Ms. Katherine Naselli-Adamski
Specialization: Psychology
Home institution in US: Northwestern University, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Host Institution in India: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Katherine Adamski received her B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University, Illinois in 2010. Her senior thesis project compared correlations between anxiety sensitivity and mood disorders in Indian and American university student populations. For two years after graduating, she worked as a project coordinator for the Northwestern University/University of California at Los Angeles (NU/UCLA) Youth Emotion Project, investigating risk and protective factors for mood disorders in young adults. Her research interests include risk factors for mood disorders and the role of coping styles in the onsets of disorders. She is also interested in statistical analyses and structural equation modeling. Outside of her academic pursuits, Katherine is an artist and a musician. Her work has been displayed in galleries and at art festivals in Chicago, Illinois and Nevada. To supplement her Fulbright research, she will study Hindustani music and learn sitar during her time abroad.

Ms. Adamski’s Fulbright research project, “Personality, musicality & mental health in South Asian classical musicians,” will examine correlations between musicality, personality and coping styles in India by comparing answers to surveys across three groups: Hindustani musicians, Qawwali musicians and a control group of non-musicians. Participants will be asked to complete four paper questionnaires. Three of the surveys will assess personality traits, emotional problems and coping styles. The fourth survey assesses ways in which musicians engage with music. These surveys will provide data for a comprehensive examination of correlations between personality dimensions, musicality and coping styles in this population of South Asian classical musicians.