About the Editors and Contributors – Positive Psychology

About the Editors and Contributors

Editors

Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., is Scientist ‘F’, and in the chair of the Head, Mental Health Division at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, R&D Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Delhi. He obtained his doctorate degree in the area of Suicidal Behaviour from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India and has 24 years of experience as a Scientist in an R&D organization. He specializes in the area of research in suicidal behavior, low-intensity conflict, personality assessment and terrorism. He has edited five quality volumes on ‘Recent Developments of Psychology’, ‘Counseling: A Practical Approach’, ‘Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People-At-Risk’, (2010, published by Sage Publications) ‘Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies’ (2012, published by Sage Publications) and recently published ‘Understanding Suicide Terrorism: Psychosocial Dynamics’ (2014, published by Sage Publications) and ‘Suicidal Behaviour: Underlying Dynamics’ (2015, published by Routledge). The highlighted four books with Sage Publications and Routledge have been completed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed academicians/researchers from India, USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands, and Spain. He is the author/editor of various field manuals for the Armed Forces personnel and general population and almost 50 other articles, research papers and book chapters. He was conferred with the DRDO’s Best Popular Science Communication Award-2009 by the Ministry of Defense of India. He has also been the recipient of DRDO Technology Group Award in 2001 and 2009, Professor Manju Thakur Memorial Award-2009 and 2012 for his outstanding and innovative academic publication by Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and Professor N. N. Sen Best Paper Award for the year 2010 by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist (IACP). Recently, he has been conferred with Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award-2013 and DRDO Scientist of the year Award-2013 by Government of India.

Archana, Ph.D., is Scientist ‘D’ at Defence Institute of Psychological Research and is associated with R & D activities in the areas of organizational behaviour, mental health and well-being of soldiers in peace as well as field locations. She has to her credit a number of papers in the national journals of repute. She has authored two manuals on ‘Stress Management’ and ‘Psychological Well-Being of Soldiers at High Altitude’. In addition, she has made valuable contributions in organizing many workshops and seminars for the soldiers in the area of military psychology. She has been the course coordinator in organizing training programs for service officers and has also been actively involved in delivering lectures on stress management and other related areas in active field environments. She was awarded National Technology Day Award - 2014 by DRDO for her outstanding contributions.

Vijay Parkash, Ph.D., is Scientist ‘C’ at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Defence R & D Organization, Delhi. After completing his post-graduation as Gold Medallist in the entire social sciences faculty of Kurukshetra University, he was awarded DRDO Research Fellowship and he completed his Doctorate degree in Psychology from Kurukshetra University. Health psychology, personality and psychometrics are the areas of his interest and he has eleven years of research experience. He has also served as a Psychologist at Air Force Selection Board, Dehradun for around two years. He has been involved in many major research projects related to suicidal behaviour and test constructions for Personnel Selection in Armed forces and Paramilitary Forces. He has been one of the editors of two edited volumes—‘Recent Developments in Psychology’ and ‘Counseling: A Practical Approach’; and has more than 15 other academic publications in the form of journal articles and book chapters to his name. Defence Institute of Psychological Research conferred upon him the Scientist of the Year Award in 2011 for his outstanding contributions.

Contributors

Kiran Kumar K Salagame, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Mysore. Integrating Indian psychological concepts to mainstream psychology is his current focus. His research and publications relate to meditation & yoga, states of consciousness, Indian psychology, holistic health, positive psychology, transpersonal psychology and social cognition. He has authored a book on The Psychology of Meditation: A contextual approach. Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists conferred ‘Psycho Award’ in 2006 for his significant contributions to the field of psychology. He was a Fulbright fellow in 2011 and in 1990–91. Currently, he is an Honorary Professor, International Academy for Yoga Teacher Training, Belgrade, Serbia; Member, Scientific Board at International Society for Interdisciplinary Yoga Research, Belgrade, Serbia; He is also a member of the Board of International Transpersonal Association, USA and Academic Council, Swami Vivekananda Yoga University, Bangalore. Kiran Kumar has been serving as the Associate editor of Psychological Studies and is on the editorial boards of national and international journals. He is a Fellow of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, and member of National Academy of Psychology, India.

Jitendra K Singh, Ph.D., is working as Scientist ‘D’ in Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, Delhi since 2004. Before joining DRDO, he has been lecturer of Applied Psychology at VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (U.P.). He completed his M. Phil and Ph. D. from University of Delhi. His main areas of interest are personality, political psychology, perception management, and inter-group relation. He has been contributing in the area of teaching, research and training for more than thirteen years. Singh has participated in more than twenty-five national/international conferences. He has organized an international conference on military psychology and four symposia in different conferences. He has got twenty-one research publications in national and international journals and six book chapters. At present, he is Convener, Division of Military Psychology of National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India. He received Young Scientist award from NAOP in 1998, Technology Day Oration Award from DRDO in 2010, Technology Group Award by DIPR in 2011 and Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award by DIPR in 2014.

Surendra Kumar Sia, Ph.D., is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Pudducherry. He has done his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in psychology from University of Delhi. He has more than 12 years of teaching and research experience and successfully supervised some Ph.D. scholars and M.Phil. students. To his credit, he has 24 research publications in journals of national and international repute. He is a member in the editorial board of Journal of Happiness and Wellbeing, International Journal of Psychological Studies and Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing. He is also an executive committee member of National Academy of Psychology, India. His areas of interest include organisational behaviour, environmental psychology and positive psychology.

Amrita Yadava, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak. Professor Yadava is extensively engaged in teaching, research and application work in Psychology for last more than 30 years. Her primary areas of teaching are experimental and cognitive psychology. She has published more than 85 research articles in various reputed national and International journals. In addition to participation in large number of seminars and conferences, she has edited nine books on important applied fields of Psychology. In current years, she is conducting workshops and skill development programs in schools and colleges on ‘Positive Youth Development’, ‘Gender Sensitization and Female Issues’, ‘Environment Education’ and ‘Positive teaching and parenting’. She, being the Director of Women Studies Center at M. D. University, Rohtak has initiated many programs targeting female adolescents’ problems, needs and remedies.

Hardeep Lal Joshi, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He was awarded two gold medals for getting first-class first position in the university alongwith highest percentage of marks in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Post Graduation level. He completed his doctoral dissertation from Kurukshetra University. He has more than 15 years teaching as well as research experience. He completed his specialized degree in Clinical Psychology from IHBAS which is affiliated to University of Delhi. His specialization is in the areas of clinical psychology, psychological testing, and mental health. He has guided more than twenty M.Phil. and ten Ph.D. students. He has published twenty-five research papers in journals of national and international repute.

Akbar Husain, Ph.D., is Professor and Coordinator, UGC—SAP (DRS-I) at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Psychology from the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (INDIA) in 1981. He has over 32 years of teaching and research experience. He has successfully supervised 7 Research Reports to the M.Ed. students at University of Malaya, Malaysia, 10 M. Phil dissertations and 19 Ph.D. theses at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has authored, co-authored and edited 27 books and contributed 175 research papers, theoretical articles and book chapters. He has been the Editor of the Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (2002-2005) and Journal of Educational Research, University of Malaya (2009). Professor Husain is also the reviewer of various National and International Journals of Psychology. He has standardized numerous psychological tests and completed four research projects. His current areas of research are—spiritual psychology, health psychology, counseling psychology, and positive psychology.

Shahin Zehra is a Doctoral Research Scholar and Project Fellow in UGC-SAP (DRS-1), Department of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. She has presented many research papers in various national and international conferences and has also published some papers in refreed national journals.

Papri Nath, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She received the ‘Mother Theodosia A.C. Memorial Scholarship’ for securing first rank in Psychology (Bachelors) at the university level. She is the recipient of the ‘Junior Research Fellowship’ granted by University Grants Commission. Before joining IIT Kharagpur, she has taught courses in psychology, stress management and industrial psychology as a lecturer at Patna Women’s College. Her areas of research interest are positive emotions, entrepreneurship (micro-approach), emotional intelligence, emotional labour, aging and retirement, individual and organizational well-being, management of workforce diversity. She has published a significant number of research articles in reputed national and international journals.  

Rabindra Kumar Pradhan, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He has earlier been a Scientist in Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India. His areas of specialization include social and organizational psychology, industrial psychology, managerial psychology, organizational behaviour, human resource development and management. He has more than 15 years experience in the field of training, teaching and research in the above fields. Pradhan is a member of various professional bodies, including International Association of Applied Psychology, International Association of Cross-cultural psychology, Indian Society for Training and Development, National Academy of Psychology, India, Indian Academy of Applied Psychology and Indian Science Congress Association. He has to his credit four books and more than 30 other publications in referred journals, newspapers, magazines, and books.

Rajbir Singh, Ph.D., is Senior Professor at Department of Psychology and currently the Dean, Students’ Welfare at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He has earlier served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Head, Department of Psychology at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak; and, Chairperson, Department of Psychology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He specializes in the area of positive psychology, psychobiology and neuropsychology. He has been the founder-president of Haryana Psychological Association and is affiliated to many national and international academic bodies as a life member. He is the Coordinator of UGC-SAP-II project on Health Psychology, subject matter expert for UGC examinations, invited expert for Union Public Service Commission and member of academic bodies of many universities. He is the founder editor of the Journal of Indian Health Psychology, has authored 6 books and has published more than 50 research papers in national and international journals.

Lokesh Gupta, Ph.D., has done his M.Phil. and Doctoral Research at Department of Psychology, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak. He has been a Research Investigator in Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi and Project Assistant at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His areas of interest are psychometrics and positive psychology. He has presented papers in conferences and published research papers in refereed national journals.

Suvashisa Rana, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad. He has been the recipient of the University Gold Medal from Utkal University and the coveted Doctoral Fellowship of Government of India by the Bureau of Police Research & Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to pursue his PhD research on Police–Public Partnership for Peace. He has served as Psychologist under Government of India after being selected by the Union Public Service Commission for a substantial period of time. His current area of research is positive psychology, health psychology and psychometrics.

Meena Hariharan, Ph.D., is Professor in Health Psychology in University of Hyderabad. She is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad. She has been working as faculty in this University since 1992. Prior to this she worked in the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. She has three books and about 60 articles to her credit. Her research areas are coping with stress, icu trauma, psychosocial factors in non-communicable diseases. She has completed 30 research projects funded by national and international agencies.

N K Chadha, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Del-hi. Professor Chadha is the former Chairman, Board of Research Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Delhi University and former Head, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, University of Delhi. Professor Chadha has been teaching in the Department of Psychology since 1982. Professor Chadha has authored several books including Applied Psychometry, Aging and the Aged-A challenge to Indian Gerontology, Recruitment and Selection, Organizational behavior, Human resource Management, Be a winner, and Social Psychology. He has also coauthored a book with John Van Willigen from University of Kentucky, USA entitled ‘Social Aging in Delhi Neighborhood’. He has been conducting many ongoing research projects with foreign universities and has carried out a number of major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. Professor Chadha is the President of Indian Association of Positive Psychology and India Career Development Association and has published more than 115 articles in various national and international journals.

Vandana Gambhir, B.H.M.S., a research scholar of the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, is an alumnus of Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, one of the premier and reputed homoeopathic colleges of India. Started her professional career as a physician, she was also a faculty member and content developer for leading training institutions for the Civil Service and Indian Forest Service Examinations. Her field of involvement in psychology research-work span across psychometric testing, organizational behavior, personality psychology, competency mapping, positive psychology, consumer behavior and geriatrics mental health.

Nilanjana Sanyal, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. She has been practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for the last 31 years. She imparted training in counselling in various governmental institutions and N.G.O.s, both nationally and internationally, and is consistently involved in mass media programmes for awareness-generation regarding mental health issues. She is a Visiting Professor at Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Jadavpur University, Department of Psychology, Dhaka University, and Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Mizoram University and Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. She has to her credit a number of national and international publications and is also a columnist in different national dailies and magazines. Her research interests include personality and clinical psychology, interpersonal relationships, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Sibnath Deb, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, Pudducherry, India and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He has 25 years of teaching and research experience. In 1994 Professor Deb did an intensive course on ‘HIV/AIDS and Qualitative Research’ from the University of Western Australia. Prof. Deb has guided ten Ph.D. scholars, conducted more than 50 large-scale qualitative and quantitative studies (funded by national and international funding agencies), and published more than 100 research papers in addition to writing eight books and editing four books. He is on the editorial board of the ‘Journal of Interpersonal Violence’, published by the University of Washington, USA. He has received three international and three national awards for his contribution in the field of child safety and applied psychology. His current areas of research interest include child safety/protection, students’ mental health, adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and applied social psychology.

Aneesh Kumar, M.Sc. in Applied Psychology with specialisation in Clinical Psychology from the Pondicherry University, has been carrying out his doctoral research in the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University. Currently, he is working as Project Officer in a research project on Burden of Child Abuse and Neglect, funded by the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR). He has also done his P.G. Diploma in Industrial Psychology from Pondicherry University and has published five research papers and attended five conferences.

Anjali Gireesan, M.Sc. in Applied Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology from the Pondicherry University, has been carrying out her doctoral research in the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University. Currently, she is working as Project Fellow on a research project on Academic Stress of School Students, funded by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. She has published seven research papers and attended five conferences.

Nov Rattan Sharma, Ph. D., is a Professor of Psychology at M. D. University, Rohtak. He has a teaching and research experience of more than 30 years. His area of research is personality and positive health. He has successfully supervised 17 Doctoral theses and published more than hundred articles in various books and journals of repute. He has also edited ten books on different topics of applied psychology. He is the editor of a The Journal of Indian Health Psychology. He is the life member of many national and international professional and academic associations. Professor Sharma is actively engaged in DRS-II (SAP, UGC) program of the department where awareness, assessment and promotion of health is the key issue of the extension services. He has received two prestigious awards from the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (Prof Mrs. Manju Thakur Memorial Award 2011 and Prof Anima Sen Award 2013).