Vaishali Raval

Vaishali Raval 2016


308 Psychology Building
Oxford, OH 45056


  • BSc Psychology (honors), University of Toronto, 1998
  • MA Clinical/Developmental Psychology, University of Windsor, 2001
  • PhD Clinical/Developmental Psychology, University of Windsor, 2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cultural Psychology and Human Development, University of Chicago, 2006

Research Interests

Conceptualized from an interdisciplinary perspective, my research examines parenting, emotion, and child and adolescent mental health in international populations and ethnic minority groups in USA, particularly Asians and Asian Americans. This work contributes to an emerging movement in the field of psychology that recognizes the importance of culture in understanding human development and psychopathology. Existing knowledge in developmental, clinical, and family psychology is predominantly based on research conducted with White middle-class groups in Western countries, which represent less than five percent of the world’s population (Arnett, 2008). A knowledge-base derived from this small and selective segment of the World’ s population is not universally applicable. In collaboration with students and colleagues from Miami University and around the world, my program of research aims to fill this gap by contributing to culturally informed understanding of socialization, emotion, and psychopathology, with practical implications for youth in the World’s most populous countries, and the fastest growing minority groups in USA. For more information, see CARE Lab.


My teaching is informed by an interdisciplinary and global perspective, and utilizes a student-centered inquiry based approach that aims to facilitate critical thinking, integration of scholarly knowledge with life experiences, a deep appreciation of multiple perspectives and diverse views, and an understanding of human behavior and psychopathology as intricately tied to varying contexts.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • PSY 210 | Psychology across Cultures
  • PSY 345 | Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities
  • PSY 410 | Capstone in Clinical Psychology: Culture and Psychopathology
  • GHS 201 | Data and Decisions in Global Health, (co-taught)
  • Family, Religion, and Well-being in India: Faculty-led study abroad workshop (co-directed)

Graduate Courses Taught

  • PSY 605 | Multicultural Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 646 and 647 | Psychological Assessment I and II
  • PSY 649 | Ethics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 697 | Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • PSY 750 | Child/Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Practicum
  • PSY 740 | Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology

Professional Recognition

  • Henry David International Mentoring Award, American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology) (2020)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies; Editorial Boards, Asian American Journal of Psychology and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • American Psychological Association Division 52 (International Psychology) Early Career Professional Award (2014)


  • *Daga, S.S., *Lin, K.L., & Raval, V.V. (2020). Asian International Students' Construals of Well-being and Distress. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 9(4), 193-211. doi: 10.1037/ipp0000145
  • *Aggarwal, P., Raval, V.V., Chari, U., Raman, V., Kamalesh, K.S., Sanjana, K., & Viswesweriah, A.M. (2020). Clinicians' perspectives on diagnostic markers for depression among adolescents in India: An embedded mixed methods study. Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1007/s11013-020-09680-8
  • Raval, V.V., & *Walker, B.L. (2019). Unpacking 'culture': Caregiver socialization of emotion and child functioning in diverse families. Developmental Review, 51, 146-174.
  • Raval, V.V., Luebbe, A.L., &Sathuyaseelan, A. (2019). Parental socialization of positive affect, adolescent positive affect regulation, and adolescent girls' depression in India. Social Development 28, 274-289.
  • Raval, V.V., *Li, X., Deo, N., & Hu, J. (2018). Reports of maternal socialization goals, emotion socialization behaviors, and child socio-emotional functioning in China and India. Journal of Family Psychology, 32 (1), 81-91.
*graduate student 



Using best practices to promote internationalization of higher education in India in collaboration with US partnerships (Role: Co-Project Director), Promoting Internationalization of Indian Universities through U.S. collaboration, US Department of State 2020-21.

Extending the Christ-Miami Partnership: Training in Innovation to Address Global Health and Economic Disparities, funded by Partnership 2020 educational initiative, U.S. Department of State (administered in cooperation with University of Nebraska, Omaha), 2019-20 (Project Director).

A training model for culturally competent and evidence-based mental health care for diverse societies, 2015-18 (Project Director), funded by United States-India Education Foundation. For more information, visit USIEF Indo-US Project.