Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Programs offered by department of Psychology

  1. BSc in Psychology Honours (3/4 years)- 50 seats [through entrance test]
  2. MA Psychology (2 years)- 30 seats [through entrance test]
  3. PhD in Psychology-[through entrance test]

The Department of Psychology at Doon University, Dehradun, stands as a beacon of academic excellence and innovation in Doon University. Department of Psychology was established under School of Social Sciences in the year 2018, it has swiftly emerged as one of the fastest-growing departments, reflecting its commitment to providing high-quality education and research opportunities in the field of psychology.

Embracing the transformative vision of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the department took proactive steps to implement its guidelines in 2021, aligning its curriculum and programs with the policy's objectives. This included the introduction of the BA Psychology (Honors with research) program based on the NEP framework, ensuring that our students receive a contemporary and comprehensive education that prepares them for the challenges of the 21st century. The first batch of BA Psychology (Hons) based on NEP 2020 started in 2022. In 2023, 5 seats in the MA Psychology were increased to 25. In 2024, 5 seats in the MA Psychology were increased to 30.

This is an excellent announcement for the new B.Sc. Psychology (Honours) course at Doon University in 2024-25 onwards! It clearly outlines the program's focus on fostering a scientific temperament in students and equipping them with the necessary skills to excel in the field of psychology. Here are some of the key strengths of your announcement:

  1. Emphasis on Scientific Psychology:
  2. Highlighting the focus on scientific research and evidence-based psychotherapy immediately positions the program as rigorous and aligned with modern trends in psychology.

  3. Skill Development:
  4. Mentioning the development of analytical skills and critical thinking abilities assures potential students that the program goes beyond rote learning and prepares them for deeper analysis.

  5. Hands-on Learning:
  6. Emphasizing hands-on research experiences and practical applications showcases the program's interactive and engaging nature.

  7. Career Focus:
  8. Clearly stating the program's contribution to evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy demonstrates its career relevance.

At the core of our academic offerings is a syllabus meticulously crafted to cover a wide range of topics and concepts, drawing from the syllabi of prestigious national-level examinations such as the UGC-NET, GATE, and UPSE. With a focus on clinical psychology, counselling psychology, biopsychology and various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, among others, our syllabus equips students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for their academic and professional growth.

The quest for knowledge in the realm of human behaviour is vast and multifaceted. Thus, our graduate and postgraduate programs are meticulously crafted to encompass a wide array of topics, delving into the intricacies of brain function, cognition, developmental psychology, social dynamics, counselling, and clinical interventions. Within this rich tapestry of learning, our department and faculty are dedicated to laying a robust foundation for comprehending human behaviour through the lens of various life stages and experiences. This holistic approach fosters a well-rounded development in our students, preparing them for a fulfilling and impactful career journey ahead.

At the core of our department's ethos lies a commitment to bridging the gap between theoretical understanding and practical application. We strive to imbue our students with the skills and mindset necessary to innovate and make creative contributions towards enhancing mental health outcomes for individuals in need. By harnessing the power of both theory and experimentation, we aim to cultivate a new generation of psychologists who are not just scholars but compassionate agents of positive change in the world.

In essence, the Department of Psychology at Doon University, Dehradun, is committed to fostering a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment where students can thrive and excel. With dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a forward-thinking approach to education, we strive to empower our students to become compassionate, competent, and socially responsible individuals poised to make meaningful contributions to society.

In conclusion, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery as we continue to push the boundaries of knowledge and excellence in the field of psychology.

Department’s Highlights:

  1. The syllabus of 4 years program- BSc psychology (Honours) is based on NEP 2020.
  2. The syllabus of 2 years of MA Psychology has been focused to enhance therapeutic interventions and skills related to counseling.
  3. Students are taught practical counselling skills under supervision of counseling psychologists.
  4. The department focuses on enhancing students' aptitude for research.
  5. The Department of Psychology also runs Happiness Laboratory, Centre for Wellness (counselling cell), Yoga Health Care Centre for the overall development of the students
  6. A club named Doon Sarathi, managed by students, organizes various extracurricular activities.
  7. To enhance students' counselling skills, subjects like CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy etc. have been included in the syllabus.
  8. The syllabus for MA/BA includes UGC NET/JRF/SET/GATE topics to enable students to prepare for competitions alongside their undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  9. UGC NET/JRF/SET/GATE classes are conducted for the students in the department.
  10. The department is currently conducting two research projects.

Exam qualified by the students since 2021

Name of the Exams NET NET-JRF GATE SET Research Fellowship
No of students 8 2 4 2 3

Post Doctoral Fellowship by ICSSR at Department of Psychology

S.No Name Date of commencement Topic
1 Dr Naresh Mishra 13.12.2023 "Effect of Intergenerational Conflict Upon Perception and Attitude: A Social Work Perspective"


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