Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran finished her graduate studies in India and completed her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cardiff University, School of Psychology, Cardiff, UK, in 2013. After her Ph.D. she joined the Department of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, working in the Centre for Social Cognitive Studies as a post-doctoral candidate. She won a research fellowship grant and worked in the University of Warsaw, Psychology Faculty for three years as an Adjunct Professor. On completion, she was hired again at Jagiellonian University as an Assistant Professor. Most recently, she worked as a guest lecturer at Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India. At SAI University, Dr. Sankaran is a founding member of the psychology department and will be engaged in the development of the same. In 2018, she spent three weeks volunteering in the refugee camp Moria, in Lesvos, Greece helping with mental health workshops and the medical staff, teaching English to children and adults, and spent time in ‘talk therapy’ with refugees and asylum seekers. In 2018 again, she founded her NGO ‘Rethinking Refugees’ (rethinkingrefugees.com) that engages in public education and raises awareness about the situation of refugees and communicate humanising narratives.
Sindhuja, is also an avid appreciator of wine, travel, world cuisine and cats. She has also collaborated on several musical projects as a vocalist. Finally, if you have a good pun joke, don’t forget to share it with Sindhuja!
- Women’s Christian College (Madras University), India – BSc Psychology (2006)
- Christ College (Bangalore University), India – MSc Clinical Psychology (2008)
- Cardiff University, Wales, UK – PhD. Social Psychology (2013)
- A 1-year grant by the NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE (POLAND) to work on the project – motivational and cognitive determinants pro and anti-refugee attitudes and behaviour (2022-2023)
- A 3-year grant by the NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE (POLAND) to work on the project – motivational and cognitive determinants of moral judgments: Implications for intergroup relations (2016-2019)
- EASP (European Association of Social Psychology) Grant to work with Prof. Paul van Lange, Vrije University, Amsterdam, on moral decision making, corruption, and pro-sociability towards refugees for 3 months (2018)
- EASP Travel Grant awarded to participate in the APS (American Psychological Society) and SSM 9Soceity for the study of motivation) meeting in New York City (2015)
- Social Cognition Network and Training Scheme Travel Bursars to participate in the 12th European Social Cognition Network Transfer of Knowledge Conference, Gothenburg (2010)
- Grindley Travel Grant by the Experimental Psychology Society for the SPSP meeting in Las Vegas, USA (2010)
- Factors predicting refugee prosociality with Dr. Emanuele Politi
- Understanding the rise of populism in India with Prof. Maciej Sekerdej. And Dr. Jasper van Aasche
- Impact of COVID- threats on attitudes towards minorities with Prof. Marcin Bukowski and Prof Soledad De Lemus
- Impact of COVID- threats (with a COVID THREAT SCALE DEVELOPED) on growth, solidarity, and pro-sociability towards refugees with colleagues from Belgium, France, and Australia.
- Role of perception of control and narrative styles on refugee humanisation and pro-sociability.
- Motivational and cognitive determinants of moral judgments: Implications for intergroup relations with Prof. Miroslaw Kofta.
- First impression and moral judgments of refugees and pro-sociability towards them with Prof. Paul van Lange & Dr. Toon Kuppens.
- Motivational and cognitive determinants of caste perpetuation – the role of identity and caste norms with Dr. Ulrich von Hecker, Prof. Maciej Sekerdej.
- Motivational, affective, and cognitive sources of knowledge formation process – Implications for intrapersonal, interpersonal, and inter-group phenomena – Post-doc project with Prof Malgorzata Kossowska
- Motivational and social-cognitive determinants of sports performance – Ph.D. project with Dr. Ulrich von Hecker
Sankaran, S., Kossowska, M., & von Hecker, U. (2023). When Do They Push the Right Buttons? Need for Closure and the Role of Perceived Control in Situations of Uncertainty.
Politi, E., Van Assche, J., Lüders, A., Sankaran, S., Anderson, J., & Green, E. G. T. (2023). Does threat trigger prosociality? The relation between basic individual values, threat appraisals, and prosocial helping intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Psychology.
Politi, E., Luders, A., Sankaran, S., van Aasche, J., Anderson, J., Green, G.T.E., & Phalet, K., (2021). An integrated COVID-19 threat framework: General and immigrant-specific threat appraisals from an intergroup perspective. European Psychologist
Anderson, J., Lueders, A., Sankaran, S., Green, E., & Politi, E. (2021, July 21). The COVID-19 Multifaceted Threat Scale.
Brandt, M., Kuppens, T., Spears, R.,…..Sankaran, S.,…..Zimmerman, J.L., (2020). Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50(5), 921-942.
Sankaran, S. (2018). Learned Helplessness in Sports: The role of repetitive failure experience, performance anxiety and perfectionism. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 49(3), 311-321.
Sankaran, S., Szumowska, E., & Kossowska, M. (2017). “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”: Motivation towards closure and effort investment in the performance of cognitive tasks. Motivation and Emotion, 41(3), 308–321.
Sankaran S, Sekerdej M and von Hecker U (2017) The Role of Indian Caste Identity and Caste Inconsistent Norms on Status Representation. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:487.
Sankaran, S., Grzymala-Moszczynska, J., Strojny, A., Strojny, P. & Kossowska, M. (2017). Rising up to the ‘challenge’? The role of need for closure and situational appraisals in creative performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 106C, 136-145.
Von Hecker, U., Klauer, C. K. & Sankaran, S. (2013). Embodiment of social status: verticality effects in multi-level rank-orders. Social Cognition, 31(3), 374-389.
Kossowska, M., Bukowski, M., & Sankaran, S. (2016) “Ironic” effects of need for closure on closed-minded processing mode: The moderating role of perceived control over reducing uncertainty, in Current Issues in Social Psychology: Coping With Lack of Control in a Social World , M. Bukowski, I. Fritsche, A. Guinote & M. Kofta (Eds.) Taylor & Francis Groups.
Greenaway, K., Sankaran, S., Wolf, S., & Mitchell, J. (2020). Motivation. In The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise: The Social Identity Approach, S.A Haslam,K. Fransen & F. Boen (Eds.) Sage Publishing.
Salvatore, J., Sankaran, S., & Cole, D. (2020). Cognition and performance. In The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise: The Social Identity Approach, S.A Haslam, K. Fransen & F. Boen (Eds.) Sage Publishing.
Sankaran, S., Lewczuk, K., Kofta, M. (2020). Deprywacja kontroli a rozumowanie moralne. W: M. Kofta, A. M. Rędzio (red.), Poczucie kontroli i niepewność: Konsekwencje dla rozumienia świata społecznego (s. 201- 221). Warszawa: Liberi Libri.
Sankaran, S., Szumowska, E., & Kossowska, M. (under review). ‘Always look at the bright side of life’: The role of adaptive rumination on goal pursuit and cognitive task performance. Journal of Individual Differences
Sankaran, S., Lewczuk, K., Kofta, M. (under review). Threat to Control Promotes Utilitarian Moral Reasoning: Boundary Conditions. British Journal of Social Psychology.
Sankaran, S., Sekerdej, M., & von Hecker, U. (under review). What makes you an outcast(e)?: Caste norm violation and caste identity on in-group judgments. Political Psychology.
Bukowski, M., Potoczek, A., De Lemus, S., Sankaran, S., Petkanopoulou, K., & Chryssochoou, X. (under review). United against the pandemic? COVID-19 threat to personal control predicts cooperation and lower prejudice towards minorities. Self and Identity.