Year group: 2011
Degree: MPhil, Soical and Developmental Psychology
College: Murray Edwards
Home country: India
Current position: District Project Coordinator with Columbia Global Centers South Asia Columbia University in the City of New York
Seema completed her MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology in 2011 and is currently working with Columbia Global Centers South Asia on a project titled “Model District Education Project, Access to Achievement”. The education project in two districts in India will serve as regional pilots for scaling up innovations and quality improvements targeting overall education systems across rural India.
During her time in Cambridge, Seema gained a strong grounding in a broad range of issues pertaining to both social and developmental psychology with a special focus on developmental psychology. She completed her dissertation in the area of “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Memory “under the supervision of Dr. Claire Hughes. Her study attempted to understand the memory capabilities and quantity of recall in children with ASD when compared with typically developing children, and specifically in terms of episodic and semantic memory systems. It also examined the effect of severity of ASD on memory.
Before coming to Cambridge, Seema received her BA (with honours) in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University, and her MA in Psychology from SNDT University in Mumbai, India. She also worked in training and development in an infrastructure consulting firm, ’Feedback Infrastructure Pvt Ltd’ for a year.
Seema says “My time in Cambridge has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life and I am very thankful to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for making this possible. It was wonderful to work with such esteemed Faculty and extremely talented colleagues. Cambridge provided a wonderful sense of community with its collegiate system and it is amazing to see the ease with which it provided an opportunity for seamless integration of academic work with an active social life.”