Bio


Soujanya is currently working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. She hopes to study health outcomes and neural mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders such as Fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Frederick Chin. She is particularly interested in neocortical circuitry and the connections between cortical processing and physiological factors in fragile x syndrome. Soujanya earned her master's degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and has a B.S. in Psychology from University of Washington, Seattle. Her master’s thesis study focused on cognitive development and adaptive outcomes in children with autism. Soujanya has experience working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, chronic pain conditions and mental health diagnoses in both research and clinical settings.

Current Role at Stanford


Clinical Research Project Manager

Education & Certifications


  • PhD, Palo Alto University, Clinical Psychology (2021)
  • MS, San Diego State University, Child Development (2014)
  • BS, University of Washington-Seattle, Psychology (2009)

Work Experience


  • Clinical Research Assistant, Rady's Children's Hospital, Dysmorphology and Teratology, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego

    Ready, Set, Go! A Collaboration on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalence in the City of San Diego

    Location

    9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0828

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Health Outcomes Studies Lab, San Diego State University

    Location

    5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182

  • Behavior Rehabilitation Service Counselor, Ruth Dykeman's Children's Center, Navos Mental Health

    Location

    2600 SW Holden St, Seattle, WA 98126

  • Research Assistant, Autism Center, University of Washington

    Location

    701 Northeast Columbia Road, Seattle, WA 98195

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, Scholars Without Borders (2012 - Present)
  • American Psychological Association, Member (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Pediatric Psychology-APA Division 54 (2012 - Present)

All Publications


  • The good life: assessing the relative importance of physical, psychological, and self-efficacy statuses on quality of well-being in osteoarthritis patients. Arthritis Van Liew, C., Santoro, M. S., Chalfant, A. K., Gade, S., Casteel, D. L., Tomita, M., Cronan, T. A. 2013; 2013: 914216-?

    Abstract

    Background and Purpose. The purpose of the present study was to examine the interrelationships among physical dysfunction, self-efficacy, psychological distress, exercise, and quality of well-being for people with osteoarthritis. It was predicted that exercise would mediate the relationships between physical dysfunction, self-efficacy, psychological distress, and quality of well-being. Methods. Participants were 363 individuals with osteoarthritis who were 60 years of age or older. Data were collected from the baseline assessment period prior to participating in a social support and education intervention. A series of structural equation models was used to test the predicted relationships among the variables. Results. Exercise did not predict quality of well-being and was not related to self-efficacy or psychological distress; it was significantly related to physical dysfunction. When exercise was removed from the model, quality of life was significantly related to self-efficacy, physical dysfunction, and psychological distress. Conclusions. Engagement in exercise was directly related to physical functioning, but none of the other latent variables. Alternatively, treatment focused on self-efficacy and psychological distress might be the most effective way to improve quality of well-being.

    View details for DOI 10.1155/2013/914216

    View details for PubMedID 24455247