Aparna Samuel Balasundaram

Dr. Aparna Samuel Balasundaram is an award-winning psychotherapist, author and TEDx speaker and is a passionate and results-driven mental health leader. She has 23+ years of global experience across operations, program, and people management, in large corporate and behavioral healthcare settings. She is currently the Global Head for Wellbeing and Resilience for an international organization and is responsible for the design and execution of an evidence based and culturally appropriate well-being and resilience framework, with a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, for 35,000+ employees, across APAC, EMEA and the AMERICAS. Her academic and professional interest includes the development of online curriculums and training programs to enhance an engaging and inclusive online learning environment. She has been a Teaching Associate and Guest Lecturer at Columbia University, NY and the University of Pennsylvania, PA. Her educational qualifications include national and international institutes. She is the recipient of New York University’s ‘Deans Award’ for academic excellence, the Press-Ganey Award for Clinical Expertise with Children and Adults, USA and a Special Recognition Award by NAMI, New Jersey (SAMHAJ) for her outstanding contribution to combating stigma and promoting public awareness and understanding about mental health in the South Asian community. Aparna lives in Austin but works remotely across the globe. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA | NYU | TISS (INDIA) | NIMHANS (INDIA) | MCC (INDIA)

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