Nisha received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and her B.A. and M.A. in psychology and mental health counseling from New York University. Alongside her training as a psychotherapist, she experiments with integrating liberation psychology, hermeneutic phenomenological research, and the media arts to create therapeutic interventions for personal and sociocultural healing. She developed a "cinematic-phenomenological research method" that disseminates phenomenological research to the mainstream public as short films for the purpose of social advocacy; she received the 2020 Annual APA Division 5 Distinguished Dissertation Award in Qualitative Methods for this method. She is the founder of the Phenomenological Film Collective (PFCollective), a filmmaking-research group which trains students to utilize phenomenology as a method of filmmaking. Her projects as a researcher, artist, psychotherapist, and educator seek to disrupt cultures of silence, evoke empathy and compassion, initiate dialogue, and build solidarity across difference. Prior to her career in psychology, she worked in the advertising industry in NYC for Saatchi & Saatchi NY and BBDO Worldwide, helping to produce TV commercials.
Education / Degrees
- B.S., Psychology and Communications, New York University, 2006
- MA, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, New York University, 2012
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, 2018