Dr Sayani Basak


Dr Sayani Basak is a postdoctoral researcher at DCU Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) working on the Cilter DTIF project which is to develop a parental controls technology to assist with the detection of cyberbullying, self-harm, and grooming behaviours online. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati Campus, India under supervision of Prof. Kalpana Sarathy. Her PhD thesis focussed on LGBTQIA+ lives and their everyday experiences of harassment and coping in online and offline spaces. Earlier to her PhD, she completed her MPhil in Social Sciences from TISS, India. Her MPhil work explored on lived experiences of Adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and how it impacts their healing process. She has completed her Master degree in Applied Psychology from University of Calcutta, India and Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Bethune College, Kolkata, India.

She has worked in diverse research areas like childhood trauma, child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and online grooming. She has collaborated and been part of different research projects funded by Local NGOs, University of Georgetown, USA and national organisations. She has also presented her paper in National and International conferences and contributed through her writing in peer-reviewed journals & social media forums.

Research Areas

childhood trauma, online grooming, mental health and LGBT inclusions