Sanjay R. Nath, PhD
- Psychology & Mental Health
Programs I Teach
- Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
- PsyD/MBA in Health Care Management
- Human Sexuality Studies (MEd) & Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
- PhD, Clinical Psychology (2004)
Temple University (PA)
As the director of the PsyD program here at Widener, I am interested in how to best train graduate clinical psychology students in 21st-century practice, based upon a scholar-practitioner model. Part of this is keeping abreast of how the Affordable Care Act and other changes in the current practice landscape impact the field, and keeping an interest in inter-professional training and how care is provided in integrated care settings. Additionally, I have a keen interest in how to best train students to work with difference, particularly as our society becomes diverse, and sameness and difference across multiple dimensions (age, disability status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) impacts both the treatment alliance and treatment process. I identify as a psychodynamic therapist, with an active private practice, who utilizes these experiences to infuse my teaching and research interests with relevance for the practitioner of tomorrow.
My research areas include multiculturalism, how to practice culturally competent psychotherapy, and issues faced by minority groups in accessing mental health care. In particular, I retain an interest in immigrant populations, indigenous healing and mental health/illness in non-US (Asian) countries, and cross-cultural differences in self and other. I also have a focused research interest in the area of suicide, and in particular socio-cultural factors such as religion, ethnicity, gender, and country of origin that may impact suicide risk. One additional strand of research interest is based upon my experience working in college counseling settings and with college students clinically, where I have studied issues of access and utilization of mental health services by college students.
- Multicultural Concerns Committee Co-Chair, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), (2015-present)
- Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant (2006-2012)
- APA Educational Leadership Conference Representative (2006 and 2007)
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
American Psychological Association (APA), Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division 39 (APA, Psychoanalysis)
- Patel, N. G., & Nath, S. R. (2013). Where identity and trauma converge: Hindu-Muslim perceptions of the 2002 Gujarati riots. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 7(2), 25–45.
- Ikunaga, A., Nath, S. R., & Skinner, K. (2013). Internet suicide bulletin boards in Japan: A qualitative content analysis. Transcultural Psychiatry, 50(2), 280–302.
- Ahmad-Stout, D. J., & Nath, S. R. (2013). South Asians in college counseling. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 27(1), 43–61.