Associate professor and director of the UIC College of Dentistry Resilience Center
Sheela Raja enjoys making evidence-based psychology accessible. An author and blogger, she has written extensively on the relationship between trauma and health. She’s been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the topic of post-traumatic stress and trauma-informed health care. Raja serves as a consultant on trauma-informed health care initiatives to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
Raja is the author of 4 books: “Overcoming Trauma and PTSD,” “The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens,” “The Sexual Trauma For Teens Girls,” and “The Resilient Teen: 10 Key Skills to Bounce Back from Setbacks and Turn Stress into Success,” all from New Harbinger Press. She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the relationship between trauma and health and is a blogger for Psychology Today.
In 2020, Raja received the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s prestigious Leading the Narrative Award, which recognizes one recipient for outstanding media work that communicates behavioral medicine science to a public audience.
Raja has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago. She completed post-doctoral training at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Boston. She is an associate professor who teaches classes on behavioral medicine and healthcare communication. She holds joint appointments in the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Assault/Harassment
- Gun Violence
Areas of Expertise