WPO welcomes the new members of the Committee on Women in Psychology

Joan Chrisler, PhD and Ramani Durvasula, PhD join the committee in 2011

Joan Chrisler, PhD
Dr. Chrisler is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Connecticut College. She has taught courses on the psychology of women since 1979 at Connecticut and at Mercy College and St. Thomas Aquinas College. She is internationally known for her research and writing on issues of women and gender and women’s health issues having published extensively on women’s health, menstruation, weight, and body image, eating behavior, menopause, attitudes toward menstruation, and menstrual cycle-related changes.  She is the recipient of Connecticut College's 2009 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College’s commitment to shared governance, democratic process and campus community development.

Dr. Chrisler has been elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Eastern Psychological Association. She has served as President of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), the New England Psychological Association, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and the Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors. She has also served as editor of Sex Roles, an international, interdisciplinary behavioral science journal.

Ramani Durvasula, PhD
Dr. Ramani Durvasula is an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Durvasula is Principal Investigator of the Health Adherence Research Project (HARP), a 4 year NIH funded study examining psychopathology in persons with HIV.  In addition, she is currently the coordinator of the General MA program in Psychology.  She received her PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA and her research has been focused on health psychology, with a specific focus on the neuropsychiatry of HIV and AIDS.  Her current research is focused on the relationship between personality disorders and risky sexual behaviors in persons infected with or at risk for HIV.  At CSULA, Dr. Durvasula is the Director of the General Master’s Program in Psychology, and teaches a variety of courses on psychopathology, health, research methodology, and assessment. 

Dr. Durvasula served on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS from 2008 to 2010.  She was an inaugural member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.  She has been the recipient of professional awards and recognitions including the 2003 Emerging Scholar Award from the American Association of University Women and the Distinguished Woman Award from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Durvasula also serves as a psychologist on the Bravo TV series, Intervention.