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Nandita Chaudhary, Ph. D.

Nandita Chaudhary is a Consultant and collaborator for projects, programmes and publications on Child Development, Family Studies and Cultural Psychology with specific reference to Indian communities. She blogs at Masala Chai: Musings about little people https://masalachaimusings.com/. She has taught at Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fellow of the Indian Council for Social Science Research. For the term January – May 2021, Nandita was invited as Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Arts and Sciences for the course titled Developmental Psychology.

Nandita Chaudhary taught at the University of Delhi, Lady Irwin College from 1982 – 2017. She continues to supervise doctoral dissertations at the College. She has been a Fulbright scholar at the Psychology Department, Clark University, USA, during the years 1993 – 94, and a Senior Fellow of the ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research) from 2012 - 2014. Dr. Chaudhary has participated in international collaborations in the area of culture, children’s development and family studies, and has supervised research from India, Denmark, Germany and the US. She has also been an advisor to scholars, University departments, national and international agencies, and legal services in matters related to childhood and family in India. She is an expert for the Delhi High Court Mediation Centre for cases involving child custody.

Dr. Chaudhary is the author of ‘Listening to Culture: Constructing reality from everyday talk’ (2004, Sage), and has co-edited five volumes: ‘Resistance in Everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences’ (2017, Springer), ‘Cultural psychology and its future: Complementarity in a new key’ (2014, Information Age), ‘Cultural realities of being: Abstract ideas within everyday lives’ (2013, Routledge), ‘Dynamic process methodology in the social and developmental sciences’ (2009, Springer), and ‘Researching families and children: Culturally appropriate methods’ (2008, Sage). She has authored several chapters in books and journals. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Culture & Psychology and is on the editorial board of three other journals. She has written several chapters and articles on childhood, family life and education in India; and is currently working on a publication emerging from two years of ethnographic research with young children in Northern India. She is actively involved public awareness campaigns regarding cultural issues in parenting. Additionally, she is passionate about photography, especially of children and families, as well as nature. Reading, writing, sketching and travel are her other interests.

Recent Publications

Chapters in Books and Journals:

Chaudhary, N., Gupta, D. & Kapoor, S. (In print). Social conventions and moral obligations in young children’s care: Illustrations from rural families of Northern India. Submitted toPsychology and Developing Societies.

Chaudhary, N., Misra, G., Valsiner, J., Bansal, P. & Singh, T. (Under Review). Making sense of culture for the psychological sciences.

Chaudhary, N. (In Print). Local ideas for a global science: The journey from Indian Psychology to Cultural Psychology. In, B. Wagoner, B. A. Christiansen, & C. Demuth, (Eds.), Culture in process: A tribute to Jaan Valsiner. Chapter 26. New York: Springer.

Chaudhary, N. (Submitted). From local evidence to global science and onward to local practice in a post-pandemic world: The journey of family intervention programs in India. In S. V. Klempe, O. V. Lehmann, & B. L. Knizek (Eds.) Ethical based practices: A theoretical foundation. Annals of Theoretical Psychology Series (Editors: C. W. Gruber, J. Valsiner, M. G. Clark, &Klempe, S. H. New York, NY: Springer.

Chaudhary, N. (In press). Early Childhood Education in Contemporary Indian Society: Finding Meaning through Cultural Traditions and Developmental Science. Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Kochi, Kerala, India.

Chaudhary, N. (2021). Intimate encounters with the sense of self. In, M. E. Molina, G. Marsico, C. Cornejo, & J. Valsiner (Eds.). Intimacy: The shared part of me. Book Series: The Annals of Cultural Psychology. Series Editor J. Valsiner. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Chaudhary, N. & Sriram, S. (In press). Towards A culturally rooted human science: Prospects of Psychology for India. In G. Misra (Ed.), History of Psychology in India. New Delhi: Springer.

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Presentations 2020

Presentation on Strengthening intergenerational relations in the present and post-coronial world. Wellness Series, Gargi College, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi

Plenary Presidential Address ‘Is the Mother Essential for Attachment?Reflections on fungibility and plurality in the care of infants.’ Title of the session:The Cultural Nature of Early Relationships and Development at the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), Brisbane, Australia. June 26, 2021.

Lecture (Online) on Contextualizing relationships and development: Families through the lens of culture.Cultural Psychology Summer School. University of Luxembourg. June 15-17, 2021.

Discussant. Panel on Feeding and the formation of social relationships in childhood. First Biennial Conference of the European Network for Psychological Anthropology. Online. Hosted by University of Helsinki, Finland.

Lecture, 19thApril, 2021, National Online Refresher Course in Psychology, Ramanujan College University of Delhi, New Delhi. Childhood from a cultural psychological perspective. Link to video: ONLINE REFRESHER COURSE In PSYCHOLOGY - YouTube

Lecture, 9thApril, 2021. Culturally relevant methodologies and ethically responsive practices in Social Science Research. Online Refresher course on Ethics, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi.

Lecture, Childhood from sa cultural psychological perspective: From intersectionality to interdependence. Department of Sociology, Calcutta University and Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women. ICSSR sponsored symposium Online, September 12, 2020.

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University of Copenhagen visiting scholar in Life-Course Studies, October 2014

Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Social Sciences Research, New Delhi, 2012 – 2014

UGC Major Research Grant for research project on ‘Childhood in different communities: An ethnographic study”, 2010 – 2013

Witkin Okonji Award, International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology, 2000 and 2008

ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research) Award, 2000 and 2006

University Grants Commission (India) Award, 2000 and 2006

Spencer Foundation Small Grant Award for research study, “The Impact of Early Language Input on Children’s Discourse: Implications for School Participation”. Jointly with Prof. Nancy Budwig, Department of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA, 1995

Fulbright Award for pre-doctoral study at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA, 1993

Award for Dissertation grant, Indian Council for Social Sciences Research, Government of India, 1992

University Grants Commission award for doctoral study with full salary and seniority benefits, 1991

University of Delhi Gold Medal for first rank in Masters’ in Child Development. University of Delhi, 1978

Research projects

2014 - 2016, Collaborator, Cross-national study on ‘The influence of socialization goals and practices on the development of pro-social behaviour in the toddler years: A cross-cultural study’. Project Director: Prof. Joscha Kärtner, Department of Psychology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany.

2013 – 2016, Member, Technical Work Group. Odisha Impact Study on ECE. International Children’s Fund, New Delhi

October 2014, Life-course studies collaboration with Pernille Hviid, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

2014, Member, Consultative group, Research project on Framework for social and emotional learning for Indian schools. The Teacher Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka.

2012 – 2014, Principal Investigator, Research project ‘Self and Identity of the young child: Emerging trends in contemporary Indian families’, Senior Fellowship, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi

2010 – 2012, Principal Investigator, Research project ‘Parent beliefs, socialisation practices and children’s development in Indian families’. Major Grants, University Grants Commission, New Delhi

2010 – 2014, Member, Research Advisory Committee, Qualitative study of ECE centres. CECED, Ambedkar University, New Delhi

2010, Advisor, Research methods training for doctoral and research scholars, Ambedkar University

2010 – 2013, Collaborator, International project on ‘Decision making in Everyday life’, Prof. Lawrence Steinberg, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

2008 – 2010, Member Steering Committee for the Advanced Research Training Seminar. Collaboration of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Association for Applied Psychology and International Union of Psychologists.

2008 – 2010, Collaborator, International project (National Institute of Health, USA) with Prof. Jennifer Lansford, Centre for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, for a study on ‘Parent Behaviour and Child Adjustment Across Cultures’.

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