Admissions 2023

Department of Psychology

Fr. (Dr.) Rajeev Michael

Designation : Assistant Professor

Qualification : Clinical Psychologist (MPhil & PhD, NIMHANS)

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Dr. Rajeev Joseph Michael is a Professed as Carmelite Religious (OCD) on 11th February, 1996 and Ordained as Catholic Priest on 11th January, 2003. He holds MPhil and Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from NIMHANS.  He holds graduation in Philosophy and Theology and post-graduation in English Literature and Psychology.  He is a licensed Clinical psychologist and  expert in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness.

  • Graduation in Philosophy from SH Philosophy College, Aluva, Affiliated to Teresianum, Rome
  • Graduation in Theology from Jyotir Bhavan Kalamassery, Affiliated to Teresianum, Rome
  • Post graduation (MSc) in Psychology from the University of Madras, Chennai
  • Post graduation in English Language and Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala
  • M. Phil in Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bangalore (Research topic: “Meaning making and
  • posttraumatic growth in individuals with lower limb amputation and spinal cord injury”)
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bangalore (Topic: “Social wellbeing in Indian youth”)
  • Work @ NIMHANS
  • Senior Research Fellow, 3 years CSIR Project on Two-wheeler riding Indian youth
  • Research Assistant, ICSSR 2 years ICSSR Project on Youth Engagement Program
  • Work @ St Joseph’s Hospital, Manjummel, Kochi
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist since 2015

CLINICAL TRAINING @ National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

  • Training in Clinical Psychology as part of the M. Phil program comprised of Behavior Medicine, Family Therapy, Child & Adolescent Guidance, Deaddiction Therapy, Adult Psychotherapy, Psycho-diagnostics, and Neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.
  • Training in the area of specialization as part of doctoral studies comprised of mental health promotion activities under the Positive Psychology Unit, Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, and positive psychotherapy practice at NIMHANS Centre for Well-Being

Specialzation in Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness
  • Michael, R.J. & Mehrotra, S. (2015). How engaged are Indian youth? Exploring behavioral indicators of youth engagement. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 4, 127-135.
  • Mehrotra, S., Tripadhi, R., Bharath, S., Elias, J.K. & Michael, R.J. (2015). Youth Engagement Program - Trainer’s Manual. Bangalore: NIMHANS publications
  • Michael, R. J., Sharma, M. K., Mehrotra, S., Banu, H., Kumar, R., Sudhir, P. M., & Chakrabarthy, N. (2014). Inclination to speeding and its correlates among two-wheeler riding Indian youth. Industrial psychiatry journal, 23, 105
  • Michael, R.J. & Mehrotra, S. (2014). Stitching up a broken life-story: Psychological supporting during recovery from traumatic physical injury. In Zechariah, K. (Ed.), The St
  • John’s Handbook of Rehabilitation (Pp. 411-417). Bangalore: St John’s Publications.
  • Michael, R.J. (2014). Youth mental health and wellbeing promotion: Initiatives at a glance and a call for action. A paper presented at the National Seminar on “Youth Civic Engagement in India: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” Organized by the HDFS-HRE Program, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The M. S. University of Baroda on 17th September, 2014.
  • Michael, R.J.  “Two-wheeler riding college youth: the ‘insider-view’ of aggressive riding patterns”, A paper presented at the 39th National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, on 19th February, 2013, New Delni
  • Michael, R.J.  “Meaning-making in the narratives of individuals following traumatic physical injury”. A paper presented at National Conference on Positive Behaviors: Perspectives and Applications, on 17th August, 2012, at Pondicherry University
  • Michael, R.J. “The process of research on post-trauma narratives of persons with spinal injury or amputation: reflections”. A paper presented at the symposium on “Behavioral Medicine: An Interface between Health and Behavior” on 14th December, 2012, at NIMHANS, Bangalore
  • Michael, R.J.  “Re-storying following traumatic physical injury: co-existence of distress and psychological growth”. A paper presented at the National Conference on “Positive Psychology”, on 4th Nov, 2011, at DAVV, Indore.

More than 10 years of experience as a Guest Lecturer in PG Centre Thrissur handling Quantitative technics for CA, ICWA, CS, MBA, M. Com & MA batches. Worked as Guest Lecturer under Statistics and Management Studies Departments of Calicut University during 1990-1991. Soft skill Trainer at various Govt. training institutions like KILA, IMG, MSMEDI, ETC, KILE, CGC for SC/ST etc. Also have nearly 30 years of experience in handling Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability for various competitive Exams like GATE, NET, Bank PO, SSC, RRB, IBPS and PSC.