Psychology in India
Blanche Barnes, who is from India, is an academician and clinical psychologist. A master’s-degree holder from Bombay University (1965), she specialized in clinical psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (1968) and, thereafter, obtained her Ph.D. from Bombay University (1982). She was a Visiting Academician at Seafarers’ International Research Center, University of Wales, Cardiff (1995), and conducted research for the International Transport Workers’ Federation, United Kingdom. She brought innovative changes in the postgraduate curriculum in clinical psychology during her tenure as a professor of clinical psychology and chair of the department of psychology, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, a position she held from 1987 to 2002. (SNDT university was named in honor of its founder, Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey.) Blanche Barnes also served as dean of the faculty of social sciences, director of the department of postgraduate studies and research, and director
of the College and University Development Council at SNDT Women’s University. She was the president of the Bombay Psychological Association (1994-2002), and hosted the Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Psychology in December 2001.