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Dr Ketki Ranade

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

M.A., M.Phil. (NIMHANS), Ph.D. (TISS)

Ketki Ranade has completed her graduation in psychology from Mumbai University and later studied at TISS and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

Before joining the School of Social Work at TISS in 2010, Ketki has worked for almost a decade as a mental health service provider, researcher and activist and has developed mental health service programs in urban slum communities and institutions such as the Beggar's Homes and Family Court in Pune and Bombay. Her areas of research include marginalisation and mental health, medicalisation of homosexuality, LGBTQ affirmative mental health services. 

Ketki has been member of the Expert Committee on Transgender Issues formed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2013 and has been working on rights of transpersons, particularly health and mental health concerns. Ketki has been a visiting faculty at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015). 





Areas of research interest

  • Mental Health and health concerns of LGBTQ, specifically LGBTQ-affirmative counselling

  • Community Mental Health

  • Social determinants of mental health

  • Mental health programs, policy and law

  1. Ranade, K. (2018). Growing Up Gay in Urban India: A Critical Psychosocial Perspective. Springer Nature: Singapore
  1. Ranade, K., & Anjali - mental health rights organisation, (2017). Sexual Rights of Women with Psychosocial Disabilities: Insights from India, Malaysia: Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW), ISBN: 978-967-0339-41-2, Available at - http://arrow.org.my/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/TP-PsyDis-Web-Version.pdf
  • Ranade, K., Shah, C., Chatterji, S. (2016). “Making Sense: Familial Journeys towards Acceptance of Gay and Lesbian Family Members in India”,  Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW), Special Issue on Family Transitions and Emerging Forms,  Vol No. 77, Issue No. 4, pp. 437-458
  1. Ranade, K., & Chakravarty, S. (2016). ‘Coming Out’of the Comfort Zone: Challenging Heteronormativity Through Affirmative Counselling Practice with Lesbian and Gay Clients. In Ethical Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (pp. 141-154). Springer Singapore

  2. Ranade, K. Medical Response to Male Same-sex Sexuality in Western India: An Exploration of ‘Conversion Treatments’ for Homosexuality, In Narrain, A., Chandran, V. (eds.), (2015). Nothing to Fix: Medicalisation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities, Delhi: Sage Yoda Press

  3. Ranade, K. Queering the Pitch - a need for mainstreaming LGBTQ issues in professional social work education and practice, In Fish, J.,Karban, K. (2015). (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives, Bristol: The Policy Press

  4. Ranade, K., Hastak, Y. Growing Up and Sexual Identity Formation - Mental Health Concerns of lesbian women, In Davar, B.V., Ravindran, S. (2015). (eds), Gendering Mental Health: Knowledges, Identities, Institutions, New Delhi: Oxford University Press

  5. Ranade, K., Chakravarty, S. (2013). Conceptualising Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice in India - Building on local experiences of counselling with sexual minority clients, Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 74, Issue 2, April

  6. Ranade, K., Chakravarty, S. (2013). Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice Resource and Training Manual, A Saksham Publication, TISS. Available at:  http://www.academia.edu/22507988/Gay-Affirmative_Counselling_Practice_Resource_and_Training_Manual

  7. K. Ranade. (2009). “Medical Response to male same-sex sexuality in Western India: An Exploration of ‘Conversion Treatments’ For Homosexuality”, Health and Population Innovations Fellowship Program, Working Paper No. 8, New Delhi: Population Council

  8. Ranade, K. (2008). Process of Sexual Identity Development for Young People with Same-Sex Desires - Experiences of Exclusion, Psychological Foundations – The Journal, X (1), pp. 23-28, Delhi

E publications:

  1. Ranade, K. (2016). Constructing Normative Sexuality: Homosexuality, Heterosexuality and Intersex Variations, module no. 13 in the paper Sociology of Genders, E-pathshala, a University Grants Commission Initiative. Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=33

  2. Ranade, K. (2017). LGBT Mental Health, Module no. 28 in the paper 08 Mental Health in Social Work Education, E-pathshala, a University Grants Commission Initiative, Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=32



Research Projects completed:

  • Making Sense - Understanding Familial Responses to their Gay, Lesbian Sons and Daughters. The study was conducted in Mumbai city and was supported by Research Council, TISS (2012-13)

  • Conceptualizing Gay Affirmative Counselling Practice in India - A study of local experiences and practices of counsellors working with gay, lesbian, bisexual clients across India. The study was supported by Saksham, Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 7 (2010-13)

  • Use of conversion/reparative treatments for homosexual clients in urban India. The study was supported in the form of individual fellowship to the author under Health and Population Innovation Program, population Council, India (2007-09)

List of courses I teach in various programs

  • Interrogating Madness: Interdisciplinary perspectives in mental health [MPhil in Social Work, starting 2016]

  • Mental Health Policy, Programs and Legislation [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Seminar in Clinical Practice [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Community Mental Health [Dual Degree in Mental Health]

  • Psycho social Rehabilitation for adults living with mental illness [Dual Degree in Mental Health]

  • Qualitative Research Methods [M.A. Social Work in Mental Health]

  • Understanding gender, sexuality and gender based violence [Diploma Course in Youth and Development]

  • Guest lectures in the areas of gender, sexuality and mental health, women and mental health

Email: ketki.ranade[at]tiss[dot]edu

Room No. 210, 

School of Social Work,

Teaching Block, Main Campus,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Tel: 022 - 25525467 [Off]