Maheswar Satpathy (B.Psych, Utkal; M.Psych. DU, PhD UNSW Sydney, FIAHP) is an emerging scholar with an avid interest and an unconventionally progressive expertise in the areas of Global Health (Global Mental Health, Health Systems and Policy, Social Determinants of Health), Social Epidemiology, Global Health Metrics, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Development Studies (Poverty and Human Inequality). Currently, he has a full-time appointment as an Assistant Professor at UGC Centre of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India besides serving as an honorary Executive Director on the board of ‘Udyam-Global Association for Sustainable Development’. His previous work engagements include Research Scientist (AIIMS New Delhi), Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor (Army Hospital R&R, New Delhi), Research Scientist (UNSW Sydney), Teaching Assistant & UGC JRF (IIT Kanpur), Senior Lecturer (Lovely Professional University), Senior Faculty (ICFAI University), Lecturer (Amity University), Research Fellow (NCERT New Delhi), honorary Community Outreach Coordinator and Counselor (NAMI India).
He builds on a rich and advanced trainings in Quantitative Methods (University of Washington & University of Melbourne, ISI Calcutta, NAOP India, IIT Kanpur, Welcome Trust-DBT Alliance, and University of Delhi) as well as pure Qualitative Research (University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Manchester, IIT Kanpur, ICMR-DHR Fellowship-AIIMS, New Delhi). He brings sophisticated insights and consults on providing research solutions to several International Aid agencies, NGOs/INGOs and Government Organizations using Mixed Methods Research infusing diverse paradigms, worldviews, perspectives, approaches and methods.
He possesses 15+ years’ experience working on multiple projects focused around Global Health and Development, interventions and solutions for socially disenfranchised sections in developing countries like India, Geo-political clusters like South Asia, and BRICS. In addition, his work has witnessed an accelerated interest by recent collaborations with Canadian, American, European, and African researchers bringing divergent cross-cultural perspectives.
He has been trained in several areas related to Research and Development in countries like Australia (VELM, University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney and NDARC, UNSW), USA (Harvard School of Public Health, IHME-University of Washington, Seattle, Georgia Tech, Atlanta), UK (University of Manchester), Thailand (Mahidol University), Turkey (AWID), and South Africa (ARTS at University of Stellenbosch, and University of Cape Town) with various prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
He has been a recipient of several prestigious Awards, Honors, Prizes, and Scholarships/Fellowships notably UNESCO Chair’s Human Rights Fellowship (2012) Emerging Psychologists of the World Award by International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS, 2012), most Prestigious Australian Leadership Award (Australian Government, 2011) as the sole candidate from India, Open Society Fellowship (2012), British Academy Prestigious Conference Grant Recipient (2018), University of Oxford Best Paper Submission Prize (2018), World Psychiatric Association -Fondazione Child Trainee Fellowship in Child & Adolescence Psychiatry (2018) in Italy, International AIDS Society Full Scholarship for AIDS 2018, Coolidge Short-Term Research Fellowship at Columbia University, New York, UC Dublin’s Clinton Institute for American Studies’ Prestigious Grant Recipient (2018), Prestigious Grant Recipient of Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (2018) and President’s Scholarship (2005-07) and MHRD University PG Rank Holders’ Scholarship (2005-06).
He has published extensively (100+ scientific Articles in Top-ranked Scholarly Journals like ‘The Lancet’, ‘NEJM’ and ‘JAMA’), and presented more than 150+ scientific papers at a dozen World Congresses, International & National Forums (including at Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, EPFL Lausanne, NUS, Edinburgh, ANU, LSE, UC Berkeley, University of Sydney, UNSW, Chinese University of Hong Kong, UC Dublin, Georgia Tech, Gothenburg, Sheffield, Humbolt Uni Berlin, LSHTM, SOAS, UWS, University of York, Aix Marseille University France, University of Vienna, Korea University, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, JNU, University of Delhi, BHU, Paderborn, etc.). He has been a PI and Co-PI on several funded and self-sponsored projects including the GBD Study funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA and University of Washington, Seattle; WHO Funded SAGE and LASE Studies, UNICEF Study at Utkal University, and Credit Research Project by IIT Bombay. He is a member of Lancet Commission on Strokes (Global and LMIC), Dementia and Depression. He has an H-Index of 23 and 7700+ citations (Source: Scopus-Clarivate Analytics & Research Gate), which is the highest in South Asia in his Cohort Group in any discipline.
He is a member of the Working Group Committee on Global Mental Health of the Global Health Focus-the largest body in Global Health. He is a member of several prestigious International/National Associations like World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, International AIDS Society, International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), International Association of Development Studies, UK, International Society for Behavioral Medicine, Australia, Indian Science Congress Association, Indian Association of Public Health, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Indian Association of Health Psychology, and Indian Association of Adolescent Health, etc.
He has been regularly consulting to several Governmental (Ministry of Skill Development, GoI, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, UP Govt. and SSEPD, Government of Odisha); International Organizations (UNDP, WHO, APCOM, Pinnacle Foundation, Sydney, NSW Health Commission, Australia) and National/International NGOs like PHFI, SAHRA, IPACHA, Humsafar Trust, Naz Foundation, Lucknow, Mitr Trust, Parichay Foundation, Saksham Trust, Chandigarh, VHS Chennai, SAATHI, Sakha Bhubaneswar, Rescue and Relief Foundation, etc.
He has conducted trainings with thousands of children and youth from socially disenfranchised sections of the society delivering life skills, employability, and health and hygiene. He has conducted training programs in Research Methods and in various other areas at academic institutions of repute like AIIMS New Delhi, PGI Chandigarh, BHU, and NIT Rourkela, Lovely Professional University, etc.
He has been instrumental in sustaining dialogues and exchanges, academic activism on Global Gender Rights, with unprecedented work in the area of LGBTQIA Health and Wellbeing, and LGBTQIA Rights Advocacy, Section-377, Indian TG Bill and associated movement for past 15 years, and the very first to represent Odisha and India at most prestigious global forums.
Further information on the nature and sources are detailed in the CV.