The Institute doctoral program is organized into three broad areas: Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology. The basic aim is towards understanding advanced forensic psychology/neuropsychology/clinical psychology tenets and ways to evaluate programs designed for populations such as the incarcerated, recently released offenders, the mentally ill, and juvenile offenders. These groups consist of faculty members whose combined interests span a coherent program of advanced study and research in related areas of psychological sciences. The Doctoral Program is based upon independent research carried out under the supervision and guidance of principal investigators and researchers within the students’ chosen research group or lab within this institute. Supervision and guidance may also include co-supervision from other collaborating groups or labs, both within the institute or from other institutes/faculties with the University or from another institution. Individual faculty and Ph.D. students are encouraged to participate in more than one group. In addition, there are various “themes” that cut across the areas. Faculty in the Institute of Behavioral Science have a wide range of interests, and the themes of their research often span the boundaries of traditional areas in the field. Active research is being conducted in each of the priority areas listed below. There are regular research seminars on these topics, and numerous opportunities to become involved in research with the relevant faculty.
- Criminal Profiling
- Police Psychology
- Issues in Eyewitness Testimony
- Polygraph Examination and Assessment using Mock Crime Scenarios
- Evaluation of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
- Forensic Interviewing and Assessment Issues with Children
- Memory Research
- Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotions and Working Memory
- Conduct Disorders and Impulse Control in Children
The Institute attracts excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from various sections in the country. Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the UGC/ICSSR/ICMRCERT Doctoral Fellowship or their countries of origin. In-service personnel are also encouraged to be a part of the Ph.D. program after fulfilling the basic criteria of UGC norms.