The Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad (UoH) observed its 7th Foundation Day on 6th August, 2014. On this occasion, Indian Association of Health Psychologists (IAHP) was launched.
There were two core events of the programme one was the Foundation Day address by Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Former Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University and Founder of Dept. of Psychology at Andhra University and the launching of IAHP by Prof. Girishwar Misra, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha. The meeting was presided by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof E.Haribabu.
IAHP is a national level association for Psychologists and professionals associated with Health Psychology. Health Psychologists professionals from the field of medicine and sociologists and anthropologists working in the field of Health can be members of this Association. The objective of this Association is to bring in interdisciplinary approach to health research and health services.
Prof. Meena Hariharan, Director, Centre for Health Psychology presented a report on the progress of the Centre and explained about the objectives of IAHP. A few other members of the Centre including Dr. G. Padmaja, Faculty, Centre for Health Psychology and Ms. Ruth Angiel, Research Scholar, and Prof. D. Jamuna from S.V. University, Dept. of Psychology spoke about their perceptions of the Centre or Health Psychology. They elaborated on what benefits and advantages it offers to the students in terms not only of academics but also in all round development. The presenters highlighted the achievements of the centre in teaching methods, research and extension activities.
Prof K.Ramakrishna Rao in his foundation day address stressed on the role of Indian Psychology in the field of Health Psychology.
Prof Girishwar Misra in his inaugural address emphasized on the need for extension of services of health psychologists to not only teaching and research but also in policy making as well as extension to rural population and not to be limited to urbane research.
There was a cultural event in the evening which focused on therapeutic impact of music. The programme was coordinated by Dr. N.D.S. Naga Seema and Dr. Suvashisa Rana.