Dr. Chathapuram Ramanathan

Dr. Chathapuram (Ram) Ramanathan


Dr. Chathapuram (Ram) Ramanathan, Ph.D., ACSW, LMSW, LMFT is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the UWF Department of Social Work. He has worked in the human service area for over three decades including providing of social work services for over 35 years. His practice and scholarship focus is on cross-cultural issues, social work practice, social development, addiction recovery, and corporate social responsibility. 

Ramanathan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical and Macro Social Worker, and a credentialed Military Family Liaison Consultant. Over the years he has been providing clinical supervision and case management consultations as well as psychotherapy services. Ramanathan has trained participants in addiction recovery, clinical social work, as well as on social development issues. He has also trained participants in the area of diversity issues through many organizations, and has taught full time in schools of social work for over 15 years.

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 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 Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and Senior Fulbright Specialist by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences 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.

Degrees & Institutions:

  • Doctor of Philosophy School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Work & Human Resource Management)
  • Master of Social Work (Community Mental Health), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Arts in Social Work (Medical & Psychiatric Social Work Madras School of Social Work, University of Madras, Madras, India)
  • Bachelor of Science, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India


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



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

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

    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.

    Sample of Refereed Articles

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

    Mayadas, N., Ramanathan, C.S., Suarez, Z. (1999). Mental health, social context, refugees & immigrants: A cultural interface, Journal of Intergroup Relations, 25(4), 3-14. (Awarded the Best Article of the Year by the National Association of Human Rights Workers.) 

    Ramanathan, C.S., & Beverly, C. (1999). International travel experiences: African American high school students and urban school communities, Journal of Intergroup Relations.

    Walton, M., Ramanathan, C.S., Reischl, T. (1998). Tracking substance abusers in longitudinal research: Understanding follow-up contact difficulty, American Journal of Community Psychology, 26(2), 233-253.

    Jirovec, R.L., Ramanathan, C.S., Alvarez, A.R. (1998). Course evaluations: What are social work students telling us about teaching effectiveness, Journal of Social Work Education, 34(2), 229-236.

    Ramanathan, C.S., & Kondrat, M.E. (1997). Use of Groups in EAP Interventions: An Ecological Approach, Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 21(2), 95-103.

    Kondrat, ME, & Ramanathan, CS (1996). International perspectives and the local practitioner: An exploratory study of practitioner perception of and attitudes toward globalization, Social Development Issues, 18(2), 1-17.

    Ramanathan, CS (1995). Coping with stress through social support: A model for EAP practice Employee Assistance Quarterly, 11(1), 33-44.

    Walton, M., Reischl, T.M., Ramanathan, CS (1995). Social Settings and Addiction Relapse, Journal of Substance Abuse, 7(2), 223-233.

    Ramanathan, CS (1994). Health and wellness at the workplace in developing nations: Issues confronting occupational social work, Employee Assistance Quarterly, 10(1), 79-90.

    Ramanathan, CS, & Kondrat, ME (1994). Conceptualizing and implementing a social work overseas study in developing nations: Politics, realities, and strategies, Social Development Issues, 16(2), 69-85.

    Ramanathan, CS, Ramanathan, P.N. (1994). Family Caregiver's Attitude Toward Aging and the Elderly's Satisfaction with the Care: An Asian Indian Scenario, Community Alternatives: International Journal of Family Care, 6(1), 93-112.

    Ramanathan, CS (1992). EAP's Response to Personal Stress and Productivity: Challenges for Occupational Social Work, Social Work, 37(3), 234-239.

    Ramanathan, C. S. (1991). Occupational Social Work and Multinational Corporations, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 135-142.

    Ramanathan, C. S. (1990). Stress and Job Satisfaction: Implications for Occupational Social Work, Employee Assistance Quarterly, 6(2), 27-39.

    Ramanathan, C. S. & Ramakrishnan, K. R. (1987). Industrial alcoholism and social work intervention, Management and Labor Studies, Vol 12, 1-7.

Keywords: Social work practice, social development, cross-cultural issues, social work education, addiction recovery, corporate social responsibility