Research Interests

Applied positive psychology, psychometrics, adolescent development, cognitive psychology, eye witness testimony

Dr. Mohita Junnarkar

Associate Professor at the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Mental Health, O. P. Jindal Global University.

B.Sc. in Human Development (University of Mumbai); M.H.Sc. in Human Development (S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai); Ph.D. (IIT Bombay)

Dr. Mohita Junnarkar is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Mental Health, O. P. Jindal Global University. She has completed her Ph.D. in Psychology from IIT Bombay in 2013. In 2014, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship programme in positive psychology from IIT Delhi focusing on assessment and validation of psychological scales. She has around 6 years of research and teaching experience.

Research Experience

Dr. Junnarkar is actively pursuing research in areas are eyewitness testimony, psychometrics, cognitive psychology, and adolescent development. Currently, she is working in the area of eyewitness testimony, investigating how eyewitness memory accuracy can be enhanced and the difference in neuronal pathways for correct identification and mis-identification by eyewitnesses. In the field of adolescent development, she is seeking answers on how to identify the early signs of languishing mental health of adolescent at home and in school and how to communicate effectively with adolescents on day-to-day basis so that they flourish. Apart from these projects, she is also interested to explore the role of spirituality and wisdom in adolescent mental health.

She has published more than 15 research papers in national and international peer reviewed indexed journals in the area of psychometric validation of positive psychology constructs and has written a few books and book chapters to her credit. Currently, she is also serving as a Reviewer for the Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology.

Teaching Experience

Her key teaching areas are applied positive psychology, psychometrics, adolescent development and cognitive psychology. At JGU, she is teaching the following electives – Psychology of the Courtroom, Criminal Psychology, Competency Mapping, Human Cognitive Processes and Assessment at Workplace.


Journal Publications

  1. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M., Singh, D., Suchday, S., Mitra, S., & Dayal, P. (2019). Associations between Religious/ Spiritual Practices and Well-Being in Indian Elderly Rural Women. Journal of Religion and Health, pp 1 – 22. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO).
  2. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M. & Mitra, S. (2018) Validation of Hindi Translated Scales on Grit, Resilience and Well-being. Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (JIAPP), 44 (1), 89-98. (Indexing: SCOPUS)
  3. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M. & Jaswal, S. (2017) Validation of the Flourishing Scale and the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience in India. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(8), 943-954. DOI 10.1080/13674676.2016.1229289. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO)
  4. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M., & Jain, A. (2017). Factors Affecting Mental Health of North Indian Adolescents. Psychological Studies, 1-10. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO, ProQuest)
  5. Kaur, J. & Junnarkar, M. (2017). Emotional Intelligence and Intimacy in Relationships. The International Journal of Indian Psychology. (Indexing: Index Copernicus)
  6. Singh, K., Singh, A., Kaur, J., Junnarkar, M. & Slezackova, A. (2016) Cross-cultural differences in Gunas and other well-being dimensions. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 24, 139-146. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO)
  7. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M., Jaswal, S. & Kaur, J. (2016) Validation of Meaning in Life Questionnaire in Hindi (MLQ-H). Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 19(5), 448-458 DOI 10.1080/13674676.2016.1189759. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO)
  8. Singh, K., Bassi, M, Junnarkar, M. & Negri, L. & (2015). Mental Health and Psychosocial Functioning in Adolescence: An Investigation among Indian Students from Delhi. Journal of Adolescence, 39, 59-69. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO; Impact Factor: 2.704)
  9. Singh, K. & Junnarkar, M. (2015). Correlates and Predictors of Positive Mental Health for School Going Children. Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 82-87. DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.047. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO; Impact Factor: 2.417)
  10. Singh, K.,Junnarkar, M. & Sharma, S. (2015). Anxiety, Stress, Depression & Psycho-social Functioning of Indian Adolescents. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 57(4), 41-48. (Indexing: SCOPUS; Web of Science, PubMed)
  11. Singh, K., Ruch, W. & Junnarkar, M. (2014). Effect of the Demographic Variables and Psychometric properties of the Personal Well-Being Index for School Children in India. Child Indicators Research, 7 (3), 1-15. DOI 10.1007/s12187-014-9264-4. (Indexing: SCOPUS; ProQuest; Impact Factor: 1.187)
  12. Singh, K. & Junnarkar, M. (2014). Validation and Effect of Demographic Variables on Perceived Quality of Life by Adolescents. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 12, 88-94. (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO).
  13. Singh, K., Kaur, J., Singh, D. & Junnarkar, M. (2014). Socio-Demographic Variables Affecting Well-Being: A Study on Indian Rural Women. Psychological Studies, 59(2), 197-206. DOI 10.1007/s12646-014-0239-9 (Indexing: SCOPUS; PSYCINFO, ProQuest)
  14. Junnarkar, M. & Khan, A. (2013). Eyewitness Identification: Importance of Belief in Memory Accuracy. Indian Journal of Psychology and Education. Vol.3, No. 1. (Indexing: Scientific Indexing Services, Scholars Impact Factor, General Impact Factor)
  15. Junnarkar, M. & Khan, A. (2011). An Investigation into Eyewitness Accuracy an Indian Experience. Conference Proceedings, International conference on Crossroads of Psychology and Law, organized at American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia,November 4 – 6, 2011.


    1. Sahni, S. P. & Junnarkar, M. (2020). The Death Penalty: Perspectives from India and Beyond. Springer Nature. ISBN 978-981-15-3129-3 (Under Print)

    2. Sahni, S. P. & Junnarkar, M. (2019) Maximizing Human Potential Through Behavioral Competencies: 100 Core Competencies. Bloomsbury Publications, India. ISBN: 978-93-89000-65-8.

    3. Singh, K., Junnarkar, M. & Kaur, J. (2016). Measures in Positive Psychology, Springer India. ISBN: 978-81-322-3631-3. (SCOPUS Indexed)

    4. Junnarkar, M., Kamath, R. & Koshy, S. (2011). Child Adoption: A study of Adopted Adolescents: Psycho-Social Adjustment of Adopted Adolescents in India. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3844332070

Book Chapters

  1. Junnarkar, M. & Karishma (2020). Mental Health Status: Indian Perspective. In 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. (In Press)

  2. Junnarkar, M., Sahni, S. & Gill, S. (2019). Resilience and Well-Being in Sports. In Pradhan, R. K & Kumar, U. (Eds). International Handbook of Advances in Emotion, Wellbeing and Resilience: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Applications, Apple Academic Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

  3. Sahni, S. P., & Junnarkar, M. (2019). Well-being of Domestic Workers. In U. Mahanta and I. Gupta (eds.). Recognition of the Rights of Domestic Workers in India,  Springer Nature, Singapore.,

  4. Sharma, T., Krishnan, A. & Junnarkar, M. (2018). Well-being and Happiness of Elderly Women (Chapter 12). In Sran, S. & Wadhawan, P. (Eds). Perspectives of Successful Ageing. New Delhi, Book Age Publications.

  5. Singh, K. & Junnarkar, M. (2016). The Well-Being of Information Technology Professionals. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work, First Edition. Edited by Lindsay G. Oades, Michael F. Steger, Antonelle Delle Fave, and Jonathan Passmore. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.