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Prof Vindhya Undurti


School of Gender Studies

B.A. in English Literature, History & Politics (Andhra University),
M.A. in Psychology (Andhra University),
Ph.D. in Psychology (Andhra University)

  1. U.Vindhya is Professor of Psychology, and currently Deputy Director, TISS, Hyderabad campus. She has also served as Chairperson, Academic Programmes, Chairperson, School of Gender Studies, and Convenor, Internal Committee, TISS Hyderabad. Earlier she had taught for several years at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and joined TISS when the Hyderabad campus was about to be set up. She was part of the faculty team that was responsible for the conceptualization and curricular design of the BA in Social Sciences programme in addition to the design of the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and MA programmes in Women's Studies.  
  2. She was the recipient of the South Asian Visiting Scholarship at University of Oxford and the Fulbright Visiting Lecturership (USA);  Visiting Lecturership in Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary, and Gothenburg University, Sweden.
  3. She won the 2012 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (USA) for the volume Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture and Rights co-edited by her.
  4. She was elected the President of the National Academy of Psychology (India) in 2008.
  5. In addition to teaching and research, she has been extensively involved in gender-sensitization workshops for governmental and non-governmental agencies, students, media and publishing houses, and the police and para-military forces. She is an external member of internal complaints committees for sexual harassment in governmental and corporate organizations. 

Her research concerns are located in the interface of psychology and feminism and include

                     mental health of women;

                     gender-based violence;

                     the psychological dynamics of women’s political activism;

                     sex trafficking; 

                     feminist counselling.



  1. Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture and Rights, Co-edited with Alexandra Rutherford, Rose Capdevila, & Ingrid Palmary. International and Cultural Psychology Book Series. New York: Springer, 2011.
  2. Psychology in India: Intersecting Crossroads (Ed.), New Delhi: Concept Publishers, 2003

Select Monographs and Working Papers

  1. (2020). Mental health and development: Modelling community mental health program to influence national policy [Evaluation Report]. Pune: Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse [First author].

  2. (2018). Velugu/Indira Kranthi Patham – Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty: A Model Documentation Report on Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in India. New Delhi: International Center for Research on Women [First author] DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.29681

  3. (2010). Suicide in SAARC Countries: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Evidence,  CESS Monographs No.12, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad [First author].
  4. (2010). Sex trafficking of women and girls: Evidence from Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, CESS Working Paper No. 90, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, [co-author].

Select Chapters in edited volumes

  1. (2020). Feminist psychologies in India. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. Oxford University Press. doi:  https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.826  
  2. (2019). Wanted a new conceptual framework for doing psychology in India: Is a public psychology possible? In G. Misra (Ed.), Explorations into Psyche and Psychology: Some Emerging Perspectives, ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations, Psychology: Vol.5,. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13:9780199498833.

  3. (2018). Suicide in India: Mapping of the determinants, trends and prevention. In G. Misra (Ed.) Themes in Contemporary Mental Health Research, ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations: Psychology, Vol. 4. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. [co-author with L. Vijaykumar]

  4. (2016). Dowry deaths. In Nancy Naples et al (Eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
  5. (2015). Work and older women: Interdisciplinary perspectives from India. In Jenny Bimrose, Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Eds.), Women's career development throughout the life span: An international exploration. London: Routledge.
  6. (2015). The science of psychology: Where is gender? In Sumi Krishna and Gita Chadha (Eds.), Feminists and Science: Critiques and Changing Perspectives in India. Kolkata: Stree.
  7. (2013). Inventing the psychological in gender relations: Making of the self hood of women in post colonial India. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology and Psychoanalysis [History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume XIII, Part 3]. Pp. 269-287.
  8. (2013). Feminist counseling for domestic violence: Some issues of theory and practice. In Bhate-Deosthali, P. Rege, S., & Prakash, P. (Ed.), Feminist Counselling and Domestic Violence in India. New Delhi: Routledge India.
  9. (2011). Mental disorders in women: Evidence from a hospital-based study. In A.K.Dalal & G.Misra (Eds.), New Directions in Social Psychology, Vol. 2, New Delhi: Sage.
  10. (2011). Issues of gender in psychology: Traversing from sex differences to quality of women’s lives. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology in India: Theoretical and Methodological Developments, Vol. 4. New Delhi: Pearson.

Select articles in National and International Journals

  1. (2019). Social Action Committees: Community intervention to reduce gender-based violence. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 26, 3, 263-287. DOI: 10:1177/0971521519861160. [first author].

  2. (2013). Book review of Violence and abuse issues: Cross-cultural perspectives for health and social services, by Lee Ann Hoff, New York: Routledge, 2010 in Culture, Health and Sexuality, February.

  3. (2012). Guns and roses: Collective identity processes of women activists in India, Feminism and Psychology, 22, 2, 183-203.
  4. (2012). Addressing domestic violence within health care settings, Economic and Political WeeklyVol. 47 No. 17, April 28, 66-75. [co-author with  Padma Bhate-Deosthali, T.K. Sundari Ravindran].
  5. (2013). Book review of Fathers in cultural context edited by David Shwalb, Barbara Shwalb, and Michael Lamb, New York: Routledge, in Psychological Studies, 58, 4, pp. 464-465, 2013.
  6. (2011). Issues of gender in psychology: Traversing from sex differences to quality of women’s lives. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology in India: Theoretical and Methodological Developments, Vol. 4. New Delhi: Pearson.
  7. (2011). Survivors of sex trafficking in Andhra Pradesh: Evidence and Testimony. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 18, 2, June, pp. 129-166 [co-author with V. Swathi Dev]
  8. (2010). Sex trafficking and sex work: Definitions, debates and dynamics -- A review of literature, (2010).Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLV, no. 17, April 24-30, pp. 64-74 [co-author with Annie George and Sawmya Ray].
  1. Working Women's Hostels in Hyderabad: Perceptions of Hostel Residents and Owners on Living Conditions in Hostels, sponsored by State Resource Centre for Women, Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt of Telangana, Co-Investigator, 2020.
  2. Conditional Cash Transfer Schemes and Child Marriages in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: An Exploratory Study, sponsored by Plan India and Mahita, Principal Investigator, 2019.
  3. Farmers' Suicides and Psychosocial Intervention: Endline Assessment of the Vidarbha Psychosocial Care and Support Program, sponsored by Tata Education and Development Trust, Principal Investigator, 2018.
  4. Sakhi One-Stop Centres in Telangana, ongoing project of School of Gender Studies with the Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt of Telangana. Project Leader.
  5. Women's collectives and addressing intimate partner violence: An institutional analysis of the SERP model in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in south India, sponsored by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), 2017.
  6. Marriage or Trafficking: The Phenomenon of 'Sheikh marriages' in Hyderabad, sponsored by Tata Trust, co-investigator with Nilanjana Ray, 2016. 
  7. Responding to Gender-based violence: The Story of the Social Action Committees in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, commissioned by the World Bank, Co-investigator with Lakshmi Lingam, 2015.
  8. Unpacking Sex Trafficking among women and girls in Andhra Pradesh, sponsored by International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lead researcher, 2010.


  • Human Behaviour: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (BA)
  • Social Psychology (BA)
  • Understanding Mental Health (BA)
  • Basic Counselling Skills (BA)


Women’s Studies

  • Introduction to Women’s Studies (MA)
  • Women’s Movements: Local and Global (MA)
  • Men and Masculinities (MA)
  • Sexuality, Power and Violence (MA and M.Phil)
  • Philosophy and Methods of Social Research (MA)
  • Philosophical Foundations of Social Science Research (M.Phil)
  • Feminist Perspectives on Women, Gender and Society (M.Phil)
  • Feminist Research Methodology and Methods (M.Phil)

Email: u.vindhya[at]tiss[dot]edu