Shaifali Sandhya, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I value the twin processes of teaching—student   
engagement and critical reasoning—to stimulate  
new thinking about old problems."  
Shaifali Sandhya, Ph.D.

"I value the twin processes of teaching—student
engagement and critical reasoning—to stimulate
new thinking about old problems."
Shaifali Sandhya, Ph.D.

Shaifali Sandhya, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program

I view my students as knowledge leaders. In order to shape this identity, I value the twin processes of teaching—student engagement and critical reasoning—to stimulate new thinking about old problems. I incorporate research in social, clinical, and cultural psychology; integrate current articles from peer-reviewed journals that emphasize empirical research; and use clinical vignettes to apply research across settings. I also emphasize multidisciplinary readings such as animal studies, economics, business, and cultural anthropology.

In discussion, I raise questions to foster critical reasoning, encourage small groups to explore thinking, and invite outside speakers to discuss implications in the community. Students can then understand how professionals grapple with the same issues differently. We also engage in formalized debates to explore two sides of the same issue. These have been the spark of many spirited discussions among students even after they leave the classroom!

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4348) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Psychology, Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Delhi

Licensure

  • (Illinois)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychololgy Association

Select Publications

  • Sandhya, S. (2009). Love will follow: Why marriage is burning in urban India. New Dehli, India: Random House India.
  • Sandhya, S. (2009). The social context of marital happiness: Interplay of conflict and intimacy in urban Indian couples, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 35(1), 74–96.

Select Presentations

  • His and Hers: Marital Happiness in India, 8th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, December 2009
  • Postpartum Depression: The Lens of Culture, Ethnicity, and Family, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, June 2009
  • Happiness in Globalizing Families, the Adler School, May 2008
  • Happiness Through a Systems Lens, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, July 2005
  • Marital Happiness of Hindu Couples: Impact of the Marital Relationship, Family, and Culture, Positive Psychology Conference, August 2002