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Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology
  • Introduction
  • Staff members
  • Staff Achievements
  • Student Achievements
  • Objectives
  • Activities
The Department of Psychology was established in the academic year 1979-80. The Department has a strong tradition in teaching, grooming and research. The success rate of the students at the T.Y.B.A. final University examination is almost 100%. Year after year, there have been rank holders at the T.Y.B.A. examination at University of Mumbai. At the T.Y.B.com examination our students have consistently scored 98/100, which is the highest in the paper of Psychology of Human Behavior at Work.

The teachers have undertaken research projects sponsored by various institutes and actively participate in National and International Conferences, present papers and attend seminars regularly. The students are encouraged to conduct scientific research as part of their projects to develop analytical abilities.

For T.Y.B.A.-Psychology (6 units-major) admissions, the students who have taken Psychology as one of their subjects at F.Y.B.A. and S. Y. B. A. are eligible to apply. Admission is based purely on previous academic records.

The curriculum is prescribed by the University of Mumbai. The department is committed the help the student explore the field of psychology within and beyond the syllabus through classroom teaching, guest lectures, seminars, workshop by eminent Indian and foreign scholars / professionals in the field, screening of movies with discussion, field visits etc.

The department also has a library exclusively for the students and the faculty of the department. The Counseling center is looked after by the teachers of the department. The department offers the facility of counseling and psychotherapy for the benefit of students, teachers and other employees.

The extension activities of the department are of a varied nature. The department also contributes substantially for social cause by providing materials needed by students of special schools and text books to needy students. Our faculties also act as the members of the Psychology and Counseling Associations which organize activities for the students and staff of the college.

Considering the demand in the professional field and striving for a combination of pure and applied Psychology, the students are given practical training on the role of Psychologist in the Industry by organizing visits to various organization and practice exercises on Job analysis, Performance Evaluation etc. The students are also motivated to appear for campus job placement interviews.
  • Mrs. Ramola ThangiahMrs. Ramola ThangiahHead of Department
    and Vice-Principal
  • Mrs. Keshmira PatelMrs. Keshmira PatelAssociate Professor
  • Ms. Panna MehtaMs. Panna MehtaAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyMs. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Anjali GireesanMs. Anjali GireesanAssistant Professor
  • Mrs. Ramola ThangiahMrs. Ramola ThangiahHead of Department
    and Vice-Principal
  • Mrs. Keshmira PatelMrs. Keshmira PatelAssociate Professor
  • Ms. Panna MehtaMs. Panna MehtaAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyMs. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Anjali GireesanMs. Anjali GireesanAssistant Professor

Prof. Ramola Thangiah

  • Conducted a seminar on “Communication Skills” for F.Y. BA- Psychology students on the 1st December 2014 held at Royal College of Arts, Science & Commerce.
  • Conducted a seminar on “How to prepare for examinations” for Swa-Shodh, a project undertaken by the Department of Psychology held on 6th December 2014.
  • Attended two day International Seminar on “Art and Expressive therapies for trauma: Indian and US Perspective” held on the 18th & 19th December, 2014
  • Invited as a resource person by PACE (Junior College) to deliver a talk on “How to Prepare for Examinations” in January 2015.
  • Attended a seminar on “Peaceful uses of Atomic Energy on the Non- DAE- Scene” held on September 17th 2013 by the Public awareness divisions Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India, NMIMS & Mithibai College.

Prof. Keshmira Shah

  • Attended a seminar on “Peaceful uses of Atomic Energy on the Non- DAE- Scene” held on September 17th 2013 by the Public awareness divisions Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India, NMIMS & Mithibai College.

Prof. Panna Mehta

  • Published a paper titled “Daily Journaling Format for Improved Emotional Regulation in Young Woman” in Psyber News: International Psychology Research Publication
  • Attended a workshop on “Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” organized by Bombay Hospital on 22nd November 2014.
  • Attended two day International Seminar on “Art and Expressive therapies for trauma: Indian and US Perspective” held on the 18th & 19th December, 2014
  • Attended a workshop Structural Equation Model using R conducted by Department of Psychology, University of Mumbai held on 31st January and 1st February 2015.
  • Guided three research projects for AVISHKAR 2014-2015
  • Guided four research projects for the “Research Meet” organized by Mithibai College of Arts, on 15th & 16th January 2015.
  • Conducted a seminar on “Critical thinking” for Swa-Shodh, a project undertaken by the Department of Psychology held on 10th December 2014.
  • Attended a national seminar on Positive Psychology held at Nanavati College.
  • Organized a seminar on “ Text mining” on January 4th 2014 held at Mithibai College.
  • Participated in a national level a workshop on “Advanced Statistics and research methodology “held at M.S. University Baroda on January 14th 2014.
  • Participated in a workshop on Advanced Statistics held in March 2014 at Nanavati College.

Ms. Suchitra RoyChowdhury

  • Participated in the National Conference on ‘”Holistic Approach Towards Individual Mental Health “on 7th, 8th and 9th December, 2016 organized by the S.N.D.T. University, Churchgate.
  • Attended a workshop Structural Equation Model using R conducted by Department of Psychology, University of Mumbai held on 13th and 14th September 2014.
  • Attended a workshop on “Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” organized by Bombay Hospital on 22nd November 2014.
  • Won the Best Entry award in the e-greeting card competition organized by NIMHANS in December 2014.
  • Conducted a seminar on “Memory” for Swa-Shodh, a project undertaken by the Department of Psychology held on 9th December 2014.
  • Guided four research projects for the “Research Meet” organized by Mithibai College of Arts, on 15th & 16th January 2015.
  • Attended a workshop on SPSS organized by the Department of Statistics, Mithibai College of Arts held on 3rd and 4th of February 2015. 

Ms. Anjali Gireesan

  • Published a paper titled “Impact of adverse Childhood Experiences on Mental Health: A retrospective Study” in Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, September, 2014
  • Published a paper titled “Incidence of violence experienced by the college students during childhood and its association with income: A retrospective study” in Indian Journal of Health and Well-Being, September, 2014
  • Attended a workshop on “Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” organized by Bombay Hospital on 22nd November 2014.
  • Conducted a seminar on “Goal Setting” for Swa-Shodh, a project undertaken by the Department of Psychology held on 10th December 2014.
  • Guided four research projects for the “Research Meet” organized by Mithibai College of Arts, on 15th & 16th January 2015.
  • Published a chapter in edited book “ HIV/AIDS in India”, chapter name “ HIV/AIDS and children” in January 2015. ISBN-978-81-8220-688-5
  • Attended a workshop on SPSS organized by the Department of Statistics, Mithibai College of Arts held on 3rd and 4th of February 2015. 

  • 8 TYBcom and 4 TYBA Psychology students participated in the three-day International Conference on "Transforming India 2030: Strategies for Sustainable Developmental Goals", at SYMBIOSIS Institute ,Pune on 15th, 16th and 17th February, 2017
  • Ms. Delshad Kalantary, a TYBA Psychology student presented a paper titled "Study on the Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Childrens' Educational Aspirations and Attitude Towards Academics" at the three-day International conference on 15th, 16th and 17th February, 2017 at Symbiosis Institute, Pune
  • The TYBA Psychology SEMESTER V results were declared. Out of 47 students, 46 students got  "O" grade and 6 students got "A" grade
  • 18 students from TYBA Psychology participated in the National Conference on ‘”Holistic Approach Towards Individual Mental Health “on 7th, 8th and 9th December, 2016 organized by the S.N.D.T. University, Churchgate.
  • One TYBA Psychology student participated in the Two-Day National Conference on Ëmerging Trends in Human Capital Development: New Perspectives and Practices” on 8th and 9th December, 2016.
  • The TYBA psychology students participated in the “PSYCINSIGHT”--- the departmental fest organized by the Department of Psychology of Jai Hind College on 22nd July,2016. Students participated in various events and have won awards in events like “Psych-on-sale”(IInd prize), “Psych-Surprise” (Ist prize), “Elaboratory” (Ist prize) and have also bagged the Golden Trophy for scoring the maximum points of all the contingent teams.
  • Mithibai college Psychology Department won the championship trophy for the 2nd consecutive year at Jaihind intercollegiate psychology fest.
  • Effective assimilation and application of concepts.
  • Overall development of skills in the world of work.
  • Lay the foundations for higher studies in Psychology
  • Foster interest in psychology as a field of study and research.
  • To establish national and international linkage through cross-cultural and collaborative research.
  • To enhance the collection of books and journals.
  • To enhance growth and application of the principles of psychology in personal life.
  • Mrs. Khushali  Adhiya Shah conducted a group book review discussion on "Man's Search For Meaning" authored by Victor Frankl for the TYBA Psychology students. The objective of the activity was to increase the understanding of the Logotherapy, and help students get an experience of Bibliotherapy and Group Counseling. The group discussed the central themes of the book, the theory and techniques of logotherapy,the roles and goals of logotherapist as well the lessons learnt and experienced during the process of reading the book. At the end of the session the participants expressed their insights derived, reflected on the meaning of their own lives, and thought about the applicability of the concepts to their personal and academic lives
  • The last Parents'- Teachers' Meet was organized on 25th February, 2017 in the Psychology Laboratory
  • Ms. June Desai was invited to engage a lecture on “Leadership Styles” on 13th February, 2017 for the TYBA Psychology students. Students found the lecture very engaging and interesting.
  • Mind Labyrinth- The inter-collegiate departmental fest was organized on the 14th and 15th February, 2017.The theme of the event was “Walking Down the Memory Lane”. Various games, competitions, and talks were arranged for the students. Several prominent speakers like Ms. Siddhika Panjwani, a consultant at Lilavati Hospital working in the field of Neurorehabilitation; Ms. Chitra Munshi, Head of the Department of L.S. Raheja College and an EMDR practitioner; Ms. Jyoti Vora, Head of the department of Biochemistry, Ruia College… were invited to enlighten out students on topics like “Aging and Cognition”, “Implicit Memories”, “Food and Memory” and so on. Ms. Lubna Salim, an Indian theatre and television actress was invited for the valedictory function. The event received an overwhelming and stupendous response only from the students(Junior and Degree college students from several streams) but also from the teaching staff, the administrative staff, and students from the other colleges.
  • The second session of SWASHODH- a short term project undertaken with an aim to help students enhance their well-being was organized on 15th December, 2016 between 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. The resource person was Ms. Michelle Pereira, practicing Psychologist from the Mindful Spring Organization.
  • Ms. Niyati Bapat, an alumnus was invited to address the TYBA Psychology on “Organizational Theories”on 15th December, 2016.
  • Mr. Mahesh Sanghavi was invited to speak to the SYBA Psychology Stress Management students on “Yoga and Meditation.”
  • The Department of Psychology in collaboration with Department of Sociology arranged a field visit to Keshav Shrushti, Bhayandar on 19th December, 2016.
On the 3rd of September 2016, we had Mr. Amitabha Gangopadhyay who is an Associate Vice President from Sun Pharmaceuticals, for an encouraging and informative talk on "The Psychology of People Applied in Marketing and Segmentation " . He talked about how psychology can be applied in various spheres including Marketing as he told us about the three main aspects in Marketing which includes Direction, Choice and Difference and how each is important than the other . He made is aware of how audience and consumer play an important role in marketing and further went on to talk about Segmentation , by providing us with instances of " commonality of needs "and "articulated and unarticulated needs". We also learned about a new thing in psychology called Stereo Psychographics, in which he told us about how stereotypes and stereotyping affects the demographics or population in psychology, thus playing an immense role in marketing. We learned about two types of buying - informed and impulsive. The impulsive buying is however related to Heuristics. He also talked about autopilot behaviour and its relatedness to moment and change , and why some people are more risk takers than others. So we had a lot of fun learning and knowing about things we didn't know till then.
  • SwaShodh is a short term project initiated by the department focused on dealing with exam related anxiety. The resource person for these workshops was Ms. Swati Khanolkar a certified REBT practitioner. In the first session that she conducted on 9th October 2015 she held an orientation session that gave the students insight into their automatic, negative self-talk that contributes to the feelings of anxiety, be it social anxiety or exam anxiety.
  • Ms. Swati Khanolkar conducted the second session of SwaShodh on the 9th of December 2015 with the focus on the A-B-C model of rational thinking of REBT. The participants were taught to identify and debate the negative, automatic, and irrational thoughts.
  • Smit Ganatra, Zil Shah and Rajvi Shah, guided by Ms. Panna Mehta qualified for the second round of ‘Avishkar’, standing third among 22 participants for the paper ‘Effect of Positive Self Affirmation on Self esteem and Stress Coping Mechanisms’ on 07 December 2015.   ·        
  • Mr. Raihaan Attawala, an alumni of the department gave a lecture on the 8th of  December on Applying to study abroad to the T.Y. BA students.   ·        
  • Ms. Arhaana Bose an alumnus of the department gave a talk on how to perform well in the T.Y.BA practical examination. ·        
  • Ms. Gauravi Sherlekar an alumnus of the department was invited to talk on her experiences of studying in Mithibai College and the UK on the 14th of December. ·        
  • Mr. Hemant Gupta from “Thank you India”, was invited to deliver a talk on “Gratitude” and his work with the Mumbai Police to S.Y.B.A students on 15th December 2015. The students enjoyed the session and a few students also volunteered to be part of this project. ·        
  • Mr. Leslie Rebello a trainer in industry and guest lecturer at S.P Jain college of Business Management conducted the second of the three session workshop on the 17th of December 2015. The content of the workshop was on individual awareness about himself and the society. The second secession focused on organizational and individuals standing in a social setting. The skills that students learned were internal evaluation of self, making decisions with groups , time management, working with a leader, to name a few.   ·         
  • The second session of the Research Reading Club was conducted on the 19th of December 2015, the theme of the session was 'Psychotherapy'. Papers were read by Ms. Takshama Pandit, Ms. Aanchal Narang and Mr. Sagar Mondol. ·        
  • Mrs. Archana Ramnathkar an ex- faculty member of the department was invited to give a talk on the Mental Health scenario in Canada on the 21st of December 2015. Dr. Ramona Mellott was invited to address the T.Y.BA students on 2nd January 2016. She is an alumnus of Mithibai College and currently is a Professor and Dean, College of Education, Northern Arizona University, U.S.A. She spoke to the students about studying in U.S.A and the various clinical and counseling psychology courses that are offered. Information about licensure for psychologists in the USA and validity of 1 year masters degree were also provided.
Research Reading Club

The Department of Psychology started a research reading club with the aim of promoting critical thinking, dissemination of scientific information and generating novel research ideas. 

The club was inaugurated on the 12th of September 2015, the inaugural address was given by Dr. Urvashi Shah, Neuropsychologist followed by a paper presentation by Dr. Rujvi Kamat, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego.
Transactional Analysis Lecture

Mr. Ashish Korday, Trained in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt techniques from Avila School of Counselling and ICTA- Institute for Counselling and Transactional Analysis delivered an introductory lecture on transactional analysis to the students of the department on 8th September 2015.
Movie screening & panel discussion

A screening of the movie “One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest” was organized followed by a panel discussion for TYBA Psychology students on 29th July 2015 in the Juhu Jagruti Hall. The panel comprised of Ms. Anju Singh & Ms. Shilpi Jha from Pravin Gandhi College of Law,  Ms. Priya Joseph from the Department of English, Mithibai College, Ms. Pooja Prabhavalkar and Ms. Anjali Gireesan from the Department of Psychology, Mithibai College.
The panel engaged the students in a gripping discussion that highlighted various perspectives i.e. legal, literary and humanitarian approach related to mental health. This interdisciplinary discussion provided a holistic view to the students.
  • A lecture on “Hypnosis” was given by Mr. Nitin Shah, Hypnotherapist at ICHARS on August 27th, 2013.
  • Dr. Chitra Munshi, Associate Professor, Raheja College gave a lecture on EMDR to the students on December 29th, 2013.
  • Mr. Ninad Gandhi, corporate trainer gave a talk on “Power of habits” on December 12th , 2013.
  • A talk on “Training in industry” was given by Mr. Punit Mhatre, partner at L.R. Associates in January 2014.
  • Ms. Shrradha Sidhwani of Mind Temple gave a talk to the students on “Addiction- Drugs & Nicotine” on January 31st, 2014.
  • Parent teacher meeting of tyba students (2014-15)
  • workshop on non violent communication by Ms. JOG (2014-15)
  • Library orientation by Ms. Archana Gharate (2014-15)
Report on Industrial Visit to Godrej and Boyce

The Department of Psychology, Mithibai College, visited the Godrej and Boyce plant at Vikhroli on the 6th of August, 2015, for an industrial visit and an interactive session with the HR department. All the students of the department attended and were accompanied by 3 staff members of the department, Mrs. Ramola Thangiah, Ms Suchitra Roy Chowdhury, and Ms Panna Mehta. The department was welcomed and escorted by Mr. Schezad Golimar of Godrej Security Solutions. Before the plant visit and HR interaction session, the department was exposed to the history and fields of expertise of Godrej, at the corporate product showroom. After briefly viewing the wide range of products and services provided, everyone proceeded to the plant, wherein lied the production line of Godrej’s vaults and safes. 
The students had an interaction session with the HR department where questions of all the students and faculty were answered more than satisfactorily, which proved to be a good learning session.. The informative talk was met by students’ queries and suggestions, all of which were addressed by the HR personnel.

Workshop on "Self Awareness - The Art of Enriching Oneself"


The workshop on "Self Awareness - The Art of Enriching Oneself" conducted by Mr. Leslie Rebello began at 8:00 a.m. At the start of the session, Mr. Rebello conducted an exercise where he had all the students write down why each one of them was a star (self-emanating energy) and why they thought so. Another exercise was conducted to assess the levels of sensitivity and awareness individuals showed to the happenings around them. It was highly stimulating and by then all the students were extremely eager to see what was coming next. Over the course of the next 5 hours, Mr. Rebello took the students through various other exercises and questionnaires which assessed certain facets of the personality. He emphasized on how organizations were looking for individuals with skill, ability and talent but most of all for people who, in his words, "used the grey matter between their ears". The workshop was extremely insightful for the students because they learned to think from a new paradigm about careers and work, especially the massive and important shift from the mindset of a sales-perspective to a service-perspective. That is, from how they could benefit from a particular job versus what value they could add to the organization. The students were asked to introspect about the purpose and meaning of their lives, their reason for waking up every morning, what they had to offer the world and the value they could add to the lives of the people around them. Towards the end of the session, a team work exercise was conducted where there were leaders for each group and they had to come up with a product, conceptualize the idea, strategize, design the prototype, market it and present it to the rest of the class. The students learned to be dynamic in their approach, work in synergy and understood that each one of them was capable of contributing something unique to their group. All in all, it was an extremely enriching experience and it inspired the students to want to make their lives, their own unique masterpieces.