Authors' Profiles

Dr. Deepak Gupta: Dr Gupta is a child and adolescent psychiatrist associated with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He had received several distinctions globally; was selected for the Donald Cohen Fellowship at the 13th European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference at Florence, Italy. In 2008, he was nominated honorary member of the prestigious American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (USA). Dr Gupta received 'Distinguished Services Award' on Doctors' Day by Delhi Medical association in 2009. Dr Gupta had conducted several workshops for teachers and has delivered lectures at various national and international conferences. To view article click here.

Dr. Kiran Modi: A personal tragedy was the spark that led Dr. Kiran Modi to set up Udayan Care, registered on 11th February 1994, with a vision to “regenerate the rhythm of life of the disadvantaged”, Udayan Care works to ensure nurturing homes for children who are orphaned and abandoned, an opportunity for higher education for every girl and for every adult, the dignity of self-reliance and the desire to give back to society. Dr. Modi also started the Umang Children’s Theatre for underprivileged children in Delhi, while pursuing post graduation in 1980. While Umang continued, she moved on to start ‘The Neighbourhood Star’, Delhi’s first community newspaper in 1984 with the aim to motivate Delhi-ites to fight the injustice around them, by starting with their neighbourhood. Academics wise, Dr. Modi completed her doctoral degree in 1988 from IIT, Delhi while she earned gold medals to her credit when she graduated in Arts in 1976 and again in 1983, when she completed her post graduation in English. Today, in addition to being Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, Dr. Modi is Managing Trustee of Livercare Foundation too. Recipient of many prestigious awards, Dr. Kiran Modi continues to strive towards ensuring the rights of the underprivileged with the same zeal and passion as she did 33 years ago.
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Dr. Monisha C. Nayar-Akhtar: Ms. Akhtar obtained her Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Later, she trained at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in adult and child/adolescent analysis. After practicing for over twenty years in Southfield, Michigan, she relocated to suburban Philadelphia. Currently, she is affiliated with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia where she teaches courses on trauma, object relations and psychoanalytic process. In 2012, she established the Indian Institute of Psychotherapy, New Delhi to offer in-depth workshops on topics related to working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to trauma and attachment and is an honorary consultant with Udayan Care.

Sabrina Mahmood: Sabrina Mahmood is an educational psychologist and counselor, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Having a deep insight into the education system in Bangladesh, she regularly conducts workshops with teachers on issues like building a positive relationship with students. She had provided home-based psychological services to children with Autism and had also facilitated a workshop on 'Helping children with Autism' for Heal Foundation. She had also done research on 'Psychological aspects related to failure in Mathematics. To view article click here.

Shamim Ferdous : A medical practitioner by profession, Dr. Shamim Ferdous is the Executive Director of Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation, Dhaka, an organisation that has been providing integrated services for the marginalised children, and children with disabilities in six rural areas of Bangladesh (Dhamrai, Savar, Norshindi, Faridpur, Kishoregonj, Barisal) and in three urban centres (Mirpur and Malibagh). The integrated services of Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation help the children to improve their functional, educational, health, nutritional, vocational and social areas. Dr Ferdous is also Convener Child Rights, National Forum of Organizations Working with the Disabled and Chairperson working group of Visual impairment with Additional Disabilities.
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Tuhinul I. Khalil: A Social Work practitioner, child rights activist, researcher and academic from Bangladesh, with a PhD in Institutional Childcare from the University of Edinburgh, UK, Dr. Khalil has 18 years' work experience in the areas of child welfare management; institutional childcare - including through, leaving and aftercare support; child protection, child participation; attachment, resilience and surveillance; brothel children, sex workers, education, social inequality, healthcare, development and research in the development sector in Bangladesh, Malaysia and the UK. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Northern University Bangladesh, a child welfare consultant with ActionAid Bangladesh and Director, Education and Child Development of a national NGO in Bangladesh.

Varathagowry Vasudevan: Senior Lecturer at the National Institute of Social Development, Sri Lanka School of Social Work. Actively involved in research related to child development, women, youth and senior citizens. Studied at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai and has also done studies on interesting themes like 'Sociological Study of the Socially Backward Areas in Jaffna Town', 'Problems of School-going Adolescents of Migrant Parents' and 'Living Conditions of Elderly Women in Institutionalized Care in Colombo.
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Disclaimer: "Articles published by the Journal: "Institutionalised Children: Explorations and Beyond" (ICEB) reflect the views of the author alone and not necessarily those of Udayan Care or of the ICEB."