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Graduate Student

Email: sugandh at


Office: Alumni Hall 303B

Area of Interest

Violence and subjectivity, social and political suffering; rethinking psychology, the ‘normal’, mental health and illness; ontologies of the body; anthropology of the state; everyday living, ideas and practices of selfhood, Mental Health Literacy, South Asia; Jammu and Kashmir, India




Ph.D. Anthropology

(Medical Anthropology)




  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,


2011 M.A. Psychology    
Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi, India GPA 4.0* Percentage: 68.52%
2009 B.A. Applied Psychology    
Gargi College, University of Delhi, India GPA 3.71* Percentage: 67.66%


*as evaluated by One Earth International Credential Evaluations, Madison, USA


National Project Coordinator- National Aptitude Test

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD),                                        September 2015- August 2016

Government of India     

I worked with research scientists from Defence Institute of Psychological Research and psychologists from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on MoHRD’s project to design a national level Aptitude Test for approximately 800,000 children (aged 14-15 years, studying in CBSE schools across India). I was responsible for research, assessment and evaluation studies. My role included the preparation of: literature reviews, data collection and analysis; progress and budget reports for advisors and grantors; articles, reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders. My supervisors were Dr Tripathi (Retired Professor, University of Allahabad, India) and Dr Anand Prakash (Professor, University of Delhi, India).

Founder and Life Coach

Rooh Raahi, Delhi, India                                                                                                                  April 2014- May 2016

I offered one-to-one coaching for personal and professional challenges to Indians and expats, focused on enhancing all aspects of life, career and wellness.

Advisor and Research Consultant

Wisnes OD Consulting, Haryana, India                                                                                       May 2013- July 2016

I worked as a consultant and coach in areas of leadership, team management and organization culture with corporate and non-profit organizations. Employing a mixed-methods approach, I conducted small and large group interventions in order to address personal growth challenges, remediate and prevent problems, and develop personnel capacities. I also conducted crisis intervention for clients.

Co-Founder and Advisor

Indian Association of Health, Research, and Welfare                                                                April 2010- Present

Haryana, India

I am the founder and associate editor of monthly educational magazine PsyInsight, which aims to take psychology to the masses. In order to expand the magazine’s reach and impact, I interacted with psychologists, scholars, academicians and allied professionals, and developed a distribution network. Acclaimed USA psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman was interviewed for the first issue of PsyInsight.


Book Chapters

Gupta, S. (2012). The ODA Survey. In S. Babu, Coaching: The Art of Developing Leaders (1st ed., pp. 107-139). New Delhi: Wiley India Private Limited.

Magazine Articles

Gupta, S. (2012, May). Visioning across India Inc. ODA Quarterly, 4 (40-55). New Delhi.

Blogs and Articles published on e-portals

Gupta, S. (2015). Responding to a child in face of tragedy. Early Childhood Care and Education Portal. Retrieved from

Gupta, S. (2015). Ria’s Story: Overcoming Depression by Creating a “Me” space in Therapy. The Shrinking Couch. Retrieved from

Gupta, S. (2014). Language Intervention. Early Childhood Care and Education Portal. Retrieved from

Gupta, S. (2014). Waking the Dead. Life Positive. Retrieved from

Gupta, S. (2014). Tryst with a child’s destiny. Early Childhood Care and Education Portal. Retrieved from

Gupta, S. (2014). Building blocks of your child’s early life.Early Childhood Care and Education Portal. Retrieved from


Paper Presentation

Gupta, S. & Prakash, A. (2016, March). Reflections and reactions: Meandering through the in-betweens’ of Mental Health and Mental Illness. Paper presented at the International Conference on ‘Psycho-Social Perspectives on Health and Well-Being’ organized by the Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, India.

Gupta, S. (2011, December). Practice of Executive Coaching in Indian Organizations. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Convention of National Academy of Psychology, Gujarat, India.

Gupta, S.& Bharadwaj, G. (2010, December). Social Representation of Abortion of Unwanted Pregnancy. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Convention of National Academy of Psychology, New Delhi, India.

Gupta, S. & Misra, G. (2010, February). Gender analysis of Flow Experiences in different Extra Curricular Activities among Undergraduate College Students. Paper presented at the 45th National and 14th International Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Gupta, S & Misra, G. (2010, March). Exploring Well-Being amongst Patients of Substance Abuse: A Psycho-Social Perspective. Paper presented at the National Seminar on Aggression & Violence: Challenges for Social Well-Being, New Delhi, India.

Poster Presentation

Nair, R.B. & Gupta, S. (2013, September). The Language, Emotion and Culture Project. Poster presented at the 13th International Pragmatics Conference 2013, New Delhi, India.


    • Certified Life Coach from Coach for Life, accredited by the International Coach Federation, USA.
    • Certified Assessment Centre Analyst from Carlton Advanced Management Institute and Middle Earth Consulting, India.
  • Certified HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) trainer from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

Full CV here.