Dr. Waheeda Khan

Dean & Professor, Faculty of Law

Dr Waheeda Khan is currently the Dean Faculty of Law, Professor Department of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Behavioural Science, a member University Development Board, and Advisor to SGT University, Gurugram, Delhi-NCR. She served as the Dean Faculty of Behavioural Science at SGT University from August 2015 to July 2021. Before joining SGT University, Dr Waheeda Khan served as Head of the Psychology department (July 2010 – June 2013), Director of Sarojni Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies (2009 – 2010), University Counseling & Guidance Centre (2009-14); and Co-ordinator of IGNOU Study Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia (a Central University), New Delhi, India. She started her research career as a Junior Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow awarded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India.

She has more than 42 years of teaching, research, and administrative experience in higher education. She has supervised 33 Ph.D. scholars, including students from India, UK, Iran, and Pakistan. Currently, eight other scholars are pursuing research under her guidance. She has supervised many Master’s students for their field training and research projects, including six students from Linkoping University, Sweden. She has published 80 and above research papers, including 25 book chapters published in reputed indexed journals/books. She has also presented her work at many International and national conferences.

She is currently pursuing a research project on “Neuro-cognitive aspects of memory and emotion in children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder” in collaboration with IIT Mumbai and funded by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. She has completed a few more International projects, including UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnership International Project (2014-16) funded by UGC, India and British Council, UK, and published a significant article on “Contact, political solidarity and collective action: An Indian case study of relations between historically disadvantaged communities”. Another International GCH Research Project on “Psychological responses, coping strategies and physical activity during the Covid-19 pandemic: A multiple country comparison study” in 2020.

Her research areas cover intergroup contact, conflict-violence in Kashmir, mental health, emotion, positive traits and intervention, and the well-being of children, adolescents, women, and marginalized sections of society. She has been actively contributing to the advancement of research as a member of the editorial board of national/International journals and served on various academic bodies in India and abroad. She has worked as Visiting Research Fellow at Open University, UK, Visiting Fellow at the State Islamic University of SSKR, Pekanbaru, Indonesia, VisitingProfessor atHelwan University, Cairo, Egypt, and recentlyappointed Visiting Faculty at UTM, Malaysia.

She was nominated Nodal Training Officer in HIV/AIDS counseling by NACO, Ministryof Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, and has organized many training programs for defense/paramilitary personnel andcounsellors,and organized several webinars/workshops/symposia/seminars, bothNational/International level. She has delivered talks and keynote addresses, chaired many conference/seminar sessions, and participated in a panel discussion organized by National media.

She has won awards for her significant contribution, including the ARTS program twice given by the International Union of Psychological Sciences; the Fellowship of the Year award by the National Environment Science Academy; “Distinguished Women Psychologist” award by Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar; “Significant Contribution in Psychology” award by AIIMS, Delhi; and “ICONIC Health Psychologist” award conferred by Indian Academy of Health Psychology.

In the pursuit of her academic interests, she has travelled to many countries like the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, China, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.