Deepa Ranganathan, Ph.D.


Affiliation: PSG Institute of Management


Associate Professor & Head, Faculty of Human Resources Chief-Coordinator, PSG Center for Academic Research and Excellence


Deepa, a Gold Medalist from PSG College of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering, EEE) with a Masters in Business Administration has 8 years of industry experience in various positions like Vice President – Human Resources, General Manager, and Management Representative for ISO. During her industrial tenure, she gained experience in managing projects with worldwide clients. As VP-HR, she was responsible for recruitment, talent management, and retention in an MNC, which operates from Coimbatore and California.

Dr. Deepa is a certified Counselor and a Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner. She secured her Ph.D. in Emotional Intelligence from Anna University, Chennai in 2012. She has an academic experience of 11 years. As part of her AICTE and UGC funded research, she has designed and developed Emotional Intelligence Tests for Adults and medical students. She has also trained medical students in EI. She holds copyright for “DeepaKrishnaveni Emotional Intelligence Test”, which is used to assess the EI of adults. Deepa has designed and developed a course "Emotional Intelligence for Managers" for the MBA students at PSG Institute of Management and has been teaching the same since 2014.  She has traveled abroad to countries like the USA, China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore for collaborative research activities and to deliver training programs. Dr. Deepa had conducted several training programs for corporate executives, faculty members, school teachers, and students from various organizations like Indian Oil Corporation, JSW Steels Ltd, PSG Hospitals, and Madras School of Social Work to name a few. Deepa has several awards to her credit.

  • CMA-STC Best Management Researcher of the Year from Coimbatore Management Association, Feb 2022

  • Gold Medal for Innovation in Teaching from Association of Indian Management Schools, Aug 2021

  • AIMS - International Outstanding Management Teacher from AIMS International, January 2020. Bronze Award at the Indian Management Conclave for Innovative Teaching Practices, Dec 2018

  • First prize from CII for best practices in student engagement , 2017

  • Gold Medal for Innovation in Teaching from Association of Indian Management Schools, Aug  2015.

The PSG & Sons' Charities Trust felicitated Dr. Deepa with the Woman Achiever of the Year Award in 2018 for her meritorious service and contribution to the Institution. A recipient of “Emerald Best Paper” and “Best Case” awards from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Deepa has presented and published papers in various national and international conferences and journals.

Selected Publications

Deepa, R. (2020). Unearthing your Emotional Intelligence. Chennai: Notion Press. ISBN: 9781648999666. Copyright: L93655/2020

Book Chapters

Anuja, S Panicker., Deepa, R., Vimala, S., &  Poornima, G. (2021). Effectiveness of an Emotional Intelligence Training Program for Undergraduate Medical Students. Proceedings of the International Conference on Best Innovative Teaching Strategies (ICON-BITS), 29-31 July 2021, Pilani, Rajasthan, India, 185-188. Macmillan Education India Private Limited. ISBN#: 978-93-5455-280-9

Deepa, R., & Arulrajan, K.(2020). Effectiveness of an Emotional Intelligence Course in Enhancing and Sustaining the Emotional Competencies of MBA Students. In Vanka, S., Rao, M. B., Singh, S., & Pulaparthi, M. R. (Eds.), Sustainable Human Resource Management - Transforming Organizations, Societies and Environment, Springer Publications, ISBN: 978-981-15-5656. pg 197-212 [Aug 2020]

Journal Publications

Mansurali, A., & Deepa, R. (2021). Lifestyle Segmentation in the context of COVID-19. Skyline Business Journal, 17(1), 25-37. Published online on Aug 30, 2021

Deepa, R., & Panicker, A. S. (2021). Development and Validation of an Emotional Intelligence Test for Medical Students. Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies, 17(3), 37-47 ISSN: 2581-6268 (published May 2021) Copernicus indexed

Deepa, R., & Mansurali, A. (2021). Coping Styles Adapted During COVID-19 in the Indian Context. Psychology and Education Journal, 58(3), 864-874; ISSN: 1553-6939; Scopus indexed

Mansurali A, Deepa R, and Harish V. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 on Marital Satisfaction - insights from South India, International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Vol. 24 Issue: 5, pp. 6592 - 6618 - Scopus Indexed

Margaret Hopkins, R. Deepa, (2018) "The impact of emotional intelligence on ethical judgment", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 37 Issue: 6, pp.503-511, Scopus indexed

Deepa, R., & Panicker, A. S. (2016). A Phenomenological Approach to Understand the Challenges Faced by Medical Students. The Qualitative Report, 21(3), 584-602. Retrieved from

National Journal

Hemalatha, S., & Deepa, R. (2020). Emotional Intelligence and Personality of Merchandisers: An empirical analysis. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(2), 136-140. NAAS Rating 4.64 [Published June 6, 2020]

Deepa, R., & Mansurali, A. (2020). Life Satisfaction during COVID-19. J Hum Ecol, 71(1-3): 127-138, SCOPUS INDEXED

Hemalatha S, Krishnaveni, R, and Deepa R (2015). A study on behavioral approach theory of organizational performance in retail environment. Journal of Contemporary Research in Management, Vol 9, No. 3, pp.

Deepa R. (2014). “Role of Emotional Intelligence in Creating a Congruent Culture for Medical Professionals”, In P. Narayana Reddy, Apoorva Palkar (Eds.,), Rejuvenating Management Education (pp. 170-182). Mumbai: Himalaya Publishing House Pvt Ltd. ISBN: 978-93-5142-889-3

Deepa, R, and Krishnaveni, R. (2014). “Congruence between Professional Characteristics and Organizational Culture for an engaged workforce – A study across professions” The IASMS Journal of Business Spectrum, Vol 7,  No. 2, 13 – 22.

R. Krishnaveni and R. Deepa. (2013). “Controlling Common Method Variance while measuring the impact of Emotional Intelligence on Well-being”, Vikalpa, Vol 38, No. 1, 41-47

R. Krishnaveni and R. Deepa. (2012). “Emergence and Developments in the field of Emotional Intelligence – With Special Reference to Organizational Context”, BVIMR Management Edge, Vol. 5, No. 2, pg 7-17






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