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Department Chair, Marriage & Family Therapy Program
McCormick Tribune Chair in Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University
Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
Academic Bio

Mudita Rastogi, PhD, LMFT, is the Department Chair for the Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University’s Psychology Department, and holds the McCormick Tribune Foundation Chair in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Rastogi obtained her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. She is a Clinical Fellow and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. An educator for over two decades, she has taught, supervised and mentored graduate students in couple and family therapy and psychology. Her scholarly interests within the field of systemic family therapy include global mental health, DEI, multicultural and gender issues, intersectionality, South Asian families, immigrant families, parenting, and child-free couples. She is Co-Investigator for an NIH-funded grant at Northwestern University, that examines health outcomes for South Asian mothers and daughters.

Dr. Rastogi served as Associate Editor for the Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy (2020, Wiley), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (2018), and edited the books Multicultural Couple Therapy and Voices of Color. Mudita is Advisory Editor for the journal Family Process, and also served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2005-2011) among other such roles. Dr. Rastogi was Program Director for the SAMHSA funded Minority Fellowship Program at AAMFT from 2011-2015, where she oversaw two national-level training grants focused on substance use and mental health services for underrepresented communities. She frequently presents workshops nationally and internationally, and recently co-launched “Free Counselling Resources” to improve access to mental health across the world.

Other Professional Involvement/Leadership Positions

Member, Governance Leadership Identification Task Force, AAMFT, 2019-2021

Research Interests
  • Systemic family therapy; marriage and family therapy
  • Global mental health
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity, multicultural, cross-cultural and gender issues, intersectionality
  • South Asian families, immigrant families
  • Parenting
  • Child-free couples
Grants Awarded

2021-Present: Co-Investigator, NIH-funded grant # 1R01CA242520-01 (Consultant from 2019-2021) Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine “A Multilevel Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Women and Girls”

Selected Publications & Presentations

Dr. Rastogi has published numerous articles and books for both professional and general readers. A few recent ones are listed below:

Rastogi, M. (in press). A Systemic Conceptualization of Interventions with Families in a Global Context, in K. Wampler, Ed., Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Rastogi, M., & Singh, R. (Eds.) (in press). Handbook of systemic family therapy (Vol. 4). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Sahebi, B., & Rastogi, M. (2020, September 10). Strategies to cope with distance learning: A Systems approach for parents and children. Psychotherapy Networker.

Rastogi, M., & Sahebi. B. (2020, July). Raising anti-racist children: Special tips for immigrant families. ParentingLENS.

Rastogi, M. (2018). Childfree Couples. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham

Awosan, C.I., Curiel, Y.S., Rastogi, M. (2018). Cultural Competency in Couple and Family Therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham.

ChenFeng, J., Rastogi, M. (2018). Ethnic Minorities in Couple and Family Therapy. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham.

Rastogi, M., & Bhatia T. (2016). Young adult daughters’ experience of maternal loss: Self, relationships, and culture. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 35 (4), 23-40.

  • Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations
  • Family and Couples Therapy
  • Advanced Family and Couples Therapy
  • Systemic Conceptualization of Treatment of Infidelity
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Psychotherapy with Women
  • Family Therapy with Special Populations: Substance Abuse
Academic Activities

Advisory Editor-Family Process (202-Present; 2014-2017); Associate Editor, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2005-2011); Program Director, Minority Fellowship Program (SAMHSA funded) (2011-2015)

Outstanding Faculty Award (2017), Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Schaumburg
Professional Memberships
Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Founding Member, Indian Association for Family Therapy