Mumbai, India
Departmental Information - Psychology
FACULTY :
Senior College : Dr. (Ms) Aninha Lobo – MA, BEd, MPhil, PhD, Head of the Department
Dr. (Ms.) Jennie Mendes, MA, DHE, MPhil, PhD, Vice-Principal-Arts 
Sr. Patricia D’souza, MA.
Junior College : Ms Grace Pereira MA(Pol. Science) MA(Psycho),MEd. Dip HRD
  Ms S. Johnson, MA, BEd
 
ABOUT THE SUBJECT :

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It is based on research and evidence gathered from observation, experimentation and measurement and differs from the ‘pop psych’ found in self-help books, graphology, numerology, astrology which also try to explain people’s problems and predicts behaviour and offer solutions.

Psychologists focus on describing, understanding, explaining, predicting and modifying behaviour and mental processes as well as on helping people understand themselves and others, so that they bring about change and improve the quality of life for themselves as well as those around them.Psychology is one of the fastest growing disciplines with developments in information technology, artificial intelligence, brain imaging, molecular biology and neuroscience making it even more multidisciplinary, challenging, and exciting.
 
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT :

The department was started in 1976 and the maximum strength at entry level is 180. Psychology is one of the most popular subjects at degree level and to enhance the learning experience at Sophia’s, regular lectures and interactive discussions are supplemented with guest lectures, power point presentations, films and documentaries, field visits and placements, student presentations, mini research projects, workshops, intercollegiate participation at the local and national level, research collaborations with NGO’s.Workshops are organized and students are encourage to participate in collegiate and inter state competitions. In 2006-2007 five S.Y. Students participated in Psycho Blitz organized by St. Xavier’s college Mapusa Goa, and topped some of the events. Through the years the department has produced several rank holders and prize winners and a gold medallist at the TYBA University Examination

Admission Criteria : I. The criteria for selection at the FYBA differs according to the board exam the students have appeared for; •  Sophia Junior college students
Arts – 55% aggregate and 60% in Psychology
Science and non-psychology– 60% aggregate

•  Outsiders – Any board examination
Arts – 60% aggregate and 70% in Psychology
Science and non-psychology – 70% aggregate

Note: Arts students who have taken Psychology as one of their subjects at the Junior College level will be given preference.

•  The criteria for selection at the Third Year single major (6 papers) is as follows:
•  Sophia students must have at both FY & SY levels an aggregate of 55% and score minimum 60% in Psychology, subject to availability of seats.
•  Non Sophia students can apply for a seat, if available, scoring at FY & SY levels 60% aggregate and 70% in Psychology

Note : •  ATKT in any subject is a disqualification.
•  Criteria requirements for Sophia students include class attendance, Internal Assessments, and participation in departmental activities
•  Non Sophia students are interviewed before admission

The department is actively involved in EXAP activities. Sr. Patricia D'souza rscj in on the EXAP research panel and Dr. Aninha Lobo is a staff guide for the seminar component of EXAP

 
COURSES : (Click on papers to view Syllabus)
FYBA Paper I General Psychology
SYBA Paper II Social Psychology
SYBA Paper III Development Psychology
TYBA Paper IV Psychology Testing and Statistics
TYBA Paper V Abnormal Psychology
TYBA Paper VI Industrial and Organizational Psychology
TYBA Paper VII Cognitive Psychology
TYBA Paper VIII Practicals in Cognitive Processes and Psychological Testing
TYBA Paper IX Counseling Psychology
 
S.Y.B.A. Psychology Syllabi
To be implemented from the Academic year 2012-2013 (Click on course code)
 
Semester III

Course
Code

Course
Title

Units

Credits

Marks

UAPSY301 Social Psychology:
Part I
1. The Field of Social Psychology

3

100
( 60 +40)

2. Social Cognition
3. Social Perception
4. Attitudes
UAPSY302 Developmental
Psychology:
Part I
1. Introduction - Beginnings

3

100
( 60 +40)

2. The Start of LifeBirth and the Newborn Infant
3. Physical Development in Infancy
4. Cognitive Development in Infancy
 
Semester IV

Course
Code

Course
Title

Units

Credits

Marks

UAPSY401 Social Psychology
Part II
1. Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination 3 100
( 60 +40)
2. Social Influence
3. Aggression
4. Groups and Individuals
UAPSY402 Developmental
Psychology: Part II
1. Physical, Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years     3 100
( 60 +40)
2. Cognitive Development in Pre-school years
3. Physical, Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood    
4. Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood   
 
Pattern of Question Paper for Semester End Assessment
 
Guidelines for T.Y.B.A. Projects - Psychology Papers VI and IX
 
ABOUT THE FACULTY & RESEARCH :
 
Dr. Aninha Lobo: ( Head of theDepartment)

 

M.Phil dissertation: The perceptual equivalence of tonal sequences – a study of the cognitive processing of music”

Ph.D thesis: The antecedents and correlates of interpersonal trust and its relationship with performance and job behaviour

A Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London (pianoforte) and a Jazz musician, her main interests are Cognitive Psychology, Music and the Brain, Cognitive Processing of Music, Quality in Higher Education, Service Learning, Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. She has been actively involved in and conducted several workshops on the University of Mumbai syllabi revisions. She has conducted ‘experiential learning’ based research with students.
Grants:
•  Dorabji Tata Partial Travel Grant (Rs. 35,000/) to present a paper at The Sixth European Conference on Organizational Knowledge and Learning Capability hosted by Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A. March 17-19, 2005
•  Minor Research Grant: University of Mumbai for the research project: “Using experiential exercises to teach students about cooperation” (2005-2006)
• Minor Research Grant: University of Mumbai for the research project: Responsible citizenship: The Potential Contribution of National Service Scheme (NSS) (2007-2008).
• Minor Research Grant: University of Mumbai for the research project: Organizational Learning in Accredited Colleges: Crucial for change?" (2009-2010)
Department of Science & Technology: 3 year research grant. Principal investigator of the project under Cognitive Science Research Initiative(CSI)
“Exercise to focus attention: An ERP study of the potential benefits to cognition, mood and self esteem” Co-investigator: Dr. Hemalatha Ramachandran (Department of Life Sciences)
Publications:
Instructional materials:
• Diwan, N.& Lobo, A., (1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009). Laboratory Manual: Practicals in Cognitive Processing and Psychological Testing.
• Lobo, A. & Diwan, N. (2010, 2011, 2012). Laboratory Manual: Practicals in Cognitive Processing and Psychological Testing.
• Lobo, A. & Diwan, N. (2010, 2011, 2012). Workbook for Practicals in Cognitive Processing and Psychological Testing.

Papers:
  1. Lobo, A. & Coutinho, A. (2003). A Study of the Cognitive and Attitudinal Impact of an AIDS Awareness       Educational Intervention on College Students. Research Paper Series: Women and Health, 1:5.
  2. Lobo, A. L. & Dolke, A.M. (2005) Interpersonal Trust and Organizational Learning Capability Proceedings of The Sixth European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities.
  3. Lobo, A. (2005). Organizational Justice and Organizational Citizenship Behaviour (OCB): Implications for          Downsizing and Restructuring. Bombay Psychologist Vol. XX. Nos. 1&2 
  4. Lobo A. L. (2007). The Antecedents And Correlates Of Interpersonal Trust And Its Relationship With    Performance And Job Behaviour.  Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Research Monographs (Jan-         April 2007. Vol II, No. 1, 3-22)
  5. Lobo, A & Dolke, A. M. (2007) ‘Interpersonal Trust & Organizational Learning Capability’ Institute of Banking        Personnel Selection Research Monographs; Sep-Dec 2007, Vol II No, 3, 3-22 
  6. Lobo, A & Coutinho, A. (2007). ‘The Role of Senior College Students in Enhancing Learning for All’ Proceedings      of the International Conference on Role of Higher Educational Institutes in Universalization of Elementary     Education, 20-21-22 December, 2007, at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Matunga, Mumbai
Paper presentations:
  1. Lobo, A. L. & Dolke, A. M. (2001) The Business Strategy, Culture and    
    Trust Relationship in Managing Change submitted to the Indian Science Congress.
  2. Lobo, A.L. & Dolke, A.M. (2005) Interpersonal Trust and Organizational Learning Capability presented at The Sixth European Conference on Organizational Knowledge and Learning Capability hosted by Bentley College , at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge , Massachusetts , USA , March 17-19 
  3. Lobo, A.L. (2005). Metacognition: Improving Quality in Higher Education through Teaching Students to  Think presented at the State-level Seminar on ‘Frontiers and Challenges in Higher Education' Sponsored by NAAC organized by S.V.T. College of Home Science at S.V.T. College of Home Science, Santacruz (W) April 26-      27.
  4. Lobo, A. L. (2005) Quality Enhancement: From Accreditation to Reaccreditation Sophia College, June 13,   2005.
  5. Lobo, A. (2006) Quality in Higher Education: Managing, Mentoring, Modeling, Metacognition presented at the National Level Seminar on Fostering Quality in Higher Education, August 25-26, 2006, organized by H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in association with Crompton Greaves and University of Mumbai on the occasion of Sesqui-Centennial celebrations of the University.
  6. Lobo, A. (2007). Using Experiential Exercises to Sensitize Students To Cooperative Choices For Sustainable Development presented at the International Conference of AIAER (All India Association For Educational Research) on Learner Centred Education for Sustainable Development, October 28th –30th 2007 at Shiksha Bharati B. Ed, College, Samoor Khurd, Dt. Una, Himachal Pradesh. Abstract published in the proceedings.
  7. Lobo, A & Coutinho, A. (2007). The Role of Senior College Students in Enhancing Learning for All presented at the International Conference on Role of Higher Educational Institutes in Universalization of Elementary Education, 20-21-22 December, 2007, at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Matunga, Mumbai News report of paper presented at VJTI December, 2007 ‘Half of the dropouts at primary, upper primary level fear exams’ The Indian Express, Mumbai Newsline, December 24, 2007
  8. Lobo, A. (2008). Developing Emotional Intelligence for Future Success: Implications for Practice presented at UGC sponsored National Level Seminar-cum-Workshop on “Emotional Literacy: Heart Centred Education” St. Teresa’s Institute of Education, 28th, 29th & 30th July.
  9. Lobo, A., Chandak, G. Mehta, R., & Ramachandran, A. (2009). Through the Looking Glass: A Study of Body Image, Body Esteem and Body Dissatisfaction invited paper presented at the National Conference on ‘Applications and Future of Psychology’ on 9th January, 2009 at The D. G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Abstract published in the proceedings.
  10. Lobo, A (2009). Service Learning: An Innovative Practice In Service Of Excellence In Higher Education presented at UGC sponsored National Seminar on    16th, 17th January at Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science. Abstract published in the proceedings.
  11. Lobo, A. (2010). The Perceptual Equivalence of Tonal Sequences: An Investigation into the Cognitive Processing of Music presented at the XVII Bombay Psychological Association Annual Conference at Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan & Research Centre, Kalina, Mumbai 400 098 on January 10, 2010.
  12. Lobo, A. (2010). The Relevance of Organizational Learning for Sustaining Quality and Excellence in Education presented at the NAAC sponsored two day Conference on ‘Sustainability of Quality and Excellence in the Field of Education in the 21st Century’ organized by Malad Kandivli Education Society’s Nagindas Khandwala College of Commerce, Arts & Management Studies & Shantaben Nagindas Khandwala College of Science Malad (West) on September 18-19, 2010. Abstract published in the Volume of Abstracts: p. 27.
 
 

Dr. (Ms.) J. Mendes

 

Her main interests are clinical psychology, world cinema and the theory of Indian classical dance with special reference to Kathak.

M.Phil Dissertation- A study on the Initiation of Flight Activity in Drosophila Melanogaster-An Experimental approach to Animal Behaviour.

Doctoral thesis on the Phenomenology, Etiology and the possible Clinical Significance of certain Stereotypies.

Associate Editor of Bombay Psychologist-A Journal of the Bombay Psychological Association

Awards :
  • Minor Research Grant- University of Mumbai : A Qualitative approach on  the phenomenology of Caretaking  2011
  • Smt Dhandevi Mahindra Scholarship award 2010-2011:  Konkanni translation, cultural adaptation and testing of the Stigma-Devaluation Scale (SDS) for caregiver relatives of the mentally ill in Goa.
  • Rotary Club of Bombay midtown - Smt Sumitradevi Jatia  Research award for 2009-2010: Evaluation of the courtesan genre of Kathak in Hindi films
  • M.Phil Thesis: Flight behavior in Drosophila Melanogaster Para TS. An Experimental Approach to Behaviour.
  • UGC-FIP IXth plan teacher fellowship:
  • Ph.D Thesis: Phenomenology Etiology and possible clinical significance of certain stereotypies.                       
  • UGC-JRF 1991.
  • Mumbai University Merit Scholarship 1980.
Publications:
  • Jennie Mendes (2010). Hormones and Motor Stereotypy: Preliminary observations. Bombay Psychologist Vol XXV 1&2
  • Jennie Mendes (2010). Leg shaking: A Pedigree Analysis. Bombay Psychologist  Vol XXV 1&2
  • Jennie Mendes., & Manuel, W. (2010). The Assessment of Obsessive Compulsive Phenomena: Psychometric and Normative data on the Padua Inventory (PI) from an Indian nonclinical student sample. Bombay Psychologist Vol XXIII 1&2
  • Jennie Mendes & Arunan MC. (2009). Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin - Celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Darwin. Sensex 61-63.
  •  Manuel, W. & Jennie Mendes. (2008). Motivations of Women Naval Cadets. Bombay Psychologist  Vol XXIII 1&2
  •  Manuel, W. & Jennie Mendes. (2007). Adolescents their Emotions Concerns and support systems. Bombay Psychologist, Vol XXII, Nos 1&2.
  •  Velamur, S., Chakrovorthy, P.  Parekh, S. & Jennie Mendes.(2006). Filmology as a Pedagogical tool: An analysis of “Forrest Gump” Bombay Psychologist, Vol XXI, Nos 1&2.
  • Jennie Mendes., Hebbar, S. & Arunan M.C. (2008). From Psychology to Molecular Biology: The Biology of Mentation. Readings in Psychology: Enhancing Human potential. Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd New Delhi.
  • B. Barnes., S. Mehrotra & Jennie Mendes (2008). Edited - Readings in Psychology Enhancing Human potential. Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd New Delhi.
  • Jennie Mendes, & Patel, N. (2004). A preliminary study of male and female college students and their alcohol consumption, experiences and their future intentions. Urdhwa Mula  Vol 3 No 1.
  • Jennie Mendes & Murthy, P. (2002). A study on attitudinal change in girl students towards people with mental illness. Urdhwa Moola. Vol 1, Issue 1.
  • Jennie Mendes., Murthy, P. & Vandrewala, T. (1998). A biological approach to the understanding of Homosexuality. Bombay Psychologist, Vol XV, No 1&2.
  • Jennie Mendes (1997). Dermatoglyphics – An aid to diagnose Mongolism and other Chromosomal and developmental disorders. Bombay Psychologist Vol XIV Issue 1&2.
  • Jennie Mendes., Gunaratnam, J., Patel, S., Reddy, S &. Balan, S. (1998). A study on Premenstrual tension among Indian Women, Bombay Psychologist, Vol XIII Issue 1&2.
  • Jennie Mendes. (1995). A study on the Initiation of flight activity in Drosophila Melanogaster – An experimental approach to dissect the development of Phylogenetically adaptive behavior. Indian Journal of Psychology, Vol 70 (1&2) 23-27.
  • Jennie Mendes., Bhatt, D., Jethwa, D. (1995). Personality profiles of Orphans Kittley boys and normal children. A comparative study. Ananrta, Vol 6.
  • Jennie Mendes., Bhat, D. & D’cruz, P. (1994).Menstrual Synchrony among proximate women Bombay Psychologist, Vol XI, No 1&2.
Presentations:
  • Jennie Mendes., & Manuel, W. (2011). Thin….spiration: Female body idioms National Seminar on Women and Tourism. MES College Vasco Goa Feb 26-27
  • Jennie Mendes., & Manuel, W. (2010). Between Spaces: The work world of the mentally disabled. National conference on Employee wellbeing – Current trends and future prospects. Abbe Faria PG Dept of Psychology, St Xavier’s College Goa Sept 21-22.
  • Jennie Mendes. (2010). A preliminary analysis of the history of perception of women in the courtesan genre of Kathak in Hindi films. International Conference on Women Education for Empowerment Feb 5-6 2010 Pondicherry.
  • Manuel, W. & Jennie Mendes. (2010). Women in the Indian Navy: Status and job satisfaction International Conference on Women Education for Empowerment Feb 5-6 Pondicherry.
  •  Manuel, W. & Jennie Mendes. (2009). Cupid in cyberspace Poster presentation National Conference on “Changing fabric of intimate relationships. Christ University Bangalore Feb 12-13
  • Jennie Mendes., & Manuel, W. (2009). Problems in research on alternate sexuality. National Conference on “Changing fabric of intimate relationships. Christ University Bangalore Feb 12-13 2009.
  • Jennie Mendes., & Manuel, W. (2008).   Poster presentation on “Creating Mental Health Awareness through Films” at the National conference on “Psychology and Cinema” Christ University Bangalore Feb 15-16.
  •   Manuel, W. & Jennie Mendes. (2007). Teenagers: Their emotions, concerns and well-being National Conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. SNDT University, Mumbai.
  • Jennie Mendes., S. Hebbar & Arunan M.C. (2001). From Psychology to Molecular Biology: The Biology of Mentation. Southeast Asia Regional conference on scientific and applied Psychology
  • Jennie Mendes (1996). Personality profiles of Orphans Kittley boys and normal children. A comparative study. Asian and XXXII IAAP Annual Conference on emerging horizons of Applied Psychology, Feb 27-29.
  • Jennie Mendes & Arunan M.C. (1996). The Educational Management system – A call for change, NITIE PRAACHI National Conference.
  • Jennie Mendes (1989). Comparative efficacy of Blackboard and chalk vs. Modern audiovisual aids in classroom teaching.  Faculty Improvement Workshop, Lonavala.
  • Jennie Mendes (1987). A study on the initiation of flight activity in a temperature sensitive mutant of Drosophila Melanogaster, An experimental approach to Animal behavior. National Conference of Applied Psychology Mumbai.
  • Arunan MC & Jennie Mendes. (1986).MHC Restriction – A new Approach. All India Cell biology conference, Pune.
General Articles:
  • Coping with Examinations. Home Life February 1984.
  • Revitalizing the Body’s defense. Indian Express January 12th 1988.
  • The Smell of things to come. Indian Express December 28th 1989.
  • Wanted a new information order. University News, September 1991.
  • Examinations: A Call for Reassessment. University News. May 1991.
  • Behind the blues. The Independent, November 23rd 1990.
  • Balancing the Ecosystem. Indian Express.March 8 1988.
  • My PMS made me do it. The Independent. May 29 1991.
  • Nailing the lie of the lie detector. Indian Express October 27 1987
  • On your Mark. Indian Express October 28 1987.
  • Home Chef- Lok Prabha 19 August 2009.
 
 

Sr. Patricia D'souza :

 

Research on attitudes of parents and teachers to nursery school admission.

She is an ex-student of the College. A university topper at the M.A. Psychology she is a recipient of various prizes/ awards at the undergraduate and post graduate level.

She has been actively involved in different research projects since her post graduation which she has presented at various Conferences. She has been awarded the Smt. Sumitradevi Jatia Rotary Prize for her research (2005, 2008). Presently she is working at a research on earning Styles.
 
She has initiated placement work as part of the study of Developmental psychology for the SYBA students. Since 2005 every year students get involved in volunteer activity with an NGO of their choice for as minimum of 2 months. Students have been greatly enriched by this experience and enjoy it so much that they often continue with the experience through the year.

She believes in making learning an enjoyable and participative experience and uses different innovative practices to make learning practical and reality based
 
Students Research :

EXAP-projects published as papers:

•  A Study of Pre-menstrual Tension among Indian Women -S. Balan & J. Gunaratnam.
•  Filmology as a Pedagogical tool: An analysis of “Forrest Gump”- S, Velamur, P. Chakhravorty & S.Parekh.

Other projects:
Mini research projexts at the SYBA level published as papers by the Sophia Centre for Women's Studies and Development 2004-05

•  All the World's a Peep Show (Reality TV): Smitha Suryanarayanan, Perviz Rabady, Lavanya Varadrajan, and Vedika Sud
•  The Psychological Symbiosis between Man and Nature: Jwala Narayanan

Student Presentation:
Attitudes of adolescents towards euthanasia - N. Sukumaran & A.Tulsiani-Paper presentation at the BPA-IPH conference on Child and Adolescent Mental Health-Jan 2007.(published in the recent issue of the Bombay Psychologist)
 
University Rank Holders:
 
Names of the students T.Y.B.A. Examination Percentage University Rank Subject Rank
Yamini Bellare April, 2010 87% First First
Shobhika Agrawal April, 2010 85.83% Fifth Second
Snehal Chandak April, 2011 83.17% Seventh  
 
Past Rank Holders:
  • Shweta Parikh, 2007, Seventh Rank in the University
  • Pooja Ramavat, 2005, Sixth Rank in the University
  • Aarti Rangan, 2001, Fourth Rank in the University
  • Ritu Nagar, 1995, First Rank in Psychology, Fifth Rank in the University
 
A Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London (pianoforte) and a Jazz musician, her main interests are Cognitive Psychology: Attention and Working Memory, Music and the Brain, Cognitive Processing of Music, Quality in Higher Education, Service Learning, Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. She has been actively involved in and conducted several workshops on the University of Mumbai syllabi revisions. She has conducted ‘experiential learning’ based research with students.
 
ALUMNAE :
  • Overseas and local alumnae regularly share their expertise with the students.
  • Manisha Sen- Ph. D Professor, Clinical Psychologist, Mumbai University .
  • Anuradha Sovani- Ph. D Reader, Clinical Psychologist, Mumbai University and IPH
  • Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy D, Professor & Clinical Psychologist, Florida Institute of Technology , USA
  • Chandan Vaidya, Ph. D, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University , Washington DC USA
  • Ms Shireen Gandhy- Art curator Chemould art gallery.
  • Geeti Chari nee Bhargava consultant Audiologist and Counsellor
  • Rashmi Varma, Director, A.C. Nielson, ORG Marg, Mumbai
  • Srividya Iyer- Ph. D Faculty McGill University-Montreal Canada .
  • Consultant Neelangana Gupta-Standard Chartered Bank, Mumbai
  • Shipali Ratnagar – Assistant Manager Reliance Retailing
  • Dolly Thakur- independent HR consultant.
  • Deepti Kanade-clinical psychologist, New Horizons Child Development Centre
CAREER OPTIONS :

Psychologists are employed in a variety of settings: research or practice (the application of the theory, concepts and research findings in psychology in various settings). Although primarily in colleges/universities/management institutes, hospitals and private practice as onsultants/counselors, they also work with NGOs in community outreach programmes, social work, rehabilitation, vocational and career guidance, industry, personnel and human resources, marketing and sales, public relations, media, law, sports, human development and special education (with the developmentally challenged).

In the last campus recruitment 4 psychology students were selected by Infosys as HR trainees
JUNIOR COLLEGE
THE FACULTY
 
 

Ms. G. Pereira MA. (Psychology), MA (Political Science), BEd, MEd

 

She also holds two diplomas in HRD and Counseling. As she holds a double MA, she teaches both Psychology and Political Science. Teaching methods for Psychology include discussions of psychological concepts relating to every day life, projects are given on important psychological based topics.

Her hobbies include trekking, reading and working for animal welfare. 
 
 

Ms. S. Johnson MA, BEd

 

She teaches Psychology for the XI and XII Std.
 
 
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