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Dr. Sudarshan R Kottai
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Psychology, Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad (2020) (Under the supervision of Dr Shubha Ranganathan)

M.Phil Clinical Psychology, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur (2013) 

BA Public Administration, IGNOU, New Delhi (2011)

M.Sc  Applied Psychology with specialisation in Clinical Psychology, Pondicherry University (2010)

Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Psychology, Pondicherry University (2010)

B.Sc Psychology, Prajyothi Nikethan College, Thrissur, Calicut University (2008)

Appointments (Teaching)

Assistant Professor, Department of  Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (January 2023-)

Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Delhi NCR Region (July-December 2022)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad (August-December 2021) 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, CHRIST (Deemed-to-be) University, Bengaluru Central Campus (June 2021- June 2022)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology,  JAIN (Deemed-to-be) University, Bengaluru (April 2020- February 2021) 

Other appointments 

Topic coordinator of the research topic 'Care, Health, and Disability in Global South Contexts: Critical Perspectives' in selected Frontiers group of journals (Frontiers in Health Services, Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Psychiatry, and Frontiers in Sociology)

Book reviews editor, Feminism and Psychology 

Project Consultant at Rereeti Bengaluru for a project on the inclusion of  people with disabilities in a Bengaluru -based museum (June -November 2022)

Clinical Psychologist, Department of Clinical Psychology, Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur (February-June 2014)


Informed by the politics, history and philosophy of psy disciplines, I examine the complexities and ambiguities in the context of increasing metricalisation, technocratisation, globalization and scientifisation of mental health care. I am interested in the narratives and practices of mental health care which are constructed by official discourses of the state, bio-medicine, local communities and service users. I grapple with questions of philosophical interest in mental health care like why mainstream mental health academia/research/ practice primarily engage in “mirroring” the world rather than in “world-making”. My upcoming book titled Mental health and critical community care: Critical perspectives from India to be published by Routledge in 2023 uncovers mental health care practices in India from critical perspectives. I encourage research broadly in the following areas: mental health interventions with minority/marginalised populations, mental health in the context of genders, disabilities, sexualities and relationship diversities, social disadvantage, and intersections in mental health all taking inter and multidisciplinary perspectives.


At IIT Palakkad

Psychology and Life (Spring 2023)

At OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat

PCCU-01-BAP-COPY1013: Cognitive Psychology (BA Hons. Psychology, Fall 2022)

At CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru (Even Semester 2022)

MPS251/281: Psychodiagnostic Lab 1 (including community service) [MSc Clinical Psychology]

PSY651: Psychological Research methods and assessments [BA Psychology, Sociology, English]

MPS 211: Research Proposal [MSc Clinical Psychology]

MPC233: Social and Cultural Foundations of Counselling [MSc Counselling Psychology]

MHW251/MPO251: Clinical and Counselling Skills in Health care [MSc Psycho-oncology/MSc Health and Well-being]

Odd semester 2021

MPN134: Individual and Social development across the lifespan: Theory and Methods [MSc Neuropsychology]

MPS 131: History and Philosophy of Clinical Psychology [MSc Clinical Psychology]

PSY551: Psychological Research Methods and Assessments [BA Psychology, Sociology, English]

MPC352: Psychological Assessment [MSc Counselling Psychology]

At Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad

PSY252: Health Psychology [BA course]

At JAIN (Deemed to be) University, Bengaluru

18MSPY1H02: Biological Processes I [MSc Psychology]

18MSPY2H03: Biological Processes II [MScPsychology]

18MSPY3H41: Psychopathology I [MSc Psychology]

18MSPY3H03: Community Mental Health [MSc Psychology]

18PGD1CO5L: Counselling Skills Training lab [PG Diploma in Sports Psychology & PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology]

Research Area
Mental Health practices in South Asia
History and philosophy of psy disciplines
Public Health Ethics
Migration and marginalisation
Sexualities, genders, relationship diversities and disabilities
Critical Psychology
Qualitative research in psychology
Additional Information


  • Mental health and critical community care: Critical perspectives from India (to be published by Routledge in 2023)

Journal Publications

Book chapters

 View the video abstract HERE and a short description of the book HERE

  • Kottai, S. “ Marginality, alterity and mental health in India: A critical analysis”. In Sheshadri, S (Ed.) “Reaching Out: Towards a relevant response to Mental Health”. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan. (In press) 


  • Doctoral thesis announcement, "Interrogating care, chronicity and expansion of patienthood: An ethnography of community mental health programmes in contemporary India", Disability and Society, 35 (8).

International Magazines/ Blogs

National newsletter/ magazines

Invited Talks
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Awards and Honours