As a social psychologist, Dr. Bakhshi has worked on various issues linked to international development: disability, life skills education, processes that create vulnerability and definitions of well-being. She is currently working on stigma and social exclusion of destitute groups that impede participation within society. Her work mainly focuses on assessment of programs and international policy in low and middle-income countries.
Dr Bakhshi collaborates on various courses to teach some specific classes that focus on international perspectives of occupational therapy. These include disability and health policies, community-based rehabilitation (CBR) as defined by various International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO), as well as the various ways of defining and assessing disability in different cultures.
2003: PhD in intercultural social psychology, René Descartes University, Paris V
1998: M.Phil in social psychology (DEA), dual-degree, René Descartes University, Paris V and EHESS, Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
1997: MS in social psychology (Maitrise), René Descartes University, Paris V
1996: BS in psychology (license), René Descartes University, Paris V
Dr Bakhshi earned her PhD in 2003 in intercultural social psychology, looking specifically at identity of young Indian women and social changes. She then worked as a consultant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, where she contributed to the work of the quality education sector and life skills programs. In 2004, she joined an international organization, Handicap International as a researcher and collaborated in the National Disability Survey in Afghanistan (NDSA) that was carried out over a period of two years in all 34 provinces of the country. In 2007, following the end of the NDSA, she became an international consultant and carried out short-term mission for various agencies: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Bank, Save the Children-UK, Australian Aid Agency (AUSAID). She also continued to teach and conduct research as a visiting associate with the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at University College London, as well as with the University Degli of Florence, Italy. Her work from 2007-2011 has taken her to Egypt, Djibouti in West Africa, India, Italy and Afghanistan. She joined the Program in Occupational Therapy in January 2012.
2007: New School Graduate Program Scholarship for the 2007 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association in New York
2005: Handicap International fellowship for the 2005 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association in Paris, UNESCO
2004: Handicap International fellowship for the 2004 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association, Universita degli studi, Pavia
Bakhshi, Parul, PhD, DEA (M.Phil)
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Surgery
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