Uma Shanmugham

Uma Shanmugham is a Masters in Counseling student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her main field of interest is cross-cultural counseling and global mental health, with a strong emphasis on intergenerational trauma and the link between the trauma response and resiliency in various cultural groups. In the past, she has participated in research looking at the effects of social markers, such as membership in a particular racial group, and social distance and perceptions of self and others. She was also involved in an independent study on the Sri Lankan conflict, focusing on the political manipulation of cultural differences to mask power ambitions of both the Sinhalese and Tamil political leaders.