Queering Desi is a podcast that celebrates the unique experiences of South Asian LGBTQ+ people. Each week, a guest will chat with long-time community activist, writer, and Brown Girl editor Priya Arora, about their journey, their work, and what it means to be true to who you are. To help us share our stories in our own words, and take the burden of representation off each individual, this podcast aims to be a breeding ground for discussion and a platform for being loud and proud, no matter who you are!
This week, Priya chats with Dr. Riddhi Sandil, a licensed psychologist and co-founder of the Sexuality, Women and Gender (SWG) Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. The two start by discussing what it means to hold multiple marginalized identities and the taboo of discussing mental wellbeing in South Asian communities. Priya asks Dr. Sandil about her research, and the two work to address and deconstruct the top myths our communities believe about therapy. Later, the two discuss what allies can do to support mental wellbeing and Dr. Sandil shares more about her current research and the SWG Project.
More about Dr. Riddhi Sandil:
Dr. Riddhi Sandil holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. She previously served on the board for SALGA-NYC, a community organization that serves the needs of South Asian LGBTQI+ individuals.
As a researcher whose professional and personal identity is strongly influenced by multiculturalism and social advocacy, Dr. Sandil is interested in understanding how these factors interact and predict psychological health. Her scholarly interests lie in the pursuit of evaluating bio-psycho-social factors and their impact of individual differences and self-determination. Furthermore, her clinical interests include complex trauma, working with marginalized/minority populations, women’s concerns, identity development, individuation and family of origin concerns.
For more information about Dr. Sandil’s work and the Sexuality, Women and Gender Project at Teachers College, visit swgproject.org.
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