Uma Chandrika Millner, PhD

Research Scientist | umillner@bu.edu

Uma-MillnerDr. Uma Chandrika Millner works as a Research Scientist at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She received her Ph.D. from Boston College in Counseling Psychology and completed her clinical internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Social justice and multiculturalism form the foundations of her work. Her research interests focus on community engagement of individuals with psychiatric disabilities with a specific focus on work and employment. In particular, she is interested in the integration of the fields of vocational rehabilitation and vocational psychology for individuals with psychiatric conditions. Other areas of expertise include trauma, psychodynamic psychotherapy and the intersection of contextual factors and mental health. At the Center, Dr. Millner is involved in qualitative, quantitative and instrument development projects. In addition, Dr. Millner has conducted several workshops on diversity and vocational psychology and has extensive clinical experience with individuals with psychiatric conditions. She has taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Millner also teaches as adjunct faculty at Boston College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Trauma and psychotherapy
  • Work and work issues of individuals with psychiatric conditions
  • Multicultural psychology and Asian mental health
  • Sociocultural barriers to mental health

Selected Publications

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
(4), 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. (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.

Depaul, J., Walsh, M. E. & Dam, U.C. (2009). The role of school counselors in addressing sexual orientation in schools. Professional School Counseling, 12, 300-308.

Coutinho, M., Dam, U.C. & Blustein, D. L. (2008). The psychology of working and globalization: A new perspective for a new era. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 8, 5-18.

Selected Presentations

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. (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. (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.

Millner, U.C. (August, 2015). Taking steps towards community integration: Developing an understanding of “community” as defined by adults with psychiatric disabilities. Individual presentation at the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C., Kim, M., & Teixiera, C. C. (August, 2015). What work means to adults with psychiatric disabilities. In Practices Promoting the Employment of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses. Symposium conducted at the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. (July, 2015). Career paths for individuals with lived experience: Barriers and strategies [Webinar]. As part of the webinar series on employment for individuals with psychiatric disabilities by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Millner, U.C., Rapp, J., & Kim, M. (June, 2015). Career Stories: Using narratives to address systemic barriers in the world of work for Individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Workshop to be conducted at the Recovery Workforce Summit: Annual conference of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Millner, U.C. (April, 2015). Employment services and multicultural competencies. Workshop at the annual Massachusetts conference of Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).

Rogers, E. S., Millner, U.C., & Maru, M. (March, 2015). Assessing the work functioning of individuals with psychiatric disabilities:   Preliminary results from the validity studies of the Functional Assessment Battery. Presentation at Health and Disability Research Institute, Boston University.

Millner, U.C. (March, 2015). Living relationships: Asian American individuals with serious mental illness and their families. Individual presentation at the 19th International Conference of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS).

Millner, U.C. & Restrepo-Toro, M. (April, 2014). Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression [Webinar]. As part of the STAR Center Webinar Series conducted by the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Restrepo-Toro, M., Millner, U.C., & Guenther, M. (October, 2013). Allies in recovery: Learning to engage racially and culturally diverse adults with psychiatric conditions. Workshop conducted at the 12th annual conference of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Millner, U.C., Rogers, E.S., Bloch, P., Costa, W., Pritchett, S. & Woods, T. (August, 2013). Connecting worlds: Exploring the meaning of work for adults with mental illness from a vocational psychology perspective. Poster presented at the 121st annual convention organized by the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. & Blustein, D. L. (August, 2013). Clinical bias: Do counselor perceptions of prostitution as trauma impact their work? Poster presented at the 121st annual convention organized by the American Psychological Association.

Millner, U.C. (November, 2012). Beyond the rocking horse: exploring what work means to adults with psychiatric disabilities. Individual presentation conducted at the 11th World Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Millner, U.C. (October, 2012). Truth or dare in psychotherapy with a South Asian perpetrator of violence. Structured discussion conducted at the 12th annual conference of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U.C. (October, 2012). The Acceptance Process of Women with Serious Mental Illness: Intersectional Stigma. Individual presentation conducted at the 12th annual conference of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

Restrepo-Toro, M., Millner, U.C., & Mizock, L. (October, 2012). Abriendo Caminos: Effect of Stigma and Discrimination on Latinos with Psychiatric Disabilities. Individual presentation conducted at the 12th annual conference of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

Restrepo-Toro, M. E. & Millner, U.C. (October, 2012). Courageous conversations: Facilitating dialogue about prejudice, discrimination and oppression in recovery. Workshop conducted at the 11th annual conference of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U.C. (August, 2012). Rolling with it: Cultural factors in the process of acceptance for individuals with mental illness. In Community and Cultural Approaches to Mental Health and Mental Illness. Symposium conducted at the annual conference organized by American Psychological Association.

Restrepo-Toro, M. E., Millner, U.C., Mizock, L., & Diaz, L. (June, 2011). Courageous conversations: Facilitating dialogue about prejudice, discrimination and oppression in recovery. Workshop conducted at the 36th annual conference of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Awards

Recipient of Scholarship, International Peace Scholarship Fund, Chapter R, P.E.O. Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa, 2004-2005.

Recipient of Dean’s Award, Boston College, MA, January-May 2004; Sept 2004-May 2005.

Recipient of the Minority Teaching Scholarship, Texaco and Balfour Foundations; January 2004-May 2004.

National Merit Scholar, University of Pune, Pune, India, 2001-2002.