About Us

Year of Establishment : 1958

The Department of Psychology, established in June 1958, is one of the oldest and has rightly been recognized to be one of the best undergraduate departments of Psychology in University of Mumbai. The faculty members who ably nurtured the Department in its initial years were Dr. T. R. Kulkarni, Mr. K. M. Phadke, and Dr. P. K. Muttagi. Dr. Thomas A. D'Souza, a renowned psychologist, was the Head of the Department from 1960 till his retirement in 1980. In his 20-year stint, Dr. D'Souza made a significant contribution to the educational and vocational life of the students. Dr. Anagha Barve took over as the Head of the Department in 1981 and continued for 6 years till she migrated to Washington DC. Dr. Nandini Diwan, an alumna of the College, worked as the Head of the Department from 1987 to 2017. Her major contribution was to give stability to the department by bringing in structure and instilling the values of discipline and hard work. Her emphasis on ethical practices not only helped the students to create a strong foundation in professional sphere, but also in their day to day life.

The quality profile of the department was maintained through the contributions of Ms. Sabita Dawra (Babani), teacher at Junior College, from 1977 to 2003, and Mr. D. R. Pawar, Laboratory attendant from 1971 to 2010. Ms. Sabita, made an impact through her excellent teaching, and endearing, enthusiastic personality, inspiring many students to specialize in Psychology at Graduation. Mr. D.R. Pawar was well - known for his sincerity, sense of commitment, dedication, discipline, and hard work. Along with all these teachers, the department received excellent support from many other teachers, who in spite of their short service tenure, upheld the standards established by the department.

Throughout its existence, the department has always attracted highly motivated, talented sincere and hard-working students. Many of our alumni are today luminous stars in various spheres like Counselling and Psychotherapy, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Mass Media, Social Work, Education of Exceptional Children, Teaching and Research in Mumbai, different parts of India and in many countries of the world.

Program Learning Outcomes :

Learners will

  1. Understand the diverse and distinctive fields of Psychology
  2. Develop a knowledge base for different key concepts, theories, processes and measurements in Psychology
  3. Use scientific reasoning, critical thinking in interpreting different psychological phenomena and apply appropriate research methods
  4. Develop an awareness about psychological processes of individuals and communities, relate meaningfully with the psycho-social environment and facilitate growth of human resources.
  5. Understand the importance of mental health, quality of life and how various negative forces impact on it and what are the possible therapeutic approaches to deal with them Awareness about Psychology as a profession and introduce students to the world of work as a psychologist/mental health professional

Course outcome: FYBA Paper I: Introduction to Psychology

The learner will:
1. Develop an understanding of basic concepts such as Motivation, emotion, personality, cognition and statistics
2. Learn critical evaluation of the different perspectives, theories and measurements related to behaviour
3. Understand importance of mental health and develop interest in the field of psychology Develop and sensitize towards psychology as a helping profession

Course outcome: SYBA Paper II: Social Psychology

The learner will:
1. build knowledge of the basic concepts and modern trends in Social Psychology.
2. develop interest in Social Psychology as a field of study and research among students.
3. be aware of the applications of the various concepts in Social Psychology in the Indian context.
4. Sensitize students on the influences and impact of social influences on behaviour of individual and masses

Course outcome: SYBA Paper III: Developmental Psychology

The learner will:
1. build knowledge of the basic concepts and modern trends in Developmental Psychology.
2. develop interest in Developmental Psychology as a field of study and research among students.
3. be aware of the applications of the various concepts in Developmental Psychology in the Indian context.
Sensitize students on the influences and impact of various factors on development from adolescence to old age

Course outcome: TYBA Paper IV: Psychological Testing and Statistics

The learner will -
1. develop knowledge and understanding of the nature, uses, technical features, and the process of construction of psychological tests.
2. develop awareness about measurement of intelligence and assessment of personality.
3. be equipped with the knowledge about the concepts in Statistics and the various measures of Descriptive Statistics - their characteristics, uses, applications and methods of calculation.
4.build a firm foundation, which will be helpful for advanced learning of Psychological Testing, Assessment and Statistics in postgraduate studies

Course outcome: TYBA Paper V: Abnormal Psychology

The learner will
1. Develop an understanding of the basic concepts and theories of Abnormal Psychology.
2. develop insight into various forms of Psychological Disorders – their symptoms, causes, along with the process of diagnosis and treatment.
3. become more sensitised and equipped to deal with various issues related to Mental Health in society.
4.build foundational knowledge of Abnormal Psychology which will help the learner for higher education and also to pursue a professional career in Clinical Psychology.

Course outcome: TYBA Paper VI-A: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The learners will
1. understand the scope of I/O Psychology and careers related to I/O Psychology.
2. Understand processes involved in Human Recourse Management including training, appraisal, motivation
3. built adequate foundation in evaluation and research methodologies

Course outcome: TYBA Paper VII: Cognitive Psychology

The learner will
1. develop understanding of the basic concepts and theories of Cognitive Psychology.
2. develop insight into theoretical aspects of cognitive processes
3. will build foundation in the basics of Cognitive Psychology which will help the learner for higher education and also to pursue a professional career in any of the several areas of Psychology

Course outcome: TYBA Paper VIII: Practicals in Cognitive Processes and Psychological Testing

The learner will
1. Translate theoretical concepts into application-based experiments.
2. Learn conducting research and experiments following standardized procedure.
3. Apply statistical tests and analyze the data collected.
4. Write reports on research conducted using APA format.
5. Make sense of the research papers on any given topic
6. Understand the ethical practices involved in research

Course outcome: TYBA Paper IX: Counselling Psychology

The learner will
1. identify unique features of Counselling as a profession.
2. understand the process to be followed while helping people and roles and responsibilities of the counselor.
3. identify key ingredients necessary for successful helping.
4. understand micro-skills required to practice Counselling.
5. understand theoretical foundations underlying different counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches and critically evaluate the strengths, limitations associated with each of them.
6. feel motivated to seek further training to practice Counselling

Course outcome: SYBA Applied Component

Learners will
1. understand how physical disorders are impacted by psychological factors
2. understand the role of psychological causal factors and therapeutic approaches and the importance of life-style management.
3. build knowledge of the basic concepts and modern trends in Health Psychology.
4. develop interest in Health Psychology as a field of study and research
5. awareness of the practical applications of the various concepts in Health Psychology in the Indian context.

Staff Members

Board Person Name
Dr. Neeta Tatke

Associate Professor, Head of the Department, Vice - Principal
M.A. Clinical Psychology, M. Phil., PhD.
Year of joining the department - 1987
Research Interest – Sports Psychology

Board Person Name
Ms. Ruta Patwardhan

Assistant Professor
M.A. Counseling Psychology, NET
Year of joining the department - 2013

Board Person Name
Ms. Madhura Londhe

Assistant professor
M.A counselling psychology, NET, SET
Year of joining the department - 2017

Board Person Name
Ms. Priya A. Tarade.

Assistant professor
M.A. in Psychology,
Specialization : Clinical Psychology, NET
Year of joining the department - 2021


Laboratory Attendant

  • Ms. Alka Bargode

Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)


Timetables (2021-22)


The Psychology department (8 Arts) is used to conduct lectures for the T.Y.B.A. – Psychology class, as well as for Practicals in Psychology. The Department also has a Library with over 500 books, with the facility for home-reading. It also has resources like classic apparatus and Psychological tests.

Teaching Techniques

Teaching techniques used –

  • Chalk and Board method
  • Power-point Presentations
  • Videos/Documentaries screening
  • Role plays
  • Quiz
  • Discussion of current events through newspaper cuttings, social media posts, films etc.


List of Programs


  • 2-days seminar on Holistic Health on 20th and 21st June 2017.
  • 1 day seminar on Applied areas of Psychology on 12th march 2018.
  • ICSSR sponsored 2-days seminar on Celebrating Life on 28th and 29th June 2018.
  • 2 workshops on Use of Excel for Data Analysis and Anthroposophic Psychotherapy on 10th August 2018
  • 2 sessions on Music therapy and REBT on 2nd February 2019.
  • Field visit to Nehru Science Centre to attend a lecture series and visit an exhibit on ‘Exploring Brain and Mental Health’ on 16th February 2019.
  • Talk on Construction of Group Identity on 22nd August 2019
  • Talk on From Classroom to Community on 14th September 2019
  • Intercollegiate Program Psynergy from 4th to 6th February 2020
  • 2-days seminar on Psychotherapeutic approaches and Careers in Psychology on 25th and 26th February 2020
  • 30 hours program on Emotional Intelligence and Skill Development conducted as 15 workshops of 2 hours each from 21st June 2019 to 17th January 2020.
  • Talk on Effective Use of Social Media on 24th October 2020
  • Talk on School Counseling on 1st February 2021


Students from the T.Y.B.A. class, maintain the board outside the Department, by putting up positive, motivational quotes. The students enthusiastically change the content on a weekly basis, and try to make it interesting by adding drawings and colours. Students and staff members like to stop by and have a look at them.


Seminar : Celebrating Life

Skill Development Programs