Department: Clinical Psychology
Qualification: M.Phil in Clinical Psychology (Nimhans), Ph.D
Dr. Gitanjali Natarajan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist ( Registration No: CRR A 23488). She is Clinical Professor and HOD in the Dept of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. She has been a faculty here since last 5 years. Her areas of interest are Adult mental health- Anxiety and Mood disorders, Personality disorders, Marital and Family Counselling, Adolescent adjustment issues, as well as Research & Teaching. Prior to joining Amrita Hospital, she was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lakeshore Hospital & Research Centre, where she started the Dept of Clinical Psychology.
She completed PhD in Clinical Psychology from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in 2012. Her doctoral thesis is on Rejection Sensitivity. She was the recipient of the Fulbright Doctoral & Professional fellowship with placement at the Social Relations lab of Columbia University, New York. She has done her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and was awarded the Dr. M. V. Gobindaswamy Memorial Prize for highest marks in Post-graduate Degree of M.Phil. Clinical Psychology for the year 2004. She has also received the Alexander Memorial Award for Meritorious performance during graduation at Union Christian College, Aluva.
She has several articles in peer reviewed journals. She also has written a number of articles in newspapers and magazines for public awareness on mental health and psycho-social issues. She is quite familiar to the public due to her participation as expert panelist and judge in family based reality shows. She also appears regularly in the Health News of Amrita Channel to talk on various mental health topics.