Sahaya G. Selvam, PhD, SDB
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Designate) – Academic and Student Affairs
is a Catholic priest with Salesians of Don Bosco. Originally from India, Selvam has been serving in religious and academic contexts in East Africa since 1992.
He has separate undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, Sociology, and Religious Studies, and two master’s degrees in Philosophy of Religion and Psychology of Religion. He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of London in 2012. His doctoral work examined the possibility of facilitating recovery from addiction by means of Christian contemplative practice.
He has contributed to several peer-reviewed academic journals, and written several popular books including Scaffoldings: Training Young People in Life Skills (Nairobi: Paulines). His current research interest includes character strengths of positive psychology in the African context. He is open for media consultations on topics that relate to religion and society, youth, and psychology.
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