Tissy Mariam Thomas is an Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Kerala. Tissy has authored a book titled Iranginadappu (2008) and edited books Pennira (2011) and Penvazhi ( 2015) published by DC Books, Kottayam. Her research work on the gender identity and status of hijras inside and outside gharanas is noteworthy. Tissy was also a part of the project on 21st century US Indo knowledge intiative award funded by USIEF in collaboration with MIAMI University (OH),USA. Tissy has been involved in popular and academic writing and extended her consultancy skills for Nirbhaya Cell and Kudumbashree, Thiruvananthapuram. Her research interests range from gender/transgender studies to social and cultural psychology to mental health.