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Uma Chandrika Millner

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Faculty Uma Millner

Dr. Uma Chandrika Millner (pronouns: she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Applied Therapies at Lesley University. Prior to Lesley, she worked as a Research Scientist at Boston University in their Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and taught as adjunct faculty in the mental health counseling program at Boston College. Her overall professional approach is grounded in social justice and multiculturalism. Dr. Millner is very passionate about teaching and has a strong commitment to diversity in the classroom setting.

Dr. Millner’s research is largely intersectional, bridging areas of vocational psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, and multiculturalism. Dr. Millner has conducted numerous research projects involving qualitative, quantitative, and instrument development methodologies focused on community integration of adults living with serious mental health conditions and the mental health of multicultural populations. At Lesley, she leads a team of research professionals and research assistants who are part of the Mental Health Identity and Adaptability (MHIA) Research Lab. As a participatory researcher, Dr. Millner partners with individuals with lived experience to inform and develop her research projects. At present, the MHIA lab is working on a project funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation, and Research which involves the development of the career pathways model and an instrument assessing the career advancement of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Dr. Millner is also committed to service in the community and at Lesley. Dr. Millner volunteers for local organizations in the Greater Boston area. In the academic year 2019-2020, Dr. Millner led an initiative called Career Studio in collaboration with her colleagues from the Lesley Center for the Adult Learner. Career Studio was designed to provide career-based supports and services to Lesley students living with mental health conditions.

Selected Publications

Millner, U.C., Rogers, E.S., Bloch, P., Costa, W., Pritchett, S., Woods, T., Texiera, C., & Hintz, K. (in press). Unpacking the meaning of work for individuals living with serious mental illness. Journal of Career Development.

Millner, U.C., Rogers, E.S., Brandt, D., Chan, L., Jette, A., Marfeo, E., Pengsheng, N., & Rasch E. (in press). Exploring Counselor-Client Agreement on Clients’ Work Capacity in Established and Consultative Dyads. Journal of Employment Counseling.

Rogers, E.S., Millner, U.C., Ludlow, L., Lord, E. M., & Russinova, Z. (in press). Development of an inventory of community participation for individuals with psychiatric conditions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Millner, U.C., Woods, T., Furlong-Norman, K., E. Sally Rogers, Rice, D., & Russinova, Z. (2019). Socially valued roles, self-determination, and community participation among individuals living with serious mental illnesses. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63, 32-45.

Rogers, E.S., Millner, U.C., Brandt, D., Chan, L., Jette, A., Marfeo, E., Pengsheng, N., & Rasch E. (2018). Concordance of Assessments of Clients’ Mental and Behavioral Health with In Vivo Assessment of Work Performance. Work, 61, 1-10.

Ragavan, M., Fikre, T., Millner, U.C., & Bair-Merritt, M. (2017). The impact of domestic violence exposure on South Asian children in the United States: Perspectives of domestic violence agency staff. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 250-260.

Millner, U. C., & Kim, M. (2017). Perspectives on work and work-related challenges among Asian Americans with psychiatric disabilities. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 8(3), 177-189.

Millner, U.C., Rogers, E.S., Bloch, P., Costa, W., Pritchett, S. & Woods, T. (2015). Exploring the Work Lives of Adults with Serious Mental Illness from a Vocational Psychology Perspective. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 642-654.

Millner, U.C. (2015). Revitalizing communication between split identities and psychotic processes in a South-Asian treatment dyad. Women and Therapy, 38, 31-52.

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U.C. (2014). Acceptance of mental illness: Core components of a multifaceted construct. Psychological Services, 11, 97-104.

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U.C. (2014). Barriers and facilitators to the acceptance process for individuals with mental illness. Qualitative Health Review, 24, 1265-1275.

Mizock, L., Millner, U.C., & Russinova, Z. (2012). Spiritual and Religious Issues in Psychotherapy with Schizophrenia: Cultural Implications and Implementation. Religions, 3, 82-98.

Selected Presentations

Millner, U.C., Satgunam, S., Woods, T., Nutton, A., Green, J., Becker, B., & Ludlow, L. (August, 2020). Career Advancement Inventory: Psychometric properties of a career development scale for individuals with serious mental health conditions. In Career Development among Individuals Living with Serious Mental Health Conditions. Symposium conducted at the 128th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Nutton, A., Ashbaker, A. Love, R., Green, J., Woods, T., Motulsky, S., & Millner, U. C. (August, 2020). The last straw: The intersection of vocational identity and serious mental health conditions. In Career Development among Individuals Living with Serious Mental Health Conditions. Symposium conducted at the 128th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Satgunam, S. A. & Millner, U.C. (August, 2020). Career pathways model for individuals living with serious mental health conditions. In Career Development among Individuals Living with Serious Mental Health Conditions. Symposium conducted at the 128th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. (June, 2020). A conversation on Anti-Black Racism in the South Asian community. Structured discussion led virtually in collaboration with Saheli Boston, a South Asian community-based organization.

Millner, U.C., Popat-Jain, A., Mehmood, S., Chaturvedi, D., & Murali, P. (November 2019). Mental health workshop: Eradicating stigma of mental health in South Asian communities. Workshop conducted at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Millner, U.C., Maru, M., & Zhu, X. (October 2019). Brief family counseling for Asians in recovery from serious mental health conditions. Workshop conducted at conducted at the 19th annual conference of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture.

Millner, U.C. (August 2019). Raising children in the digital age. Workshop conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with North-South Foundation. (June 2019). Workshop conducted at Indian Society of Worcester in collaboration with Saheli, a South Asian community-based organization. (September 2018). Workshop conducted at Lexington High School for South Asian families in collaboration with Saheli, a South Asian community-based organization.

Millner, U.C. & Maru, M. (August 2018). A brief family counseling program for families of Asian individuals with serious mental illness. Workshop conducted at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Seattle, WA.

Millner, U.C. & Woods, T., & Hintz, K. (August, 2018). Unpacking the importance of work for adults with serious mental illness. In Perspectives on the Vocational Development of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. Symposium conducted at the 126th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Shen, T., Ludlow, L., Rogers, E.S., Millner, U. C., & Russinova, Z. (2018). The Community Readiness and Participation Scenario Scale: Unidimensional or Multidimensional? Individual presentation at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association.

Millner, U.C., Woods, T., Hintz, K., & DeTore, N. (August, 2017) Unpacking the role of providers in the community inclusion of adults with psychiatric disabilities. Individual presentation at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. & Woods, T. (August, 2017). The role of family, agency, and community connections in the community participation among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. In Community Participation and Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities. Symposium conducted at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. (April, 2017). Introduction to identity, culture, and recovery: Being allies to individuals who experience prejudice, discrimination and oppression [Webinar]. As part of the Advocates for Human Potential’s Cultural Understanding and Culturally Responsive Services Spotlight Series conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Millner, U.C., Furlong-Norman, K., Woods, T., Rice, D., Rogers, E.S., Russinova, Z., (2016). Unpacking the construct of community participation for individuals with psychiatric disabilities from key stakeholders’ perspectives. Poster presentation at the annual meeting and expo of the American Public Health Association.

Millner, U.C., Satgunam, S., Vessel, K., & Green, K. (October, 2016). Opening Doors: Using career guidance strategies to help individuals with psychiatric conditions find meaningful work. Individual presentation at the 15th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) – US chapter.

Millner, U.C., Kaur, P., & Surendranath, P. (August, 2016). A multi-modal intervention model for South Asian American women survivors of intimate partner violence. Continuing education workshop conducted at the annual national convention of the Asian American Psychological Association.