Loran Kundra is currently a Research Associate at the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion. She is currently working on a study designed to create welcoming environments for mental health professionals who wish to disclose their mental health status in an employment setting. She has also been reviewing state law on the civil rights of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and has been involved in knowledge and translation, and research projects related to parenting with a mental health challenge.
Loran is a licensed attorney and a licensed social worker. She received her law degree in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her master’s degree in social work in 2009 from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She also received training as a certified peer specialist in 2010. She has worked for the Collaborative for the past eleven years and has worked in the area of mental health for the past twenty years.
Loran has conducted many presentations and workshops on the issues of recovery and mental illnesses, parenting with mental illnesses and peer support. In addition, she has been involved in anti-stigma outreach efforts to schools and universities, churches and other groups in the community. In 2010, she helped to form a non-profit organization, Child and Family Connections, Inc., which provides peer support to parents with mental health challenges and their children. She served as Executive Director and as a member of the Board of Directors for Child and Family Connections from 2010 to 2014.
Early in her career, Loran worked on projects with the Temple Department of Psychology, The Deafness and Family Communication Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she founded a self-help group for parents with mood disorders and facilitated the group until its closing in 2007. This peer support group was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer Health and Science section article, “Lightening the Load” on August 8, 2005.
Kundra, L. & Alexander, L. (2009). Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings: Legal Considerations and Practical Strategies for Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities and the Practitioners Who Serve Them. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol.33, No. 2, 142-149.
Salzer, M. & Kundra, L. (2010). Law & Psychiatry: Liability Issues Associated With Referrals to Self-Help Groups. Psychiatric Services, Vol. 61, 6-8.