Research Interests

Positive psychology interventions, Positive youth development, Student well being, Social emotional learning, Gratitude

Dr. Pulkit Khanna

Associate Professor & Associate Dean

B.A.(H) and M.A. (Panjab University, Chandigarh), Ph.D. ( IIT Delhi)

Dr. Pulkit Khanna is presently working an Associate Professor & Associate Dean at Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS), O. P. Jindal Global University. She has garnered a multidisciplinary professional experience including teaching, research, and training over the past decade. She is certified in Positive Psychology (Research, Education and Application in Community Health) from NIMHANS, Bangalore. She attained her PhD in Psychology from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT- Delhi) in 2016. Her doctoral research pertained to classroom based interventions among Indian school students; which saw her engage in research and implementation of programs across diverse school settings. Pulkit is among the founding members and is currently serving as an Executive Committee Member of the National Positive Psychology Association in India.


Research Experience

Pulkit has had the privilege to be invited to prestigious events such as the global launch of SEE Learning (curriculum for Social Emotional & Ethical Learning) by Dalai Lama Trust and Emory University at New Delhi (2019), and Cosmology and Consciousness VI – Compassion, Virtue and Character organized by Science for Monks (2017). She has also presented at conferences and seminars including the Third World Congress of International Positive Psychology Association at Los Angeles, USA (2013), International Conference on Innovating Education in Asia at Delhi University (2015), Silver Jubilee Convention of National Academy of Psychology at Allahabad, India (2016), Seminar on Resilience and Early Life Adversities at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India; and Singapore Conference of Applied Psychology (2019).  Her work has been published in well-recognized peer review journals. She has to her credit several awards including best presentation in ‘My Research in 180 seconds’ at Seminar on Resilience and Early Life Adversities at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (2019), IPA President’s Gold Medal Award for best research presentation at the Third World Congress on Excellence (2015), and Student Scholarship from the International Positive Psychology Association (2013).

Teaching Experience

She started her teaching journey as a teaching assistant at IIT Delhi (2012 – 2016) which allowed her to co-teach courses including Introductory Psychology and Positive Psychology to undergraduate students.  Subsequently, she has offered courses on Emergence and Growth of Psychology, Life Span Development, Social Psychology, and Applications of Positive Psychology for both undergraduate and post-graduate students. She also has experience in designing course curricula for students from diverse backgrounds.


Journal Publications

  1. Khanna, P., Singh, K. & Proctor, C. (2021). Exploring the Impact of a Character Strengths Intervention on Well-Being in Indian Classrooms. School Mental Health.

  2. Khanna,P. & Singh, K.(2021). Stress management training and gratitude journaling in the classroom: an initial investigation in Indian context. Current Psychology.

  3. Khanna, P., & Singh, K. (2019). Do All Positive Psychology Exercises Work for Everyone? Replication of Seligman et al.’s (2005) Interventions among Adolescents. Psychological Studies, 64, 1 -10.

  4.  Khanna, P., & Singh, K. (2016). Effect of gratitude educational intervention on well-being indicators among North Indian adolescents. Contemporary School Psychology, 20(4), 305-14.

  5.  Singh, K.,Khanna, P., Khosla, M., Rapelly. M., & Soni, A. (2016).Revalidation of the Sat-Chit-Ananda Scale, Journal of Religion and Health, doi: 10.1007/s10943-016-0328-2.

  6.  Singh, K., Mitra, S., & Khanna, P. (2016). Psychometric Properties of Hindi Version of Peace of Mind, Harmony in Life and Sat-Chit-Ananda Scales. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 43(1), 58-64.

  7.  Khanna, P., & Singh, K. (2015). Perceived factors affecting well-being among North Indian adolescents, Journal of Indian Association of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 11(3), 175-205.

  8. Khanna, P., & Singh. K. (2014). Perceived effectiveness of positive psychology intervention programs among North Indian school students, International Research Journal of Human Resources and Social Sciences, 1(7), 1-17.

  9.  Khanna, P., Singh K., Singla, S. & Verma, V. (2013).  Relationship between Triguna theory & well-being indicators. International Journal of Yoga Philosophy, Psychology and Parapsychology, 1(2), 69-74.

Book Chapters

  1. Singh K., Khanna P., Kaur J. (2021) India, Quality of Life. In: Maggino F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research.Springer, Cham.
  2. Khanna, P., & Singh, K. (2019).  Applications of Positive Psychology in Indian School Setting. In Singh & S. Sigroha (Eds.) Translational Research and Applied Psychology in India. Sage Publications.