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Department of Psychology


Year of Establishment : 1916

History of the department : In academic arena in 19th century world context, Psychology was considered to be a new inclusion of Science. Wilhelm Wundt in the University of Leipzig, first realized the importance of studying mental states under certain special experimental conditions as a separate science. The closing years of the 19th century witnessed the appearance of a new branch of science which came to be known as “Experimental Psychology”. Impressed by its promise and progress, Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, who was then the planning head to introduce at the Calcutta University Post-Graduate course of studies in various disciplines of Arts and Science, decided to include “Experimental Psychology” in his list. At his request eminent philosopher Dr. Brojendra Nath Seal, King George V Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy of the same University, drew up the syllabus in 1905 after consulting the courses of studies of different Universities in Europe and America, and established a laboratory for demonstration purpose. Eleven years later this laboratory was upgraded as the first Psychology Department, the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Narendra Nath Sengupta, who chaired this department, had his education at Harvard University with Hugo Munsterberg, a student of William Wundt. Laboratory research at Calcutta in the areas of depth perception, psychophysics, and attention inspired early work at other centres. Recognizing the scientific nature of research, psychology was included as a separate section in the Indian Science Congress in 1923.

Thus, psychology in India at an early stage acquired the status of a science along with physical and biological sciences. The Indian Psychological Association was founded in 1924 and the Indian Journal of Psychology, the first psychology journal in India, appeared the very next year.

Before these experimental traditions could consolidate, Sengupta left Calcutta. He was succeeded by Girindra Shekhar Bose.

He established the Lumbini Park Mental Hospital in Calcutta in 1940, and in 1947 brought out a journal 'Samiksha'.

The Department started an Applied Psychology Wing in 1938, when Jung, Meyers, and Spearman were invited to the Silver Jubilee Session of the Indian Science Congress.
Starting from Calcutta University Department, Psychology in India has been expanding rapidly in 21st century. There seems to be the growth of Psychology in having a number of eminent research and clinical institutes in its developmental fold. The areas of research interests are covering the topics of Neuropsychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Developmental disability, Media Psychology, Social Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, studies on aggression and terrorism, in addition to continuous interest in clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body:

  • Special Assistance Programme (SAP) DRS -1;
  • Participation in CPEPA RCI recognized course of M.Phil Clinical Psychology (2005-2015)     


Faculty members:

Name Designation Area of specialization Email Phone number
Dr. Pritha. Mukherjee
Professor Clinical Psychology
Neuropsychobiology Electrophysiology Psychophysiology


Dr. Sanjukta Das

Professor Clinical Psychology, Adult Development and Ageing sanjuktapsych@yahoo.co.in


Dr. Sonali De

Professor Social Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods sonalide2002@yahoo.com


Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri
Associate Professor Social & Clinical Psychology
Psychodynamics of Media/ Culture



Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee

Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology  Health psychology ,personality disorders ,child and adolescent mental health ,Psychotherapy and Psychological assessment tilottamamukherjee3@gmail.com


Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri

Assistant Professor

 Social & Community Psychology,
Interpersonal Relationships, Experimental Psychology

(0) 98307-95092

Dr. Manisha Dasgupta

Assistant Professor Clinical Psychology 
Personality Studies, Projective Psychology

Dr. Deepshikha Ray

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology,
Neuropsychology & Personality Studies


Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra

Assistant Professor

Psychometry and differential Psychology; educational psychology, cognitive psychology

atanudogra2006@ yahoo.co.in 9830501095

Somdeb Mitra

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy Research mitrasomdeb@yahoo.co.in 9836045201


Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
M.A. / M.Sc. in Psychology P.G. In accordance of merit in B.A./ B.Sc. Examination 42
Ph.D. in Psychology Research M.A./ M.Sc. in Psychology/ Applied Psychology; getting qualified in Ph.D Entrance Examination/NET/SET and Course Work ….


Research scholars :

Sl. No. Name of Phd Scholar Title of thesis Name of the supervisor Date of Registration
1 Moonmoon Dutta Effectiveness of Multi-modal Therapeutic Approach in Treatment of Children with ADHD; pursuing data collection Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 2010
2 Jhelum Podder Oedipal underpinning of paranoia and hysteria: A psychosocial probe Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 2011
3 Gagandeep Kaur Inner Road to the Dynamics of Depression and Schizophrenia; pursuing data collection Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 2012
4 Somdeb Mitra A dynamic therapeutic study of the profiles of borderline personality disorder in quantitative and qualitative contextual frame; seminar presented Prof. (Dr. )Nilanjana Sanyal 2012
5 Gargi Dasgupta Concept of Mental Health in West Bengal Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 2016
6 Bithi Ahiri A comparative Cognitive style profile underlying the academic skills in students of Kolkata. Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 21/11/2012
7 Debosri Ghosh Autism- A parental challenge Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 09.11.2012
8 Arpita Chakraborty Impact of Attachment on some personality correlates of adolescent Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 09.11.2012
9 Jayasree Sar Effect of Dance movement therapy on Cognitive and Affective sequel of persons with developmental disability Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 2013
10 Sravasti De A comparative study on Executive functioning on autism and borderline intellectual impairment Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 2013
11 Chaiti Dasgupta Nature in everyday life: An exploration of nature’s impact on select psychological attributes of urban children Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 2014
12 Debadrita Das Aggression and Mental retardation: An Exploratory study Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 25.05.2015
13 Amrita Mitra A study on Cognitive Function of Chronic Renal Failure patient requiring Hemodialysis and its relation with severity of Depression. Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay 17.6.2013
14 Ananya Mondal Detecting Deception from Facial Expression as a function of cognitive style. Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay 17.4. 2013
15 Prasanta Roy Comparative efficacy of Brief Interpersonal Therapy & Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Depressive Disorders Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay 17.6.2013
16 Sanchita Ghosh Psychological factors and Parental Characteristics of Junior Reality Television Show Performer :An Exploratory Study Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay 6.1.2012
17 Suchandra Ghosh Impact of differences in Identity Consistency as perceived by selves and spouses on subjective well -being and quality of marital life in married women Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay 8.2.2012
18 Doyel Ghosh Identification of  Neuro-Cognitive, Emotional and Interpersonal Dynamics in Patients with Dissociative Disorder Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay :21/12/2015
19 Piya Saha Efficacy of Different Intervention Techniques on Attentional, Behavioral and Electrophysiological Measures in ADHD Children. Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay Enrolled in Dated: 5/02/2016
20 Suvosree Roy   Prof. Pritha Mukhopadhyay Enrolled,  Dated: 5/02/2016
21 Anindita Mukherjee A comparative study of cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with headache sufferers Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 20.01.2016
22 Rudrani Chatterjee Psychosocial factors in oppositional defiant disorder: A study with children and their parents Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 09.04.2013
23 Zainab Ahmed Self and psychiatric morbidity: A psychosocial study of women facing fertility problems Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 05.05.2014
24 Samapika
Psychological characteristics and adjustment patterns in late adolescence and young adults with obesity: An exploratory study Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 29.01.2014
25 Ushashi Banerjee Psychosocial factors associated with externalizing and internalizing syndromes Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 16. 12 2015
26 Pritanka Mondal Abused experience: Psyche of institutionalized street children Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 08.02. 2012
27. Soheli Datta Application of self-regulatory executive function among patients with anxiety disorder Prof. (Dr.) Sanjukta Das 21. 07.2016
28 Mahua Chatterjee Journey through the alleys of blindness: A narrative inquiry Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 21.08.2014
29 Saoni Banerjee The future orientation, potency and perceived sense of poverty in adolescence showing somatic symptoms, belonging to lower economic strata – exploring through cross cultural idioms of distress… Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 10.12.2014
30 Rituparna Chakraborty Womanhood: Exploration of life-space and identity Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 09.04.2013
31 Subhangana Dhar Revisiting homosexuality in the context of Hetero - normatively Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 23.04.2012
32 Debjani Datta Audience response to sexual appeals in advertising Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 23.04.2012
33 Dolon Dawn A study of Psycho social factors preventing Indian women from seeking institutional and aided childbirth Prof. (Dr.) Sonali De 23.04.2012
34 Moumita Basak Infidelity and Betrayal in Marriage:
An Analysis of married couple and their relationships as portrayed in Bengali & Hindi Cinema
Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri Enrolled, 2016
35 Sonali Chattopadhyay   Personality traits of acclaimed theatre actors and exploring the techniques by which these traits are utilized for the convincing portrayal of a character Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri 2013
36 Pia Sen Role of Spirituality and Frustration-tolerance in the formation of Resilience Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri 2014
37 Payel Dey A Twofold Study On Evolving An Intervention Programme To Developing  Affective Component Of Theory Of Mind (Tom) In Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) And An Inquiry Into The Relationship Between Language And Theory Of Mind(Tom) Skill Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri  & Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 2015
38 Aditi Biswas A Study on Psychomotor Disabilities Dr. Souvik Raychaudhuri  & Prof. (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee 2015
39 Jaseem Koronkoot Ego state ,Stroke pattern,Life position and Time structuring in depressive disorder Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 6.1.2012
40 Phooljani Ghosh Effect of mindfulness based stress reduction on certain psycho social aspects of patients suffering from breast cancer Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 23.4.2012
41 Sankalita Mukherjee- Psychoeducational Intervention:A guideline to combat burden and its correlates among caregivers of patients with Bipolar Disorder Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 23.4.2012
42 Luna Halder- Psychosocial correlates of Borderline Personality Disorder –A cross sectional study of invalidating home environment and ego identification Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 15.1.2014
43 Tapasri Das Family environment ,Parenting ,Parent –child relation and Frustration Tolerance in adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder-A correlational Study Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 16.12.2015
44 Sreetama Chatterjee A comparative study to identify risk factors associated with Alcohol and Multiple Substance Dependence Dr. Tilottama Mukherjee 19.10.2016
45 Debangana Chakroborty An exploratory study on happiness and quality of life of patients with  coronary heart disease and diabetes Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri February 2012
46 Samadrita Saha Quality of life and happiness in women varying in relationship status Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri February 2012
47 Papia Mukherjee Marital quality and subjective wellbeing of couples from joint family and nuclear family. Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri & Prof. Sonali De April 2012
48 Lopamudra Saha Causes of terrorism as perceived by tribal and non tribal adults of Tripura Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri April 2012
49 Moumita Mukherjee Towards superior allocation of attentional resources for effective cognitive multi tasking Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri May 2014
50 Pinaki Dey Mallik(Joint Supervisor) An ethnographic account on the dimensions of disaster issues in West Bengal Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri March 2016
51 Nilanjana Mitra Enrolled Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri 2015
52. Sritama Ghosh Impulsivity, narcissism, relationship profile, personality dynamics and projective imagery among incarcerated convicts: a comparative psychosocial exploration Dr. Manisha Dasgupta and Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 9.11.2012
53. Kasturi Thakur A comparative psychosocial study of the alienation features of senior citizens of Kolkata in the contextual frame of certain selected existential variables Dr. Manisha Dasgupta and Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 16.11.2012
54. Arundhuti Biswas Risk seeking and risk aversive individuals: A comparative exploration of borderline personality disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder in relation to certain selected psychosocial correlates Dr. Manisha Dasgupta and Prof. (Dr.) Nilanjana Sanyal 9.4.2013
55. Sudeshna Das Subjective construal of meaning out of negative life experiences using a qualitative approach Dr. Deepshikha Ray 2011
56.  Krishna Dutta Exploring partner violence in homosexual couples Dr. Deepshikha Ray  
57. Soma Pramanik “What does it mean to be happy” – an exploration of subjective construal of happiness Dr. Deepshikha Ray 11th January 2016
58. Jayati Bhattacharya Does priming have an effect on moral judgement? Dr. Deepshikha Ray 11th January 2016
59. Parama Gupta Working on the area of priming in schizophrenia Dr. Deepshikha Ray Enrolled February 2016
60 Manisha Bhattacharya "Autistic Traits Below The Clinical Threshold: Identification of Broader Autism Phenotype." Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra 20.01.2016.
61 Anwista Ganguly Role of Mindfulness And Emotional Repertoire In Marital Satisfaction: A Research Based Exploration. Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra 16.03.2016.
62 Bidisha Saha. Construction Of Cognitive Ability Test For School Children Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra 16.03.2016.
63 Punam Saha. Psychosocial Correlates of Academic Engagement: A Study on Adolescent Students. Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra 21.07.2016 
64 Asmita Karmakar Enrolled Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra  
65 Atri Sanyal. Enrolled Dr. Atanu Kumar Dogra  

Projects :

Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Development of a computerized Assistive system capable of improving Human Emotion Recognition from visual Cues for persons suffering from Autism Department of Science and Technology – Central (DST-Central)
SEED/ TIDE/049/2013(G)
Prof (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta 3 years 28/10/2014 to27/10/2017 Rs. 38,75,377.00/-

Collaborations :

Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborators of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme
Development of a computerized Assistive system capable of improving Human Emotion Recognition from visual Cues for persons suffering from Autism Prof (Dr.) Mallika Banerjee Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Kolkata
Plot- E-2/1,Block GP, Sector- V, Saltlake, Electronics Complex , Bidhannagar,
Kolkata -700091  
Ms Soma Mitra Associate Director 3 years 28/10/2014 - 27/10/2017

Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Disability
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Qualitative Research

Major activities :

  • Inter-Departmental Research Project of UGC on “Electro-physiological and Neuro-imaging studies including mathematical modeling” under the Scheme Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area (CPEPA) –Participating departments are Psychology, Applied Mathematics and Physiology.
  • The Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta has successfully completed its research work, being credited with the Centre for the Study of Developmental Disability under DRS-I, Special Assistance Programme, sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • Organized Centenary Conference in Psychology: An International Event, from 9th-11th October, 2015, in collaboration with the Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta at Nano Center, Salt Lake, University of Calcutta
  • Organized National Seminar on History of Psychology in India on 18-19th March, 2015 in collaboration with the Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta and Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata.
  • Organized International Conference on Developmental Disability, 6th-8th March, 2014.

Academic & Other Activities:

  • Regular theoretical and practical classes and tutorials
  • Regular seminars, journal clubs, --movie clubs, case conferences, group discussions with audio-visual medium
  • Individual student counselling
  • Regular assessments of the students through assignments

Clinical Services Offered (with regular faculty supervision)

  • Common facilities provided to the community through assessment, counseling and psychotherapy to psychiatric patients referred by different government hospitals and N.G.O’s.
  • Common facilities are also provided to N.G.O. s which deal with disability and with other physical disorders (cancer, hypertension, HIV etc.).
  • These services are rendered without any monetary charges.
  • Clinical assessment in different “Disability Camps” organized by Govt. & Non- Govt. Institutions allover state.
  • In C.U.I.I.P.P. (Calcutta University Industry Institute Partnership Programme), the Department has clinical diagnostic and counseling unit, since 2002.

Source of referral of clients

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Calcutta Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
  2. Department of Psychiatry, Nilratan Sircar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
  3. Department of Psychiatry, R G Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
  4. Department of Psychiatry, M R Bangur Hospital, Kolkata
  5. Department of Psychiatry, National Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
  6. Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Kolkata (known as Institute of Psychiatry)
  7. Department of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata
  8. Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata
  9. Pavlov Hospital, Kolkata
  10. Mon Foundation, Center for Mental Health Care, Kolkata
  11. Department of Neurology, ESI Hospital, Kolkata
  12. Port Trust Hospital, Kolkata
  13. B. R. Singh Hospital, Kolkata
  14. Border Security Force Hospital, Kolkata
  15. Police Hospital, Kolkata
  16. Department of Psychiatry, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata
  17. Department of Psychiatry, Vivekananda Institute of Postgraduate Education & Research, Ramkrishna Mission Hospital, Kolkata
  18. District Hospitals of various districts of West Bengal
  19. Referrals from Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Special Educators, Physicians, Pediatrics, School & College Counsellors as well as teachers
  20. Different NGOs, Special and Regular Schools.


Campus : Rashbehari Siksha Prangan (commonly known as Rajabazar Science College Campus)

Address for communication : 92, A.P.C. Road, Kolkata - 700 009
Dial: 2350-8386/6387/6396/1397 (Extn. 381)