Department Report 2014 - 2015

“Farewell Prof. Maureen”

The academic year 2014-2015 is memorable for several reasons, but chief among them is the fact that Prof. Maureen Almeida retired from June 2015, after 38 years of service to the college. She carried the mantle of Head of the Department for 36 years and has left a legacy of excellence for the college’s staff and students to emulate. This F.A.R.E.W.E.L.L. report of the department’s activities is a tribute to her emphasis on conceptual clarity and creativity of expression. Frequency distribution A frequency distribution is a summary of how frequently each score appears in a set of observations.

A study of our students’ academic performance in terms of the frequency distribution of scores, shows that our psychology students fall at the high end of the scale. This is especially for the 5th and 6th semester scores of our TY Psychology students and is also reflective of their diligence, rigour and academic excellence.

The Arts faculty topper for 2013-14, was Ms. Juhi Modi from the Psychology department, and the first rank in Psychology was secured by Ms. Sharlene Fernandes. Ms. Tanvi Sambrani was ranked second in the Humanities for the year 2014- 15 and also secured the highest in Psychology. Attitude In Psychology an attitude refers to a learned predisposition to act, think and feel in a particular way towards a target object. In continuing with our tradition of adopting a beyond-the-textbook approach, workshops were conducted to provide opportunities for students to develop an attitude of openness to new experiences as well as interest in the application of knowledge to real life.

The workshops involved both active participation and completion of a follow-up task that was assigned and evaluated by the resource persons who are all ex-students of our department and who are currently working as professionals in various fields. These workshops were also offered to students from other faculties and departments as a transfer credit for their honours program.

The workshops have been listed as follows:

• Dance Movement Psychotherapy by Ms. Devika Mehta on 9th&10th August, 2014

• Leadership by Ms. Shenaya Jambusarwala on 6th and 7th September 2014

• Forensic Psychology by Ms.Jhanavi Doshi on 6th and 7th September 2014

• Positive Psychology by Ms.Dhvani Toprani on 13th and 14th September 2014

• Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy by Ms. Shama Shah on 13th, 14th September 2014

• Mindfulness Meditation by Ms. Mehak Bhatia on 20th and 21st February 2015 Research Research allows students to pursue a systematic process of scientific inquiry.

Psychology students across all three years are encouraged to do research and present papers at our annual departmental seminar.

This serves as an invaluable experience in building soft skills and confidence for the presenter, while the audience is exposed to new knowledge and learns about giving honest feedback. The departmental seminar was held in Khandala from 22nd to 24th January 2015. The theme was ‘Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Conflict’.

The papers presented by our students attempted to understand the nature of the various types of conflict, their contributing factors and resolutions for the same. Approximately 100 students attended and 19 papers were presented on a range of topics/ issues related to the theme such as:

• Religion in adolescence

• Expression of sexuality in women

• Intergroup conflicts in prisons stem from intrapersonal conflict

• Conflict between siblings

• The hostage situation & crisis negotiation

• Work-life conflict in women

• Work-family conflict

• Mid-life crisis

• Conflicts in adolescence regarding Identity

• Inner Conflicts (Karen Horney’s Theory)

• Conflicts between union & management

• Negotiation & Bargaining

• Sexual satisfaction among couples

• Infidelity

• Ethical conflicts for the counsellor

• Conceptualizing creativity

• Terrorism

• Racial, ethnic conflict & peace making

• War and peace Elaborative Rehearsal Every psychology student is familiar with the concept of ‘elaborative rehearsal’ which is a technique used for improving one’s memory by enriching the encoding of information.

In an attempt to enrich course content and its memory through elaborative rehearsal, the following guest lectures were organised for our TY students:

• Ms. Mehrangiz Davar conducted an interactive session on ‘Team Building’ for the new TYBA class at the start of the academic year

Dr. Sonia Suchday made a presentation on CBT (the Indian Context) for the TYBA counselling psychology students. 

• Prof. Felix Almeida shared his expertise on ‘Advanced Statistics’ with the TYBA Psychometrics & Statistics class Wisdom Interacting with ex-students / guest speakers gave the SYBA students insight into the pragmatic applications of developmental psychology in the field of working with children in the hope that they will be able to incorporate this expertise and insight to other areas of both their professional and personal lives:

• Ms. Priyanka Bajaj shared her experiences on ‘The Montessori System of Education’.

• Ms. Neha Shah highlighted the issues involved in ‘Special Education in Schools’.

• Dr. Noellene Fialho helped students understand the intervention strategies for the problem of ‘Bullying’. Efficacy Self-efficacy refers to the belief in one’s ability to achieve specific outcomes and is instrumental in the process of moving from acquisition of knowledge to the application of knowledge. Such actions were also inculcated in our students as they worked on projects, presentations, studies and field reports.

• Observational + Structured Interview study on Interpersonal Attraction (SYBA).

• Presentations organized around Adolescent Development (SYBA).

• Field report on the link between academic and practical implementation of Human Resource Management aspects in Organizational Behaviour (TYBA).

• Written reports on specific Counselling Techniques used by practicing therapists (TYBA). Laws of Grouping Much like the Gestalt principles that help explain the laws of grouping through perceptual organisation, having observed various types of students and groups on campus, the SYBA team working on the Annual Department magazine ‘Uncommon Sense’ for this academic year chose the theme ‘Psychology of the Foyer’. The articles in this year’s Uncommon Sense reflected various aspects of perceptual groupings of students based on similarity, proximity etc. Long-term Memory Ask any psychology student to define ‘long-term memory’ and they will never fail to tell you that it refers to ‘memory processes associated with the preservation of information for retrieval at any later time’.

Much like this definition of long-term memory, we hope that the prime value of our delightful experiences is in their imperishable quality. They remain in our memory and can be recalled at will to give us renewed pleasure.

Prof. Maureen has created numerous delightful long-term memories, as she has touched the lives of countless others over the years. Given that we live in a workforce who believes that staying more than three years with a single organization is synonymous with stagnation, Prof. Maureen’s 38 years of service to the college, the department, the students, the faculty and the subject of Psychology it is a tremendous achievement. As a department, we shall miss her and yet we shall FARE WELL, for she has provided a strong foundation and trained us to live up to high standards of academic excellence. We would like to place on record our appreciation for her dedication and wish her all the very best in the future. Thank you, Prof Maureen and God Bless!

Prof Ruby Pavri

Head, Department of Psychology








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