Research Staff

Tejasi Pendse – Research Assistant (Based at IHMP, Pune)

Tejasi is trained in Clinical Psychology and holds a certificate in Dance Movement Therapy. She has worked with marginalized youth and adults on various concerns such as mental health/illness, sexual abuse, violence against women, suicidal ideations and more. It amazes her to experience, how beautifully and courageously an individual can deal with his vulnerable conditions. In all, she believes that there is an immense amount of positive potential within each individual which helps him/her to grow and develop.

Saba Jamwal – Research Assistant (based at IHMP, Pune)

Saba has an expertise in mental health and completed her Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology. She completed her graduation from University fo Delhi and was awarded Kusum Bhardwaj Memorial Award as best student in Humanities and received Certificate of merit for First position in B.A. Programme. She also has presented poster presentation on “Training Non-professional Mental Health Workers in Delivering Family Focused Therapy to People with Bipolar Affective Disorder in a Community Mental health setting” at World Association of Social Psychiatry, WASP 2016, New Delhi.

During her Masters she was posted in various clinics in the community mental health settings of Mental Health action Trust (MHAT) for 2 years in Kerala, these placements provided intensive training in case history taking, clinical interviewing, diagnosis, psychological assessments, Psycho-Social Interventions and psychological/psychiatric management of various childhood and adult psychiatric conditions, participation in the home visits and in coordinating rehabilitation procedures of the mentally ill and their family, understood the crux of community mental health.

Apart from this, she has represented NCC Directorate at the Annual NCC Republic Day Camp and the Prime Minister’s Rally held at New Delhi in 2009. She has worked under an Innovation Research Project, “Reinventing the brand positioning of Indian tourism in Global Market” in 2014 with University of Delhi. She also worked as a Lead Student Counsellor at Centre for Mental Health and Services (CMHS) (School Counseling and Remediation SCR) Pune, Maharashtra.

Saba is a nature lover. She love beaches, mountains, sunsets and enjoys travelling! She love animals and wishes to run an Animal Welfare Ngo in future. Art and music  is therapeutic to her.

Jonathan Coope – Research Fellow (De Montfort University, UK)

Jonathan trained as an actor at Drama Studio London, working in theatre as both actor and company manager for several years before completing his PhD in History (on ecopsychological and counter cultural critiques of modernity and techno-science) awarded by Southampton University in 2008.

He is currently a senior lecturer on the MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research at De Montfort University (DMU) and also teaches on the Leading Change for Sustainability module of the MSc in Energy and Sustainable Development at DMU.

Jonathan is also Honorary Research Fellow in History at Nottingham University and a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. He originally trained as an engineer at Imperial College London and the BBC.

Hina Siddique – Adviser

Hina Siddiqui is a teacher, trainer, theatremaker, arts manager and story-collector based in Pune. She holds a Professional Certificate in Performance & Training from LAMDA and was an ATSA Fellow 2016-17. She is also an AWID Seed Grant Awardee 2017 and a member of South-Asia’s first ATSA Trainers’ cohort. She is greatly interested in communal economies and activating communities through the arts. She is also interested in how young people in different socio-economic settings understand and deal with mental health and women’s rights. She believes that dismantling the patriarchy is like making an omelette – you have to beat it hard but if you do it right, the result is soft, fluffy and everyone eats well.

She has represented India at the Women Playwrights International Conference, the Contact International Forum (Manchester) and was featured in Key City Theatre’s International Playwrights line-up in Washington. She is the Artist Leader at Orchestrated Q’Works, a performance art and community theatre collective.

Hina is currently pursuing her Masters in Anthropology.