Lab: Contextualizing Psychological Processes for Social Change (CPPSC)


University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. Community & Organizational Research for Action (CORA) 2022

University of Cincinnati, Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2022

Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan. M.Phil. Psychology 2015

Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan. B.S. Psychology 2013

Current Instructor

Seminar in Cultural Diversity


Academic Interests and Expertise

Broadly, my research addresses the contextually shaped psychological processes used by underrepresented and minoritized populations to create change in their own lives and communities across different socio-cultural contexts. Specifically, my research examines: (1) the role of relationships in shaping and/or resisting ideologies, such as gender, cultural, and political, in different contexts, and (2) women’s experiences and resistance to inequities in activist settings, locally and internationally. Methodologically, I have used qualitative and community based participatory research to work with Women of Color, immigrant women, and refugee populations in the U.S., and women leaders in Pakistan. Overall, my research is situated at the intersection of Feminist and Community Psychology and uses feminist theory and decolonial perspectives to advance social justice frameworks.

Areas of Research Interest

Activism, Gender Ideologies, Relationships facilitating social change, Decolonizing Psychology, Gender Justice, Immigrant communities.


Selected Publications

Chaudhary, N., & Dutt, A. (2022). Women as Agents of Change: Exploring Women Leaders' Resistance and Shaping of Gender Ideologies in Pakistan. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.800334

Chaudhary, N., & Dutt, A. (2021). Examining Care and Opposition in the Narratives of Local Women of Color Activists. Sex Roles. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01218-x

Dutt, A., Jacquez, F., Chaudhary, N., Wright, B., Adhikari, R., Adhikari, T., Al Shehabi, A., Arnaout, M., Bhandari, M., Macow, H., Mbuyi, M., Ernestine, M., Alexandre, M., Muhamed, Y., Constantin, M., & de Abughosh, L. S. M. (2022). Creating collective solidarity: Insights from the development and process evaluation of civic action for refugee empowerment in Cincinnati. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi-org.uc.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/cdp0000459