Dr. P Udhayakumar

Dr. P Udhayakumar

Name: Dr. P Udhayakumar
Designation: Assistant Professor
Phone: 04366-277230
Email: pudhayakumar@cutn.ac.in


Biographic Sketch:
Dr.P.Udhayakumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Master’s Degree in Social Work from Urumu Dhanalakshmi College and Ph.D in Social Work from Bharathidasan University. He is passionate about working and researching in the field of mental health. He has extensively contributed to the literature of social work practice in mental health through his publication, convening programmes and establishing research networks. His other research interests are in the field of gerontological social work, strengths based social work and spirituality. His 14 years of teaching in Social Work related areas are Mental Health, Psychiatric Social Work, Counselling, Family Social Work, Disaster Management and Research Methodology. He worked with many NGO’s as a Social Worker. He maintains a strong interest in developing innovative interventions for adolescents who struggle with substance misuse. Dr.P.Udhayakumar values his prolonged engagement with Counselling Services, particularly as a Counsellor in Juvenile Justice Board & Family Court, Student Counsellor and most recently, as a member of District Level Inspection Committee of District Child Protection Unit, Thiruvarur.

Research Highlights :

I believe that my research strength stems from close collaboration with social service providers. My specialization in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work gave me an inclination to research mental health issues as they impact on with children, adolescent and elderly. My interests lie in the areas of mental health, spirituality, spinal cord injury, gerontology, correctional and family social work. Also, my research focuses on developing innovative interventions for children in conflict with law. I currently work on several projects promotingmental health among school children and children in conflict with law. My publications evidence my interest in spirituality and its impact on physical and psychological wellbeing of elderly.

Recent Publications :

  1. Panneer, S., Dutta, S., Palaniswamy, U., Pushparaj, R. R. B., Rose, J. S., & Padmanaban, S.(2023). Impact of Three Waves of the COVID-19 on Students of Higher Education Institutions Challenges and Way Forward. Social Development Issues, 45(2).


  1. Sigamani Panneer & P. Udhayakumar (2022). Gendered domestic violence and abuse in      popular culture, European Journal of Social Work, Routledge.
     DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2022.2035894. Scopus
  2. Panneer, S., Kantamaneni, K., Udhayakumar, P., Bhat, L., Pushparaj, R. R. B., Nayar, K. R.,  & Rice, L. (2022). Health, economic and social development challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic: strategies for multiple and interconnected issues. In Healthcare, 10(5), 770.

MDPI. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare10050770. Scopus

  1. Kantamaneni, K., Panneer, S., Sudha Rani, N. N. V., Udhayakumar, P., Bhat, L. D., Jimenez- Bescos, C., & Rice, L. (2022). Impact of coastal disasters on women in urban slums: a new index. Sustainability, 14(6), 3472. MDPI. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063472. Scopus
  2. Sigamani Panneer & P. Udhayakumar (2022). Gendered domestic violence and abuse in popular culture, European Journal of Social Work, Routledge.                                
    DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2022.2035894. Scopus
  3. Rahana, S. R., Sam, J. M., & Udhayakumar, P. (2021). Depression, anxiety, stress, and resilience among the primary survivors of natural disaster: A study with special reference to Kerala Flood. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, 37(4), 388-393. Scopus
  4. Udhayakumar, P. and Ilango, P. (2018). Psychological Well- being among the college
    students. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice, 3(2), 79- 89. Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics).
  5. Rahana S.R., Udhayakumar, P., & Sainaba, P. (2022). Vulnerability of Women in Polygamy: Perpetrating Factors within the Practice. Journal of Social Work & Social Development. 13(2), 187- 201. UGC Care Listed
  6. Josiah Stanely Rose, G., Udhayakumar, P., Pushparaj, R. R. B., & Panneer, S. (2022). Psychological Impact on Resilience among Persons with Spinal Cord Injury during Covid-19 Disaster. Disaster Development (Journal of the National Institute of Disaster Management), 11(1), 7- 24. UGC Care Listed

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