Biography

 

Saloni Atal

Saloni Atal

  • Scholar
  • India
  • 2017 PhD Psychology
  • Christ's College

I am social psychologist interested in advancing well-being in contexts of poverty and social deprivation. My doctoral research at the Institute of Public Health aims to use insights from sociocultural social psychology to critically unpack the impact of an innovative teacher education programme on the agency and psychosocial well-being of impoverished Indian women. My research will produce policy relevant insights into women's empowerment and mental health in low-income settings. Prior to my PhD, I completed the MPhil in Social and Development Psychology at Cambridge (2015-16), as part of which I looked at understandings of mental health and mental illness among slum-dwelling Indian women and how these relate to their sociocultural context. I am immensely thankful to the Trust for their support, without which I would not have been a part of this rich heritage. I am deeply honored and excited to be a part of the Gates Cambridge community.

Previous Education

University of Hong Kong
University of Cambridge