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Sheela Raja

Sheela Raja

Sheela Raja is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is an assistant professor at the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches Health Communication and Behavioral Medicine. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed internship and post-doctoral training at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boston. She has published numerous articles exploring the relationship between physical and psychological health and traumatic events. Her current research interests include training medical providers to work effectively with survivors of trauma. Raja has given invited talks for government agencies on post-traumatic stress and her book Overcoming Trauma and PTSD (New Harbinger Press) will be published this Fall.  She is an alumna of the WMC Progressive Women¹s Voices program.

Sheela Raja is a WMC SheSource expert on Health.


Featured Columns

Rape Myths Persist—Reactions to the Assault on Lara Logan

Rape Myths Persist—Reactions to the Assault on Lara Logan

February 17, 2011

Even after decades of public discourse about the nature of sexual assault, rape is still misunderstood. Here, clinical psychologist Sheela Raja writes that it's past time to put the myths to rest. More »


After Tyler Clementi, How Can We Help Kids Stop Bullying and Suicides of their LGBT Peers?

May 25, 2012

Following Dharun Ravi's sentencing for his role in the suicide of gay Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, psychologist, author, and Progressive Women's Voices alum Sheela Raja looks for lessons we can learn—and teach our kids—on bullying, prejudice, and trauma. More »