Dr Baljinder Sahdra - Institute for Positive Psychology & Education (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Baljinder Sahdra is a full-time researcher at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. She holds a Bachelora??s degree in human biology and philosophy from University of Toronto, Canada. She completed a Mastera??s in philosophy, Graduate Diploma in cognitive science, and a PhD in psychology at University of Waterloo, Canada. She has previously held positions at University of California, Davis, and University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has received numerous research grants and prestigious awards for her work, and has published in several high-ranking journals. Her current research investigates factors that promote personal flourishing and prosocial behaviour. In one project, for instance, she is studying how individuals embodying a balanced, flexible attitude towards positive and negative experiences are seen by their peers as kind and helpful. In another study, she is examining the long-term effects of meditation training in focused attention and balancing of emotions on self-regulation, adaptive functioning, personal meaning-making and interpersonal relations. She applies advanced statistical methods, such as, structural equation modelling, multilevel modelling and machine learning algorithms in her various projects.


Phone :4669 (North Sydney)
Email :Baljinder.Sahdra@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Psychometrics and Statistics ; Prosociality ; Nonattachment ; Meditation-based interventions ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Quantifiable Constituents of Spiritual Growth (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Nonattachment and Intergroup Harmony (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications