Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Salome Divya Joseph

Department of Psychology


  1. Educational Psychology (Narrative Career Counselling)
  2. Positive Psychology
  3. Developmental Psychology



Women’s Christian College affiliated to University of Madras, Chennai


University of Madras, Chennai


EMMAUS Centre for Counselling & University of Madras
Certificate Course


University of Madras, Chennai


  • 2017 to 2019 - Worked as Assistant Professor (Psychology), School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  • 2016 to 2017 - Worked as Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, S.S.S. Shasun Jain College for Women, Chennai

Research Interest

  • Positive Psychology and Promoting mental health
  • Developing effective modules for vocational development, guidance, counseling & mentoring
  • Education - improvement of curriculum, methods & policy/structures
  • Culture/context-specific assessments and interventions

Awards & Fellowships

  • Qualified NET (National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor) on 21.04.14 (Subject: Psychology)
  • Teaching cum Research Fellow (TRF) in the Department of Psychology, University of Madras; 2014-15
  • Awarded University Research Fellowship (URF) from University of Madras; 2015-16
  • Best paper Award - Paper presented in the International Conference organized by Anugraha Institute of Social Sciences on Enhancing Psychological Well-Being across Human Life-Span - February, 2017
  • Best paper Award – Paper presented in the National Conference organized by SDM College, Ujjire, Karnataka on The Dynamics of Human Relationships– February, 2019


  • Life member of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP)

List of Publications

  • Vijaykumar, S.D., Kumar, R., Kaur, A., Bhat, V., Verma, R. & Kedia, A. (2018). Self-Compassion as a Foundation for the Development of Character Strengths in Adolescents. In (Ed.) Character Strengths Development: Concepts and Practices from Positive Psychology (pp. 179-203). Sage Publications.
  • Khadhijah, Z. & Vijaykumar, S.D. (2018). Difference in Social Anxiety among Students of Single-sex and Co-Education Schools. International Journal of Indian Psychology, 6(4), 118-126. DIP:18.01.032/20180604, DOI:10.25215/0604.032.
  • Dhir, R, Parashar, N. & Vijaykumar, S.D. (2018). “Categorization of Online Religious Content by undergraduate Students on the Basis of Religiosity and Spirituality”. In (Ed.). Contemporary technologies: Prospects and Challenges for Psychological Well-being (pp. 234-246). Today Publishers.
  • Juanita, J.M., & Vijaykumar, S.D. (2017). Impact of Familial Factors on Resilience and Identity among Undergraduate Students. In (Ed.) Selected papers of the International Conference – Enhancing Well-being across Human Lifespan (pp. 135-151).
  • Vijaykumar, S.D. & Lavanya, T. (2016). Orientations of High School Students and Parents towards Vocational Guidance and Counselling. Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning. Vol 4(1), 38-51.
  • Vijaykumar, S.D. & Lavanya, T. (2015). Vocational Identity and Ego Strengths among Late Adolescents. Annamalai International Journal of Business Studies and Research. Vol 1(1), 61-68.
  • Chopda, M., & Vijaykumar, S.D. (2015). Secondary Trauma Stress among Counselors. International Journal of Psychosocial Research. Special Issue - July, 112-116.
  • Vijaykumar, S.D. & Lavanya, T. (2014). Psychological Perspectives on Teaching in Higher Education: Then and Now. International Journal of Management Research and Social Science.
  • Vijaykumar, S.D., Swetha, T., Lavanya, T. & Swaminathan, V.D. (2014). Relationship of Personality, Time Use Efficiency and Sensory Preference to Working Memory of Post-graduate Students. In Ed. book Cognitive Science in India: Winning Young Scientists, 60-87.  TR Publications.

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