Dr. Prama Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor, Programme Director of Community Outreach

B.Sc.; M.Sc. (University of Calcutta);
M.Phil. (West Bengal University of Health Sciences);
Ph.D. (IIT-Kanpur)

Research Interests

Critical Mental Health, Qualitative Research Methodology, Clinical Psychology, Disaster Mental Health, Community Mental Health, Mental Health of Marginalized Populations

Area of Specializations

Qualitative Research Methodology, Clinical Psychology, Critical Mental Health, Social Psychology, Community Mental Health, Psychotherapy, Psychodiagnostics

Biography

Dr. Prama Bhattacharya did her PhD from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Her PhD thesis is on the experiences of social sufferings, personal recovery and empowerment among homeless persons with severe mental illnesses.  Her research interests include qualitative methodology, community psychology, critical mental health, and lived- experiences of marginalized populations. 

She has numerous publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals. She is also a reviewer with peer-reviewed journals like Frontiers in Psychiatry, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Psychological Reports, Global Mental Health, Journal of Psychosexual Health, Indian Journal of Psychiatry. She also writes for national newspapers on contemporary mental health issues.

Prama is also a Consultant Psychotherapist registered with the Rehabilitation Council of India. She is a Professional Life-Member of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychology. She has been a recipient of numerous state and national level scholarships and awards for her academic prowess. She is a volunteer to the Kolkata- based NGO Iswar Sankalpa who works with homeless individuals with psychosocial difficulties. She has been actively working on social stigma and its consequences and the plight of the Indian homeless and migrant populations during the pandemic.

Professional Affiliation and Memberships

Rehabilitation Professional as Clinical Psychologist, Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI-CRR No. A46444)

Professional Life Member, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (Membership No.- PLM 536/14/17)

Publications

In Refereed National Journals

*Bhattacharya, P., Banerjee, D., & Rao, T. S. (2020). The “untold” side of COVID-19: Social stigma and its consequences in India. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 42(4), 382-386. https://doi.org/10.1177/0253717620935578

Pandey, R., Khanna, A., Sharma, D., Gupta, A., Bhattacharya, P., Kukreja, S., Priya, K., R. (2019). Getting Close to the Context and Experience of Illness: Critically Reflexive Fieldwork in Qualitative Health Research. The Journal of Health Studies, 1 (1), 96-127.

Gupta, A., Bhattacharya, P., & Priya, K. R. (2019). Revisiting the Paradigm Shift in Trauma Studies: Twenty-Five Years of Veena Das’ ‘Our Work to Cry: Your Work to Listen.’ Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 68(1), 70–84. https://doi.org/10.1177/2277436X19844898

In Refereed International Journals

  • Bhattacharya, P., & Priya, K. R. (2021). Stakeholders facilitating hope and empowerment amidst social suffering: A qualitative documentary analysis exploring lives of homeless women with mental illness. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1177/00207640211011186
  • Bhattacharya, P., & Banerjee D. (2020). “The Fear Within…”: Dimensions of Social Stigma, Othering and Orientalism during COVID-19 in India. Global Social Security Review, 15.

  • Bhattacharya, P. (2020). “And now I know how you feel . . .”: Lived experience of surviving mental illness as a prosumer. Psychological Services. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000484

  • *Banerjee, D., & Bhattacharya, P. (2020). The hidden vulnerability of homelessness in the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives from India. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 20764020922890-20764020922890. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764020922890

  • *Banerjee, D., & Bhattacharya, P. (2020). “Pandemonium of the pandemic”: Impact of COVID-19 in India, focus on mental health. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(6), 588-592. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000799.

  • * These publications have been included in the World Health Organization’s database on “COVID-19: Global literature on coronavirus disease” with unique WHO IDs.

Book Chapters

  • Banerjee, D., & Bhattacharya, P. (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Homelessness: Global Perspectives on the ‘Dual Pandemic.’ In J. M. Castaldelli-Maia, A. Ventrilglio, & D. Bhugra (Eds.), Homelessness and Mental Health (Ser. Oxford Cultural Psychiatry). Chapter, Oxford University Press. (in press).
  • Banerjee, D., & Bhattacharya, P. (2021). Revisiting the “gap”: Intersections of health inequality, poverty and psychological wellbeing. In D. Bhugra & K. Bhui (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Social Psychiatry (Ser. Oxford Textbooks of Psychiatry). Chapter, Oxford University Press. (in press)

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