The Department of Psychology was established with the objective of introducing psychology in the state. It is the first post graduate Department of Psychology in Assam.The Department was established in 1986 with Prof. K. P. Bora as its founder Head. Since then it has been conducting the 2yr MA/MSc semester course in Psychology for students drawn from diverse subjects such as psychology, philosophy, education, medicine and nursing. The PhD programme was also started a couple of years later.

The importance of psychology was well established in the fields of education, medicine and management studies, but recently the importance of the subject has grown to include many areas such as artificial intelligence, environment, criminology, etc. The approach in most areas has also turned toward an interdisciplinary one and psychological principles have come to play an important role in practically all areas of specialization. As such the Department of Psychology at Gauhati University is a beginning to imparting instruction in a field which is expected to become increasingly important in the future.

Association of Psychologists

Psychologists' Association of North East India (PANEI) was established in the year 2000 on the initiative of the faculty members of the Department of Psychology. Since then this registered Association has grown immensely to include over 200 members from different states of the North East. PANEI has collaborated with the Department in all its activities and has been a constant support in terms of man power and funds to the Department of Psychology. Membership to the Association is open to all Post Graduates in Psychology. Associate Membership is open to candidates having Master Degree in Psychiatry, Social Work, Nursing, Philosophy, Anthropology, Education, and Home Science.

Old Departmental Data

Research Areas

Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, etc.


  • Prof Indranee P Borooah
  • Dr Rita Rani Talukdar
  • Dr N C Das
  • Dr Mala Chaliha Talukdar
  • Dr Dipesh Bhagabati
  • Dr Manidipa Baruah

Completed Projects

Influence of Developmental Programmes of Various Agencies on Public Perception: An Attitudinal Survey.
Principal Investigator - Dr. Indranee Phookan Borooah.
Funded by Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi. 2005

Quality of Elementary Education among Tribal Children of Meghalaya: An Analytical Study.
Principal Investigator - Dr. R. R. Talukdar; Co-Investigator - Dr. N.C. Das.
Funded by NCERT, New Delhi.

Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 7, Counselling Component, Project "Saksham" funded by Global Fund, Geneva, for training and supervising/mentoring HIV/AIDS Counsellors under State AIDS Control Societies of North East India. 2009 - 2015.
Faculty in Charge - Dr. Indranee Phookan Borooah.
Funded by: Global Fund, Geneva

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA/MSc in Psychology Psychology 4 2 28


Special Courses in Clinical Psychology in the 4th Semester

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Certificate Course in Psychological Counselling Psychological Counselling 1 Year 6 Months 20


Started in 2011, the Certificate Course is open to graduates from all fields although preference is given to those who are working in the field of mental health.

Course Coordinator: Dr Manidipa Baruah

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD Psychology


Intake is per vacancy of seats with every research guide.


Indranee Phookan Borooah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Guidance and Counselling

Associate Professor

Rita Rani Talukdar [ Head of the Department ]
MA (gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor

Manidipa Baruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Clinical Psychology

Associated Faculty

Jerina Begum
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) (Guest Faculty) Clinical Psychology
Kakali Goswami
MA (Jamia) PhD (Gauhati) Organizational Psychology (Guest Faculty)
Kasturi Kotoky
MA (Gauhati) Clinical Psychology (Guest Faculty)
Nesmita Das
MSc (Christ University, Bangalore) PhD (Gauhati) Clinical Psychology & Psychomatry
Joyshree Buragohain
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (LGBRIMH) Clinical Psychology & Psychomatry
Shyam Sundar Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cognitive Psychology & Psychology of Learning & Memory
Tamanna Goswami Sharma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Clinical Psychology (Guest Faculty)


Department of Psychology
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-9435100018
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