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Prof Jacquleen Joseph

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Disaster Management, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

M.S.W. (Bharatidasan), M.Phil., Ph.D. (NIMHANS)


Jacquleen Joseph has a MPhil and PhD in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. She has been associated with JTSDS since its inception and is also Dean of the school. Her research, field action and teaching at the centre is around Psychosocial Care and Support in Disaster and Humanitarian Contexts. Tsunami 2004, Mumbai Terrror Attack 2008, Zaveri Bazar Blast 2011, AMRI hospital fire 2011, Assam Conflict 2012 and Nepal Earthquake 2015 are the recent disasters where she continues long term engagement through research and field action in the psychosocial domain. She has been a social work faculty before moving into the field of disaster management. Her other areas of interest and work focus on quality institutional care for children, preventive and promotive mental health interventions, tobacco cessation interventions, measurement, indices, disaster risk, vulnerability and recovery.



  • Pyschosocial Support and Mental Health in Disasters,

  • Disaster and Well Being
  • Collective Stress 
  • Disaster Resilience Leadership
  • Civic Engagement for Transboundary Water Governance
  • Index and Indicators for Mental Health and Disaster Vulnerability,

  • Quality Institutional Care for Children



Research Projects

  • Understanding Collective Stress in the Context of Recurrent Droughts in Marathwada, funded by True North Private Ltd - ongoing
  • Household Vulnerability to Drought in Selected Villages of Marathwada Region, India, funded by True North Private Ltd - ongoing
  • Competency Assessment Framework for Entry Level Disaster Management Professionals, funded by JTSDS - completed
  • Narayani to Gandak: Capturing Trajectories of Transboundary Water Governance and Civic Engagement, funded by ICIMOD - TROSA Grant - completed
  • Leadership for Disaster Resilience: A Study of Current Practices and Gaps in the Indian Context, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - completed
  • Capturing Trajectories of Recovery, Resilience and Entropy, funded by JTSDS - completed
  • Competency Assessment Framework for Entry Level Disaster Management Professionals, funded by JTSDS - completed'
  • Social Inclusion and Disasters: A Targeting Methodology for Shelter Reconstruction, funded by India Value Fund - completed





  • Conflict and Mental Health: The Experiences of People Living with Mental Illness and Disability amidst Ongoing Conflict, International Journal of Emergency Management, 13 (3), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEM.2017.085009, 235–251, 2017. (co-author) [ISSN: 14714825]
  • Disaster Mental Health vs. Psychosocial Well Being: The Need for a True Paradigm Change, Austin Journal of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, 3 (2), 1–3, 2016. [ISSN: 2380-0879]
  • Psychosocial Framework for Understanding Psychological Distress Among Survivors of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai Terror Attack: Beyond Traumatic Experiences and Emergency Medical Care, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 29 (3), 330–338, 2014. (co-author)
  • Women Survivors of Terror: A Strengths-based Approach to Well-being. In A.P. Francis, V. Pulla, M. Clark, E.S. Mariscal, and I. Ponnuswami (Eds.), Advancing Social Work in Mental Health through Strengths-Based Practice, Brisbane: The Primrose Hall, 2014. (co-author)
  • An Invisible Disaster Endosulfan Tragedy of Kerala, Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (11), 61–65, 2015. (co-author)
  • Disaster Recovery and Mental Health: The Lived Experiences of Survivors Two Years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In A.P. Francis, P. La Rosa, L. Sankaran, and S.P. Rajeev (Eds.), Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 2015. (co-author)
  • Psychosocial Group Intervention for Tobacco Cessation among Institutionalized Adolescents: An Experiment in the Indian Context, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 76 (2), 307–326, 2015. (co-author)
  • Psychosocial Well-being in Vidarbha: A Study of Communities in Distress, TISS Working Paper Series, 6, 2015. (co-author)
  • Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: A Macro Framework, Disasters, 37(2), 185-200, 2013.

  • Psychosocial Support: Crying Need, Limited Capacity. In S. Parasuraman and Unni Krishnan (Eds.), India Disasters Report II: Redefining Disasters, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013 (co-author)

  • Psychosocial Training Needs Assessment among Residential Childcare Service Providers and Beneficiaries in the Indian Context, National Journal of Professional Social Work 10(2), 85-104, 2012 (co-author)


Field Action Projects:


  • Disaster and Beyond, funded by True North Private Ltd - Ongoing
  • Nepal Earthquake Recovery Support Programme,in partnership with Tata Sustainability Group, Plan International, India Value Fund, Nepal School of Social Work, Opportunity Village, Action Aid, among others - Ongoing
  • AAPTI - An Avenue for Psychosocial and Therapeutic Interventisons (estb since 2008) - funded by Disaster Technical Support Facility - Ongoing
  •  AAPTI -  An Avenue for Psychosocial and Therapeutic Interventions, Mumbai Chapter (in response to 26/11 and 13/7 - estb in 2008), funded by Taj Public Service Welfare Committee - Completed
  • AAPTI - An Avenue for Psychosocial and Therapeutic Interventions, Kolkata Chapter (in response to the AMRI Hospital Fire- estb in 2011), funded by Concerned Citizens Initiative - Completed
  •  AAPTI - An Avenue for Psychosocial and Therapeutic Interventions, Biwandi Chapter (Social Inclusion and Disaster Risk Reduction - estb in 2013), funded by Govt of Maharashtra and UNDP India - Completed




  • Research Methodology I

  • Introduction to Public Health and Mental Health in Disasters

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Research Methodology II

  • Disaster and Well Being
  • Social Work in Mental Health
  • Disaster Ethics
  • Psychosocial Health in Disaster Management (Concentration Courses)

    • Psychosocial Support and Mental Health Services in Disasters: Approaches and Interventions

    • Self Study: Mental Health and Disaster

  • Non Credited Inputs

    • Research Tutorial

    • Competency Assessment for Entry Level Disaster Management Professionals

  • Research Dissertation Guidance

  • Internship Supervision


Email: jacquleenjoseph[at]tiss[dot]edu

Professor and Chairperson

Centre of Disaster Management

Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies

email: jacquleenjoseph@tiss.edu

phone: 022 25525886