Devyani Chandran, Ph.D.

Director Palliative Care Institute and Professor, Chair Health & Community Studies



  • PhD, Social Welfare University of Kansas
  • MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • BA, Delhi University

Professional and Scholarly Interest

Dr. Devyani Chandran is an Associate Professor in the Human Services Program housed in the Department of Health and Community Studies in Western Washington University. Dr. Chandran received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. Her doctoral dissertation explored the experiences of older adults living with HIV/AIDS. She currently teaches courses on Aging and health, interpersonal and small group systems and diversity and social justice dynamics. Dr. Chandran’s research focuses on community based approaches to chronic illness, aging, end of life and palliative care. Her research findings have been published in “Social Work and Health Care”; Journal of Palliative and End of Life Care, Social Work Education, and AIDS and Behavior. Prior to joining the faculty in Western Washington University, she was an Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota.