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Nishtha Lamba

Office Phone: (+44) 01223 334536


Education: I was recently awarded with a PhD in Psychology by University of Cambridge. Before my doctorate, I completed an MPhil in Social & Developmental Psychology at University of Cambridge and received my B.A. majoring in Psychology (minoring in Sociology) with departmental honours from Hunter College, City University of New York.


Research: For my doctoral thesis, I studied the psychological health, prenatal bonding and experiences of Indian surrogates ( I used a mixed-method approach and administered both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Broadly, I am interested in studying the psychological health of vulnerable women in low-income countries, especially women enganging in morally complex professions.

Key Publications


Lamba, N. Jadva, V., & Golombok, S. (2018) Indian surrogates: Are they experiencing learned helplessness? (in preparation). 

Lamba, N., Jadva, V., Kadam, K., & Golombok, S. (2017). The psychological well-being and prenatal bonding of gestational surrogates. Human reproduction, 4, 646-653.

Lamba, N., Jadva, V., (2017). Indian surrogates: Their psychological well-being and experiences in Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Surrogacy and Gamete Donations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Yearwood, M. H., Cuddy, A., Lamba, N., Youyou, W., van der Lowe, I., Piff, P. K., ... & Spectre, A. (2015). On wealth and the diversity of friendships: High social class people around the world have fewer international friends. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 224-229.

Jadva, V., Lamba, N., Kadam, K., & Golombok, S. (2015). Indian egg donors’ characteristics, motivations and feelings towards the recipient and resultant child. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online1(2), 98-103.

Lange-Küttner, C., Averbeck, B. B., Hirsch, S. V., Wießner, I., & Lamba, N. (2012). Sequence learning under uncertainty in children: self-reflection vs. self-assertion. Frontiers in psychology, 3.

Other contributions:

Why ban commercial surrogacy? The Hindu Business Line. Lamba, N. (2016). 

New Surrogacy Policy: Great Leap Backwards. OPEN Magazine. Lamba, N. (2016).  

Selling womb for some ‘baby cash’. Oxford India Policy Blog. Lamba, N. (2014).



Guest lecturer on ethics of international surrogacy at the Institute of Women’s Health, University College of London, January 29, 2018.

Guest lecturer on commercial surrogacy at Central Saint Martins, London, March 02, 2016.

Psychological well-being and prenatal bonding of Indian surrogates at British Association for South Asian Studies in Nottingham, U.K., 19-21 April 2017 (Symposium oral presentation).

The psychological well-being and maternal-foetal bonding of Indian surrogates: A longitudinal            study at Society of Research in Child Development 2017 in Austin, Texas, 6-8 April 2017 (Poster presentation).

Psychological well-being and maternal-foetal bonding of Indian surrogates at National Bio-ethics conference in Pune, India, 12-15 January 2017 (Oral presentation). 

Conducted workshop on policy perspective on Indian surrogacy: Past, present and future at National Bio-ethics conference, Pune, India, 12-15 January 2017.

Experiences, maternal-foetal attachment and psychological well-being of Indian surrogates at ESHRE 2016 in Helsinki, Finland, 4-6 July 2016 (Oral presentation).

Indian egg donors: Characteristics, motivations and feelings towards the recipient and resultant child. Annual meeting of British Fertility Society, Newcastle, U.K. January 2016 (Oral presentation).

Attended workshop on social policy at the University of Cambridge, February 2016.

Motivations, experiences and psychological health of Indian surrogates at the Research Symposium on Product, Production & Productivity: Women’s studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 9-12 December, 2015 (Oral presentation).

Attended a workshop on bioethics in assisted reproductive techniques at Brocher Summer Academy, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-5 June 2015.

A self relevance analysis of safer-sex cognition at Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, USA, March 2012 (Poster presentation).

A self relevance analysis of safer-sex cognition at Neuron Conference, Hunter College, NY, USA, June 2011-2012 (Poster & Oral presentation).