Dr. Preeti Kapur

Preeti-Kapur
preeti.kapur@iilm.edu
IILM University

Dr. Preeti Kapur

Professor

Biography

Dr. Preeti Kapur is currently a faculty at the Psychology Department at IILM, Gurugram. She has a teaching experience of over four decades at Delhi University and has recently joined the department at IILM. Her research interests include social psychology, cultural psychology, gender studies, religious studies, community outreach programmes, and, mental health and well-being. She has published papers in peer reviewed journals both at the national and international level. Currently she is actively involved in community out-reach programs on mental health awareness, safety and protection of youth, health and hygiene and disability.

Personal Qualification

  • PhD., Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi (2007)
            Explorations in Cultural Construction of Self: A Study in the Context of Sikh Community
  • MPhil University of Delhi (1977-1978)
  • M.A. Indraprastha College, University of Delhi (1975-1977) – 1st Division
  • B.A. (Hons) Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi (1972-1975) – 1st Division

Research and Scholarly Publications

Star Innovation Project
Mentor for Star Innovation Project titled “Status of women, children and youth in slums of Delhi: With focus on health, education and employment” awarded 2015.
Research Projects:

  • Challenges of Covid-19: Mental Health and Well-being among the Visually Impaired undertaken in 2021. The report can be accessed from the All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB) website.
  • The Shared Spaces: Exploring the Boundaries, Barriers and Bridges in Contemporary India (2017) – Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Cognitive Assessment and Enhancement using Video Games and Virtual Reality among Adults (2014) – Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
  • Religion, Identity-Formation and Well-Being: A multicentric Social Psychological Exploration (2014) – Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Motivated Identify Construction: Study 2 (2011) – Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) (forwarded by Sussex University)

Initiatives during Service and Post-Retirement

  • AaoChuppiThode’ – ACT now! An activity based participatory workshop mode of creating awareness and educating young children to adolescence, young adulthood and the adult. Workshops have been carried out in schools, colleges, urban slums and NGOs. During the pandemic the same program were conducted on-line, e.g., a session was held on Girl-Up, and with students from Delhi University colleges.
  • Healing Conversations is another platform where by just listening and helping make informed decisions can prove to be very helpful in navigating the crisis. This program is for teachers, counsellors and students.
  • Created an activity based life skills program and manual for Khushii (NGO) in May 2020, titled “Competence Nurturing the Youth: Life Skills for Psycho-Social
  • Worked with the following NGOs – Khushii, Udyam, Shades of Happiness, and, You’re Wonderful Project (YWP). Actively involved with the various department of YWP; for the past four years and have mentored the Peer Support department. It provides on-line emotional support mainly to the youth population. The Peer Support department acts like a bridge and connects help seekers to mental health professionals.
  • Helped open Psychology Resource Centre (PRC) at DaulatRam College and provide students and faculty with the necessary resources to lead a health life and attain well-being.

Post Retirement

  • Mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate students’ regarding issues ranging from mental health programs, safety and protection of the youth, related research work. This allowed them a platform to discuss their research ideas and in designing the research plan to be undertaken. Designed a directory listing contact details of professionals pan India along with mental health app available during the pandemic with an aim was to create a reservoir of resources.
  • Currently working in the area of creating safety and protection modules for the main stakeholders in an educational setting: Students, teachers, counsellors, administration, as well as parents. Areas of focus are – the body and psychological safety, nature of abuse and online safety. Workshops for college students on sexual abuse and harassment.

Publications

Kapur, P.,Misra, G., &Verma, N. K. (In Press). Psychological Perspectives on Identity,
Religion and Well-being: Empirical Findings from India. Springer (New Delhi)

Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2019). Religious Behavior: Psycho-Social Perspectives
In G. Misra, (Ed.) 6th Survey Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for Psychology.

Kapur, P., & Kapoor, R., (2016).Culture of Silence: Understanding Psycho-Social
Aspects of Menstruation. In S. Roy, G C Mishra,S. Nanda & A. Jain(Eds.),
Proceedings of Public Health: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities, Prevention,
Awareness.(Public Health: 2016)Volume 2 (pp. 331-336) . New Delhi,India:
KrishiSanskriti Publications. ISBN: 978-93-85822-10-0.

Kapur, P., &Jagga,U. (2016). Sexual Health Awareness Plan for Young Women: A
Value Driven Approach. In S. Roy, G C Mishra,S. Nanda & A. Jain(Eds.),
Proceedings ofPublic Health: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities, Prevention,
awareness. Volume 2 (pp.364-368) . New Delhi, India:
KrishiSanskriti Publications. ISBN: 978-93-85822-10-0.

Kapur, P., & Kapoor, R., (2016). Early to Bed and Early to Rise: Impact of Sleep Patterns
on Psychological Health and Concentration. In S. Roy, G C Mishra,S. Nanda & A.
Jain(Eds.), Proceedings ofPublic Health: Issues, challenges, opportunities,
prevention, awareness. (Public Health: 2016) Volume 2(pp. 337-342). New Delhi,
India:KrishiSanskriti Publications. ISBN: 978-93-85822-10-0.

Kapur, P., & Khanna, D. (2016). Damsel in Distress: Significance of Body Image,
Psychological Health in 21st Century (2016). In S. Roy, G C Mishra,S. Nanda &
Jain(Eds.), Proceedings ofPublic Health: Issues, Challenges, Opportunities,
Prevention, Awareness.(Public Health: 2016)Volume 2 (pp. 356-360) . New Delhi,India: KrishiSanskriti Publications. ISBN: 978-93-85822-10-0.

Kapur, P., &Basu, A. (2016). Searching for the ‘Perfect’ Body: Experiential Voices on
Perception of Body Image in Young Undergraduate Women. In S. Roy, G C
Mishra,S. Nanda & A. Jain(Eds.), Proceedings ofPublic Health: Issues,
Challenges, Opportunities, prevention, awareness. (Public Health: 2016) Volume 2
(pp. 361-363). New Delhi: KrishiSanskriti Publications.
ISBN: 978-93-85822-10-0.

Misra, G. &Kapur, P. (2014). Recovering the potentials of non-Western psychological
perspectives: Combining Chinese and Indian perspectives. Culture and
Psychology, 20, 440-450.

Kapur, P. &Misra, G. (2013). Transmission and regeneration of Sikh self: In, Y. Kashima, E. Kashima, & R. Beatson, (Eds.) Steering the cultural dynamics: Selected papers from the 2010 Congress of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, pp. 124-130. Association for Cross Cultural Psychology. ISBN: 987-0-9845627-3-2.
Kapur, P., Misra, G., & Das, M. (2011). Who are we? Representation of Indianness amongst the Indian Youth, Psychological, Group, and Cultural Processes in
Changing Societies: The Progress in Asian Social Psychology Series, Vol. 8, pp.
247-262. New Delhi: Macmillan Publishers, India.
Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2010). Changing identities and fixed roles: The experiences of Sikh women. In Doris R. Jakobsh, ed., Sikhism and Women: History, Texts and Experience, pp. 187-204. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Dangwal, R., &Kapur, P. (2009). Social networking effect at ‘HiWEL’ kiosks amongst
children. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 3, 4, 290-305. ISSN:
1750-497X
Dangwal, R., &Kapur, P. (2009). Learning through teaching: Peer mediated instruction in
Minimally Invasive education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40, 1,
5-22. ISSN: 1467-8535
Dangwal, R., &Kapur, P. (2008). Children’s learning process using unsupervised ‘Hole in
the Wall’ computers in shared public spaces. Australasian Journal of Educational
Technology 2008, 24(3), 339-354.ISSN: 1449-3098
Kapur, P. (2010). Sharing identity through dress: The case of Sikh women.
Psychological Studies, Springer.

Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2011). Social identity in India: Continuities and fractures. In G. Misra, Contemporary Indian Psychology. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2011). Being human the Sikh way: Some psychological reflections. In M. Cornellison, G.Misra& S.Varma (Eds.) Foundations of Indian psychology, Vol II, pp. 251-268. New Delhi: Pearson.

Dangwal, R., Jha, S., &Kapur, P. (2006). Impact of Minimally Invasive Education on
Children – An Indian Perspective. British Journal of Educational Technology 37,
2, 295-298.ISSN: 1467-8535.
Mitra, S., Dangwal, R., Chatterjee, S., Jha, S., Bisht, R. S., &Kapur, P. (2005).
Acquisition of computing literacy on shared public computers: Children and the
‘Hole in the Wall’. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 2005, 21(3),
407-426. ISSN: 1449-3098.
Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2004). The social construction of Sikh identity: Lessons for Intergroup behavior. Contemporary India, 3, 2, 1-25.

Kapur, P., &Misra, G. (2003). Image of Self in the Sikh community: Continuity of the core and global presence. Psychology and Developing Societies, 15, 1, 103-116.

Kapur, P., & Sen, A. (1981). Semantic differential checking and its relation to scholastic achievement. University Psychological Research Journal, 2, 2, 68-71.

Opal, P., & Sen, A. (1980). Relationship between personality make-up and preference for off-the-job activities among executives. University Psychological Research Journal, 2, 56-61.
Opal, P., & Sen, A. (1979). A semantic differential study of some meaning structures in relation to school background and scholastic achievement. Journal of Psychological Researches, 23, 197-183.

Papers Presented and Lectures delivered at National and International Conferences

Kapur, P. (2016). Configuring intergroup relations in contemporary India: Interplay of categorization, positive affirmation and violence. Invited symposia at International Congress of Psychology, 2016, Yokohama, Japan, 24-29 July.
Kapur. P. (2016). Mapping the terrain of Psychology of religion in India. Invited symposium at International Congress of Psychology, 2016, Yokohama, Japan, 24-29 July.
Kapur, P. (2016). Prospects for Health and Well-being from Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS), invited lecture at Social Harmony and Well-being: Issues and Challenges”, Department of Applied Psychology, Sri Aurobindo College (Evening), University of Delhi, Delhi , National Association of Psychological Science – India (naps), March 18th – 19th, 2016.
Kapur, P. (2016). Culture of Fear and Distrust: Breakdown and Rebuilding ‘Being and Living in a Relational World. National SeminarOn Being and Living in a Relational World, held at IIT, Delhi, 11-12th March, 2016.
Kapur, P. (2010). XXth annual Conference of National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), 12-15 December, 2010 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Mind, Culture and Human Activities: Psychological Sciences in Twentieth First Century.
Kapur, P. (2010). Conversations in the Classroom: Suggestions for a Polyphonic Curriculum for Reduction of Prejudice amongst Students. National Seminar, JamiaMilliaIslamia, New Delhi, Aggression and Violence: Challenges for Social Well-being, 17-18 March, 2010.
Kapur, P. (2010). Transmission and Regeneration of Sikh Self: Culture in the making. XXth Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), 2010, Melbourne, Australia, 7- July 2010.
Kapur, P. (2009). Who are we? Representation of Indianness among Indian youth. Eighth Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, 2009, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, 11-14, December.
Kapur, P. (2007). Social Consciousness in Sikh Community. Approaches to mind Sciences emanating from Indian Culture: A Reflection on yoga, Consciousness and Indian Psychology, 27-29 January, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi.
Kapur, P. (2003). The Social Construction of Sikh Identity: Lessons for Intergroup Behaviour. National Seminar on ‘Intergroup Relations Research in India: Insights from the Past and Agenda for the Future, 9-10th February, Department of Psychology, Allahabad.