Research Interests

Family studies, family therapy, mental health, families and illness, program planning and evaluation, sexuality, gender, race, cultural diversity, sexual violence, substance abuse, and intimacy and couple relationships

Dr. Manjushree Palit

Associate Professor and Director at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies at O. P. Jindal Global University.

B.A. (Ravenshaw College); M.A.(Utkal University); Ph.D. (VirginiaTech, USA)

She is currently the Associate Professor and Director at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies at O. P. Jindal Global University.​ She has acquired multidisciplinary professional experiences, such as teaching, research, counseling and training professionals. She has 15 years of experience in counselling individuals, couples and families in multiple settings, both in India and United States, has been a researcher for 12 years and has 8 years of teaching experience. In addition, she has acquired a substantial experience in training students and professionals. In total, she has conducted more than 100 training programs and workshops in USA, India and neighbouring countries (Nepal, and Dubai).

She holds a Ph.D. in Human Development with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has clinical, teaching, research, grant writing and administrative experience. She has worked in diverse work settings – non-profit organizations in both India and United States, and academic institutions in United States and India.

Clinical Experience

She has worked in India as a counselor and social worker in two non-profit organizations [Populations Services International (PSI) and Indian Association for Promotion of Adoption & Child Welfare (IAPA)]. Her work included engagement with children and adolescents from lower income families, and children and young adults with substance abuse both in Virginia & Houston (United States) and India. In United States, she has worked as a therapist at a family therapy clinic, a non-profit organization, a medical clinic and in school settings, where she dealt with a wide range of clients of all ages, from young children to older adults. In such settings, she has also worked with people from different social class, race, age, education, religious, cultural and sexual orientation with myriad concerns: relational, substance abuse and addictions, psychiatric and mental health issues, pain, medication and lifestyle management, intra-personal concerns, treatment and rehabilitation, and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

 

She has conducted individual and group therapy sessions with immigrant and refugee families. At the Houston Galveston Institute, she coordinated and conducted single-session therapy. The walk-in single session therapy was designed to make therapy services accessible to clients who are reluctant to commit to long-term therapy. This ensures access to mental health services in a timely manner. This type of session served the purpose of management of mental health, lifestyle changes, pain management and access to preventive care as and when needed. Furthermore, walk in-single-session brief therapy helped client’s access to care particularly those struggling with stigma and commitment with respect to accessing therapy sessions.

 

She has also worked with the homeless, refugee, and immigrant population, and has gathered substantive experience in organizing workshops and training programs for individuals, couples, and conducted group therapy. She has also imparted psycho-education and professional development training programs as well.

Research Experience

She has has the privilege of being invited to the expert groups meeting organized by The Drug Prevention and Health Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the topic “Elements of Family Therapy for Juveniles with Drug Use Disorders and in “Contact with the Criminal Justice System: Creating Societies Resilient to Drugs and Crime”. The event was held at Vienna, Austria, from 4-7 June 2018, where she presented a talk on “Current scenario and substance abuse treatment practices in India” on 4th June at the UNODC meeting. She has delivered workshops on family therapy and counselling to undergraduates & post-graduate students, psychologists, teachers and professionals.


She has also presented her scholarly work at some of the reputed international conferences, such as 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology (WSV), Hong Kong 2018; International Conference on Applied Psychology (ICAP 2017) at Colombo, Sri Lanka; The International Academic Forum at The European Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences at Brighton, United Kingdom (2016); 13th United Nations Congress on Crime and Criminal Justice at Doha in 2015; 15th World Society of Victimology at Perth, Australia, 2015; and The Annual Conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, North Carolina, United States (2012).
Her work has been successfully published  as book chapters, and peer reviewed articles in renowned journals. In particular, she has published books, book chapters, journal publications and newspaper articles in reputed national and international journals.

Teaching Experience

She has designed several customized cross-registered elective courses on Juvenile Delinquency and Victim Psychology, and Art of Listening, Attachment and Intimacy in Relationships for the undergraduate students at O.P. Jindal Global University. She has also taught Life Span Developmental Psychology and Counselling Psychology to Psychology major undergraduate students from Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities.

Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Stith, S., Spencer, C. M., Ripll-Nunez, K. J., Jaramillo-Sierro, A. L., Nikparvar, F., Glebova, T., Du, J., Peng, Y., Mittal, M., Palit, M., Saydam, S. Z., Gazioglu, N., Vetere, A., Siltala, H., Paivinen, H., & Holma, J. International Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence: Challenges and Opportunities. (Manuscript under review).

  2. Chen, R., Piercy, F. P., Huang, Wei-Jen., Jaramillo-Sierra, A. L., Karimi, H., Chang, Wei-Ning., Palit, M.Martosudarmo, C. D.M.L., & Antonio, A., (2017): A Cross-National Study of Therapists’ Perceptions and Experiences Of Premature Dropout From TherapyJournal of Family Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2017.1343067

  3. Palit, M., & Allen, K. (2016). Making meaning of the virginity experience: Young men’s perceptions in the United States. Sexual & Relationship Therapy Journal, doi: 10.1080/14681994.2016.1237771.

  4. Palit, M., Dhanda, A., & Jain, G. Preventing femicide in India (2016): Valuing and safeguarding the girl child and womenFemicide Volume IV, ACUNS (Academic Council of United Nations System)  

  5. Jain, G., Palit, M., & Dhanda, A. (2016). Honor restored with the blood shed of loved ones: Honor killing and bystander interventionFemicide Volume IV, ACUNS (Academic Council of United Nations System)

  6.  Jaramillo-Sierra, A. L., Piercy, F. P., Chang, W., Palit, M., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (2015). Couple and family therapists’ perceptions of women’s depression and preferred treatment modalities: A cross-national exploration. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26, 226-242, doi: 10.1080/08975353.2015.1067534

  7. Piercy, F. P., Chang, W., Palit, M., Jaramillo-Sierra, A. L., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (2014). A cross-national study in family therapy training: A collaborative pilot project. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 250-259. doi: 10.1007/s10591-014-9300-z

  8. Piercy, F. P., Chang, W., Palit, M., Jaramillo-Sierra, A. L., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (2013). Cross-national research in family therapy: One encouraging collaborative approach. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24, 296–305. doi: 10.1080/08975353.2013.849559

  9. Piercy, F. P., & Palit, M. (2012). Editor’s Annual Report: 2011–2012. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 697–703. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2012.00337.

  10. Keeling, M. L., Butler, J., Green, N., Kraus, V., & Palit, M. (2010). The gender discourse in therapy questionnaire: A tool for training in feminist-informed therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 22 (2), 153-169, doi: 10.1080/08952831003787883. (Butler, Green, Kraus & Palit are equally second authors)

Books

  1. Sahni, S., Dhanda, A., & Palit, M. (2016). Victims’ Assistance in India: Suggesting Legislative Reforms- A 
    Comprehensive Comparative Policy Review. New Delhi: ANE Publishing

  2. Kirchhoff, G., Palit, M., & Sahni, S. (2016). Global Victimology: New Voices: Theory, Facts, Legislations (Edited Book). New Delhi: Universal Law Publishing, Lexis Nexis Publishers.

Book Chapters

  1. Palit M. (2020). Juvenile Delinquency : Causes and Treatment in (Eds. S. P. Sahni, P. Bhadra) Understanding the Criminal Minds: From Theory to Practice of Criminal Psychology (Springer Singapore)

  2. Palit, M. (2020). Depression and its impact on significant relationships with intimate partner and family. Sahni, S. P., Srivastava, J., Thakur, A., Lakhani, S., & Jain, G. (Eds.) Let’s talk about depression: A Focus on Australia, India, and USA, Bloomsbury Publications. 

  3. Hovorun, T., & Palit, M. (2018). Gender in Pedagogical dimensions. In the edited book “Pedagogical and psychological sciences: development prospects in countries of Europe at the beginning of the third millennium”,Collective monograph. Volume 1. The Academic Council of Economics College in Stalowa Wola “Baltija Publishing”,  412 p. ISBN 978-9934-571-62-6

  4. Majumdar, S. & Palit, M. (2016). Victimization and Its Impact: Need for psychosocial support. In S. Sahni, A.
    Dhanda & M. Palit (Eds). Victims’ Assistance in India: Suggesting Legislative reforms- A Comprehensive
    Comparative Policy Review. New Delhi: ANE Publishing.

  5. Sahni, S. P., Dhanda, A. & Palit, M. (2016). Legislative Reforms: Suggestions for a Victim-sensitive in India.
    In G.F. Kirchhoff, M. Palit, & S.P. Sahni’s (Eds). Global Perspectives in Victimology: Theory-Facts-
    Legislation. Lexis-Nexis Publication (pp. 127-137)

  6. Palit, M., & Levin, S. (2016) Collaborative Therapy with Women and Children Refugees in Houston: Moving
    toward Rehabilitation in U.S after Enduring Atrocities of War. In Dr Laurie L.Charlés & Dr Gameela
    Samarasinghe (Eds). Family therapy in global humanitarian contexts: Voices and issues from the Field, (39-
    49). American Family Therapy Academy: Springer Publication.

  7. Piercy, F. & Palit, M. (2014). Addiction and recovery: Two reflective learning activities. In R. Bean, S. Davis, and M. Davey (Eds). Clinical supervision activities for increasing competence and self- awareness, (281-286). Boston: Wiley

Other Publications

UNODC Report

  1. “Elements of family-based treatments for adolescents with drug use disorders: creating societies resilient to drugs and crime”- a UNODC report (Accepted due to be published in the UNODC website)