BALM Faculty

Social Work

Mr K. S. Ramesh

Mr K.S. Ramesh has over eight years of experience in clinical research, health project management, entrepreneurship, consulting, counselling and training. He has been teaching Social Work for over seven years and his interests lie in the areas of Social Group Work, Healthcare Management and Entrepreneurship, Community Health, and Ethical standards of Social Work practice. He also supervises students in their research assignments and his main research interests include language policies and development, skill development practices and training needs and their outcome.

Dr. J Harini Christopher
Dr. J Harini Christopher
Dr. Josephine Anthony
Assistant Professor

Dr. Josephine Anthony is Assistant Professor (on deputation from TISS) at BALM Chennai, during the academic year 2016-17. She has been faculty at the Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families, School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai for the past 5 years.

Projects led by her include UN-sponsored ones, on vulnerable and marginalised children. Currently, she is leading projects sponsored by DST, Government of India on Wastewater Management with a focus on Community Participation and on ‘Migration and Education’, by Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd, Pune. Before joining TISS, Dr. Josephine has worked in different capacities including a stint as a research consultant, faculty at the Department of Social Work, Stella Maris College, University of Madras, and as an autism therapist in USA. She has published articles in reputed international and national journals and chapters in edited volumes.

She is interested in researching on Children, Vulnerable Children, Technology and Society. Her Ph. D. is in the area of ‘Digital Divide and Equity in Education’ from IIT, Madras.

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Dr. Lakshmi Sankaran
Dr. Lakshmi Sankaran
Head of Department, Department of Psychology

Dr. Lakshmi Sankaran is a mental health educator and practitioner with M.Phil. and PhD degrees from NIMHANS, Bangalore. She started her counselling practice with families having mental health related issues and HIV/AIDS (VHS, Chennai) including addictions (TTK Hospital).

Dr. Lakshmi is a life coach and trainer in employee assistance programs (EAP). She was also a faculty member at Christ University, Bangalore.

She has published many papers on workplace well-being, psycho-social care for addictions and strengths- based approaches in mental health interventions and collaborated in writing manuals on addressing risk factors in non-communicable diseases.

Mr. Veerapandian
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Mr Veerapandian is an Assistant Professor at BALM. He has also worked at the Madras School of Social Work as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Department of Counselling Psychology and has worked as a lecturer for 6 years. Mr Veerapandian completed M.Phil. in Professional Psychology from University of Madras.

He also has worked as Research Assistant and Research Associate in the field of health, particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS, during which time he developed interest in qualitative research methodology and has been a faculty for various programmes conducted by other institutions in mental health. He was instrumental in the development of Follow – Up Counselling Toolkit Training Modules (FUC TOOLKIT/Now, renamed as Positive Prevention Tool Kit - PPTK) for Counsellors working in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Archana Padmakar
Assistant Director - Transit Care Centre, The Banyan

Ms. Archana Padmakar, an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Kasthurba Medical College, Manipal is the Assistant Director of the Transit Care Centre of The Banyan. She previously worked in CMC, Vellore and Antennae Ecoute, Luxembourg. Her professional experience is in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuropsychology, Diagnostic Psychometry Behaviour Therapy and disorder-specific intervention. She has worked with persons suffering from acute to chronic problems in mental health and has provided therapy and rehabilitation services to adults and children.

Archana was also actively involved in teaching programmes for post graduate students in the Diploma in Psychological Medicine, Masters in Nursing, Bachelors in Occupational Therapy and Ophthalmology while working as a consultant in Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore. Her primary interests are psychological interventions, neuropsychology & intense clinical work. Currently, she is enrolled as a PhD Scholar with VU University.

Ms. Smriti Vallath
Junior Research Fellow, Department of Psychology & Project Co-ordinator, The Banyan

Ms. Smriti Vallath has a postgraduate degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, from United Kingdom. She has worked as a clinical psychologist at The Banyan for 3 years.

She is currently pursuing her PhD from Vrije Universiteit, (VU) Amsterdam. At The Banyan, she administers psychometric assessments, diagnostic interviews and psychotherapies on individuals from the homeless population as well as those from the out-patient services. Ms. Vallath is also a lecturer at BALM currently.

Ms. Vallath has co-authored studies that have been published in ‘The Journal of Experimental Psychopathology’ in 2014 and in ‘Psychiatry Research’ in 2015. She is currently working on multiple, publishable research projects in the field of psychosis and disability. She is also collaborating on a meta analysis project in the field of Schizotypy with researchers in the UK. Currently, she also supervises research projects of students.

Her primary interest is in Psychosis although she is involved in research of other themes.

Uthara S
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