as they relate to assessment and intervention. I enjoy working with students, and our research team presents papers at several conferences each year, including those organized by the Western Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
2005

Eugene, D., & Fernando, G. Mirroring Feelings in Unexpected Ways: Experiences of a Play Therapist Working in Sri Lanka. Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities Newsletter, 17-19.

2005

Fernando, G. Making meaning after the tsunami disaster: Risk and resilience in Sri Lanka. Traumatic Stress Points, 19, 1,12.

2005

Fernando, G. Interventions for survivors of the tsunami disaster: Report from Sri Lanka. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 267-268.

2005

Fernando, G. “We Don’t Need Psychologists, We Need Help”: Can Psychology Really Help Tsunami Survivors in Sri Lanka? Variability, 1, 12.

2005, November

Fernando, G. Training counselors in Sri Lanka: Challenges and Successes. In G. Fernando (Chair), Dissemination in Cross-Cultural Assessment: Challenges and Successes. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

2005, November

Fernando, G. Differential impact of traumatic events on the psychosocial well being of Sri Lankans. In E. Triffleman (Chair), In the wake of the tsunami: Research principles, practices, and results. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

2005, July

Fernando, G., & Kayser-Boyd, N. After the tsunami disaster: Cultural factors in recovery. Paper presented at the International Congress for Projective Methods, Barcelona, Spain.

2005, June

Fernando, G., & Makanui, P.K. Children of Sri Lanka: Exposure to violence, mental health symptoms, and self esteem. In K. Putnam (Chair), Traumatic Exposure and its Impact on Children. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Stockholm, Sweden. 

2004, November

Fernando, G. Torture in Sri Lanka: Case Studies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.

2004 Fernando, G. Working with survivors of war in non-western cultures: The role of the clinical psychologist. Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflict, 2, 108-117.

1994

Durvasula, R.S. & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G. Mental Health of Asian Indians: Relevant Issues and community implications. Journal of Community Psychology, 22, 97-108.

1994

Mylvaganam(Fernando), G. South Asian women: An introduction to the psychological literature. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Kona, Hawaii.

1994

Theberge, D., & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G.. A perversion of parenting: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Kona, Hawaii.

1992

Henderson, V., Buckwalter, G., & Mylvaganam(Fernando), G.. Handedness and longevity in patients with autopsy-confirmed Alzheimers Disease. The Annals of Neurology, 32, 243.


Educational Background

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 1996
Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California
M.A. Theology 1994
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California
M.A. English Literature 1987
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
B.A. English Language and Literature 1994
Trinity College, University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Winter 06 Schedule Office Hours

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

 9:15-10:15 a.m.

By appointment

1-2 p.m.

 

 

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 


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