51341456_10108290294290589_8591624249314115584_oDr. Nisha Gupta is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia. Alongside her clinical training as a psychotherapist, she experiments with integrating liberation psychology, existential-phenomenological research, and the media arts to create therapeutic interventions for personal and sociocultural healing.

Liberation psychology is a subfield of psychology which called for psychologists to avoid remaining neutral in the face of injustice, and to position our work as a form of resistance and liberation on behalf of the oppressed.  Liberation psychologists strive to foster “critical consciousness” across society by partnering with marginalized communities to raise awareness about the psychological impact of sociocultural oppression. Blending existential-phenomenological research with the mission of liberation psychology, Nisha creates emancipatory artwork that expresses the lived experience of various forms of sociocultural oppression.  Her projects seek to disrupt cultures of silence, evoke empathy and compassion, initiate dialogue, and build solidarity across difference.

Nisha holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from New York University. Prior to her training in psychology, she worked in the advertising industry in NYC for Saatchi & Saatchi NY and BBDO Worldwide, helping to produce TV commercials. She is currently based in Atlanta, GA.

CV available upon request. For questions, comments, or collaborations, contact: ngupta@westga.edu