Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran has 14 of experience in her field panning across domains of social, sports, political, moral, social cognition, intergroup relations and migration and refugee studies. Dr. Sankaran has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cardiff University, School of Psychology, Cardiff, UK in 2013. She received several international grants from the European Association of Social Psychology and a three-year grant from the Polish National Centre. She has published in several top-tier journals and to name a few: Rising up to the ‘challenge’? The role of need for closure and situational appraisals in creative performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 106C, 136-145; An integrated COVID-19 threat framework: General and immigrant-specific threat appraisals from an intergroup perspective. European Psychologist.
Dr. Sankaran began her career at Cardiff University, UK as a Ph.D. student. Subsequently, 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. She also supervised research projects for four students.
Dr. Sankaran’s work has been selected to be presented at over 25 international conferences such as the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), European Association of Social Psychology General Meetings, International Convention for Psychological Science (ICPS), Association for Psychological Science (APS) to name a few between the years 2009 and 2021. 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’ to raise awareness about the situation of refugees, communicate humanising narratives, and offer online mental health care to them. At Sai University, Dr. Sankaran will be engaged in the development of the psychology department, teach courses and conduct independent research in her area of interest.