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Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D.

Bindu Methikalam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Assistant Director of Clinical Training for PsyD Program
St. Joseph Hall, 4th flr, North Wing, SJ448

Dr. Methikalam is a licensed psychologist who has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in individual, couples, and group therapy.  Her clinical interests include working with trauma victims, adjustment, anxiety, depression, family and relationship concerns as well as diversity related issues. Her research interests are in perfectionism, family expectations, multicultural issues, particularly, immigrant experiences, acculturation, and cultural identities. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Asian American Psychological Association (Division of South Asian Americans; Division of Women).  

Educational Background: 

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; M.A./M.Ed., Columbia University; B.A., Pace University.

Courses Taught: 
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Experience and Practicum
Scholarly Interests: 

Working with Trauma Victims 
Multiculturalism, immigrant experiences, acculturation, and cultural identity 
Family Expectations 
South Asian mental health concerns 
College student mental health 

Selected Publications: 

Methikalam, B., Sandhu, S., & McClincey, S. (2016). Implementing a Psychodynamic Approach with South Asian Women.  In Littleford, L.N. & Alexander, C.A. From Research to Action (e-book) (112-137).

Methikalam, B., Wang, K.T., Slaney, R.B., & Yueng, J.G. (2015) Asian Values, Personal and Family Perfectionism, and Mental Health Among Asian Indians in the United States, Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Wang, K. T., Puri, R., Slaney, R. B., Methikalam, B., & Chadha, N. (2012). Cultural validity of perfectionism among Indian students: Examining personal and family aspects through a collectivistic perspective. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 45, 32-48. 

Wang, K. T., Methikalam, B., & Slaney, R. B. (2010). Family Almost Perfect Scale. Unpublished manuscript, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.


Selected Presentations and Workshops: 

October 2017:  The Diversity Journey:  Experiences of Multicultural Educators. Association of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society Annual Conference.

August 2016: "Voices from Both Sides - The Multicultural Journey of Educators and Students Symposium" at the 2016 American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, CO. 

June 2016:  "Microaggressions Across the Lifespan" at the 2016 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Conference at Harrisburg, PA.

Relevant Experience: 


Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association 

Asian American Psychological Association (Division of South Asian Americans; Division of Women) 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association