• Department of Psychology
  • Department profile

    Psychology is an exciting and fascinating science concerned with a range of real world applications in everyday life. It is a well respected profession around the world. Beyond being a professional psychologist, one can apply knowledge to studies of human behaviour in anthropological and social scenarios all over the world. The common factors linking people who study Psychology are curiosity and the search for knowledge. Education in Psychology offers many benefits that last a life time!

    The Psychology Department aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the Scientific Discipline of Psychology, opportunities for practical experience and growth in the understanding of self and others. The department emphasizes and excellence in teaching and active student involvement in scientific empirical research and applied internships.

    DEPARTMENT PROFILE

    The Department of psychology had its inception in June 1978. The Department started as a Post Graduate Course in Applied Psychology - Counselling and Guidance in 1997, which was renamed as Counselling Psychology in 2000. The M. Phil. Programme in Counselling Psychology was started in August 1999 and Ph. D. programme was started in August 2000. The Nomenclature of the M.Sc. Counselling Psychology was renamed to M.Sc. Applied Psychology in June 2017. Dr. Hemalatha Natesan, Former Professor and Head, had evolved a distinct therapy called Positive Therapy, which is a combination of Eastern Techniques of Yoga and Western Techniques of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The Efficacy of the therapy is laudable in dealing with various Psychological Issues.

    VISION

    The Department of Psychology postulates to promote an understanding of behaviour and the underlying mechanisms, scientifically analysing psychological paradigms and applying empirical research to solve the complexities of human interactions. We aspire to catalyse students into competent professionals, transforming knowledge into directives for holistic living.

    MISSION

    The Department strives to impart learning of theoretical constructs, administration of psychometric tools and operative techniques of intervention in counselling and psychotherapy. We provide hands on training in assessment, diagnosis and management of psychological conflicts through in house practice sessions and real time exposure at mental health care settings.

    OBJECTIVES

    • To promote optimum personality development
    • To develop sound mental health and healthy human relations
    • To develop skills in psychological assessment and diagnosis
    • To develop skills in counselling using varied psychotherapeutic techniques
    • To develop skills to conduct research
    All the M. Sc., M. Phil. and Ph. D. students are well trained in giving counselling through all types of Psycho therapeutic techniques. M.Sc. students undergo one month internship in hospitals in during summer vocation, where they give counselling to patients with Psychological Problems, Cancer, Coronary Heart Disease, Essential Hypertension, Accident Victims, Trauma, Victims of Abuse, Learning Disorders and Other Childhood Disorders, Life Style Disorders, Geriatric Problems etc. Significant number of students are placed in Hospitals, Counselling Centers, Schools, Colleges, Industries and IT Companies. Some are absorbed in the place of their internship and some others are self employed as counsellors. The department offers opportunities for path breaking research in contemporary psychological doctrines.

    GROWTH

    • 1978 - B. Sc. Psychology
    • 1997 - M. Sc. Counselling Guidance/2000 Rename Counselling Psychology
    • 2017 - M. Sc. Applied Psychology
    • 1999 - M. Phil. Counselling Psychology
    • 2000 - Ph. D. Counselling Psychology

    THRUST AREAS OF RESEARCH

      Interdisciplinary Research
    • Counselling the Geriatrics, Adults, Adolescents, especially Women and Children
    • Rehabilitation for the Special Population such as Trauma Victims, Abuse Victims, Accident Victims etc.
    • Counselling and Guidance involving psychotherapeutic techniques such as:
      • Behaviour Therapy
      • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
      • Creative Art Therapy
      • Gestalt Therapy
      • Meditative Art Therapy
      • Mindfulness Meditation
      • Neuro Linguistic Programming
      • Positive Therapy
      • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

    PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS CONSTRUCTED AND STANDARDISED

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    • Stress Inventory (Hemalatha Natesan and Nandini Menon, Revised 2005)
    • Manifest Anxiety Inventory (Hemalatha Natesan and Nandini Menon, 2000) /ul>

      C.A.R.E

      C.A.R.E - Centre for Ambitious and Resourceful Endeavors is an initiative of staff and students of the Department of Psychology which extends Guidance and Counselling to Faculty and Students of the Institution. The Centre motivates the student community to feel free to undergo Psychometric assessment that would open their Pandora Box of aptitude, abilities and personality characteristics that, in turn would facilitate their decision in choice of Career, Higher Education and for a Holistic Personal Development. The Centre also provides assistance to staff and students to deal with their emotional and personal concerns.
      • Academics and Career Skills identification
      • Aptitude and Personality Testing using psychometric Tests
      • Counselling and Psychotherapy for adjustment, behavioural and interpersonal problems
      • Identification of slow learners and underachievers
      • Innovative methods of instruction such as in- situ Learning, Self monitoring, NLP

  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.Sc. : Psychology
    • M.Sc. : Applied Psychology*
    • M.Phil & Ph.D : Counselling Psychology

    Eligibility

    • B.Sc. : Any group
    • M.Sc *: Any major in UG

    * Self financed course

  • Syllabus, PSO & CO
  • Staff Details
    Staff Photo Name of the Faculty Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Ms.) N.S.Rohini
    M.A., M. Phil. Ph.D.
    Professor Counselling 1980 rohiniraghavan.12@gmail.com
    rohini_psy@avinuty.ac.in, r_narsimhan@yahoo.com
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Gayatridevi
    M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor & HOD Counselling 1998 hod_psychology@avinuty.ac.in
    gayatridevi_psy@avinuty.ac.in
    drgaya1965@gmail.com
    Dr.(Mrs.) N.V.Amudhadevi
    M.A., Ph.D., NET
    Assistant Professor Organizational Behavior 2013 amudhadevi_psy@avinuty.ac.in
    amudhadevikrishnan@gmail.com
      Self Supporting Staff              
    Mrs. Sindhu.S
    M.Sc.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Counselling 2018 sindhu91.psychology@gmail.com
    Ms.Srinithi A.M
    MDMP, M.Sc, NET
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Counselling 2018 srinithi.manohar@gmail.com
    Ms. Maya Surabhi
    M.Sc.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Learning Disability 2018 bssmaya@gmail.com
    Ms. Swathi. K
    M.Sc.,
    Teaching Assistant (Temporary) Psychopathology 2018 karthika.swathikrish@gmail.com
    Mrs. Sudha R
    M.Sc.,
    Assistant Professor (Temporary) Counselling 2018 sudharb73@gmail.com
  • Sponsored Projects

    Sponsored Projects

    S. No

    Project Title

    Chief Investigators

    Total Grant (Rs)

    Funding Agency

    Duration

    1

    Management of Stress, Pain and Insomnia and Enhancement of Well Being in Accident Victims through Positive Therapy

    Dr. Hemalatha Natesan - Principal Investigator & Dr. S. Gayatridevi - Co-Investigator

    2,71,438

    ICSSR

    1 Year

    2.2.2009 to 1.2.2010

    2

    Management of Depression and Anger and Enhancement of Self Esteem and Family Environment in Person Living with HIV(PLHIV) through Gestalt Therapy

    Dr. N. S. Rohini - Principal Investigator

    6,31,025

    ICSSR

    3 Years

    June 2012 to

    September

    2014

    3

    Effectiveness of Integrated Awareness Training for Good and Bad Touch Among School Girl Children

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi Principal Investigator

     

    5,00,000

    ICSSR

    18 Months

    January 2015 to

    June 2016

    4

    Efficacy of Thoppukaranam and Yoga for the Enhancement of Cognitive Abilities among Learning Disabled and Normal Girl Students

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi - Principal Investigator

     

    22,23,200

    DST

    3 Years

    July 2015 to

    July 2018

    In House Projects

    S. No.

    Title of the Project

    Principal Investigator

    Funding Agency

    Duration

    Amount

    Effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Managing Rumination and Insomnia among Adolescent Girls

     Dr. N. V. Amudha Devi

     UGC Inhouse Project

     4 months

    4.12.2018-

    31.03.2018

     Rs. 25,000

  • Overseas Visit

    Dr. N. S. Rohini, Head of the Department attended the Faculty Exchange Programme between Illinois State University, US and Avinashilingam Deemed University February 22, 2002 to May 6, 2002.

    Dr. Hemalatha Natesan, Head of the Department, attended the International Conference of IMTA (International Military Testing Association) in Singapore from 8-10 Nov, 2005 and presented a paper on, 'Positive Therapy for Self Development, Stress Management and Successful Living' on 10th Nov, 2005.

  • Seminars/Conferences/ Workshops Conducted

    S. No

    Seminars/Workshops/Conferences/

    /Meetings/Courses

    Chief Speakers

    Date

    1

    Two Day Workshop on “Transactional Analysis- TA-101”

    Mrs. Sashi Chandran

    Founder Director,

    Nithya Gurukula.

    12.08.2014

    &

    13.08.2014

    2

    One Day Workshop on “Learning Disabilities”

    Mrs. Sasikala

    Psychologist and Joint Sectratary, Helikx Open School and Learning Centre.

    22.01.2015

    3

    One Day Workshop on “Learning Disabilities”

    Mr. Senthil Kumar

    Director, Helikx Open School and Learning Centre.s Salem

    18.02.2015

    4

    Two Day Workshop on “Hypnotism”

    Mr. Jini K Gopinath,

    Director and Chief Consultant,

    Clinical Psychologist,

    Bangalore

    2.03.2015

    &

    03.03.2015

    5

    Two days Workshop on “Zentangle and its applications”

    Mr. Dilip P Patel and

    Mrs. Malathi

    Zentangle Trainer,

    15.03.2016

    &

    16.03.2016

    6

    A half day seminar on “Psycho-Oncology”

    Dr. Surendran, Psycho Oncologist, Adayar Cancer Institute

    17.03.2016

    7

    Two Day Workshop on “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” (NLP)

    Mrs. Aarthi C. Rajaratnam

    Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming(NLP)

    16.2.2017

    &

    17.2.2017

    8

    UGC-Sponsored Regional Workshop on “Personality Profiling Using Rorschach Ink Blot Test”

    Mr. P. Thamilselvan

    Clinical Psychologist

    Assisstant Professor

    PSG college of Arts & Science

    7.11.2017

    &

    8.11.2017

    9

    One Day Student’s Workshop on “SPSS Hands on Training”

    Dr. K.T. Geetha Dean, The School of Arts and Social Sciences Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

    11.12.2018

    10

    Two Days Workshop on “Healing the Inner Child”

    Rev.Fr.SundarWilson OFM,Cap.

    Director

    Anugraha Institute for Couselling, Psychotherapy and Research, Dindigul

     

    20.12.2018 & 21.12.2018


    S. No.

    Title of the Meetings

    Resource Person

    Date & Year

    1.

    Inauguration of Psychology Association on “FMRI and Interpretation”

    Dr. Jayakumar

    Neuro-radiologist

    Kauhla Hospital

    Muscat

    5.9.2013

     

     

    2.

    Special Lecture on “Where are we in counseling- Issues, Intricacies and Future Direction”

    Dr. Ravishankar

    Consultant Psychiatrist, Krishna Nursing Home, Coimbatore

    24.9.2013

     

    3.

    Mental Health Day Celebration – "Mechanism of Stress on Infection"

    Dr. Suneeth Mathew

    Homeopath and Clinical Psychologist, Coimbatore

    10.10.2013

    4.

    Valediction of the Psychology Association

    “Applications of Psychology in the Real World”

    Mr. P. Chandramohan

    Inspector, Q-Branch, CBCID, Coimbatore

    27.02.2014

    5.

    Inauguration of Psychology Association

    “Behavioural Techniques for Enhancing Mental Health”

    Prof. Vedhagiri Ganesan

    Former Professor, Department of Psychology

    Bharathiyar University

    Coimbatore.

    31.07.2014

    6.

    Guest Lecture on "Human Resource Management"

    Mr. K. Kumar

    Management

    20.02.2015

     

    7.

    Guest Lecture on Psychopathology

    Dr. Ravishankar

    Consultant Psychiatrist, Krishna Nursing Home, Coimbatore

    26.02.2015

    8.

    Valediction Ceremony - Psychology Association

    Mr. Senthil Kumar

    Director, Helikx Open School and Learning Centre.

    05.03.2015

    9.

    Inauguration of Psychology Association - " Reproductive and Mental Health in Women"

    Dr. Revathi Ravishankaran , Gynecologist

    KTVR hospital, Coimbatore.

    04.09.2015

    10.

    Mental Health Day

    Dr. A. Shanmugaiah, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, CMCH, Coimbatore.

    10.10.2015

    11.

    Valedictory of Psychology Association

    Dr. Surendran, Adayar Cancer Institute, Chennai.

    17.03.2016

    12.

    Guest Lecture on "The Role of Psychology in Human Resource Management"

    Mrs. Mary Nivya, M.Phil

    Counselling Psychology.

    22.03.2016

    13.

    Inaugration of Psychology Association on "Sculpting Adolescence"

    Dr. Ananth. S

    27.07.2016

    14.

    Guest Lecture on "Appreception"

    Mrs. Aarthi C. Rajaratnam

    Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming(NLP)

    01.09.2016

    15.

    Guest Lecture on "Positive Behaviour Therapy"

    Dr. Hemalatha Natesan

    Former Professor & Head, Dept. of Psychology

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

    26.10.2016

    16.

    Valedictory of Psychology Association- " Nutritious Food for PCOD

    Mrs. Hema Malini

    Arogya Foundation

    9.3.2017

    17.

    Inauguration of Psychology Association- “ Genetic Counselling”

    Dr.B.R Lakshmi

    Founder and Director

    Molecular Diagnostics, Counselling, Care and Research Centre (MDCRC)

    10.08.2017

     

    18.

    Guest Lecture on “Multivariate Analysis”

    Mrs. Srividya

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Bharathiyar University

    Coimbatore.

    24.01.2018

    19.

    Guest Lecture on “Brain Gym Exercises”

    Ms. R.B. Juliana

    Bharathiar University

    03.02.2018

    20.

    Valedictory of Psychology Association- “ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy”

    Dr. S. Kadhiravan

    Professor & Head,

    Department of Psychology,

    Periyar University, Salem

    07.03.2018

     

    21.

    Inauguration of Psychology Association- “ Awareness of Symptoms and Prevention of Suicide to Promote Well-being”

    Krishnan. S

    Founder, Well-being Centre,

    Chennai.

    18.07.2018

    22.

    Guest Lecture on “How to Create a Mind”

     

    Ms. Bharathi Srinivasan

    Research Assistant

    Berlin, Germany

    08.09.2018

     

    23.

    Guest Lecture on “Counselling Skills”

    Dr. Christy Kalyani Counselling Psychologist, C2, 1 st floor, Trident Serenity Nanjundapuram Road, Coimbatore-36

    18.09.2018

     

    24.

    Guest Lecture on “Scale Construction Techniques”

    Dr. Justin James, Assistant Professor, Government Arts College, Trivandrum

    18.09.2018

     

    25.

    Guest Lecture on “ Mental Health”

    Dr. A. Lakshmanaswamy

    Associate Professor , Department of Pediatrics, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital Coimbatore

    10.10.2018

     

    26.

    Guest Lecture on “Meditation”

    Dada Devashuddhananda, Co-founder, Administration and Medical Supervision, Abha Seva Sada Multitherapy Charitable Health Centre, Jharkhand, India

    14.12.2018

     

    27.

    Guest Lecture on “Mudra for Menstrual Problems and improving General Health”

    Mr. R.Pasukkaa

    Founder & Chairman, Kanna Foundation, Lakshmipuram, Ganapathy, Coimbatore-006

    18.12.2018

     

    28.

    Guest Lecture on “Positive Behaviour Therapy”

    Dr. Hemalatha Natesan

    Former Professor & Head

    Department of Psychology

    Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women

    03.01.2019

     

  • Research Programmes

    Research Programme- M. Phil. Thesis

     

    S. No

     

    Names

     

    Title

     

    Name of the Guide

    Year of Awarding

    Degree

    1

    Akilu Thomas

    Enhancing Mental Health of Adolescents through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2018

    2

    Subha, K.

    Efficacy of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on Rumination, Worry and Personality among College Students

    Dr. N. V. Amudha Devi

    2018

    3

    Saranya, S.

     

    Enhancement of Academic Performance and Self Compassion among Polytechnic College Students using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2015

    4

    MelinaMathew

     

    Dr. Preetha Menon

    2015

    5

    Suganthi, V.

    A study of Personality, Locus of Control and Management of Anger in Adolescents

    Dr N. S. Rohini

    2014

    6

    Sangeetha, M.

    Multi Modal Behavioural Intervention in Enhancing Academic Performance among School Students

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2014

    7

    Anu Vincent

    Coping Skills and Quality of Life in Caregiver of Chronic Physical and Mental Illness

    Dr N. S. Rohini

    2012

    8

    Rajalakshmi, S. A.

    Efficacy of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Enhancing Adjustment Patterns among Adolescent of Single Parent Family

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2012

    9

    Nirmala, S.

    Enhancement of Curiosity and Exploration, Emotional Maturity and Adjustment among College Students through Behaviour Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2011

    10

    Yasodha, S.

    Management of Pain, Insomnia and Anger in Women facing Menopause through Relaxation Training and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2011

    Ph. D. Thesis

     

    S. No

     

    Names

     

    Title

     

    Name of the Guide

    Year of Awarding Degree

    1

    Priyadarsini, A. C.

    Efficacy of Carnatic Music Therapy (CMT) and Pranayama in Managing Depression

    Dr. N. S. Rohini

    2017

    2

    Jayanthi Rani, K.

    Management of Stress, Depression, and Enhancement of General Well Being in Institutionalized Elderly through Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2015

    3

    Mubeen Banu, K.

    Positive Therapy for Enhancement of Adjustment, Self Esteem and Management of Anxiety in Adolescents

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2015

    4

    Vandana Nayar

    Management of Stress and Anger and Enhancement of Adjustment in School Teachers through Positive Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2014

    5

    Sujitha, B.

    Management of Stress, Behaviour Problems and Academic Problems in Adolescents through Positive Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2014

    6

    Hithakshi, B.

    Management of Stress, Depression, Anger and Enhancement of General Well Being in Nursing Students through Positive Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2014

    7

    Rita Rani Bhattacharjee

    Management of Stress, Depression, and Enhancement of General Well Being in Engineering Students through Positive Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2013

    8

    Susmitha Amin, A.

    Management of Stress, Depression, and Enhancement of General Well Being in the Parents of Mentally Challenged through Positive Therapy

    Dr. S. Gayatridevi

    2013

  • Awards/Achievements
    • Dr. N.V. Amudha Devi, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Best Paper Award for the Paper Presentation on "Determinants of Psychological Variables among Industrial Employees" conducted by Morning Star Home Science College Angamaly, Kerala, 2013.
    • Dr. N. S. Rohini, Professor, Department of Psychology, Best Paper Award for the Paper Presentation on "Assessment and Enhancement of Personality and Quality of Life in Elderly through Positive Therapy", Conducted by the Department of Psychology, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar on 7 to 9 March, 2005.
    • Dr. N. V. Amudha Devi, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology achieved Outstanding Faculty Award by Venus International Foundation, Chennai, on 08.07.2017.
  • Publications