About the Discipline of Health Psychology

il_570xn.1478892065_pjpfHealth Psychology is a holistic approach to Health and Well-being. The holistic approach shifts the emphasis of health from biomedical to biopsychosocial model. Health Psychology is the field within psychology that studies every aspect from wellness to illness. It focuses on health promotion and maintenance; prevention and treatment of illness; the etiology and correlates of health, illness and dysfunction and improvement of health care system.

About the Centre

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The Centre for Health Psychology is the first ever Centre in Health Psychology in the Country, and was established in the University in 2007 with 13 students and has now grown to more than 100 students pursuing three different courses in Health psychology. The research focus of the Centre includes biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness, quality of life, neuropsychological studies, ICU trauma, reproductive health, psycho-oncology, disability studies, resilience studies, peace studies, child and adolescent and community health. The Centre has faculty with a research interest in several areas of Health Psychology.

Infrastructure

The Centre is equipped with an Experimental Laboratory, Counseling Laboratory, Behaviour Technology Laboratory, and Sleep Laboratory. The Experimental Laboratory has modern instruments and about 200 standardized psychological tests. The Counseling Laboratory is a state-of-the-art laboratory to train the students in micro skills of counseling. The Behaviour Technology Laboratory trains students in relaxation therapy using Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and other Behaviour Therapy techniques. The Sleep Laboratory is equipped with Polysomnography system to conduct research related to sleep.

Research Focus

  • Behaviour Cardiology
  • Behaviour Diabetology
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Peace studies
  • Community Health
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Geriatric health and women’s health
  • Resilience Studies
  • Wellness and Illness
  • Chronic Illnesses and Biopsychosocial approach
  • Pain management
  • Hospitalisation and Isolation
  • Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention
  • Non-communicable Diseases and Lifestyle Disorders
  • Health Behaviour: Indigenous Approaches
  • Trauma and Psychosocial Intervention
  • Terminal Illness, Psychosocial Intervention, and Quality of Life