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Avadhanam, Ramya



Clinical Assistant Professor
Counselor Education
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
2-102 Norman Hall
PO Box 117046
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4339
Fax: 352-846-2697
ravadhanam@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Dr. Avadhanam is a clinical assistant professor in the Counselor Education program in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, College of Education at the University of Florida. Her research interests include individual, couples, and family processes, grief and loss, multicultural counseling and acculturation considerations, cultural identity development, spirituality and mental health, and counseling competencies pertaining to the aforementioned areas.

Degrees

Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The College of William & Mary, May 2018

Ed.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Florida, December 2012

M.Ed., Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida, December 2012

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Florida, 2020–Current

Marriage and Family Counseling (MFC) Track Coordinator, University of Florida, 2020–Current

Florida Counseling Association Professional Development Chair, Current

Elected Member of the Grief Counseling Competency Task Force, Current

Elected Member of the American Counseling Association Cultural Encounters Task Force, 2018-2019

Mediterranean Branch of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association (MR-EB-ACA) President – Elect, 2017-2018

Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (VAMCD) Secretary, 2016-2018

Activities and Honors

Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) ‘Ohana Award recipient, 2019

Grants

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Writers’ Consortium Grant Recipient, 2018
Translating Bollywood: Exploring Cultural Identity and Sexual Expression of South Asian-American Second-Generation Immigrants through a Developmental Lens

The College of William & Mary Individual Community Engagement Grant Recipient, 2017
The Experiences of Single Mothers in Bringing a Stepfather into the Family System

Selected Publications

Brat, M., Gamby, K., & Avadhanam, R. (2017). Self-compassion: A wellness intervention for the millennial college student. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal. http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/3007

McAdams, C. R., Avadhanam, R., Foster, V. A., Harris, P. N., Javaheri, A., Kim, S., Kooyman, B., Richelle, J. J., Sheffield, R. L., & Williams, A. E. (2016). The viability of structural family therapy in the twenty-first century: An analysis of key indicators. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38, 255-261. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-016-9383-9