Professor Thakar joined the faculty in 2013, after having served for one and a half years as director for a federally funded project to develop and implement training in the Fussy Baby Network® approach for home visiting staff in Healthy Families Illinois programs. She was previously an adjunct faculty member at Erikson and currently teaches the Human Development series, as well as Family and Culture.

Dr. Thakar’s research focuses on the impact of stress, trauma, and cultural context on parenting and child developmental outcomes. She is also interested in examining mental health and family functioning following stressful life transitions such as divorce, immigration, and new parenthood. Additionally, Dr. Thakar is the columnist for the Borrowed Knowledge section of South Asian Parent magazine. Her articles break down information from research, parenting books, and traditional cultural practices to help parents in the South Asian community integrate and apply strategies that work best for them.

Dr. Thakar received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration in child, adolescent, and family psychology. She completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco under Drs. Alicia Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn, and is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an intervention for young children and their parents who have experienced interpersonal trauma.


  • B.A.  in Psychology, University of California Berkeley
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California San Francisco Department of Psychiatry