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Department of Psychology

Dr. Kusum Mary George

Designation : Assistant Professor

Qualification : Ph.D

Email-ID : kusum@rajagiri.edu

Kusum Mary George is an assistant professor of psychology with nearly 12 years of experience in teaching and research. She completed her under graduation in psychology from Kuriakose Elias College, mannanam and her post-graduation from the University of Mysore with a specialization in clinical psychology. She also has a post graduate diploma in guidance and counselling from the Regional Institute of Education which is an NCERT Institution. She cleared both SET and NET and started her career as a lecturer at Lady Doak College, Madurai where she played an active role as part of the counselling unit in training both students and faculty of various departments on identifying behaviors that need attention and basic skills to tackle them. She also has conducted workshops on basic skills in counseling and healing the inner child for various student groups. She has trained school students in life skills focusing on enhancing creative thinking .she also did a minor project funded by malcolm and adisheshiah trust Chennai on child labor and its the effect on mental health. She was invited by the Regional Institute of Education to be a part of the life skills training package for the govt school teachers and developed modules for enhancing creative thinking. Further, she received the NCERT doctoral fellowship and did her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Mysore. Before joining the department of psychology at Rajagiri college of social sciences (May,2023) she worked in Christ deemed to be university, Bengaluru  and was involved with the Centre for social action and service-learning programmes of the department. She also extended her expertise as an adjunct faculty at kristujayanti college, Bengaluru.

  • Ph.D , University of Mysore ,February 2017 
  • Postgraduate diploma in guidance and counselling Regional Institute of Education (NCERT, Mysore) , April 2005 
  • MSc - Clinical Psychology , University of Mysore , April 2004 
  • B A - PsychologyKuriakose Elias College, Mannanam,Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala April 2002
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology(adjunct) ,Department of Psychology, Kristujayanti college( autonomous), Bengaluru (August 2022- april2023 )
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, CHRIST( Deemed To Be University), Bannerghatta campus,Bangalore.(May, 2018- September 2019) 
  • Consultant and coach for the CBSE XII Psychology students , Delhi Public School, Bangalore North ( July 2017- December 2017) 
  • PGT Psychology, Delhi Public School, Bangalore North. (May 2016- January, 2017) 
  • Assistant Professor, Lady Doak College, Madurai, Tamilnadu (July, 2005- May , 2012)
  • Counselling, Life Skills Training,  Positive Psychology, personality
  • Quality of life and memory loss in old age. (2002)
  • Relationship between expressions of spirituality and personality types (2004)
  • Did a minor project on “Child labor and its effect on mental health” which was funded by the Malcolm and Elizabeth Adisheshiah trust,Chennai.

Book Chapters/Modules 

  • Prepared a chapter on “Creative Thinking As A Life Skill” in the book life skills training package, published by RIE, Mysore to enable and empower school teachers at secondary level. (NCERT, 2005) 
  • Prepared a module on ‘Career talk’, as a part of the career guidance training programme for the secondary school teachers of karnataka, initiated by Aviratha trust, Bangalore [Aviratha Trust is a Bangalore based NGO, working in the areas of Culture, Education and Health.](2007) 
  • Contributed towards the preparation of a booklet for a workshop “Teachers nurture dreams”,for high school teachers.(2008) 
  • An article on “Enhancing life skills among middle school students through interventional programmes in schools” is published in the book of abstracts[April, 2009] by Rajiv Gandhi national institute of youth development and excel publishers[ISBN978-93-80043-19-7] 
  • Basavarajappa, Kusum Mary George, Rithvik S Kashyap, Haleemunnissa S (2018), Effectiveness of Play, Brainstorming and Story on Creativity among Middle School Children, Contributions of Clinical Psychology for a Healthy India – A Compendium of Initiatives, NIMHANS, Bengaluru. ISBN No: 81-86502-00-X 
  • “Influence of sex-roles on direct and Indirect suicidal injury” (co-authored) entitlement, equality and mental health: contemporary psychosocial perspectives, ISBN 978-81-948101-1-7,November 2019 (PG38-45),National Publishers, Kazi Nazrul University 

Research Articles 

  • Learning difficulty among fifth standard students in Madurai city: An Interventional study, ASPIRE, In-house journal for arts and science publication ,Lady Doak College, Madurai, 2011( ISSN: 2229-4953) 
  • Creativity among middle school children-A gender comparison, Education and Welfare-An International journal of Education and Humanities’ (ISSN No2320-1762) Vol.III p(138), May,2014. 
  • Impact of play on creativity among middle school children’ IJPSR (International Journal of Psychosocial Research ,ISSN 2320-6381, vol.3 Issue (2), December, 2014. 
  • Impact of brainstorming on creativity among middle school children, JIAAP (Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied psychology, ISSN 0019-4247,  vol.42 Issue (2), July 2016. 
  • Impact of storyline on creativity among middle school children, IER (Indian education review), N.C.E.R.T, ISSN0972-56IX(online),ISSN 0019- 4700(print),vol56,Issue(1),January 2018. 
  • Impact of combination of interventions on creativity among middle school, JIAAP (Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied psychology, ISSN 0019-4247, vol46,Issue (2),July2020.
  • Attended National seminar(3days ) , Professionalisation of psychology at University of Kerala and Kerala [Manashastra Parishath ], March, 2000
  • Attended National conference(2 days) Alzhiemer’s and related disorders by the Alzhiemer’s And Related Disorders society of India, Kottayam Chapter. November ,2001.
  • Attended Workshop(2 days) Training Programme for teacher educators of Andhra Pradesh on development of life skills among secondary school students by Regional Institute of Education, Mysore(NCERT) August,2005
  • Attended Workshop(1 day) Handling teenage TOP KIDS,MADURAI August,2006 
  • Attended Workshop(6 days), Being an effective teacher by Lady Doak College,Madurai June ,2007
  • Attended Workshop(6 days) Being an effective teacher by Lady Doak College,Madurai June ,2007
  • Attended  International seminar(3Day s) Applied drama for community development School of performing arts by  Madurai Kamaraj University August,2007
  • Attended Workshop(2 days) Learning Disability:Identification and intervention at Department Of Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra University,Chennai August,2007
  • Attended Training(3 days) Counselor training programme Anugraha, An Institute for Counseling , Psychotherapy and Research, Affiliated to Madurai institute of Social Sciences, MKU November,2007
  • Attended International conference(3 Days) Building bridges for wellness through Counseling and Psychotherapy Sampurna Montfort College, Bangalore January ,2008 
  • Attended Workshop(2 days) Effective Teaching of value based courses at Lady Doak College, Madurai June ,2008
  • Attended National seminar(2 days) Counselling needs in Indian context Psychology wing at Annamalai University March ,2009
  • Attended International conference(3 days) Life skills education at Department of Life skills Education, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development,Sriperumbudur April,2009
  • Attended Training(8 days) Course in Healing the inner child Anugraha, An Institute for Counselling ,Psychotherapy and Research, Affiliated to Madurai Institute of Social Sciences, MKU August,2009
  • Attended Training(2 days) Effective teaching and classroom management at Lady Doak College, Madurai January ,2010
  • Attended Seminar(2 days) Teaching methodology for accelerated learning at Lady Doak College, Madurai March, 2010
  • Attended National conference(2 days) Competence building in higher education – trends and challenges at  Lady Doak College, Madurai October, 2011
  • Attended International conference(3 days)Science, Society and Sustainability(Many species ,one planet for posterity) at Lady Doak College, Madurai January, 2012
  • Attended National level conference Alternative perspectives in Psychotherapy at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore February, 2016
  • Attended Quality improvement program Frontier areas in the subject and curriculum updation at  Academic staff college ,CHRIST(deemed to be university) Bangalore May, 2018 
  • Attended Orientation Orientations level 1&2  at Academic staff college, CHRIST(deemed to be university) Bangalore May,2018 and November ,2018
  • Attended training How to recognize and interact with mild intellectual disabled people Xtra/MEEZuid-holland Noord training November,2018. 
  • Attended training Google classroom Media Studies & IT Services - CHRIST Deemed to be University, Bangalore, November,2018
  • Attended workshop Phenomenology and grounded theory School of business studies and social sciences, CHRIST Deemed to be University, Bangalore, October, 2nd ,2018 
  • Chaired a session on national seminar on mental health of adolescents post pandemic organised by the department of psychology, CHRIST Deemed to be University( sponsored by ICSSR) Bangalore,March23rd and 24th,2023
  • SET, Kerala (2005)
  • NET (2012)
  • NCERT Doctoral fellowship (2011)

MOOC Attended

  • The Science of Well-being, Yale University,2018
  • Psychological first aid , Johns Hopkins university ,2023
  • Positive psychology: applications and interventions -university of pennsylvania,2023