Professors and Lecturers

Dr Prasada Rao Podugu

B.Sc., M.A.(Psych), MPhil(Med & Soc.Psych), PhD (Clin. Psych)

Senior Lecturer
Building 1400 Room 2.4

Dr. Prasada Rao Podugu (Prasad) has completed his PhD (Clinical Psychology), MPhil (Med. & Soc.  Psych.) and Master of Arts (Psychology). Prior to joining the Charles Sturt team, Prasad has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at RMIT University (Melbourne) and Charles Darwin University (Darwin); he also served as a Psychology Clinic Director. Prasad has vast experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Mental Health Services of Older Persons, Waikato District Health Board (Hamilton), New Zealand. As an active clinician, academician and researcher, Prasad has contributed to teaching and training of Clinical Psychologists.

Prasad has been working in the area of Clinical geropsychology and he has been part of the “Pathways to Healthy Ageing” (PHA) group at RMIT University contributing to interdisciplinary collaborative research and training in the area of Positive/Healthy Ageing. Prasad is also a registered clinical supervisor with AHPRA and has special interest in cultural consultation.


  • PSY535 Adult Assessment
  • PSY536 Adult Interventions 1
  • PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
  • PSY544 Clinical Psychology in Practice


  • Clinical Geropsychology
  • Cultural aspects of Health and illness
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Behaviour therapies in Older adults

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australian Psychological Association
  • Member, New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Member, Australian Association of Gerontology, Australia
  • AHPRA Registered Psychologist with Clinical endorsement
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist, New Zealand Psychologists Board, New Zealand
  • Fellow, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists
  • Past Executive Committee Member, New Zealand Psychologists Association for Older Adults (NZPOPS), New Zealand
  • Past Executive Member, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapies, New Zealand (AnzACBT)
  • Served as a Reviewer for American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Behavior and Policy Review, Annals of Family Medicine, Journal of American Board of Family Medicine

Selected Publications

  • Campbell, R., Prasadarao, P.S.D.V., & Morris, M. (2020). Conceptualisation and Management of Chronic Pain in an Over 65 using an ACT Lens – A Single Case Study. Clinical Case Studies, December, 217-232.
  • Manjula, M., Prasadarao, P.S.D.V., Kumaraiah, V., &  Raguram,  R. (2013). Temporal patterns of change in panic with cognitive behaviour therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive and Psychotherapy, 2, 1-13.
  • Buergelt, P.T., Paton, D. Sithole, B., Sangha, K., Prasadarao, P.S.D.V., Campion, L. & Campion. J. (2017) Living in Harmony with our Environment: A paradigm shift. In D. Paton & D.M. Johnston (Eds) Disaster Resilience: An integrated approach (2nd Ed). Springfield, Ill.: Charles C, Thomas.
  • Gregary, M.A. & Prasadarao, P.S.D.V. (2016). Understanding schizophrenia: A cross-cultural perspective. Journal NZCCP., 26(2), 16-25.
  • Prasadarao, P.S.D.V. & Merrick, P.L. (2016). Mental health of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues and challenges. In: J. Rucklidge, W. Waitoki, J. Feather, & N. Robertson (Eds). Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 525-42).Wellington: New Zealand Psychological Society.
  • Prasadarao, P.S.D.V. (2014). Understanding international perspectives: Implications for U.S. Health and wellness. In R.A.R. Gurung (Ed.). Multicultural approaches to Health and Wellness in America (vol.2) (pp.1-34). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.
  • Prasadarao, P.S.D.V. (2009).  International perspectives on Culture and Mental Health. In S. Eshun & R.A.R. Gurung (Eds.), Sociocultural Influences on Mental Health (pp.149-178). Malden, USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Prasadarao, P.S.D.V. (2007).  Mental Health of older people in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Needs, Issues and Psychological approaches to management. In I.M. Evans., M. O'Driscoll, & J.J. Rucklidge (Eds.), Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa NZ (pp.509-524).Wellington : New Zealand Psychological Society.

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