Research Interests

Applied Positive Psychology, Student wellbeing, Social-emotional learning

Dr. Pulkit Khanna

Associate Professor and Vice Dean

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

Dr. Pulkit Khanna serves as Associate Professor and Vice Dean at the Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS), O. P. Jindal Global University. She carries multidisciplinary professional experience, including teaching, research, and training over the past decade. She attained her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT- Delhi). Thereafter, she was certified in Positive Psychology (Research, Education and Application in Community Health) at NIMHANS, Bangalore. Her current research work focuses on strengthening student wellbeing in educational spaces, and exploring indigenous practices that promote positive psychological constructs. Pulkit is among the founding members of the National Positive Psychology Association and is currently also serving as an Executive Committee Member of this body.

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 presented at prestigious conferences and seminars.  Her work is published in well-recognized peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is working on collaborative research projects pertaining to student wellbeing in higher education.

Teaching Experience

She started her teaching journey as a teaching assistant at IIT Delhi, which saw her co-teach courses on Introduction to 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 students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Besides her regular teaching engagements, she is regularly invited as a resource person for multiple training sessions for teachers and professionals on diverse topics in Psychology.


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., 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. Khanna P., Singh K., Dua S. (2022) Role of Gratitude in Positive Adolescent Development. In: Patra S. (eds) Adolescence in India. Springer, Singapore.
  2. Khanna, P. (2021). Criminal Psychology Through a Positive Psychology Lens: From a Deficit to Asset Perspective (in Eds. S. P. Sahni, P. Bhadra) Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond (pp 255-271). Springer Nature, Singapore.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.