School of Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is established in 2019 as one of the departments of the School of Social Sciences. Our focus is to provide students the much needed theoretical background, training, and exposure required for turning into a skilled professional. Keeping this in view, the department offers both broad (i.e., diverse elective courses) and in-depth masters program in psychology so that the students have a clear understanding of studying behavior in different spheres of life. Since the department is still in its infancy stage, we keep our curriculum updating so that it parallels the international standards of the course. As of now, the department offers only masters degrees in Psychology, but in the near future we look forward to offering diverse courses including doctoral programs, bachelor's programs, and other specialized diploma courses.
We also look forward to further strengthening, expanding, and diversifying our department by taking on-board doctoral students who are highly motivated for undertaking challenging research.

Vision
To generate human resources in the field of psychology who can play their role effectively for the development and growth of individuals, groups, community and society.

Mission

  1. To maintain quality education by creating a conducive academic environment that promotes interactive learning.
  2. To promote research interest among the students so that they take up advanced research in diverse fields of psychology.
  3. To facilitate the students to apply psychological concepts to daily life events.

Faculty

  1. Dr. Shubhdip Kaur, Assistant Professor
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  2. Dr. Sajad Ahmad Najar, Assistant Professor
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  3. Dr. Anugraha Merin Rajan, Assistant Professor & In Charge
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Academic Programmes Offered

  • 2020-22
    • M.A. Psychology
  • 2019-21
    • M.A. Psychology

Syllabi

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Thrust areas of research

  • Distracted driving
  • Error analysis
  • Gaze behavior analysis
  • Working memory
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Resilience
  • Family Studies
  • Sports psychology
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Cyber psychology

Departmental Activities

Although the department is still in its infancy, it is focused on promoting research interest among the students in the emerging as well as traditional fields of psychology besides providing quality education to them. The faculty members are actively involved in publishing research papers, expanding their research work by applying for various research projects based on their thrust areas, and thus contributing to the field of psychology.

The department is also concerned with making students do full time internships under the guidance of various experts from the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, organizational psychology, child psychology, counselling psychology and other mental health professionals. The students are actively involved in doing research projects from the start of second year of Masters in Psychology.

Psychological Guidance and Counselling Cell amid Covid- 19 (CORONA Virus) pandemic: The faculty members are working as part of the ‘Psychological guidance and counseling cell’ established by the university during COVID 19 pandemic.
Mental Health Awareness Activities: The department organized different activities in October 2019 on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, in order to raise the awareness about the importance of keeping good Mental Health. The department prepared a document about self-care tips to save mental health during a pandemic for students and parents. The document was made available to students and staff by the University on 9th April 2020. The students prepared and uploaded a short film to spread awareness about commonly seen psychological disorders in online platforms.
Webinars organized: The following webinars were organized for students

  1. Prospective Memory on 20th February 2021: The resource person was Dr. Sanjram Premjit Khanganba, Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), IIT Indore.
  2. Peace Psychology on 12th April 2021: The resource person was Prof. Waheeda Khan, Retd from Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, Presently Professor & Dean, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences,  SGT University, Gurgaon-Delhi-NCR
Upcoming webinars: The department is planning to organize webinars on following topics: Behaviour Modification, Career Prospects in Psychology.

Publications
Singh, G., & Kaur, S. (2020). The undiscussed issue of ‘child rights’ of younger sportspersons: A psychological perspective. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7(15), 800-808.
Rajkumar, E., Lakshmi, R., Sandeep, B. H., Rajan, A.M., &, John, R. (2020). Prevalence and associated risk factors of overweight & obesity among rural population. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 23 (S24). http://doi.org/10.36295/ASRO.2020.232420
 Najar, S. A., and Sanjram, P. K. (2021) Suppressed Articulatory Rehearsal Mechanism, Gaze Behavior, and Direction Following in Distracted Driving. In: Muzammil, M., Khan A. A., and Hasan, F. (eds) Ergonomics for Improved Productivity. Design Science and Innovation. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-9054-2_30 (Springer Nature).

Paper Presentations
Faculty Members

  1. Rajan, A. M. (February, 2021). Resilience and marital of parents having children with intellectual disability. Paper presented at the 56th National and 25th International Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab.
  2. Kaur, S. (March 2021). Stress response: An outcome of imagination. Paper presented at the 30th Convention of National Academy of Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.
  3. Rajan, A. M. (March 2021). Relationship between resilience of parents having children with intellectual disability and extent of available services. Paper presented at the 30th Convention of National Academy of Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.
  4. Najar, S. A. (March 2021). In-vehicle Distractions and Driving Errors. Paper presented at the 30th Convention of National Academy of Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur.
  5. Najar, S. A. (Accepted for Presentation). In-vehicle Distractions and Cognitive Workload. 12th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Affiliated Conferences to be held at Sheraton Times Square, New York, United States of America, 25-29, July, 2021.

Students

  1. Asmabi, K. K. (February, 2021). Environmental attitude & personal responsibility among natural science students. Paper presented at the 56th National and 25th International Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab.
  2. Anjitha, P. (February, 2021). Effect of cognitive distortion and paranormal beliefs on adolescents. Paper presented at the 56th National and 25th International Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab.
  3. Gautam, R. (February, 2021). Impact of digital media on psychological well-being. Paper presented at the 56th National and 25th International Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology at Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab.
  4. Ajith, A., & Appu, A. V. (March 2021). Attitude towards infidelity westernization, and ambivalent sexism among different age groups. Paper presented at the International E-Conference on The New Normal-Psychological Perspectives at Dr. MGR-Janaki College of Arts & Science for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.