Rashmi Gangamma

Director of Graduate Studies

Rashmi Gangamma, PhD, LMFT is the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Gangamma’s scholarship seeks to increase access to family therapy services for resettled refugee populations. Using a university-community collaborative model, she works with local organizations and community leaders to build clinical training and research opportunities for graduate students while also increasing access to family therapy resources to resettled refugee populations. Additionally, Dr. Gangamma is currently investigating factors of mental well-being and community building in LGBTQ+ refugee and asylum seekers in the US.

Dr. Gangamma has also extensively studied the application of contextual therapy theory in couples and families with diverse backgrounds. She conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, and frequently includes graduate students in her scholarship.

Dr. Gangamma has published in several leading journals in the field and is on the editorial board of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the flagship journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She serves as a site visitor and accreditation reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).


Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Human Development and Family Science, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy, 2008

M. Phil. National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India, specializing in Psychiatric Social Work, 2003

M.S.W. Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work, Mangalore University, India, specializing in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, 2001

B.A., S.B.R.R. Mahajana First Grade College, University of Mysore, India, specializing in Psychology, Criminology, and Sociology, 1990


MFT 882 - Assessment and research methods in MFT

MFT 689 - Migration and Mental Health

MFT 663/SWK 662 - Applied research in social work

MFT 625 - Family systems and therapy

Recent Publications

  • Tedeshci, L., Tor, S., & Gangamma R. Ethics in interpreter-assisted family therapy. Invited Chapter. AAMFT Ethics textbook. Forthcoming.
  • Bonomi, A., Gangamma, R., & Cruz, T. H. (2021). Chicago’s Stay-at-Home Mandate—The Need to Improve on Domestic Violence Prevention and Response. JAMA network open, 4(9), e2122327-e2122327. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.22327
  • Coppola, J., Gangamma, R., Kawar, C., Patton, R., & Ramadoss, K (2021). Adult Romantic Attachment and Relational Ethics: A Dyadic Analysis of Couples in Therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy,43, 234–247. https://doi-org. /10.1007/s10591-021-09574-w
  • Coppola, J., Gangamma, R., & Hartwell, E. (2021). “We’re just two people in a relationship”: A qualitative exploration of emotional bond and fairness experiences between trans feminine individuals and their cisgender partners. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12467
  • Gangamma, R., & Shipman, D. (2018). Transnational intersectionality in family therapy with resettled refugees. Journal of marital and family therapy, 44(2), 206-219.
  • Gangamma, R. (2018). A Phenomenological Study of Family Experiences of Resettled Iraqi Refugees. Journal of marital and family therapy, 44(2), 323-335.
  • Gangamma, R., Bartle-Haring, S., & Hartwell, E., Holowacz, E., & Glebova, T. (2015) Depression, relational ethics, and relationship satisfaction in couples in therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41(3), 354-366.
  • Gangamma, R, & Bartle-Haring, S., & Glebova, T (2012). A study of contextual therapy theory’s relational ethics in couples in therapy. Family Relations, 61, 825-835.
  • Bonomi, A. E., Gangamma, R., Locke, C. R., Katafiasz, H., & Martin, D. (2011). “Meet me at the hill where we used to park”: Interpersonal processes associated with victim recantation. Social Science & Medicine, 73(7), 1054-1061.
  • Gangamma, R. Glebova, T., & Coppola, J. (2016). Fairness in couples and families. Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. Lebow, J, Chamber, A, and Bruenlin, C.D. (Eds.). Pp 1- 7.