Sheela Raja, PhD

Assistant Professor
UICollaboratory Profile

Education & Career

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD
  • Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology (Boston VA Medical Center, BU School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School), Clinical Internship
  • National Center for PTSD, Boston, Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Raja is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Behavioral Sciences.  She is a highly sought after speaker and has given invited talked at the federal and national level on post traumatic stress and trauma informed medical and dental practice.  Her research interests include understanding the role of traumatic and toxic stress on health behavior and examining the outcomes of trauma informed training in healthcare settings.


Raja, S. (2012). Overcoming Trauma and PTSD. New Harbinger Press

Book Chapters:
Raja, S. (in press).  Affect Regulation. Treating Military Sexual Trauma. Guilford Press, New York.
Orsillo, S., & Raja, S.  (2002).  Comorbidity in PTSD.  In R. Kimerling, P. C. Ouimette, & J. Wolfe: Gender and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Clinical, Research, and Program Level Applications.  New York: Guilford.  

Peer Reviewed Articles:
Raja, S., Shah, R., Hamad, J., VanKanegan, M., Kupershmidt, A., & Kruthoff, M. (in press). Patients’ Perspectives of Dehumanization in Dental Settings.  Journal of Dental Education.

Raja, S., Holland, C., DuBois, S., McKirnan, D., Allgood, K., & Glick, N.  (in press). History of Traumatic Events in HIV+ Individuals:  Risk Behavior Implications in an Urban Clinic Setting. Journal of HIV, AIDS and Social Service.

Houston, E., Osborn, A., Lyons, T., Masvawure, T., & Raja, S. (in press). Exploring perceived social support from peer facilitators in a HIV treatment adherence intervention for African American patients: A content analysis of participant perspectives. Journal of Community & Applied Psychology.

Raja, S., Rajagopalan, C., Kuperschmidt, S., & Chang, P.  (2015).  Outcomes of a Trauma-Informed Care Module in Dental Education.79(1): 47-55.

Raja, S., Hoersch, M., Rajagopalan, C. F., & Chang, P. (2014). Treating patients with traumatic life experiences Providing trauma-informed care. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 145(3), 238-245.

Raja, S., Rajagopalan, C. F., Patel, J., & Van Kanegan, K. (2014). Teaching Dental Students About Patient Communication Following an Adverse Event: A Pilot Educational Module. Journal of Dental Education, 78(5), 757-762.

Yudkowsky, R., Valdes, W., Raja, S., & Kiser, B. (2011). Standardized patients assess residents’ telehealth communication skills. Medical Education 45(11), 1155.  

Estes, L.J., Lloyd, L.E., Teti, M., Raja, S., Bowleg, L., Allgood, K.L., et al. (2010). Perceptions of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI)  among women in an HIV-positive prevention program.  PLoS ONE 5(2): e9149, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009149

Raja, S., Teti, M., Knauz, R., Enchenique, M., Capistrant, B., Rubinstein, M., et al.,  (2008). Implementing peer-based interventions in clinic-based settings: Lessons from a  multi-site HIV prevention with positives initiative.  Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Service. 7(1), 7-26

Raja, S., McKirnan, D., & Glick, N. (2007). The treatment advocacy program-sinai: A peer-based HIV prevention intervention for working with HIV-infected persons. AIDS and Behavior, 11(5):  s84-s94.
Campbell, R., Megson, G., Bybee, D., & Raja, S.  (2008).  The co-occurrence of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment:  A meditational model of post-traumatic stress disorder and physical health outcomes.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(2), 194-207.

Campbell, R., Litchty, L., Struza M., & Raja, S. (2006). Gynecological impact of sexual assault.  Research in Health and Nursing, 29, 399-413.

Campbell, R., & Raja, S.  (2005). The sexual assault and secondary victimization of female Veterans: Help-seeking experiences with military and civilian social systems. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29(1), 97-106.  

Bolton, E., Lambert, J.F., Wolf, E. J., Raja, S., Varra, A. A., & Fisher, L. (2004). Evaluating a cognitive-behavioral group treatment program for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.  Psychological Services, 1 (2), 140-146.

Riger, S., Raja, S., & Camacho, J. (2002). The radiating impact of intimate partner violence in women’s lives.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17(2), 184-205.

Campbell, R., & Raja, S. (1999). The secondary victimization of rape victims: Insights from mental health professionals who treat survivors of violence.  Violence and Victims, 14(3), 261-275.

Campbell, R., Raja, S., and Grining, P.L. (1999). Training mental health professionals on violence against women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 14(10), 1003-1013.

Raja, S. (1998). Culturally-sensitive therapy for women of color. Women and Therapy, 21(4),67-84.

Raja, S., & Stokes, J. (1998). Assessing attitudes toward lesbians and gay men: The modern homophobia scale. Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, 3(2), 113-134.

Riger, S., Stokes, J., Raja, S., & Sullivan, M.  (1997). Measuring perceptions of the quality of the work environment for female faculty. Review of Higher Education, 21(1), 63-78.