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Sibnath Deb Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Professor Sibnath Deb, PhD and DSc, is a full-time professor at the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University (a central university), India. Professor Deb is also acting as Director (I/C), Directorate of Distance Education, and Dean (I/C), School of Law, Pondicherry University. Prior to joining the Pondicherry University, he was teaching at the University of Calcutta. In 1994, Professor Deb did an intensive course on ‘HIV/AIDS and Qualitative Research’ from the University of Western Australia. From April 2009 to August 2009, Professor Deb visited the School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, as Visiting Faculty. Currently, he is also Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT, Australia. During 2004–2008, he served the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) as Councillor Member. In brief, he has got 28 years of teaching, research and administrative experience and has produced 19 PhDs in addition to publishing more than 100 research articles/book chapters in the leading national and international journals. Professor Deb has written six books and edited five books. His latest published books are (a) Child Safety, Welfare and Well-being: Issues and Challenges (2016); (b) An Empirical Investigation into Child Abuse and Neglect in India: Burden, Impact and Protective Measures (2018); and (c) Positive Schooling and Child Development: International Perspectives (2018). His one more book titled Distance Education: Prospects, Challenges and Way Forward is in press. Professor Deb has received three national and three international awards in recognition of his contribution in the field of psychology. His current areas of research interest include family dynamics, parenting styles, child safety, students’ mental health, adolescent reproductive health and applied social psychology.