Shveta Kumaria, M.A., Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor

Shveta Kumaria, M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Lilly Hall


B.A., Indraprastha College for Women, 1994

M.A., Delhi University, 1996

M.Phil., National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, 2001

Ph.D., Loyola University School of Social Work, 2017


Shveta Kumaria is an assistant professor in the School for Social Work. Kumaria’s research interests lie in psychotherapy research, more specifically therapist factors. This includes scholarship on pedagogy of clinical social work, research on clinician wisdom and influences that matter in early therapist training such as supervision and personal therapy. She has also presented on couples’ relationship and health and on bystanding behavior in response to bullying of minority-identified students in college. 

Kumaria did her undergraduate and master’s study in India and has a M.Phil from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, India. She got her Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago. She was a pre-dissertation fellow at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and did a two year post doc fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Kumaria brings with her over 20 years of practice experience in many clinical settings ranging from mental health hospitals, to grass roots level community organizations, and group practice, both in India and the USA. Her practice has deeply informed her research interests and methods, and she is well-versed in both qualitative and quantitative methodology. She sees teaching as a way to connect research back to the field and is deeply invested in making research more practice-informed and vice-versa. 

Selected Publications

Kumaria, S., Bhola, P. & Orlinsky, D. E. (2018). Influences that count: Professional development of  psychotherapists and counsellors in India. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 9 (1) 86- 106.  

Orwat, J., Kumaria, S., Spira, M., Boyle, L., & Bessinger, A. (2018). Class participation as a pedagogical tool  in social work education. Social work education: An International Journal, 37 (3), 361-377.  

Bhola, P., Kumaria, S. & Orlinsky, D. E. (2012). Looking within: Self-perceived professional strengths and  limitations reported by psychotherapists in India. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 3  (12), 161-174.