Department of Psychology

This is a year of new beginnings since it marks the inception of the Department of Psychology. The Department has been established with the vision to ensure that undergraduates attain reasonable grounding in psychological theories, approaches and applications in order to further the motto of academic excellence at St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur.

The Department of Psychology currently offers a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Pass Course and Subsidiary) program at the undergraduate level. The Department aims to encourage a community of diverse scholars and teachers to come together and further the learnings about psychological theories, principles, and systems in order to facilitate their use of the science of psychology to understand the world and its people. The pursuit of this department is to help students understand the value of evidence-based practices in understanding, predicting, controlling and solving problems in a complex, diverse and information-rich world. Critical thinking is through the courses offered and the pedagogies adopted in the department. Emphasis is also laid on the application of theoretical conceptions to improve understanding of the world through rigorous and ethical research.

Teaching at St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur aims to inspire and support students in their journey of learning and success. Besides classroom teaching, home assignments, seminars, research papers and class presentations, the department looks forward to organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, symposiums and guest lectures to augur the expansion of knowledge. The students are also encouraged to initiate research and academic writing as well as to transform into better decision makers across life’s opportunities.

Vision

The Department of Psychology envisions to be an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychology education, research, and professional service, where students and faculty members work in close collaboration to foster the advancement of high-quality research-based psychology dissemination of knowledge, and its application for the betterment of society.



Mission

Our mission is to establish an inclusive and collaborative learning environment that encourages open dialogue, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creativity, exchange of ideas and the promotion of ethical values. We aim to lead in psychological education by instilling professional ethics, social responsibility, and cultural sensitivity that are essential to combat mental health stereotypes and promote the holistic well-being and psychological health of individuals and the society at large.

Objectives

Objectives

● To constantly strive towards academic excellence and holistic development.
● To instill fundamental knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and Concepts.
● To develop the requisite skills for applications of psychological principles in various Fields.
● To encourage hands on learning through participation in internships, fieldwork and practical training.
●To foster the spirit of scientific inquiry and critical thinking in young minds to advance existing research and develop new paradigms.
● To empower students as change makers through community-based outreach programmes.
●To instill an appreciation of ethical principles and professional conduct in their pursuit of scientific knowledge, research, innovation, and the application of theoretical understanding.
●To collaborate with local mental health organizations and counselling centres, creating more opportunities for internships, practical training, and exposure to real-world psychological practices for the students.
● To create and maintain a fruitful connection with the alma mater and to provide opportunities for alumni to reconnect, reminisce, and build valuable professional connections.

A Message from HOD

Ms. Nupur Chauhan

HOD

Ph.D. (PURSUING), M.Phil., MA (PSYCHOLOGY), NET- JRF (PSYCHOLOGY)

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James

As the Head of the Department of Psychology, which was established in 2020, I take immense pride in witnessing the remarkable growth and accomplishments we have achieved together in such a short time. Since inception, our journey has been marked by commitment, innovation, and a shared passion for comprehending the complexity of the human mind and behaviour. Dedication to excellence in education, research, and community engagement forms the basis of our department’s philosophy. We commit to upholding the highest standards of instruction, fostering critical thinking, and valuing diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of our work.  By promoting empathy and cultural awareness, our students are able to navigate the complexities of society and contribute positively to their communities. In addition, our department endeavours to go beyond classroom boundaries and having a positive influence on the larger community. We organise multiple webinars and guest lectures delivered by subject- and field-specific experts as part of our on-going efforts to improve academic experience. The International Level Quiz Competition – InQuiztive, one of our signature events, invites students to demonstrate their academic prowess and capacity for critical thought in a competitive and exciting setting.  We also host the Department Fest: InPsych – Well Being of the Living Being to celebrate the intersection of academia and culture that offers a venue for artistic expression, original thought, and cross-cultural interaction. Workshop on projective traits provide a valuable opportunity for individuals to learn from experts in the field and empowers our students with the right tools to become successful mental health professionals Our commitment to community engagement and social responsibility is reflected through our Outreach Programs on crucial topics such as menstrual health and hygiene, gender equity, and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Through meaningful community engagement initiatives, we aspire to translate our knowledge into action and serve as catalysts for change. By addressing prevalent psychological challenges and nurturing empathy in our students, we aim to create a ripple effect of positive transformation that extends far beyond our classrooms.
I am confident that we will remain at the forefront of psychological education, research, and application.

FACULTY

Head of the Department

Ms Nupur Chauhan

Ph.D. (PURSUING), M.Phil., MA (PSYCHOLOGY), NET- JRF (PSYCHOLOGY)

Vidvaan ID: 353955

Assistant Professor

Ms Ruhi Sinha

Ph.D. (PURSUING), M.A. (APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY), UGC-NET (PSYCHOLOGY).

Vidvaan ID: 353978

Assistant Professor

Ms Priya Sahrawat

Pursuing Ph.D. in Psychology, M.A in Psychology, B.A (Hons.) in Psychology

Vidvaan ID: 472257

Counsellor

Ms Sanbrita Acharya

Counselling Psychologist and Art Therapist