Yamini Negi

Yamini Negi

Assistant Professor

Profile Summary

Yamini Negi is an avid educator and researcher working in the field of research on mental health and academia. She has an experience of more than 7 years, in the field of mental health and well-being. She graduated from the University of Delhi and pursued MSc. Mental Health Research from the University of Nottingham, U.K., for which she was the recipient of the ‘Developing Solutions Scholarship’ offered by the university.

She is the co-founder and former CEO, Rich Psych, mental health platform providing counselling and therapy. Prior to joining academia, she was also leading the Research and Development department at Psych Rich Wellness.

Apart from research and academics, she is a dedicated practitioner and has been a trainer for many organizations including Border Security Forces (BSF).

Work Experience

  • 2021-current: Assistant Professor, Psychology, UPES
  • 2017-current: Mental Health Professional, Independent Consultant
  • 2018-2021: Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Psych Rich Wellness, India
  • 2017-2018: Head, Research and Development, Psych Rich Wellness, India

Research Interests

Mental Health of Adolescents and Young People | Depression | Suicidal Ideation| Rumination| Emotion Dysregulation| Borderline Personality Disorder | Cost-effective Psychological Interventions | Mindfulness based practices | Mental Health in University Settings

Yamini is an advocate of evidence-based practice, and her area of expertise is Mental Health Research, Depression, Mindfulness and transdiagnostic factors in psychopathology such as rumination and emotion dysregulation. Her work focuses on adolescents and young adults, primarily in university settings. Her another line of research is aimed at promoting student mental health.

Teaching Philosophy

Yamini believes education to be an instrument to develop not just minds, but also hearts. To achieve this, she makes the learning process as personally meaningful to the learner, through action and practice. She emphasises research to be an integral part of the teaching process. Her classroom interactions aim at preparing the students to ask relevant questions on solving real-life problems around them, and use the knowledge gained in the classroom to figure out workable solutions. The inculcation of ethics is of utmost importance to her, that can reflect both in the student’s personal and academic life.

Courses Taught

- Research Methods in Psychology
- Mindfulness Based Practices for Well-being
- Introduction to Psychology- I
- Introduction to Psychology- II
- Psychological Counselling Skills
- Managing Relationships and Being Happy
- Ethical Leadership
- Leadership and Teamwork

Awards and Grants

2023-2025: Promoting a conducive academic environment by addressing campus interpersonal violence at Indian Higher Education Institution; University of California, Berkeley (USD 50,000) [Co-PI]. 

2022-2023: Exploring the efficacy of a yoga-based positive psychology intervention on stress, subjective and psychological well-being in adults; Seed Grant, UPES (INR 80,000) [PI].

Scholarly Activities

Prof. Yamini has contributed significantly in the field of Psychology at UPES. She was the programme lead for B.Sc. Psychology and Behaviour till 2023 and was instrumental in establishing UPES’ first lab dedicated to psychological research, equipped with industry standard equipment. She has been actively working towards national and international research collaborations and is presently working with researchers from Miami University, University of California, San Diego, and University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on suicidal ideation, depression, mindfulness based practices for university students, and interpersonal violence on campuses.