Jindal-Snape, Divya

Professor, Personal Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions

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1994 …2020

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Professor Divya Jindal-Snape is Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions in the School of Education and Social Work. She gained her undergraduate and masters qualifications in India. She taught in an all-through school and lectured in Education for a few years before moving to Japan to do a PhD at the University of Tsukuba. After living in Japan for nearly five and a half years, enjoying research and teaching, she moved to Dundee. Her research interests lie in the field of inclusion, and educational and life transitions. A significant proportion of her work has been with children and young people with additional support needs, especially children and young people with visual impairment, autism, learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural needs, and complex life limiting conditions. Her research has led to creation of educational resources to enhance inclusion and facilitate transitions through drama (inspired by Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed), stories, games and other creative art forms.

Divya Jindal-Snape is Director of the Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Centre. Her research has highlighted the positive, dynamic and complex nature of transitions with the need to understand them as (i) an on-going process that involves moving from one context and set of interpersonal relationships to another, (ii) holistic and dynamic (Education and Life Transitions theory, ELT), (iii) complex multiple and multi-dimensional transitions of significant others and their interaction with an individual’s multiple transitions (Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions theory, MMT) including changes in identity,  (iv) requiring on-going support to ensure the wellbeing of the individual and significant others such as their family, peers and professionals. 

She has acted as research consultant for Communities Scotland, Dundee International Women's Centre, Volunteer Development Scotland, Scottish Centre for Research in Community Learning and Development, University of Surrey and Youth Link. She has collaborated on research projects and publications internationally, for example in the USA, Canada, Nigeria, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Romania, France, Spain, Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, India, China and Japan.

She is Associate Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (University of Edinburgh) and  Adviser for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

Divya is interested in doctoral applications in the areas of educational and life transitions, disabilities, inclusion.


  • Educational and life transitions 
  • Systematic literature review
  • Research ethics
  • Visual and creative methods of data collection 
  • Inclusion
  • Doctoral Supervision


Research Expertise:

Research Funding:

  • UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
  • AHRC doctoral studentships
  • Includem
  • Sistema Scotland
  • Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
  • QAA Scotland
  • Erasmus+
  • Scottish Universities Insight Institute
  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES)/Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)
  • Glasgow Centre for Population Health
  • Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
  • Volunteer Development Scotland
  • Youth Link
  • Equibuddy
  • University of Surrey
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS)
  • Japanese Ministry of Education
  • Itochu Foundation, Japan
  • Giving Age
  • SHEFC Strand Four Wider Access Development Funding
  • DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation Award
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award
  • Communities Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • The British Academy
  • Perth & Kinross Council, Children's Services

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tsukuba

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Master of Education, Meerut University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Bachelor of Education, Meerut University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Master of Economics, Meerut University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Meerut University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984

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Research Output

An international study of trainee-trained transitions: Introducing the transition-to-trained-doctor (T3D) model

Gordon, L., Teunissen, P. W., Jindal-Snape, D., Bates, J., Rees-Sidhu, C., Westerman, M., Sinha, R. & van Dijk, A., 9 Mar 2020, In : Medical Teacher. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • La Fibromialgia y nosotros: Vivir con Fibromialgia

    Translated title of the contribution: Fibromyalgia and us: Living with fibromyalgia Jindal-Snape, D., Keiller, A., Kelly, L., Langlands-Scott, J., Murray, C., Snape, A., Snape, J. B., Snape, N., Warden, F., Whittingham, B., Herd, D., Balson, E., Dominiak, Z., Horner, R., Larkin, A., Millar, N., Robinson, H., Wilson, L. & Crowe, M. (Translator), 2020, University of Dundee: UniVerse. 36 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Open Access
  • 70 Downloads (Pure)
  • Prizes

    11 Chronic Warriors Who Changed the Perception of Chronic Illness in 2017

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Recipient), 23 Dec 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • 2020 Stephen Fry Award: Public Engagement Project of the Year Commendation

    Golnar Nabizadeh (Recipient), Chris Murray (Recipient), Divya Jindal-Snape (Recipient), Damon Herd (Recipient), Phillip Vaughan (Recipient), Megan Sinclair (Recipient), Mayra Crowe (Recipient) & Grant King (Recipient), 10 Jan 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions from trainee to trained doctor: A qualitative longitudinal study in the UK'

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Recipient), Jill Morrison (Recipient), Lisi Gordon (Recipient), Charlotte Rees (Recipient), Gillian Needham (Recipient) & Sabina Siebert (Recipient), 26 Apr 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Medical Education (Journal)

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Peer reviewer)
    10 Mar 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Journal of Transition Medicine (Journal)

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Peer reviewer)
    19 Mar 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Importance of Using Creative Approaches in Multiple and Multi-dimensional Transitions Research

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Invited speaker)
    27 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    External Examiner, DEd, University of Strathclyde

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Examiner)
    26 Feb 2019

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Jessica Cantos Egea

    Divya Jindal-Snape (Host)
    14 Sep 201913 Dec 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Press / Media

    Dundee Fibromyalgia comic praised in Parliament

    Divya Jindal-Snape & Chris Murray


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    BBC Scotland Radio, with Stephen Jardine

    Divya Jindal-Snape


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    BBC Scotland Radio, Kaye Adam’s Ask the Doctor

    Divya Jindal-Snape


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Fibromyalgia and Us

    Divya Jindal-Snape & Damon Herd


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research



    An exploration into the experiences of police officers who investigate child protection cases and secondary traumatic stress

    Author: MacEachern, A., 2011

    Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Jackson, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    An exploration of strategies used by Malaysian secondary school teachers to promote positive behaviour: professionals’ and pupils’ perspectives

    Author: Awang, M., 2012

    Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Barber, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    "Are they ready? Will they cope?" An exploration of the journey from pre-school to school for children with additional support needs who had their school entry delayed

    Author: Gorton, H., 2013

    Supervisor: Jindal-Snape, D. (Supervisor) & Hannah, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Educational Psychology