Rahul Sharma

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Multicultural/Diversity Psychology

Phone: 312-777-7707

Email: rasharma@argosy.edu


  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 1998.
  • B.S., Social Science, University of Michigan, 1991.


Rahul Sharma, Psy.D., is an Assistant Professor and the coordinator of the Diversity concentration, and is Assistant Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. Sharma's clinical interest is in the development of cultural competence, and, in particular, how to make the study and practice of psychology more relevant and accessible to diverse populations. He is also interested in gender issues and violence against women prevention, and is the former Director of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago. He has developed interactive workshops and has designed and conducted facilitator trainings on varied subjects related to race, gender, and related issues of social justice. Dr. Sharma has worked extensively with the South Asian community, addressing such issues as gender, violence, and dating expectations in relationships. Also a musician, Dr. Sharma is interested in integrating various cultural traditions of music and education in bridging areas of difference. Dr. Sharma's clinical approach is formed by an integration of Humanistic, Internal Family Systems, and psychodynamic perspectives.


  • Multicultural/Diversity Psychology.
  • Violence Against Women Prevention.
  • Difficult Dialogue & Facilitation.
  • Multicultural Music as a Vehicle for Cultivating Community.


  • American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Illinois Psychological Association.
  • APA Division of South Asian Americans.
  • APA Division 45.
  • South Asian Pychological Networking Association.

Selected Publications

  • Sharma, R. (2001) Trilok Gurtu: The Humble Wizard. In World Percussion and Rhythm, Vol. 3(4). Chicago: The Primal Connection.
  • Sharma, R. (2000). Ending Violence Against Women: The Role of South Asian Men. In S. Nankani (Ed.), Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence in the South Asian-American Community. New York: Xlibris.
  • Sharma, R. (1997). Is the Internal Family Systems model useful in conceptualizing multiple identities? In J. Alvarez, M. Klausner, and S. Pancholi (Eds.), Cultural Impact: Integrating Dimensions of the Person. Chicago: Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
  • Sharma, R. and Alvarez, J. (1995). Role Models needed to Encourage Ethnic Minorities to Enter Field. The Psychotherapy Letter, Vol. 7(8). Providence: Manisses Communications Group.

Selected Lectures

  • June 2003, Chicago. Invited to train University of Chicago students on issues of power and privilege as it relates to sexual assault, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
  • March 2003, Chicago. Network of Indian Professionals. Invited to speak on psychology perspectives on gender relations from a cross-cultural perspective.
  • July 2002, Chicago. Invited to train University of Chicago students on men's roles in addressing sexual violence.

Selected Presentations

  • November 2011, Chicago. "Practical Strategies for Teaching Clinical Cultural Competence: Lessons Learned".
  • November 2000, Providence, RI. South Asian Male-Female Dialogue, Coordinator and Facilitator.
  • November, 2001, Champaign, IL. South Asian Male-Female Dialogue, Coordinator and Facilitator.

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