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PhD Students

C V Usha, PhD Psychology

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Dr. Chivukula Usha completed her PhD in Psychology from Centre for Health Psychology. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad. Her area of research are  Behavioural Cardiology, Child & Adolescent Health, Community Health Psychology.

Sunayana Swain, PhD Psychology

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Dr. Sunayan Swain completed her PhD in Psychology from Centre for Health Psychology in the year 2013.  Presently she is working as an Assistant Professor, at School of Gender studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad


Vijay Prasad, PhD Psychology
Dr Barre Vijay Prasad he is the first Psychologist to have accreditation as a dually trained professionals qualifications as a Clinical Psychologist and Rehabilitation Psychologist from Rehabilitation Council of India. Awarded PhD from Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad in 2014. He is worked as a Associate Professor &HoD, Department of Clinical Psychology, DIMHANS – Dharwad – Karnataka.
He is currently woking as Associate Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.


Swati Agarwal, PhD Psychology

Dr. Swati Agarwal completed her PhD in Psychology from Centre for Health Psychology in the year 2015. She worked as an Assistant Professor at St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet, Hyderabad. She is currently working as Well-Being manager at Genpact, Hyderabad.

Marlyn Thomas Savio, PhD, Psychology

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Marlyn pursued her PhD under the guidance of Prof. Meena Hariharan between 2012 and 2016. Her doctoral thesis explored the effectiveness of providing psychosocial intervention to patients having heart bypass surgery. The study found that the uniquely designed Program for Affective and Cognitive Education (PACE) substantially reduced patients’ psychological distress as well as enhanced their adherence and prognosis after surgery.

On completing PhD, Marlyn served as Consultant Health Psychologist at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Secunderabad.

She continues her research work through publishing and undertaking peer review for journals in the field of Health Psychology.

Durgesh Nandinee, PhD, Psychology

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Durgest Nandinee is currently working as Assistant Professor of Psychology in GITAM deemed to be University. She completed her PhD in Psychology from the University of Hyderabad in 2016, having above 2 years of teaching experience in Counseling, Health Psychology, Community Health Psychology, Social psychology and Statistics. She is a recipient of the ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research) fellowship. She has 3 international and 9 nationally published articles in various journals.

Currently, she is working as a Guest Faculty, teaching Social Psychology and Community Health Psychology at Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad.


Padiri Ruth Angel, PhD Psychology
Ms. Padiri has finished her Doctoral studies under the guidance of Dr. Meera Padhy at the University of Hyderabad. She is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Central University of Tamil Nadu. Although her primary research area is Health Psychology, her research interests include child development, adjustment during adolescence, challenges of young adults and women’s mental health. She has facilitated workshops with various groups of adolescents and has worked in a rehabilitation centre for adolescents. She has also presented papers in various national seminars and has publications in various esteemed journals.

Kallavarapu Vincent, PhD Psychology


Vincent is one of the first batch students of Health Psychology in MSc 5 Yr  Integrated programme between 2008 and 2013 and pursued his PhD under the supervision of Dr Suvashisa Rana between 2013 and 2017. His doctoral thesis explored the major determinants of adherence and process of adherence among persons with primary hypertension. The study evolved the conceptual model that explains the positive living amidst illness and also proposed the Positive psychology intervention package for persons with primary hypertension.
On completing PhD, Vincent is serving as Scientist B in Ministry of Defence



Tiamongla did her MSc Health Psychology between 2011 and 2013. Thereafter she is pursuing her PhD under the guidance of Dr G Padmaja. Her doctoral research focuses on the effect of psychosocial interventions on the body image, distress and quality of life among patients with breast cancer.
Tiamongla started working as a Scientist ‘B’ in the Ministry of Defence from January 2018.

Rajkumar E, PhD Psychology

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Rajkumar E is working as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka. As an assistant professor, he engages in teaching Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD students, supervising the Undergraduate, Postgraduate students and participates in various administrative responsibilities.  His current research emphasizes behavioural cardiology in rural population.

Kavya CH, PhD Psychology


Kavya is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Her thesis was on the Impact of Illness Perceptions and Health Hardiness on Diabetes Self-Management among Type 2 Diabetes Patients.

Asher Andrew, PhD Psychology

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Asher Andrew was an alumnus, Senior Research fellow in Behavioral Cardiology from Centre for Health Psychology of University of Hyderabad and was awarded Doctorate in the field of Behavioral Cardiology for his thesis titled ‘ Form and Frequency of Cognitive Intervention: Impact on Adherence and Management of Primary Hypertension’. He has several international and national publications to his credit. He also developed, tested and published tools and interventions for cognitive mediation in field of hypertension management. He also has a track record of distinction in all the previous academic and co-curricular activities. He was awarded Gold medal in Master of Sciences in Health Psychology. He is presently the chairman of the Abundant Life organization that caters to the psychological, physical and spiritual needs of thousands through services aimed at holistic development of the society.