Roysircar-Sodowsky: 2012 Award Winner, Antioch University New England

Gargi Roysircar, whose research  on immigrant mental health, multicultural competencies, and counseling at international disaster sites appears in 85 journal articles and book chapters, has been awarded the 2012 Society of Counseling Psychology Best Practice Award.   Gargi is a licensed psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice at Antioch University New England.

She is an APA Fellow and past-editor (2004-2011) of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. Her recent co-authored books are: “Theories and Strategies of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Relevance across Cultures and Settings” (2012); Spanish translation of “Multicultural Counseling Competencies” (2007); and “Handbook of Social Justice in Counseling Psychology” (2006).

She holds a Doctorate in educational psychology with emphasis in counseling psychology, two other graduate degrees and two bachelor’s degrees. Professor Roysircar-Sodowsky teaches the following courses in the department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England:

  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Doctoral Research Seminar, I, II and III
  • Tests and Measurements in Psychology
  • MMPI-2, PAI, and MCMI-III (objective personality measures)
  • Human Diversity and the Clinical Enterprise

In the classroom, Professor Roysircar-Sodowsky  uses an ecological perspective in psychology that includes the exosystemic influences of laws, policies, allocations and access on the wellbeing and psychology of individuals, families and social groups; as well as the macrosystmic influences of a society’s cultural values, political ideology and mores on people’s identities, interactions, and relationships.

She believes that this framework allows a discussion of the sociopolitical issues of race, ethnicity, immigration, class, social capital, sex and gender identity that marginalize social groups and their members among students. While there is a national history to socially constructed views, she raises her classroom’s awareness of their current political formulations and operationalization, such as “postracial” United States.

Acting out Antioch University’s values of volunteerism and community support, Professor Roysircar-Dosowsky endorses The Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity by having students complete and submit quantitative and qualitative program evaluations for organizing the local Day of Service for the Martin Luther King/Jonathan Daniels Day. Students and the program have received funding yearly from Campus Compact of New Hampshire to organize the event, as well as receiving coverage on the front page of the Keene Sentinel.

Students also have the opportunity to work with the Disaster Shakti program. Here students do ongoing self-assessment of their disaster outreach efforts nationally and internationally. The findings of Disaster Shakti’s ongoing research have been reported in dissertations, journal publications, book chapters and presentations at national conferences. Currently, data is being collected from responders nationally on a Disaster Response Competencies Questionnaire.

An immigrant from India, Gargi has lived in the United States for 32 years, first as a “green card holder” and then as a naturalized citizen. Her extended family now has three distinct immigrant generations, so she is familiar with adapting to different worldviews within   generational systems. She is a Hindu, a woman, a feminist and a bilingual in English and her native language, Bengali. However, she is familiar with other languages like Hindi, Marathi and French, but not proficient in them.

“My practice in the United States and internationally is essentially cross-cultural because my individual clients, group clients, consumers, or psychology trainees have heritages different from mine. My professional work is as diverse as I am,” Gargi said.

For more information, contact Gargi by email at:  groysircar@antioch.edu.