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Department of Psychology (Established in : 1957)

Contact Details :

Department of Psychology,
University of Kerala,
Kariavattom
Thiruvananthapuram,
PIN 695581,
Kerala, India.
Phone: 0471-2308304

The Department of Psychology was started in 1957 in the University college campus at Palayam. The Department was shifted to Kariavatom in 1968.. This was the pioneering Psychology Department in the State. Dr. E.I. George was the founding Head of the Department. Dr.P. Gopala Pillai, Dr. K. Devadasan, Dr. V. George Mathew, Dr. B. Dharmangadan, Dr. Krishnaprasad Sreedhar, and Dr. H. Sam Sananda Raj were former Heads. The first course in the Department was M.A in Psychology. The Department has so far produced about 125 Ph.Ds. Over 200 scientific papers have been published in journals and the Department itself brings out a journal, "The Creative Psychologist". About 200 Psychological tests have been standardised in the Department. .Members of the Department have authored some books, both academic and popular. The teachers write in popular periodicals and take part in television and radio programs as part of the extension work.

The Department has had several research projects on varied topics like "Role of Personality factors in academic achievement", "Measurement of family size norms", "Needs and problems of students", "Student unrest", "Psychological consequences of vasectomy", "Effect of unemployment on youth", "Educational problems of SC/ST students", "Developmental norms of children", "Aptitude tests", "Psychological interventions in Epilepsy" and so on, sponsored by different agencies like NCERT, UGC, ICSSR and Department of Science and Technology. Teachers also attend and present papers at conferences. The Department itself has hosted several conferences. Some exhibitions for the general public have also been organized by the Department.

The Department has a testing and counseling centre catering to the needs of the academic community and the society. In addition, a learning disability clinic is functioning in the department, which offers free service to school children having learning problems and their parents. The Department has a well-equipped laboratory and a testing center for assessment of learning disability and related problems. The library of the department has a large collection of back volumes of journals and old books.

The main thrust area of the Department has been Personality and Personal growth which spreads across the three formal specializations of Clinical, Organizational and Educational in the courses run by the Department. In addition, the department also undertakes detailed research on various aspects related to learning disability.