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Suneet Varma, Ph.D.

 

Sumeet Varma, Ph.D.

Suneet Varma, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi (India). His early work was in the area of Theoretical Psychology/Philosophy of Psychology. His more recent work focuses on Indian perspectives on Psychology, - e.g., Vedanta, Yoga Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, and their links with Sri Aurobindo's Integral Psychology. Dr. Varma’s current work deals with spirituality and healing.

Engaged in Post Graduate Teaching and research for 16 years:

2003 to date     Associate Professor, University of Delhi

2000-2003       Senior Lecturer, University of Delhi

1996-2000       Lecturer, University of Delhi

1994-1996       Lecturer (Ad-hoc), Dept. of Applied Psychology, University of Delhi

Details of Ph.D. Dissertation (1996):

Carried out theoretical research on “The Scientific Paradigm in Psychology: Challenges and Possibilities” which critiqued the Logical Positivist paradigm in Psychology and reviewed the potency of the Social Constructionist perspective as a viable alternative for doing a more meaningful and fruitful Psychology, thus paving the way for establishing legitimacy of Spiritual Psychologies.

Nature of current teaching and research:

Courses Taught/Developed: (i)Paradigms of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, including psychotherapy; (ii) Counseling and Personal Growth; (iii) Indian Psychology; (iv) Research Methods in Psychology; (v) Paradigms of Psychology.

I have also contributed to workshops held on Indian/Integral Psychology at the Gnostic Centre, New Delhi (India). In addition, I have organized a number of seminars/workshops on different aspects of Indian/Integral Psychology, at the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, during the last ten years.

Invited Lectures (SELECTIVE LIST)

National

Invited Speaker, XVIIth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology, December 17-19, 2007, Kanpur, India. Invited Symposium Indian Psychology

Invited Speaker, XVIIIth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology, December 14-17, 2008, Guwahati, India. Invited Symposium Indian Psychology.

Invited Speaker, XXth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology, December 12-15, 2011, JNU, New Delhi, India. Invited Symposium Indian Psychology.

Invited Lecture, 38th Annual National Conference of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (NACIACP), Pune (India), January 27-29, 2012. Psychotherapy: An Indian perspective.

International

Invited Lecture, “Psychology in India: Postcolonialism and beyond”. Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya, 18th November, 2010, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Invited Speaker, 'Towards Understanding Psychology: A Multi-Perspective Exploration of Psychology in the Sri Lankan Context’. University of Peradeniya, 7-8 November, 2008, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Invited Speaker, 3rd International Conference on Integral Psychology, May 28- June 1, 2003, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Invited Lecture on “Emotions: An East-West Perspective”, May 31st, 2006, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Invited Speaker, 4th International Conference on Integral Psychology, July 1st -5th, 2006.

Menla Mountain Retreat in Phoenicia, New York,

Invited Lecture on “Integral Psychology”, July 6th, 2006, Counseling Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, James Madison University, Virginia, U.S.A.

Invited Lectures on “Psychotherapy and Indian Thought, June 5th & 12th, 2009, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Invited Lecture on, "An Emerging World: Its Future Horizons", June7th, 2009, Cultural Integration Foundation, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Organization of Seminars/Workshops/Courses

Workshop to commemorate ten years of Indian Psychology at University of Delhi titled “Indian Psychology: Theory and Applications”, January 20-21, 2012.

National Conference on "Inpidual and Collective Transformation: Insights from Indian Psychology" during February 4-7, 2011.

Refresher Course on “Indian Psychology: Emerging Perspectives” during November22 -December 11, 2010.

Workshop on "Emotions and their transformation: An Indian perspective", Dec.20-21, Resource Person: Prof. Anand Paranjpe, Professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

National Seminar on Approaches to Mind Sciences emanating from Indian Culture: A
Reflection on Yoga, Consciousness, and Indian Psychology, January 27-29, 2007.

Talk on “The U-Turn Theory: How the West Appropriates Indian Culture”, March 1, 2006. Resource Person: Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, Director, Infinity Foundation, New York.

Seminar/workshop on “Psychology and Well-being: An Indian Perspective”, Dec 13, 2005. Resource Person: Dr. Alok Pandey, formerly a Professor of Psychiatry with the Indian Air Force.

Seminar/workshop on “Psychotherapy and Counseling: An Indian Perspective”, Feb 23, 2005. Resource Person: Dr. Alok Pandey, formerly a Professor of Psychiatry with the Indian Air Force.

Workshop on “Health Psychology: A Cultural Perspective”, Feb 16, 2005. Resource Person: Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Professor of Physiology and Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Seminar/workshop on “Indian contributions to Psychology and Education: An Applied Perspective”, Feb 14, 2005, in collaboration with Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi. Resource Persons: Dr.Matthijs Cornelissen, Dr. Neeltje Huppes

I was one of the organizers of “National Conference on Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness”, 10th-13th December, 2004, held at Pondicherry, India.

Seminar/workshop on “Psychotherapy: An Integral Model”, March 15, 2004. Resource Person: Dr. Alok Pandey.

Seminar/workshop on “Integral Psychology”, March 5-6, 2003. Resource Persons: Dr.Matthijs Cornelissen and Dr. Neeltje Huppes.

Seminar on an Integral Psychology titled “Ancient Futures: Looking Back to Move Ahead, March, 4-5, 2002. Resource Persons: Dr.Matthijs Cornelissen, Dr.Alok Pandey, and Dr. Saumitra Basu, all psychiatrists by training.

SELECTIVE PUBLICATIONS

Over the years, my research has increasingly focused on Indian (Spiritual) Psychology the inspiration for which is drawn from the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Recent publications include:

Cornelissen, M., Misra, G. & Varma S. (Eds.)(2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: A

 Handbook, Vol. I. New Delhi: Pearson.

Cornelissen, M., Misra, G. & Varma S. (Eds.)(2011). Foundations of Indian Psychology: A

 Handbook, Vols. II. New Delhi: Pearson.

Varma, S. & Patel (Eds.)(2011). The Integral Human Existence. Auroville (India): Centre of

 Indian Studies.

Varma, S (Ed.)(in press). Integral Psychology: Writings of Indra Sen. Pondicherry: Sri

 Aurobindo Ashram Press.

Varma S. (2010). Bhakti and well-being: A psychologist's perspective. Indian Journal of

 Positive Psychology, 1 (1-2), 25-27.

M. Phil. Students

Awarded

1.     University as a Learning Organization: A Psycho-diagnostic investigation - Devesh Nath Tripathi. Scientist C, Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi.

2.     Psychological Effects of Emotional Abuse: An Exploratory Study - Shriti Saran, Assistant Professor, Amity University, Noida (U.P.).

3.     Reconstructing Childhood in the Indian Context: A Qualitative Study - Shefali Mishra, Assistant Professor, Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi.

Doctoral Students

Awarded

  1. Psyche under Siege: A Study of Survivors of Domestic Violence - Fareha Fazl., Assistant Professor, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia. 
  1. Cultural Construction of Parenting: The Indian Experience – Neeti Sachdeva

Assistant Professor, Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi

  1. Role of Self Construal and Context in Value Preferences among Adolescents - Devesh Nath Tripathi, Scientist 'C', Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi. 
  1. Human Experiences, Social Conditions and Creative Writing: A Dialectical Study - Shilpi Kukreja. 
  1. Sri Aurobindo’s Theory of Human Development: A Metaphysical Study - Monica Gupta, Associate Professor, Gargi College, New Delhi.