Miraj U. Desai, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

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Climate Change and Health

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Mental Health Services Research, Division of

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

South Asian Studies


Miraj U. Desai, PhD is an Associate Research Scientist at the Program for Recovery and Community Health of the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He is also a Resident Fellow of Pierson College and a Member of Yale's South Asian Studies Council. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Yale and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and his predoctoral fellowship at Yale and the Connecticut Mental Health Center/Community Services Network. He is a graduate of Fordham University (MA, PhD), where he completed his doctoral thesis on parental perspectives of autism spectrum disorders in India in collaboration with Sangath, a Goa-based NGO and leader in global mental health. At Miami University (BA, summa cum laude with honors), he was a Benjamin Harrison Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and studied at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. He is a Minority Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of the Sidney Jourard Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology. He is also a Charter Member of APA Div 32’s Task Force for Indigenous Psychology. He previously received clinical training at Columbia University and the Bellevue/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture and is an avid practitioner of meditation. His research currently focuses on cultural, community, and social justice perspectives on mental health.

Education & Training

PhD Fordham University (2012)
MA Fordham University (2008)
BA Miami University (2005)
Predoctoral Fellowship Yale School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship Yale School of Medicine/West Haven VA

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