Sheetal Shah | Webster University

Sheetal Shah, PhD



Department Head, Behavioral and Social Sciences
Webster - Leiden




PhD, SNDT University, Mumbai
MPhil, SNDT University, Mumbai
MA, University of Sussex


Dr. Sheetal Shah is a Psychologist in practice since 1999.  She specializes in the field of counseling for chronic illnesses viz. Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and special target groups like commercial sex workers and victims of human trafficking.  She was responsible for designing and managing Asia’s 1st help line for Population Services International (PSI), Washington, specializing in issues related to HIV/ AIDS and sexuality. She has also been affiliated to various academic institutions for training and supervising counselors at the post graduate level.  Having completed her M.A. (Psy.) in the U.K. (University of Sussex) followed by an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in India (S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai); she is well sensitized towards the cultural issues that influence the client/counselor dynamics.  

As Head of Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Webster Leiden, she teaches courses on Research Methods, Sexual Issues in Counseling, Community Psychology & Community Research, and International Psychology. Her research and intervention focus is on Victims of Sex Trafficking therefore trying to understand human rights from a psycho-social perspective. Her strategy for planning intervention programs is bottom up i.e. victim/survivor focused. In 2011 she conceptualized and developed The Bijlmer Project for Webster University Leiden’s department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  The project’s main objective is to identify and address the psychosocial needs of trafficked women and men in the European Union.  Experiences of working in the field and seeing implications of trauma first hand guides her vision for the Bijlmer Project. The second phase of the project Bijlmer Bridge 2Hope was launched in November 2014. For more information please visit