Meet the Team
NNDC-IF is proud to welcome the international institutions and leaders that have joined us to further our mission.
Dr. Murali Rao is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He specializes in liaison and emergency psychiatry. Additionally, he serves as a member of multiple professional bodies including the American College of Psychiatrists, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, CINP, the Indian Psychiatric Society, and the American College of forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Rao has received multiple awards and fellowships including Distinguished Life Fellow by the APA, Outstanding Academician Award by the Indo-American Psychiatric Association, and the Master Teacher Award by the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Rao has also had more than 50 journal publications.
Dr. Hina Sharma is currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Network of Depression Centers- India Foundation (NNDC-IF). She received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She is a qualified Biotechnologist and possesses knowledge in clinical research from Quintiles Research India Pvt. Ltd. She has worked as a senior research fellow for ICMR funded projects at AIIMS, New Delhi, and has also worked with international sponsors on Phase 2 and 3 drug trials in collaboration with Quintiles in various renowned hospitals in Ludhiana, Punjab. Dr. Sharma won first prize in the poster presentation funded by ICMR at TROPICON in 2015. She is also a certified trainer in ICH-GCP guidelines defined by the USA’s FDA.
Dr. Nand Kumar is currently a Professor in the departments of Neuropsychiatry and Psychiatry at AIIMS in New Delhi, India. He established the neuromodulation lab and clinic at AIIMS to provide clinical care to patients and conduct research to further the use of neuromodulation. Dr. Kumar also provides training for young psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and researchers.
Dr. Kumar is the Founder and President of the Neuromodulation Society in India. He has also held various leadership positions across multiple organizations such as the Indian Psychiatric Society, the International Headache Society, the Delhi Psychiatric Society, the Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, and TIDE.
Our Honorable Patrons
Our Steering Committee
Dr. Aastha Sachdeva is currently serving as the Director of Education and the Advisory Board member of the National Network of Depression Centers- India Foundation. She has done her Ph.D. in Management and Psychology from Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, and pursued her master’s in psychology from Indraprastha College, Delhi University.
Dr. Aastha is the founder of CounSoul, which provides counselling services to clients to help them become evolved individuals and live a life of holistic wellness. She is the author of a book for Psychology based on the CBSE curriculum. She has recently bagged an award from the Ministry of Human Resource Development for her contributions to psychology education.
Dr. Aastha is actively working for the cause of Mental Health by delivering workshops, trainings and webinars at both national and international platforms.
Dr. Shruti has worked with Moolchand Hospital, New Delhi as a counselling psychologist and is currently working with Rainbow Hospital, New Delhi. She worked in the leading position in one of the central government proposed projects called the Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Smartgram Yogna for Teachers’ Training in Adolescents Behaviour (Honorable President of India’s Project for Smart Villages) and also on several projects with Pranab Mukherjee Foundation. Dr. Shruti has been serving the community through her skilled Yogic Sciences and mindfulness techniques like Meditation, Yoga, and other Indian Spiritual Practices for decades and also as an Emotional Intelligence Trainer specialist for various corporates. She has been actively delivering talks and webinars for several companies and NGOs during this unprecedented situation.