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Dr. Chathapuram Ramanathan

School of Social Work
Rachel Cooper - RC 326
  • About
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  • Awards & Honors
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Dr. Ramanathan as been a social work educator, administrator, and provided social work services for over three decades. He has presented over 50 papers and workshops in 18 countries, including the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, the U.K., Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh. Ramanathan has published over 35 refereed articles, book chapters, and co-authored four books. Ramanathan served on the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as a trained site visitor for over 20 years, reviewing graduate and undergraduate programs for accreditation. He has served on several agency boards, including the board of American Citizens for Justice. He facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Indian Society of Professional Social Workers (ISPSW) for the first time in the history of these professional organizations.
He served as Social Work Peer Review Committee Member of the Fulbright Specialist Program. Ramanathan also served on the editorial board and as a board of manager of two major journals: Drugs and Society, Social Work, and Social Development Issues. He has undertaken multiple overseas initiatives with undergrad students, graduate students, and colleagues.
Noteworthy honors of Ramanathan’s include recognition as a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Scholar at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and Senior Fulbright Specialist by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (established in 1936) in Mumbai, India. Additionally, Ramanathan was awarded special tribute by the governor of Michigan for his many contributions to diversity, religious harmony, peace at the international, national, and state levels, as well as consultation contributions to Michigan economic development. In 2021. The University of Illinois, School of Social Work Alumni Association awarded Ramanathan, Community Achievement Award for 2020-2021. He also received the Jim Billups International Social Development Leadership Award, conferred by the International Consortium for Social Development, 2021

Current Courses

457.001Family Centered Practice

498.001Specialized Practicum I

491.001Specialized Practicum Seminar I

Research Interests & Areas

Social work practice
Social development
Cross-cultural issues
Innovation in Social work education
Addiction recovery
Corporate social responsibility

PhD Social Work

University of Illinois

MSW Community Mental Health

University of Illinois

MA Medical & Psychiatric Social Work

University of Madras
Madras, India


St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore University
Bangalore, India

Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicating to advancing humanity globally through knowledge development, dissemination, promoting student and scholar exchanges as well as study abroad programs

Friends of USA

Book, Authored

Ramanathan, C.S. and Dutta, S. (2014). Governance, Development, and Social Work, New York: Routledge

Ramanathan, C.S., Juvva, S., Dutta, S., and Khaja, K. (2019; 2016). Spirituality, Culture and Development: Implications for Social Work, New York : Lexington Books.

Link, R.J., and Ramanathan, C.S. (2011). Human Behavior in a Just World: Reaching for Common Ground, New York: Rowman and Littlefield

Ramanathan, C.S., Link, R.J. (2004; 1999). All our futures: Principles and resources for social work practice in a global era, Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.

Journal Article

Ramachandran, B., Ramanathan, C., and Khabou, M. (2022). A Case Study at the University of West Florida on Improving Recruitment and Retention of Female Students in Engineering., ASEAN Journal of Science and Engineering Education 2(3), 233-252

Ramanathan C, Colvin ML, Luna N, Herzog J. (2022) Globalisation and Social Work Curricula: What Are Our Students Telling Us? The International Journal of Community and Social Development.

Ramanathan, C., & Crawley, W. (2021). Conceptualizing Disaster Preparedness Interventions and Research: What Does Literature Have to Do With It? Families in Society

Dey, J., Ramanathan, C., & Dutta, S. (2020). Issues and Concerns of Women’s Health in India: A Case Study of Cachar, Assam. The International Journal of Community and Social Development, 2(3), 327–343.

Ramanathan, C.S., & Reischl, T.M. (2000). Innovative approaches to predicting and preventing addiction relapse. Employee Assistance Quarterly.


Anti-racism Reflections from a Global Perspective,. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting. CSWE -- Social Work Accrediting Body. (2023)
Convening Fulbright Alumni: Expanding Fulbright Participation by Social Work Educators. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting. CSWE, Social Work Accrediting Body. (2023)
Role of Spirituality in Advancing Sustainable Development. International Conference. Canadian Society for Spirituality and Social Work. (2023)
'Conceptualizing disaster psycho social preparedness interventions'. South Indian Conclave on Psycho Social Care in Disaster Management. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE, BENGALURU-29. (Department of Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management). (2022)
'Disaster Preparedness and Implications for Social Work Practice and Educational Communities.'. Invitational Talk. Christ University. (2022)
Engagement in Fulbright Programs: Discussions with Fulbright Representatives, Alumni, and Prospective Awardees. CSWE, 68th Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Educaiton. (2022)
Role of Cultural Humility and Spirituality in Advancing Human Rights, and Social Development Globally. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting. CSWE (Council on Social Work Education). (2022)