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Dr. Arpita Lal

Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Marriage and Family Therapy
Office Location: Crean Hall 207
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm; Thursday 1pm-3pm (Fall 2016)
Phone: (714) 532-6066
University of Delhi, Bachelor of Arts
University of Delhi, Master of Arts
The Ohio State University, Ph.D.


Arpita Lal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in Psychology. Starting as an undergraduate majoring in psychology, she earned two masters degrees in psychology before getting a doctoral degree in Couple and Family Therapy at the Ohio State University. Following her PhD, she has worked as a mental health therapist at a community mental health agency in Ohio. She has taught as a Doctoral Intern at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and as an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Pennsylvania. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Chapman University. Her research interests include studying couples, families and individuals coping with chronic illness as well as gender and diversity related issues.

Selected Publications

Lal, A. & Bijlani, R. (2015). The School Called Marriage: How to Graduate with Flying Colors. New Delhi: Hay House (India).
Lal, A. & Bartle-Haring, S. (2011). Relationship among differentiation of self, relationship satisfaction, partner support, and depression in patients with chronic lung disease and their partners. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(2), 169-181.
Lal, A. (2011). Working with chronic illness. In: Counseling and Family Therapy: Applications and Interventions (MCFT-007). Block 3. Working With Physical Illness and Self Abuse. Unit 10. New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University, pp. 5-38.
Bartle-Haring, S., & Lal, A. (2010). Using Bowen theory to examine progress in couple therapy. The Family Journal, 18, 106-115.
Lal, A. (2010) Married and Unsettled? New Delhi: McGraw-Hill Education (India).
Lal, A. (2000). Cancer: A study of psychological factors. Behavioral Medicine Journal, 3, 58-66.
Lal, A. (1999). Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936). Guest Editorial. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 43, 411-414.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications