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Dr Richa Rajendra Khanna

Assistant Professor

Centre for Human Ecology , School of Human Ecology

M.A (Industrial Psychology) (SNDT), M.A. (Counseling Guidance), Ph.D (Counseling Psychology)


Dr. Richa Khanna is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fergusson College, Pune. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. After working as psychologist in Mumbai, for around 3 years, she went on to graduate with her Ph.D. in Counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. She additionally completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development, USA specializing in topics pertaining to Social Justice.

Dr. Khanna has gathered cross-cultural clinical experience, including individual and group therapy, crisis management, assessments, career counseling, outreach and workshops, among others, with a diverse set of clients from sites both in India and the United States. Dr. Khanna has worked with schools, corporations, university counseling centers, community mental health clinics and adult inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She is passionate about addressing issues concerning women, international students, ethnic minority individuals and other marginalized communities. Her other emerging interests include gender based and feminist work, international psychology; and training, supervising and mentoring psychology trainees.

Research Interests:
Cross-Cultural Feminism and Psychology
Gender and Mental Health
Positive Psychology, Flow and Meaning in Life
International Psychology
Systemic Barriers to Well-Being and Promotion of Need-Based Mental Health Services

Research Projects:
Khanna, R. (2020). COVID-19: Psychological Impact on Employees in India's Corporate Sector. Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Khanna, R., Marszalek, J. (2018). A Feminist Identity Model Among Women of Color. University of Missouri-Kansas City

Khanna, R., Marszalek, J. (2015). The relationship between Dispositional Flow, Spiritual Intelligence and Life Satisfaction. University of Missouri-Kansas City

Khanna, R., Browne, S., Anderson, W., & Marszalek, J. (2014). Development of the Meaning in Life through Religion and Spirituality Scale. University of Missouri-Kansas City


Varghese, F. P., Nolan, J. N., Bihm, E. M., Salagame, K. K. K., Khanna, R., & Rasheed Ali, S. (2017). Transformational leadership and Asian Indian values: Duty, selfless service, and nonviolence. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 810-829.

Khanna, R. (2017, Spring). (W)Righting the Conflict. WomanView, the Newsletter for APA Division of Counseling Psychology’s Section for the Advancement of Women

Khanna, R. (2015, Winter). Is it too late to be a feminist? Diary of the ageing Indian woman. The Feminist Psychologist, the Newsletter of APA’s Division for the Psychology of Women.

Acitve Projects:

2020: Active member of American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 52: International Psychology COVID-19 Task Force for Service Delivery, Research and Training

2019-Present: Co-chair for Division 52’s Task Force Project: ‘International Licensing Guidelines for Psychologists’

Refereed International Presentations:

Brown, S. & Khanna, R. (2018). Am I a Feminist Therapist? Structured Discussion presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Philadelphia.

Khanna, R. & Chen, H. (2018). Still I Rise: A Students of Color Process Group. Structured Discussion presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Philadelphia.

Coker-Appiah, D. S., Khanna, R., Dass-Brailsford, P., Henninger, A., Iwasaki, M., Ru┼╝yczka, E. W., Hu, G., & Inman, A. G. (2016). Diverse and Global Insights on Women and Trauma: A Focus on Assessment, Prevention and Intervention from Theoretical, Research, and Clinical Care Perspectives. Contributed Symposium presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Khanna, R. & Langrehr, K. (2014). The Indian Male Sexual Offender: Will the Good Lives Model (GLM) Work? Poster presented at the Asian American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

Co-Teaching the following courses for students in MA Program (Applied Psychology):
AP7 Preparation for Clinical and Counseling Field Practice
AP9 Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counseling II
AP16 Community Mental Health
AP18 Ethics in Clinical and Counseling Practice

M.A. Thesis Guidance

Supervision of Fieldwork Practice


Email: richa.khanna[at]tiss[dot]edu

School of Human Ecology,
Prof MS Gore Block,#405,
TISS, Naoroji Campus, Deonar Farm Road,
Mumbai - 400088.
Tel: +91-22-25525350
Email: richa.khanna@tiss.edu