Megan Ramaiya, PhD


Clinical Expertise

Dr. Ramaiya has extensive training in third-wave and mindfulness-based behavioral therapies for emotion dysregulation and co-occurring mental health disorders, with and without suicidal behaviors. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults on issues such as:

  1. Interpersonal conflict in familial, romantic, and other relationships

  2. Exploring cultural identity and acculturation

  3. Navigating life transitions, loss, and grief

  4. Healing from PTSD, trauma, and abuse

  5. Recovery from anxiety and depression

  6. Recovery from problematic substance use and maintenance of gains

Her clinical training and expertise are in the following modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).


Duke University, BS (Biology and Global Health)

Duke University, MSc (Global Health)

University of Washington, PhD (Clinical Psychology)

University of California, San Francisco (Predoctoral Internship)


Dr. Ramaiya was born, raised, and educated in the United States. She lived in Central America and South Asia for multiple years during and after college. She has provided clinical care, consultation, and training in English, Spanish, and Nepali.

She earned her master’s degree in Global Health from Duke University, where she began conducting DBT research abroad. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington, and her doctoral internship in the Public Service & Minority Cluster at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Dr. Ramaiya has received extensive training by the following nationally and internationally recognized DBT, ACT, and FAP treatment developers: Dr. Alan Fruzzetti (DBT for adolescents, adults, couples and families), Dr. Melanie Harned (DBT-Prolonged Exposure for Trauma), Dr. Erin Miga (DBT for adults and couples), Dr. Steven Hayes (ACT for co-occurring mental health conditions), and Dr. Jonathan Kanter (FAP for interpersonal difficulties). 


Dr. Ramaiya is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she conducts international research with marginalized youth and families involved in the justice system. She has led multiple independent studies on best practices for developing, adapting, and implementing evidence-based therapies (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy) for marginalized populations in South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and resource-strained environments in the United States. She has specific research expertise in training para-professionals (“lay” providers) with little-to-no mental health training to deliver high-quality services for complex mental health conditions in marginalized communities. For her dissertation research (funded by the National Institutes of Health), she examined barriers to delivery of suicide prevention services (e.g., stigma and competency) by lay providers in Nepal. She has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and dozens of scholarly conference presentations. Her research has been funded nationally by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Psychological Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.

General Approach

I care deeply about creating a genuine, honest, and caring relationship with each of my clients, inside of which the good work of psychotherapy can begin. I take a mindfulness-based, emotion-focused approach to support self-knowledge, self-compassion, and empowered action towards one’s chosen paths in the world. I also value bringing awareness to the broader sociocultural and historical environment as they relate to the varied experiences of my clients (difficult emotions, privilege, and oppression).

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