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About the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology was established in 1954 with the college itself. Since then, the department has been playing a crucial role in advancing the field of psychology by imparting quality education to students, conducting research to enhance our understanding of human behaviour, and serving the community through its outreach activities.


  • Preparing budding psychologists equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge of the field.
  • Elevating the quality of life of people by community services.
  • Empowering women with professional skills
  • Generation and dissemination of new knowledge through research activities.

Courses: The department offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and PhD courses

  • B. A. (Hons.) Psychology: This course aims to provide knowledge of different branches of psychology. This lays a strong foundation of the subject along with inculcating the practical skills of conducting experiments and administering psychological tests.
  • M. A. Psychology: This course provides advanced knowledge of the field. Specialisations are provided in various areas of Psychology. The introduction of MOOCs such as SWAYAM is also a distinct feature of our P.G. programme. Students are also provided opportunities for dissertations which fosters research skills as well as logical and critical thinking among the students.
  • Ph.D. in Psychology: The department also offers a Ph.D. programme to promising students. Our students have contributed significantly in various research areas such as cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, positive psychology, and organisational behaviour.


Sr.No. Name Area of Specialization Work experience
1 DR. SHUBHRA SINHA, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, Positive Psychology -
2 DR. RAM PRASAD SONKAR Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Positive Psychology -
3 DR. ANJU LATA SINGH Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Human Factor -
4 DR. MISHRA KHUSHBOO ASHOKKUMAR Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology -
5 DR. SHASHI PRABHA KASHYAP Organisational Behaviour, Positive Psychology Neuropsychology, Drugs and Behaviour Human Resource Management Clinical Psychology Development Psychology -

Interdisciplinary Practice

  • Manaswini: The department has its psychology club known as ‘Manaswini’ which is handled by the students of the department under the supervision of the faculties. The objective of the club is to provide psychological services to the students of Vasant Kanya Mahavidyalaya. It also aims to reach out to the community for sensitising people and providing testing services for various mental health issues.
  • Professional Development: The Department of Psychology hosts several invited lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences to foster professional development for faculty, students, and practitioners. We also facilitate internships and provide placement opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in psychology.
  • Extension Activities: The department regularly organizes field visits to various mental health institutes and organizations to provide practical knowledge to students. It also encourages collaborations with other significant institutions of psychology. A constant effort to promote interdisciplinary knowledge is also a distinct feature of the department.
  • e-Magazine: The department publishes an e-magazine under the psychology club. This helps disseminate the psychological knowledge relevant to society in simple language and expression. It motivates students to continuously upgrade their knowledge and embellish their writing skills as well.

Best Practices

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Former Faculty

Sr.No. Name Tenure
1 Dr. Tanushree Dutta 11.06.2003
2 Dr. Purnima Awasthi Saxena 11.07.2005
3 Dr. Madhuri Agrawal 01.01.1989
4 Dr. Sudha Srivastava 04.12.1975
5 Dr. Kusum Mishra 01.12.1975

Distinguished Alumni

Sr.No. Name Tenure
1 Gunjan Pancharia HR, ASG, Eye Hospital, Varanasi, U. P.
2 Rekha Patel Clinical Psychologist
3 Akanksha Sharma Clinical Psychologist
4 Pooja Sharma Clinical Psychologist
5 Arpita Tripathi Clinical Psychologist
6 Sushama Kumari Clinical Psychologist
7 Geeta Kumari Clinical Psychologist, Nai Subah, Varanasi, U. P.
8 Afreen Clinical Psychologist, Nai Subah, Varanasi, U. P.
9 Neha Rai Clinical Psychologist
10 Amreen Clinical Psychologist, Nai Subah, Varanasi, U. P.
11 Nisha Meghanani Counsellor
12 Sunaina Soni Counsellor
13 Khushboo Rai Counsellor
14 Avantika Singh Counsellor, Samvedna, Varanasi, U. P.
15 Homa Arzoo Counsellor, Nai Subah, Varanasi, U. P.
16 Jyoti Dubey Research Associate, KGMU, Lucknow, U. P.
17 Sakshi Gupta Office, VKM, Varanasi, U.P.
18 Ambika Research Scientist, Grade I, DRDO
19 Saswati Bhattacharya Clinical Psychologist, Juvenile Justice Board, New Delhi
20 Ankita Verma Project Fellow, AIIMS, New Delhi
21 Dr. Ankita Singh Assistant Professor, R. V. V. M College, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
22 Dr. Shikha Verma Assistant Professor, A. N. D. Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Kanpur, U.P.
23 Dr. Shweta Pathak Assistant Professor, T. N. B. College, Bhagalpur, Bihar
24 Dr. Vandana Gupta Assistant Professor, MMV, BHU, Varanasi, U.P.
25 Dr. Upagya Rai Assistant Professor, Indraprastha College, New Delhi
26 Dr. Ankita Sharma Associate Professor, IIT Jodhpur, Rajasthan
27 Ms. Anuradha Majumdar Resource Person, Hindustan Times
28 Dr. Patiraj Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
29 Ms. Namrita Modi Executive Director, Dentpro Ltd.
30 Dr. Shubhra Banerjee Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, AMPG College, Varanasi, U.P.
31 Dr. Kusum Mishra Former Principal, VKM, Varanasi, U.P.
32 (Late) Prof. Pushplata Pratap Department of Psychology, BHU, Varanasi, U.P.
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