Clinical Program Faculty

Sudhanva Rajagopal, PsyD
Half-Time Institute Faculty

BS Music Recording, University of Southern California, 2000
MA Film Producing, University of Southern California, 2008
MA Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2015
PsyD Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 2019

Dr. Rajagopal earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on Neuropsychological Assessment, from the Wright Institute in 2019. Dr. Rajagopal completed his pre-doctoral internship training at California Medical Facility-Vacaville, an intensive psychiatric treatment program within a state prison. He has since worked in forensic and correctional inpatient settings, as well as outpatient private practice, where he has conducted comprehensive evaluations with a diverse patient population affected by severe mental illness, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, acquired brain injury, chronic medical conditions, substance use, personality disorders, suicidality, and complex trauma. Dr. Rajagopal joined the Wright Institute faculty in 2022 and teaches graduate courses in neuropsychological assessment, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and ethics.

Dr. Rajagopal’s clinical specialties include forensic, diagnostic, and neuropsychological evaluation. He has a particular interest in applying up-to-date research in network neuroscience to the practice of clinical neuropsychology. He believes that bridging the gap between traditionally assessed functional domains (e.g. attention, memory) and our rapidly developing understanding of brain connectivity can improve diagnostic accuracy and refine treatment recommendations. In terms of forensic psychology, Dr. Rajagopal is interested in applying ecological systems principles to the understanding and prevention of violence. His graduate dissertation research focused on the prevention of violent extremism through the implementation of a systems-based framework.

Rajagopal, S., Ekstrom, L., & Sanchez-Varela, V. (2019). Correctional Inpatient Norms for the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS). Poster session presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual conference, Chicago, IL.
Rajagopal, S. (2018). Primary prevention of violent extremism: A qualitative analysis of current practices, future directions, and the role of community psychology. The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
Rajagopal, S. (2016). Louis Cozolino on the integration of neuroscience into psychotherapy—and its limitations. Retrieved from