Dr.Girishwar Mishra

Name : Girishwar Misra

Date of Birth: 21st April 1951

Current Position held : Professor,
Department of Psychology,
University of Delhi

Office Address :

Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

Phone No. 011-27666285 (O)
Fax No.: 011-27666285 (O)
Residential Address :
C-20 (29-31), Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi -110007
Phone No 011-27666148 (R)
Email Address:

1968    B.A. Psychology Gorakhpur University 
1970  M.A  Psychology  Gorakhpur University 
1979  PhD.  Psychology  Gorakhpur University 
1970-1979 Lecturer, Gorakhpur University 
1979-1983  Reader, Allahabad University
1983-1993  Professor, Bhopal University
1993-  Professor, Delhi University 
Administrative-Professional Experience
  • 1983-1993 Chairman Department of Psychology, Bhopal University 
  • 1985-1987 Dean 
  • 1985-1988 Faculty of Social Sciences, Bhopal University
  • 1985-1989 Professor-in-Charge
    Bhopal University Employment, Guidance & Information Bureau
  • 1987-1993 Professor-in-Charge,Bhopal University Library
  • 1985-1987 Member, Executive Council, Bhopal University
  • 1989-1992 Chairman,Central Board of Studies in Psychology, Madhya Pradesh Universities
  • 1991-1992 Senior Fulbright Fellow, Swarthmore College, & Michigan University, Ann Arbor
  • 1996-1999 Chairman & Coordinator UGC Special Assistance Programme
    Department of Psychology, Delhi University
  • 1994-1998 Provost, P.G. Men’s Hostel, Delhi University
  • 1998-- 2002 Provost, Jubilee Hall, Delhi University
  • 1996-1999 Member, Psychology Panel, University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi
  • 1998-- Member, Educational Research and Innovations Committee
    National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT)
  • 2000 Member Advisory and Editorial Committee on Educational Survey of India
  • 2001 Advisor, Psychology Curriculum Committee, NCERT
  • 2001 Chairman, Psychology Curriculum Committee, National Open School
  • 2002 University Grants Commission Research Awardee 
  • 2003 Member, PAC, NCERT
  • 2002 Council Member, Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • 2003 Editor in Chief, ICSSR’s Fifth Survey of Psychological Researches 
  • 1998 National Hyman Rights’ Commission Award for Creative writing on Human rights in Hindi
  • 1998 Govind Vallabh Pant Award for a book on Juvenile Delinquency (Hindi)
  • 1991 Radha Krishnan Award for Research Publication in social science, by M.P. Higher Education Commission, Bhopal 
  • 1992 Doctor Hari Singh Gaur Award for Research Contributions to Social Sciences by M.P. Council of Science & Technology 
    Senior Fulbright Fellowship for research at Swarthmore College and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991-92)
    University Research Fellowship for first Rank in First Class M.A. Psychology 1970
    National Merit Scholarship for the Second Rank in First Class B.A. 1968
  • Courses developed and taught at Gorakhpur Universities of Allahabad, Bhopal, and Delhi.
  • Undergraduate courses: Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Developmental Psychology
  • Graduate (Master & PhD).: Applied Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Cultural Psychology, Life Span Development, Philosophy of Psychology
Social-Psychological Issues (e.g., poverty, stress, environment), Cultural Psychology, Psychological Theory, Problems of Socially Disadvantaged Groups

International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology
National Academy of Psychology (India)
Indian Science Congress Association

Convener, National Academy of Psychology (INDIA) 1994-96
President, National Academy of Psychology (INDIA) 1999
Local Secretary, Section of Psychology & Educational Sciences, 84th Session, 1997

1982 Research on Human Motivation in Indian Context, Allahabad University
1986 Current Trends in Psychology, Bhopal University
1987 Applied Social Psychology in India, Bhopal University
1988 Social and Psychological Processes in Education, Bhopal University.
1989 Perspectives on Understanding Social Reality, Bhopal University 
1997 Culture and Psychology, Delhi University 
1998 Theory and Methods in Psychology at Delhi University
1999 Perspectives on Mental Health and Stress, Delhi University
2002 Puzzles of Perception, Delhi University

a. Editor
2000—Psychological Studies

b. Consulting Editor 
1995-1997 Culture and Psychology
1998-- Trends in Social Science Research 
1995-1998 Indian Journal of Behavioural Sciences
2000-- Indian Psychological Abstracts and Reviews
2000-- Indian Educational Abstracts
2001-- Indian Educational Review
2002-- Indian Journal of Value Education

c. Issue Editor
1991 Indian Journal of Current Psychological Research, Volume 7, No.2, Issues in Contemporary Psychology
1995 Psychology and Developing Societies, Volume 7No. 2, Issue on Emerging Trends in Psychology
1997 Psychology and Developing Societies, Volume 9, No. 1, Issue on Cultural Constructions of Social Cognition: Emerging Themes
1997 Trends in Social Science Research, Volume l.4, Issue on The Challenges Before Indian Psychology: The Changing World Order
2000 Indian Psychological Review Volume 53, Issue on Towards a Culturally Relevant Psychology
2001 Psychology and developing Societies, Volume Culture and Psychology


Model Video Lectures on Video for Introductory Psychology, University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi.

Psychology Course Material for senior and senior secondary levels, National Open School, New Delhi

Research Grants

1973 Psychological Consequences of Prolonged Deprivation from ICSSR, Rs. 20,000/-
1981 Images of Technology in the Rural People from MPCST, Rs. 25,000/-
1981 Coping Strategies of First Generation Disadvantaged pupils from UGC, Rs. 1,00,000/-
1985 Protective Behaviour among Railway Drivers form RDSO, Rs. 70,000/-
1986 Psycho-social Competence of Children Exposed to MIC at Bhopal from NIPCCD, Rs. 50,000/- 
1994 Coping with ecological crisis from Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute, $ 100,000 (Canadian) 
1998 Culture and Conceptualization of Intelligence from NCERT, Rs.1, 00,000/-
1999 Development and Nurturance of Emotional Intelligence form NCERT, Rs. 1,00,000/-
1999 Perception and Perspectives on Psychology from UGC, DSA Programme, Rs. 5,000/-
2002 Individual and cultural processes in the construction of self and emotions from UGC. Rs. 150000


Misra, G. (Ed.) (2003). Introduction to psychology Part II . New Delhi : NCERT.
Misra, G. (Ed.) (2002) Introduction to psychology Part I . New Delhi : NCERT.
Dalal, A.K. & Misra, G. ( Ed.)(2001). New directions in Indian psychology. Vol, 1 : Social psychology . New Delhi: Sage Publications.
Jai Prakash & Misra, G. ( Ed.)(2000). Towards a culturally relevant psychology. Agra: Agra Psychological Research Cell.
Misra, G., & Mohanty, A.K ( Ed.). (2002). Perspectives on indigenous psychology. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company
Mohanty, A.. K. & Misra, G.( Ed.) (2001). Psychology of poverty and social disadvantage. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company.
Misra, G. ( Ed.)(1999). Psychological perspectives on stress and health. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company. 
Misra, G. (Ed.) (1990). Applied social psychology in India. New Delhi: Sage Publications.
Misra, G., & Tripathi, L.B. (1980). Psychological consequences of prolonged deprivation, Agra: National Psychological Corporation.
Sinha, D. Tripathi, R.C., & Misra, G. (Ed.) (1982). Deprivation: Its social roots and psychological consequences. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company.

Books in Hindi Language

Misra, G. (1999). Bal apradh. New Delhi: Police Bureau. 
Misra, G. (In Press) . Taki usaka Bachapan vapas mil sake. New Delhi: NHRC 
Misra, G. (1989). Ek vikas shil desh main manovigyan: Bhartiya anubhava. Agra: Y.K. Publishers. (Hindi Translation of D. Sinha’s book entitled “Psychology in a third world country”: The Indian experiences, New Delhi: Sage
Sinha, D., & Misra, G. (1980). Samanya manovigyan. Varanasi: Rupa Psychological Corporation. 
Tripathi, L.B., Agarwal, A., Srivastava, A.N., Srivastava, A.N., Misra, G. & Mishra, B. (1994) Manovigyanick anusandhan padhati. Agra: H.B. Bhargava, .
Tripathi, L.B., Agarwal, A., Saxena, A.K., & Misra, G. (1994). Adhunik prayogik manovigyan, Agra: H.P. Bhargava. (10th Edition) 



Meeting the needs of the child in India: Challenges to the Child Development professional. Department of Child Development, Lady Irwin College, Feb. 1-3, 1996.

Approaches to social reality: Psychological perspectives. Seminar on Perspectives on Understanding Social Reality. Barkatulla University, Bhopal, April 1990.

Personnel selection techniques: A review. Symposium on Personnel Selection, RDSO, Ministry of Railways, Government of India, Lucknow, February 1990.

Possibility of indigenous psychology. Seminar on Indegenization of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, December, 1989.

Coping strategies of first generation learners. Seminar on Social and Psychological Processes in Education, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, March, 1989.

Technology and rural development. Seminar on Law and Social Change, barkatullah University, Bhopal, 1989.

Psycho-social competence in children of MIC exposed areas of Bhopal. Workshop on Developmental Norms of Children, National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, New Delhi, October, 1988.

Psychological perspectives on child centered education. National Symposium on Child Centerd Education, national Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, October, 1988.

Psychological and Social Problems. Symposium on Psychology, National Development and Social Policy, Allahabad University, Allahabad. September, 1988.

Significance of traditional Indian perspective in context of some contemporary issues in psychology, Symposium on Early Indian Contributions to Psychology, 74th ISCA session, Banglore, 1987.
Social psychological consequences of industrial pollution. The case of MIC disaster at Bhopal. 74th ISCA session, Banglore, 1987.

The subjective construction of anxiety Seminar on Conceptual Framework and Measurement of Anxiety, banaras Hindu University, November, 1986.

On the domains and traits of anxiety Seminar on Conceptual Framework and Measurement of Anxiety, banaras Hindu University, November, 1986.

Psychological consequences of deprivation. Symposium on Socio-ecological Variables in Psychological Research, University of Delhi, Delhi, March, 1986.

Relevence of Indian thought to contemporary psychology. National Seminar on Psychology in Indian Context, utkal university, Bhubaneshwar, october, 1985.

Psychological consequences of deprivation and their policy implications, IAP Conference on Psychology in National Development, Magadh University, Gaya, October, 1984.

The structure of achievement goals and means: A factor-analytic study. IPA Conference on Psychology in National Development, Magadh university, Gaya, October, 1984.

Effect of socio-economic background on attribution, affect and expectations IPA Conference on Psychology In National Development, Magadh University, Gaya, 1984.

Attribution to performance as a function of deprivation and ethnicity under competence and helplessness conditions. IPA Conference on Psychology on National Development, Magadh University, Gaya, 1984.

Experimentation in psychology: Problems and prospects. UGC Workshop on Teaching Experiments in Psychology, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, College of Arts and Commerce, Aurangabad, October, 1984.

Recent developments in research on human motivation. UGC Seminar on recent developments in experimental psychology, Dayalbagh Institute of Education, Agra, 1984.

Psychological differentiation in Indian children: Role of ecology, quality of schooling and home environemnt. 21st Annual Convention of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, IIT, New Delhi, May, 1984.

Competence and coping: The case of African students studying in India. 21st Annual Convention of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, IIT, New Delhi, May, 1984.

Professional perspectives on the functioning of democracy (with A.K. Singh) Seminar on Sociology of Professions, Jodhpur University, Jodhpur, 1984.

On the meaning of achievement (with R. Agrawal). 21st Annual convention of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, IIT, New Delhi, May, 1984.

Environmental correlates of cognitive development (with B.K. Tiwari). National Seminar on Child Development, NCERT, New Delhi, February, 1984.

A study of development of caste awareness in children (with R.K. Tiwari). 71st session of Indian Science Congress Association, Ranchi, January, 1984.

Coping strategies of socially disadvantaged students in a new environment. National Seminar on Mental Health and Stress, Department of Psychology, Allahabad University, Allahabad, January, 1983.

Instrinsic motivation, extrinsic rewards and performance. National Seminar on Issues in Research on Human motivation in the Indian Context, Allahabad University, Allahabad, September, 1982.

Recent trends in cognition and learning, UGC sponsored Enrichment Programme on Education, SNDT University, College of Education, Poona, May, 1982.

Motivational correlates of social disadvantage. National Seminar on Mental Problems of Socially Disadvantaged. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, March, 1981.

Recognition of pictorial material as a function of chronological age and deprivation (with A. Shukla). Paper presented at 68th session of Indian Science Congress Association, Varanasi, 1981.

Language development in children. Preschool Teacher’s Orientation Seminar organized by NCERT and State Institute of Education, Allahabad,, 1980.

Caste and caste consciousness. Paper presented at National Seminar on Intergroup Relations. Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, 1980.

Ecological factors and cognitive development. UPPA Seminar, Kanpur University, Kanpur, 1977.

Participated in UGC Seminar on Status of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, 1976.

Problems of control in psychological experiments. UGC Seminar on Teaching of Experimental Psychology in Indian Universities, Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, 1972.

Participated in National Seminar/Workshop on Behaviour Modification, NCERT, New Delhi, 1971 and 1972..


Participated in the International congress of Psychology, Stockholm, July, 2000 and presented paper on Culture and Self: Implications for Psychological knowledge and Lay people’s Understanding of intelligence.

Participated in the International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) held at North Western University, Bellingham, Washington from August 3-5, 1998 and presented a paper on “An Indian Perspective on Understanding Intelligence”.

Participated in ARTS at San Francisco University, San Francisco from 6th to 8th August, 1998 and presented research on Memory Beliefs.

Attended 24th Congress of International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) at San Francisco from 9-13 August, 1998.

The meaning and process of culture: Implications for psychological inquiry. International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology conference, August 3-8, 1998, Western Washington University, Bellingham Washington, USA.

The construction of body and self in India. 1996-1997 Interdisciplinary Studies

 Seminar Series on the meaning of the Body, May 29, Merrimack College, MA, USA.

Participated in the Annual Convention of Americal Psychological society at Washington and presented a paper on Cultural Diversity and control in a Symposium on Hot Topics: Motivation organized by Shinobu Kitayama., May 1997

Perspectives on deprivation and human development: Implications for intervention. International Society for study of Behavioural Development (India) South Asia Workshop on Culturally Relevant Intervention stratigies for Psycho-social development of children and youth in poverty. Chandigarh, November 20-23, 1995.

Socio-cultural influences on moral behaviour. Symposium on Values, International Association of Moral Education, Notre Dame, USA, November, 1990.

Corruption in the Indian society: A perceptual Analysis (with U. Jain). R.C. 29 on Crime and Crime Control in India, at 11th World Congress of Sociology, New Delhi, August, 1986.

Culture and time orientation. 5th IACCP Conference, Bhubaneshwar, India, 1980.
Cognitive processes as functions of prolonged deprivation. International Seminar on Psychology of Cognition organised by Delhi University and Indian Psychological Association, March, 1976.