DoSAA is a community of students and professionals committed to understanding social, emotional, political, and personal influences affecting South Asians in psychology and creating a forum to impact change for the betterment of South Asian mental health. 

DoSAA intends to be a credible source of information and resources on South Asian mental health issues. Specifically, DoSAA spearheads efforts around:

*Providing information on factors affecting South Asian mental health, ranging from broader concerns like immigration and acculturation to everyday issues like parenting and relationships.

*Creating a nurturing space for mental health clinicians, researchers and students to engage in collaboration, consultation and mentorship.

Division News

DoSAA’s FIRST ever conference on Friday September 28, 2018 in NYC at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

We are about one week from our first conference and very excited to share our updated schedule with venue details and social media tags!
DoSAA Schedule_Updated 9.25.18
Registration information is at:

The theme of the conference is “Raising South Asian Voices in Mental Health through Research, Practice, and Advocacy”.  The conference aims to highlight critical issues and mental health research focused on South Asian American populations while creating a forum to help foster change.  We hope to attract an audience of students, researchers, psychologists, MFT’s, social workers, and community members, and anyone concerned about South Asian American mental health.

Call for Proposals closed on July 28, 2018
Call for Proposals_DoSAA 2018 Convention
SAVE THE DATE_DoSAA 2018 Convention

We would appreciate if you could share with your students, friends, or anyone you may think would be interested!

2017 DoSAA Fellows Projects

DoSAA on July 8th, 2010 released a Statement in response to Time Magazine’s choice to publish “My Private India,” an opinion editorial piece by Joel Stein.

DoSAA on September 2011 were invited as guest bloggers by the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to explore “Anniversary Reactions: Mental Health After 9/11.” View the article at SAALT.

Division Executive Committee

Chandni Shah, Ph.D., Chair, received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and participated in the APA MFP fellowship program to enrich her research skills. She is currently a psychologist at the Counseling Center at University of Maryland, College Park. Professional interests: South Asian community well being, intervention and prevention of sexual assault/relationship violence, and multicultural training.

Devika Srivastava, Ph.D., Co-Chair, received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University.  She is Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, where she supervises medical psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and psychology postdocs. She also provides clinical work in the C/L service to people with medical and psychiatric problems who are inpatient. Additionally, Devika provides psychological testing at Ben Taub Hospital, the largest public and Level 1 trauma hospital in Houston.

Riya Ahmed, M.S.W, Chair Elect, received her M.S.W from Columbia University. Currently working with adult population in a PSYCH ER as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has previously worked with children, as a Mobile Crisis Team Leader. She has worked on researched projects focusing on undocumented immigrants. Interests: South Asian population, children, and adults in crisis.

Pooja Mamidanna, M.A, M.S., Secretary Historian, recently graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently works at the County of Santa Clara where she provides individual and group therapy for uninsured/undocumented clients. She also works in private practice in San Francisco at the Liberation Institute. Her expertise lies in substance use and crisis residential treatment facilities, and community mental health outpatient clinics.

Nida Mirza, Psy.D., Communications, received her doctorate in from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. She currently works in private practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. Her areas of interest include multicultural and minority mental health, women’s health, stress, emotion regulation, evidence-based treatments, and telemedicine. She also facilitates groups through the Women-in-Management Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Sitar Mody-Scott, M.A., Financial Officer, received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Currently, she sees clients in a group practice in Oakland, CA and as part of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists’ Therapist in Residence program. Sitar is committed to working with people of color, refugees, immigrants and their families from a relational, culturally humble, trauma-informed, and anti-oppression orientation.

Ankita Nikalje, M.S., Co-Membership Chair, is a 3rd year Counseling Psychology student at Purdue University from Mumbai, India.  Her research interests include exploring the mental health impact of internalized colonization and caste-based discrimination amongst South Asians.

Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria, Psy.M., Co-Membership Chair, is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Kavita recently successfully defended her dissertation, Hindu Indian American Conceptions of Mental Health. She is currently completing her doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Counseling Center, working in an integrated behavioral health model to best serve the students.

Sruthi Swami, Student Representative, is a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the combined Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology program, school psych emphasis. Her research interests include literacy-related motivation and engagement in high school students and racial and ethnic disproportionalities in school discipline and mental health systems.  She is currently researching the effects of school-based racism and discrimination on the wellbeing of Asian American high school students.

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