Dr. Updesh Kumar

Adjunct Faculty, School of Criminology & Behavioral Science (SCBS).

Former Scientist ‘G’ and Head of Mental Health Division, Follow-Up Division, Technical Co-ordination Division, DIPR, DRDO, Ministry of Defense, Delhi.

About Dr. Updesh Kumar

Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., Scientist ‘G’ (R) and the former Head, Mental Health Division, Follow-Up Division and Technical Coordination Division at Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), R & D Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defense, Delhi. After obtaining his doctorate degree in the area of suicidal behavior from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India, he has more than 30 years of experience as a Scientist in an R&D organization. He specializes in the area of military psychology, personality assessment, suicidal behavior and health psychology. Dr. Kumar has been a psychological assessor (Psychologist) in various Services Selection Boards for eight years for the selection of officers in Indian Armed Forces and was also responsible for monitoring the entire selection system of the Indian Armed Forces for more than 22 years. He has been the project director of mega projects titled Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program: Resilience Building” and Suicidal Behavior studies for the Indian Armed Forces among many other projects.

An internationally acclaimed author and editor, Dr. Kumar has published twelve volumes which include “Suicidal Behavior: Assessment of People-at-Risk”, (SAGE, 2010) “Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies” (SAGE, 2012), “Understanding Suicide Terrorism: Psychosocial Dynamics” (SAGE, 2014), “Suicidal Behaviour: Underlying Dynamics”, (Routledge, UK, 2015), “Positive Psychology: Applications in Work, Health and Well-being” (Pearson Education, 2015) , “The Wiley Handbook of Personality Assessment” (John Wiley & Sons, 2016), “The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience” (Routledge, 2016), “Handbook of Suicidal Behavior” (Springer Nature, 2017), “The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health (Routledge, the Taylor & Francis Group, 2019) & most recently “Emotion, Well-Being and Resilience: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Applications (CRC Press & Apple Academic Press, 2020). The highlighted books have been completed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed academicians/researchers from India, USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Israel, France, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Hong Kong, Norway, Ireland, Ukraine, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Czech Republic, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Croatia, and Spain etc.

In addition to completing many important research projects for the Indian Armed Forces, Dr. Kumar has authored more than 65 other academic publications in the form of research papers, journal articles, book chapters and represented DRDO at national and international level. He has authored numerous field manuals on ‘Suicide and Fratricide: Dynamics and Management’, ‘Self-Help Techniques in Military Settings’ for defense personnel, ‘Managing Emotions in Daily Life & at Work Place’ for general population, and ‘Overcoming Obsolescence & Becoming Creative in R&D Environment’ for R&D organizations. He is a certified psychologist by The British Psychological Society with level ‘A’ and level ‘B’ Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing and developed many selection and screening systems for Indian Armed Forces and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Dr. Kumar has been the chief instructor for many training programs in the area of personality assessment, counseling techniques and also coordinated M.Sc. military psychology program for service officers. He has also been the editor of Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (JIAAP) and reviewer for many national and international journals. He is on the selection panel with many prestigious organizations.

He is the recipient of the following awards:

  • DRDO Technology Group Award, 2001.
  • DRDO Technology Group Award, 2009.
  • DRDO Best Popular Science Communication Award by Hon’ble Defence Minister of India, 2009.
  • Professor Manju Thakur Memorial Award for the Best Book published by Sage Publication titled “Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People-at-Risk” by Indian Academy of Psychology (IAAP), 2010.
  • N. N. Sen Best Paper Publication Award by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist (IACP), 2011.
  • DRDO Technology Day Award, 2012 by Hon’ble Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO.
  • Professor Manju Thakur Memorial Award for the Best Book published by Sage Publication titled “Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies” by Indian Academy of Psychology (IAAP), 2012.
  • Laboratory Scientist of the Year Award (2013) by Defence Institute of Psychological Research, DRDO, New Delhi.
  • DRDO's Scientist of the Year Award (2013) by Government of India.
  • DRDO Technology Group Award, 2014