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Dr. Gagan "Mia" Khera is a Professor in the Psychology Department. She is a clinical psychologist by training and received her PhD from The George Washington University, where she received an F31 training grant from NICHD to fund her dissertation research examining Asian Indians. Dr. Khera has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2007 and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Division of South Asian Americans of the Asian American Psychological Association. She was also recently awarded a Leadership Fellowship with the Asian American Psychological Association.
Her research focuses on the risk and protective factors that influence the well-being and mental health of ethnic minorities, with an emphasis on Asian immigrants and second-generation individuals. Another research interest which stems from her teaching, is the examination of multicultural education for college students. Dr. Khera came to Curry from Rivier University in New Hampshire where she was a faculty member in the Counseling and School Psychology Programs and served as Co-Chair of the Diversity Council. Prior to that she worked in the non-profit sector in Boston and was a Research Scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Dr. Khera notes that her clinical, teaching and research interests have been greatly influenced by her two years of teaching in an elementary school in South Phoenix through Teach For America, after college.