Saloni is a community and social psychologist interested in advancing well-being and human development in contexts of poverty and social deprivation. Her doctoral research aims to use insights from sociocultural social psychology to critically unpack the dynamics of a successful empowerment intervention targeted at disadvantaged Indian women. She hopes that her research will produce policy relevant insights into knowledge production, agency, power and social change under contextual adversity. Prior to her PhD, Saloni completed the MPhil in Social and Development Psychology at Cambridge (2015-16), as part of which she looked at understandings of mental health and mental illness among slum-dwelling Indian women and how these relate to their socio-cultural context.
Gendered agency, global public health, international development and qualitative research.
Atal, Saloni, and Cecilia Cheng. “Socioeconomic health disparities revisited: coping flexibility enhances health-related quality of life for individuals low in socioeconomic status.” Health and quality of life outcomes 14, no. 1 (2016): 7.