Nandita Sharma graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University with a concentration in Research Methods. She completed her undergraduate education in Psychology from a premier all-girls college in the University of Delhi. In New York, she found herself riding the new wave of positive psychology unknown to her curriculum in India and wants to identify character strengths endorsed by countries that are more gender equal than others.
Her research work focuses on the many roles of positive personality and their relationship with the UN Global Gender Gap report which includes indicators for gaps in economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. She is looking to answer critical questions, such as "What are the character traits that find the most opportunity for expression in a relatively gender equal society?”, "Do women need to endorse positive values typically associated with men for increased political and labor force participation and years of schooling?” and "Can feminine and masculine values in synergy support a thriving economy?" Character strengths help young people to thrive and are associated with desired outcomes such as tolerance and valuing of diversity. Other than the direct implications for Goal 5 of Gender Equality, Goal 6 of Reduced Inequality, Goal 4 of quality education and Goal 8 of Decent Work and Economic Growth, it can indirectly address Goal 1 of No Poverty, Goal 2 of Zero Hunger and Goal 3 of Good Health and Well Being.
Nicole Bagnarol, Grant Writing Intern
Nicole Bagnarol is a graduate student at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her primary focus is on Health Policy and Management, with an emphasis on human rights, policy analysis, and research methods. Graduating with a BA in Literature/Philosophy from The New School, she hopes to combine her experience in writing and critical thinking with health promotion and research.
Her current responsibilities with the NGO Committee on Mental Health involves grant writing, specifically a proposal to Evaluate the Impact of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Utilization on Readmittance Rates for Psychiatric Patients Discharged from Emergency Department Settings. Additionally, she enjoys collaborating with other interns to explore the various ways mental health is or is not addressed in national and international contexts.
Passionate about the promotion of social justice and well-being, Polianne Delmondez has worked as a clinical psychologist and has been active in struggles for mental health rights for more than ten years. She holds an MA and a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Health from the University of Brasília, and in her doctoral research she developed a new approach to understanding transgender identities, challenging cisgender and heteronormative paradigms in developmental psychology. All her work, both academic and professional, is dedicated to promoting the rights of underprivileged groups in society.
During her internship at the NGO Committee on Mental Health, she has liaised with different member state missions to create partnerships for achieving common goals at a global level such as the SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being and Universal Health Coverage. As project manager intern, she is working on the organization of the World Mental Health Day side event at the United Nations entitled “Suicide Prevention: Towards a Tailored Approach to Mental Health Programs”, and the development of a research project on how global mental health issues should be addressed in the Foreign Policy Global Health Initiative at the United Nations and its decision-making bodies.