Sophia College for Women
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Senior College


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

Psychology has been offered as a specialisation at Sophia College since 1976 and is one of the most popular subjects offered at the degree level. To enhance student learning, regular lectures and interactive discussions are supplemented with guest lectures, power point presentations, debates, peer learning, films, videos and documentaries, field visits and placements, student presentations, mini research projects, workshops, intercollegiate participation at the local and national level, research collaborations with NGOs.

Sr. Patricia D’Souza

Head of the Department & Assistant Professor
M.A. (Clinical Psychology)


Areas of Interest: Women’s/ feminist perspective, Women & Leadership


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 postgraduate level. She has been actively involved in different research projects since her post graduation which she has presented at various Conferences. She has initiated placement work as part of the study of Developmental Psychology for the SYBA students.

2018-19 was part of an ongoing collaborative project to conduct a study on ‘Observer intervention on sexual harassment : A situational Judgement approach to Assessment and Training The Centre on Gender equality and Health(GEH) University of California, USA under its EMERGE (Evidence-based measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender equality.

Ms. Ahana Sharma



Counseling Psychology ; Past Research papers done on topics : Burnout, Procrastination. Research and advocacy interests : Gender representation in the media, Gender - based Violence, General Mental Health Awareness Building and Suicide.

Ms. Simi Susan Shibu
Assistant Professor
M.A. Psychology (Clinical Psychology)


Areas of Interest: Children of Trauma, Children with Special Needs and Behavioral Deficits, Young adults, Women as well as Sexual Minorities.

An alumnus of the college, Simi secured a second rank at her B.A. level. Having completed her Master's from SNDT Women's University, her M.A dissertation work is on Psychological Well-being, Perceived Discrimination and Spirituality among Transwomen and Bisexual Women.

Apart from serving as a Lecturer at Sophia, Simi has also been working with Bookwallah Organisation as their Research and Development Manager (R & D) since the last three years. She has been a Practicing Psychologist and Counselor since two years, in her private practice, Therapeutic Dwelling, along with her mother.

Ms. Lavanya Mohan

Assistant Professor

MSc. Psychological Research


Areas of Interest: Intergroup conflict, LGBTQIA+ studies

She completed her master’s at the University of Oxford, and is a recipient of the Felix Scholarship. Her postgraduate dissertation was on Outgroup Attitudes Amongst Students in India: The Influence of Intergroup Contact and Intergroup Anxiety.

She is currently also consulting as a Senior Research Associate with Quantum Consumer Solutions: Insights and Design Strategy, for companies such as Unilever, Tata, Mondelez, etcetera

Ms. Malvika Dixit

Assistant Professor

M.A. (Counseling)


Areas of Interest: Adolescents and young adults

She is an alumnus of the college. Her postgraduate dissertation work was on Perceived Stress and Resilience in Adolescents from an Air Force Family and Adolescents from a Civilian Family.

Along with working as a lecturer at Sophia, she works with Fettle Counselling providing therapy online.