Utpala, Ranjani
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Utpala, Ranjani


Manager, Clinical & Health Psychology Centre

Student Case Studies Coordinator (Clinical Programmes)

D.Clin.Psy (Wollongong), PG. Dip. Psy. (Macquarie), B.Sc. Psy. (Macquarie)

Ranjani completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She holds registration as a Psychologist in Australia and is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Ranjani has worked primarily in public and private hospitals as well as private practice. She has specialised in treatment of eating disorders and has a keen interest in working with families. She is trained in Family Based Therapy for treatment of eating disorders (also known as FBT/Maudsley) and also supervises clinicians using this approach. In her work with adults, she uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness based approaches. In addition to eating disorders, she also has an interest in the drug and alcohol field, having worked in this field in both Sydney and London.

Research Interests:
  • Family based therapy for eating disorders
  • Eating disorder prevention programs
  • Clinical supervision processes and outcomes
  • Mindfulness based interventions in clinical and non-clinical settings
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Utpala-Kumar, R., & Deane, F. P. (2012).
    Heavy episodic drinking among university students: Reasons for drinking, consequences and perceived normative comparisons.
    Substance Use and Misuse, 47, 278-285.
  • Utpala-Kumar, R., & Deane, F. P. (2010).
    Rates of alcohol consumption and risk status among Australian university students vary by assessment questions.
    Drug and Alcohol Review, 29(1), 28-34.