Tanya Ranchigoda, MSW


Adjunct Professor, Social Work Program

Phone: 206-296-5441

Building/Room: Casey 3W



Tanya was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia to her Sri Lankan native parents.
She received her BA in psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her master’s degree in social work at California State University, Long Beach.
Tanya is an adjunct faculty lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington focusing on clinical practice through a mindfulness and social justice lens. She will also start teaching at Seattle University in the winter 2018 in their new MSW program. The classes include a focus on cultural awareness, microaggressions, power dynamics, and privilege. Recently she been part of several peer-reviewed national presentations on mindfulness in social work education in promotion civic engagement.      
When not teaching and enjoying her family, Tanya runs her own private counseling practice where she focuses on supporting individuals and families with adjustment to chronic/terminal illness and significant life transitions, grief and loss, crisis intervention, and family relationships. She works from a strengths based, mindfulness perspective focusing on helping people become aware of the abilities and answers they already have within themselves, but may not always be able to see. She also does consultation work with the financial investment company Edward Jones around diversity and inclusion in their workforce.
Her past professional experience includes 10 years at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a pediatric oncology social worker, work in Child Welfare Service, Children’s Hospital emergency room, and in pediatric mental health at a skilled nursing facility.  She has presented at multiple national conferences on a variety of topics related to the psychosocial impacts of illness.   She was able to take a short sabbatical from Children’s in 2008 to volunteer as a mental health specialist at an orphanage in Honduras.

Since Tanya was in undergrad, when she studied abroad in Hungary, she has made it a point to travel outside the country every year in some form.  This travel is key to her keeping the perspective of how inclusive, healthy, and productive communities, businesses, and educational structures are paramount to wellbeing of this world.