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Dr Akshay Kumar

Senior Lecturer

Module Leader, Flourishing in Organisational Systems

Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology

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OVERVIEW

Akshay is a Senior Lecturer and Module Leader of the Course Flourishing in Organisational Systems at the University of East London. Akshay is also a Director and Senior Consultant at Ask Insights. A PhD in Clinical and Positive Psychology, he has been an academic faculty member and head of Self-Growth at IIIT Delhi University (a State University), where he received University Teaching Faculty Excellence Awards 5 years in a row. 

Akshay is a Senior Fellow (Teaching and Research) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR, Government of India), and has been involved in various international research projects. He has been awarded certificates of research by Defense and Research Development Organisation (DRDO, Ministry of Defense), Indian Army, Research Council of Norway, Indian Council  of Medical Research and more. He has also been appointed as the Honorary Psychologist and Executive Member of the Disciplinary Committee of Haryana Police (Indian Police Service).

He is an Expert Consultant at Centre for Global Inclusion, USA - Working of 2021 Version of Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB). He has also presented numerous keynote research papers in international conferences, including - The American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, San Francisco; International Congress of Psychology, Prague (ICP); Middlesex University Business Conference, London; United Nations Conference, New Delhi; Forum on Work Place Inclusion, University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis, USA; National Academy of Psychology, New Delhi; American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham); Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) etc. He has several accepted and published Journal Publications in International Journals like Nature; International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences; Business World; Delhi Psychiatry Journal; Journal of Positive Psychology; Journal of Psychology and more. 

Akshay is also a member editor of The Delhi Psychiatry Journal (A World Health Organisation indexed journal). 

Akshay has been awarded the Emergent Psychologist Award by the National Academy of Psychology and he has also been listed as the one of the top 10 Psychologists of India by LBB India. He   is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, trained in several modalities like CBT, Clinical Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness, Positive Psychological Interventions and Clinical Interventions. Akshay is one of the pioneering professors to bring Positive Psychology and The Science of Happiness to Indian Universities, an extremely popular module.

He is a consultant, coach and trainer to leading organisations. He along with his team has trained over 20000 people in the space of D&I which is the largest in India, among the highest in the world. Some of those organisations are Google, Amazon, NatWest, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, SAP, Vodafone, Walmart, Microsoft, Concentrix, American Express, Aditya Birla, Yum Foods, Ernst & Young, TATA, Cairn-Vedanta, PwC, State Bank of India, Diageo, Flipkart, Reckitt- Benckiser, Thales, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Intel, IBM and more.

Other recognition

1. Senior Fellow (Teaching and Research) - Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR; Govt. of India) 

2. Emergent Psychologist Award: National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) - 2019

3. University Faculty Teaching Excellence Award - IIIT Delhi (State University) - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. 

4. Special recognition for research paper: Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO, Ministry of defence).

 5. Best research paper Award - University of Delhi

6. Industry Consulting Assignments - Top 50 Multinational Fortune 500 organisation – Organisations include: Google, Amazon, NatWest, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, SAP, Vodafone, Walmart, Microsoft, Concentrix, American Express, Aditya Birla, Yum Foods, Ernst & Young, TATA, Cairn-Vedanta, PwC, State Bank of India, Diageo, Flipkart, Reckitt- Benckiser, Thales, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, Intel, IBM and more.

7. Honorary Psychology and Executive member of Disciplinary committee – Haryana Police (Indian Police Service)

9. Member Editor - Delhi Psychiatry Journal (World Health Organisation Indexed)

10. Expert consultant - Centre for Global Inclusion, New York and expert panelist for 2021 Version of Global Diversity Equity Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB)

11. Director - Ask Insights (Leading Diversity, Inclusion and Well-being consultancy firm)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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  • Positive Psychological Interventions for individual well-being (Including but not limited to Mindfulness; Cognitive Behavioral Interventions; Resilience interventions etc.)
  • Notion of Happiness
  • Diversity and Inclusion at workplace
  • Women Leadership (As a part of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives)
  • Positive Leadership
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PUBLICATIONS

Publications

1. Journal: Nature Asia. Entitled: Diversity and Inclusion: Why it also Makes Business Sense, Published - 2019.  https://www.natureasia.com/en/nindia/article/10.1038/nindia.2019.167  

2. Journal: Journal of Psychology (Publisher - Willey). Entitled: Progressive Positive Cognitive Reasoning Therapy (PPCRT) - A novel intervention for Anxiety Disorders. Abstract publication accepted. To be published -  2021. 

3. Journal - IEEE Xplore Entitled: Use of portable EEG sensors to detect meditation. Published - 2018 https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8328299 

4. Journal: International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Entitled: Efficacy of Positive Psychology Mindfulness CBT to Overcome Anxiety. Published: 2017 https://www.ijmhs.net/journals-aid-371.html 

5. Journal: Journal of Positive Psychology Entitled: Transcending Negativity at Workplace - A study of Women Administrators. Published: 2013 - Paper back publication. 

6. Journal: Delhi Psychiatry Journal Entitled: Effect of Positive Psychological Intervention on Happiness and Well-Being of Students. Published: 2015 http://www.delhipsychiatricsociety.com/journal.html 

7. Journal: Bharatiyam International Journal Entitled: A study of Borderline Personality and its effects. Published: 2016 http://www.gangainstituteofeducation.com/september/ 

8. Journal: Delhi Psychiatry Journal Entitled: Intervention of ADHD through game application. Published: 2015 http://www.delhipsychiatricsociety.com/journal.html 

9.Journal: Delhi Psychiatry Journal Entitled: Effects of Hypnotherapy on symptoms of Anxiety. Published:2013 http://www.delhipsychiatricsociety.com/journal.html 

10. Publication: BW Wellbeing-Business World. Entitled: Well-being is not the Absence of Distress. Published: 2020 http://bwwellbeingworld.businessworld.in/article/Well-being-is-not-the-Absence-of-Distress/15-06-2020-287426/ 

11. Publication Source: Clinical Trial - United States National Library of Medicine. Entitled: Automated "Intelligent Virtual Reality Therapy System to Overcome Anxiety". Published: 2020 https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04620447 

Keynote conference presentations

  1. 126th American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Conference, San Francisco - Progressive Positive Cognitive Reasoning Theory - For Anxiety (Fully Funded) - San Francisco, USA - Published - International - 2018.
  2. 32nd International Congress of Psychology, Prague - Burnout at Workplace: A newer age challenge - Social or Business Case -  Prague, Czech Republic - not published - International - 2020.
  3. 30th Forum on Workplace Inclusion, USA - Cognitive Hypnotic TransformativeTool - To overcome Unconscious Biases (Fully Funded) - University of St. - Published - International - 2019.
  4. 4th International Conference on Business and Social Sciences - Progressive Positive Cognitive Reasoning Therapy (Fully Funded) - Middlesex University, London, Dubai Campus - Published - International - 2018.
  5. 28th National Academy of Psychology (NAOP) Conference - PPCRT - Development of a Novel Intervention for Anxiety Disorders - Delhi - Published - International - 2019.
  6. 2nd United Nations Conference: Future Fluent Business and Management Summit - Neuro Linguistic Programming (Fully Funded) - New Delhi - Published - International - 2019.
  7. 33rd International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Prague, Czech Republic - PPCRT - Novel Positive Psychological Intervention - Prague, Czech Republic -  Published - International - 2021.
  8. American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) - Emotional Well-being in Corporate Organizations -  India (Virtual) -  International - 2021.
  9. Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (SHRM - 2021) - Employee Wellness that's Well

    Rounded  - India (Virtual) - International - 2021.