Profile of the Department: The Department of Psychology, A.M.U., Aligarh enjoys the privilege of being one of the oldest departments in the subcontinent. During the period when the subject was rooted within Philosophy, it was called the Department of Philosophy, although psychology formed part of the courses in every examination.
In 1964, the Department of Psychology was separated from the Department of Philosophy as an independent entity. Prof. Anwar Ansari became its first Head of the Department of Psychology.
With the foundations firmly laid in the traditions initiated by Prof. Anwar Ansari, the independent department of Psychology began to move towards the assimilation of contemporary modern directions in the field and many significant areas emerged and developed. During the process, areas like Experimental Psychology, Personality and social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Industrial Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology came to the fore.
Research activities increased and significant work was done in various areas such as Applied Personality and Social Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. The teachers and research scholars of the Department have contributed 400 research papers to learned national and international journals and have written and edited 35 books 2 monographs and successfully completed 8 research projects. A total number of 200 Ph.D. Degrees have so far been awarded by the Department and the total number of M.Phil. produced are 100. The department has organized 5 National and 3 International Conferences. The department is eminently geared for its forward journey towards academic excellence. It is hoped that this journey will prove beneficial for the development of this discipline in particular and the institution as a whole.