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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Training School Professionals & Mental Health Professionals
in counseling and trauma-informed care for a multicultural society

Akansha Vaswani, MS

Fieldwork Supervisor

Akansha was born and raised in Mumbai, India.  She received her BA in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. Currently she is a doctoral student in the Counseling & School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her clinical experiences include her work in Mumbai at Ummeed Child Development Center, and in San Diego at the Center for Community Counseling & Engagement, and ReSpectrum Community.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Culturally relevant therapies; Social constructionist and post structural theories; Narrative therapy; Health psychology with a focus on the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness; Developmental disabilities; Culture and mental health; Working with immigrant populations and international students; Postcolonial studies; Marriage & family therapy.

Current Research Teams:


  • Digital Volunteers in Natural Disasters, Connecting and Caring Virtually: The Case of Chile.
  • Structural violence: A feminist analysis of LGBTQ+ Prisoner Project
  • Social justice consciousness development: Feminist analysis of activist narratives of involvement in social change.
  • The internationalization of clinical trials: A critique from a humanistic perspective.


Manuscripts in Progress:

Karter, J., Vaswani, A., Cosgrove, L., & Brodt, M. (in progress). The Ethics of Phase 1 Trials.

Bacigalupe, G., & Vaswani, A. (in progress). Are treatment guidelines for celiac disease psychosocially multisystemic?