The Centre for Health Psychology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) in collaboration with Association of Health Psychologists (AHP) is organizing a National Seminar titled ‘Wellbeing across Lifespan’ from October 25-27, 2017.
The Seminar has been inaugurated on 25/10/2017 at Zakir Hussain Lecture Hall Complex, University of Hyderabad. The inaugural had been presided over by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile. The event started with the traditional lighting of the lamp and invocation song by the students of Centre for Health Psychology. The participants were welcomed by Dr. N. D. S. Naga Seema, one of the Coordinators of the Seminar and the concept of the Seminar had been introduced by Dr. G. Padmaja, also the Coordinator of the Seminar. Prof. Meena Hariharan, Head, Centre for Health Psychology and President of AHP spoke about the development of the Centre for Health Psychology in the past 10 years and contribution of the Centre in terms of research, publications and student development. She also elaborated on the scope of expansion of Psychology in the University. She highlighted the Indian perspective of holistic health which the Centre has strongly been advocating and following. She also talked about the formation of the association and future plans of bringing out a journal in the immediate future. Prof. Geeta K. Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences in her brief address on the topic ‘Need for wellbeing measures to ensure holistic health’, lauded the team efforts of the Centre for Health Psychology in their contributions towards enriching the research in Health Psychology.
Prof. Nilanjana Sanayal, Former Head, Dept. of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta in her Keynote address on ‘Authentic Happiness: The Ultimate Potential to Well-Being’, talked about the origin and path of authentic happiness and wellbeing and its’ modern day implication.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile in his presidential remarks called for an integration of researchers from multiple disciplines in research which may contribute at large to the society, and the need for an interdisciplinary perspective.
The inaugural session ended with Vote of Thanks by Dr. C. V. Usha, Assistant Professor, Centre for Health Psychology, University of Hyderabad.
The inaugural session was followed by plenary session, scientific session and panel discussion.
The Seminar intends to discuss subthemes such as Stress and wellbeing, Physical health and wellbeing, Rural health and wellbeing, Wellbeing and positive emotions, Resilience and wellbeing, Spirituality and wellbeing, Happiness and wellbeing, Wellbeing: Measurement issues, Wellbeing: Cross cultural perspectives, Interventions to enhance wellbeing and Wellbeing and social support in Military and Paramilitary forces.
The Seminar also involves panel discussion on ‘Rural health and wellbeing; and a symposium on ‘Holistic Approaches to Wellbeing in Children’. Speakers from different Universities and institutions such as Institute of Rural Management Anand, University of Calcutta, MD University Rohtak, DRDO and others have been invited to give plenary talks.
Students and researchers from several universities have registered to present their research papers. The panel discussions and symposium involve experts from various universities, institutions and related field of expertise like nutrition, medicine, communication and others. The deliberations will conclude on 27/10/2017.