Gangamma, Rashmi

Rashmi Gangamma PhD, LMFT

Associate Professor & Program Director
  • School of Education & Human Development

Dr. Gangamma’s scholarship aims to increase access to culturally responsive, family systems, & trauma-informed mental health services for resettled refugee populations. Using academic-community collaborations, she develops clinical training and research opportunities for graduate students while simultaneously co-locating family therapy services in existing local agencies that serve resettled refugee communities.

Dr. Gangamma has also extensively studied clinical applications of Contextual Therapy Theory, a family systems approach centering experiences of justice in relationships. Her work advocates for an intentional inclusion of systemic factors of justice in family systems practice, theory development, and research. Her practice and scholarship reflect her diverse professional training in disciplines of Social Work and Family Therapy, and personal experiences as a queer-identified immigrant from South India.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mental health and well-being in resettled refugee communities
  • Applications of Contextual Therapy Theory
  • Research methodologies in CFT
  • Therapeutic process and outcomes in CFT

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD
  • LMFT


  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Editorial board, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Site visitor, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education