As an advisor to WorldBeing, Gracy Andrew provides strategic and programmatic guidance to its US, India and global initiatives.
From 2012-2022 Gracy served as WorldBeing India’s Vice President and Country Director in India, playing a key role in launching, expanding, and supervising WorldBeing’s programs and research efforts in India and establishing the organization’s local subsidiary, WorldBeing India, with offices in Delhi, Patna and Darbhanga. In 2013-14, Gracy spearheaded one of the largest effectiveness trials on a resilience program ever conducted in a low and middle-income country. In addition to her advisory duties, Gracy periodically represents WorldBeing at conferences and workshops focused on adolescent health, mental health, and education in India and globally.
Gracy is a clinical psychologist by profession. Before joining WorldBeing in 2012, Gracy was with Sangath Society, a renowned leader in the field of mental health since its inception in 1996. At Sangath she worked in various capacities including as program head of the adolescent program for several years and as Executive Director for two years.
An experienced qualitative researcher, Gracy has worked as a consultant to many organizations. She is co-author of several publications in India and globally, including the national report on the Adolescent Health Needs study, Teachers Toolkit, Barefoot Counseling Manual, and other scientific papers. She also has been involved in developing various interventions and training programs for youth in the areas of mental health and adolescent health.
Gracy has contributed to training resources at the national level in India including the RKSK, and more recently for the Ayushnan Bharath program. She was also recently appointed as a member of the World Health Organization’s guidance development group for promotional programs on global adolescent mental health.