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Dr Ketki Ranade

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Health and Mental Health , School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A., M.Phil. (NIMHANS), Ph.D. (TISS)

Ketki Ranade is faculty at the Center for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai. Ketki has completed their graduation in psychology from Mumbai University and later studied at TISS and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

Before joining the School of Social Work at TISS in 2010, Ketki has worked for almost a decade as a mental health service provider, researcher and activist and has developed mental health service programs in low income urban settlements and institutions such as the Beggar's Home and Family Court in Pune and Bombay.

Ketki's research, writing and teaching is in the areas of mental health law, policy, programmes and advocacy, LGBTQ mental health, clinical social work and research methodology. Ketki is the author of 'Growing Up Gay - A critical psychosocial perspective', Springer (2018) and 'Sexual Rights of Women with Psychosocial Disabilities - insights from India', ARROW (2017).

Ketki has been member of the Expert Committee on Transgender Issues formed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India in 2013. Ketki has been a visiting faculty at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015).

Ketki also goes by the name KP and uses the pronouns they/ them.






Areas of research interest

  • Mental Health of LGBTQ, specifically Queer Affirmative Counselling

  • Social determinants of mental health

  • Mental health programs, policy and law

  • Community Mental Health


  1. Ranade, K., Chakravarty, S., Nair, P., Shringarpure, G. Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice (QACP) - A Resource Book for Mental Health Practitioners in India, Mumbai: Mariwala Health Foundation, Forthcoming 2021.
  • Ranade, K. (2018). Growing Up Gay in Urban India: A Critical Psychosocial Perspective. Springer Nature: Singapore, ISBN 978-981-10-8365-5.


  1. Ranade, K., & Anjali - mental health rights organisation, (2017). Sexual Rights of Women with Psychosocial Disabilities: Insights from India, Malaysia: Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW), ISBN: 978-967-0339-41-2, Available at - http://arrow.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/TP-PsyDis-Web-Version.pdf

Chapters in Books:

  1. Ranade, K., & Chakravarty, S. (2016). ‘Coming Out’of the Comfort Zone: Challenging Heteronormativity Through Affirmative Counselling Practice with Lesbian and Gay Clients. In Ethical Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (pp. 141-154). Springer Singapore

  2. Ranade, K. Medical Response to Male Same-sex Sexuality in Western India: An Exploration of ‘Conversion Treatments’ for Homosexuality, In Narrain, A., Chandran, V. (eds.), (2015). Nothing to Fix: Medicalisation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities, Delhi: Sage Yoda Press

  3. Ranade, K. Queering the Pitch - a need for mainstreaming LGBTQ issues in professional social work education and practice, In Fish, J.,Karban, K. (2015). (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives, Bristol: The Policy Press

  4. Ranade, K., Hastak, Y. Growing Up and Sexual Identity Formation - Mental Health Concerns of lesbian women, In Davar, B.V., Ravindran, S. (2015). (eds), Gendering Mental Health: Knowledges, Identities, Institutions, New Delhi: Oxford University Press

Journal Articles:

  1. Scheim, A., Kacholia, V., Logie, C., Chakrapani, V., Ranade, K., & Gupta, S. (2020). Health of transgender men in low-income and middle-income countries: a scoping review. BMJ global health, 5(11), e003471. Available at https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/11/e003471.full
  • Ranade, K., Shah, C., Chatterji, S. (2016). “Making Sense: Familial Journeys towards Acceptance of Gay and Lesbian Family Members in India”, Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW), Special Issue on Family Transitions and Emerging Forms, Vol No. 77, Issue No. 4, pp. 437-458
  1. Ranade, K., Chakravarty, S. (2013). Conceptualising Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice in India - Building on local experiences of counselling with sexual minority clients, Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 74, Issue 2, April

  2. Ranade, K. (2008). Process of Sexual Identity Development for Young People with Same-Sex Desires - Experiences of Exclusion, Psychological Foundations – The Journal, X (1), pp. 23-28, Delhi

E publications:

  1. Ranade, K. (2017). LGBT Mental Health, Module no. 28 in the paper 08 Mental Health in Social Work Education, E-pathshala, a University Grants Commission Initiative, Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=32
  2. Ranade, K. (2016). Constructing Normative Sexuality: Homosexuality, Heterosexuality and Intersex Variations, module no. 13 in the paper Sociology of Genders, E-pathshala, a University Grants Commission Initiative. Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=33

  3. Ranade, K., Chakravarty, S. (2013). Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice Resource and Training Manual, A Saksham Publication, TISS. Available at:  http://www.academia.edu/22507988/Gay-Affirmative_Counselling_Practice_Resource_and_Training_Manual

Other Writing:

  1. Ranade, K. (2021). Foreword. In Simpson, P., Reynolds, P., Hafford-Letchfield, T. (Eds.). (2021). Desexualisation in Later Life: The Limits of Sex and Intimacy. Bristol: Policy Press.

  2. Ranade, K. (2019). Framing Queer Mental Health: from deviant subjects to knowledge producers, Swakanthey (in our own voice), a newsletter of Sappho for Equality, Kolkata, Jan Issue.



Research Projects completed:

  • Co-investigator on 'Developing a Community-Based Study of Transgender Men’s Health and Human Rights in India', supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2019)
  • Making Sense - Understanding Familial Responses to their Gay, Lesbian Sons and Daughters. The study was conducted in Mumbai city and was supported by Research Council, TISS (2012-13)
  • Conceptualizing Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice in India - A study of local experiences and practices of counsellors working with gay, lesbian, bisexual clients across India. The study was supported by Saksham, Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 7 (2010-13)
  • Use of conversion/reparative treatments for homosexual clients in urban India. The study was supported in the form of individual fellowship to the author under Health and Population Innovation Program, population Council, India (2007-09)

Ongoing Projects:

  • Co-PI on A pilot multi-level intervention using a quasi-experimental design titled, 'Reducing discrimination faced by MSM and Transgender Women in public hospitals', supported by NACO, 2021   
  • Needs Assessment research of training needs of counsellors working on state-level deaddiction programme under National Mental Health Programme, Punjab, supported by DHS, Punjab, 2021
  • Annual 6-day Residential Training Programme on Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice (QACP) supported by Mariwala Health Initiative. More details at: https://mhi.org.in/voice/details/residential-course-queer-affirmative-counselling-practice-qacp-collaboration-mariwala-health-initiative-and-center-health-and-mental-health-tiss-4th-9th-november-2019-tiss-mumbai/

List of courses i teach in various programs:


  • Interrogating Madness: Interdisciplinary perspectives in mental health [MPhil Optional Course]

  • Mental Health Policy, Programs and Legislation [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Seminar in Clinical Practice [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Qualitative Research Methodology [M.A. Social Work]
  • Understanding gender, sexuality and gender based violence [Diploma Course in Youth and Development]

  • Guest lectures in the areas of gender, sexuality and mental health, law and mental health

Email: ketki.ranade[at]tiss[dot]edu

Room No. 210, 

School of Social Work,

Teaching Block, Main Campus,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Tel: 022 - 25525467 [Off]