Institute of Psychology - BNU

Institute of Psychology

Established in 2004, BNU's Institute of Psychology offers BSc, MS, MPhil, and PhD programs, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills through specialized workshops. The curriculum emphasizes theory, research, and practice, supported by fully equipped labs. Alumni excel with prestigious scholarships and high employment rates, serving as competent professionals worldwide in both private and public sectors.

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“ The mission of the institution is to provide first rate instruction & practical training in various areas of Psychology. To Promote Interdisciplinary research for the solution of social, educational, industrial & clinical problems. To equip students with problem solving skills that fosters understanding of self and others. And to help students maximize their potential as individuals, as Pakistanis and as good human beings. ”

Inspiring excellence,

Dear Prospective Students, 
Welcome to the Institute of Psychology (IP) at Beaconhouse National University. The Institute of Psychology is an excellent choice to seek education and prepare for a bright career. 
The Institute of Psychology was established in 2004 to provide opportunities in the private sector for higher studies in Psychology. It offers a broad range of courses that not only impart contemporary knowledge of the subject, but also train students in general skills of research, critical thinking, statistical analysis, written and oral communication. It assists students to develop mental health acumen. 
At the Institute of Psychology, we strive to ensure that the students receive a well-rounded and informed perspective on the subject of Psychology with rigorous core courses at their epicenter. IP follows an evolutionary approach and constantly revise its course to ensure that they remain challenging and relevant. Our faculty brings pertinent clinical and research experience to the classrooms to develop student's appreciation for different scenarios. All IP’s programs are conducted in collaboration with psychiatric units at teaching hospitals, educational institutes and business organizations. The emphasis is on the professional training that facilitates students in the applied areas of psychology, encourages innovative thinking and develops student's professional networking skills by holding regular workshops, seminars and panel discussions conducted by professionals. 
What makes us distinctive is the academically rigorous, yet supportive culture that prevails in the Institute. IP offers an environment that is genuinely warm and friendly, and places a very high value on the services provided to the students. A key feature of our program is to provide each student with a faculty mentor who serves as a counselor and provides guidance to the students in solving any problem that they might encounter on campus throughout their stay at IP. 
I hope the prospective students will have an exciting and enriching academic experience during their academic journey at BNU. 

Dr. Ruhi Khalid

Professor & Director, Institute of Psychology (IP)


Empowering Lives Through Diverse Programs of Study

IP Programs of Study

IP features fully equipped Experimental, Social, and Psychometric labs. Programs encompass diverse areas of Psychology, emphasizing instruction, research, and interdisciplinary solutions to societal issues. Goals include indigenous assessment tools, tackling psychosocial problems in Pakistan, and fostering personal development and problem-solving skills for students' well-being and societal contribution.


Our team,

Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid

Prof. Dr. Ruhi Khalid

Director of the Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University; Previous roles include Chairperson of the Department of Applied Psychology at Punjab University; Research focuses on social, health, clinical, developmental, and gender psychology; Member of several prestigious Professional and Academic societies; Consultant to various mental health organizations; Supervised several Ph.D. students in Psychology.

Dr. Farhat Jamil

Dr. Farhat Jamil

Committed academician with expertise in Women Health Issues, Clinical Assessment, Psychometrics, and Quantitative Research Analysis; Associated with BNU since 2006; HEC approved PhD supervisor; Consulting editor of many HEC recognized research journals; Member of various educational committees and assessment bodies

Dr. Maheen Abid Ali

Dr. Maheen Abid Ali

Assistant Professor and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 8 years of professional experience in teaching and counseling; Reviewer for national and international journals; Areas of interest include counseling, psychotherapeutic interventions, psychometric testing, research methods, social and personality psychology


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Breaking limits:

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Alumni Meet-Up at Institute of Psychology

Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Vice Chancellor of BNU, provided visionary input that sparked productive discussions, laying the groundwork for future collaborations aimed at advancing psychological research and practice. His remarks underscored the importance of alumni involvement in fostering a robust academic community. The gathering concluded with expressions of gratitude to all participants for their valuable contributions, reinforcing the commitment to ongoing knowledge exchange and interdisciplinary connections within the psychology community at BNU. The event exemplified BNU’s dedication to cultivating a thriving intellectual environment and strengthening ties between alumni and the institution.

IP Concludes Mental Health Week with Charitable Effort at Fountain House

On the fourth and final day of Mental Health Week, the Institute of Psychology at BNU organized a charitable endeavor to supply essential hygiene items to patients at Fountain House. Students assembled 342 care packages filled with necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, combs, snacks, and gift cards. Female patients were pleasantly surprised to find lipsticks included in their bags. The visit to Fountain House kicked off with a comprehensive tour, showcasing the facility's various wards and recreational spaces tailored to engage patients. Following the tour, students distributed the care packages to female patients, who responded with heartfelt appreciation, offering hugs and prayers in gratitude. The inclusion of lipsticks was especially well-received. Afterwards, the distribution continued to the male addiction wards, where male patients likewise expressed their thanks and joy at receiving the thoughtful gifts. In addition to the care packages, students supported the patients by purchasing their artwork and crafts, with proceeds going directly to benefit them. The visit concluded with Dr. Imran Murtaza, Medical superintendent of Fountain House delivering a discourse on Altruism and Gratitude, followed by a token of appreciation presented to the students and faculty.

Interuniversity Quiz Competition - Mental Health Week

The Institute of Psychology held a captivating Interuniversity Quiz Competition, as part of their Mental Health Week activities. The event explored diverse topics including psychopathology, assessments, and research methodologies, attracting participation from 11 dynamic teams representing esteemed educational institutions. The participating teams hailed from a variety of renowned universities including COMSATS, Punjab University, Superior University, University of Central Punjab, Lahore Garrison University, University of Management Technology (UMT), Bahria University, Kinnaird College, Government College University, and Lahore College for Women University. The atmosphere buzzed with intellectual fervor as teams showcased their prowess across various psychological domains. Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology, graced the occasion, presenting accolades to the victorious teams. University of Management Technology (UMT) emerged victorious, earning the top spot and commendation for their exceptional performance. They were followed by University of Central Punjab in second place and Government College University (GCU) securing the third position.

Bridging Art & Advocacy: Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition

The Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition held on May 5, 2024 by BNU's Institute of Psychology in collaboration with Punjab Aids Control Program, marked a significant milestone in raising awareness about mental health and AIDS through the captivating medium of art. The event, graced by the esteemed presence of Mr. Shahid Hameed, a legendary figure in Urdu Cinema, as the Chief Guest, brought together talents from various universities across the region. The panel of jurors, comprising Mr. Qazi Akhyar, Head of Department TFT, Mr. Nasir Ali Mazari, Asst. Prof. TFT, and Registrar Farzana Shahid, added weight to the event, ensuring a fair and rigorous assessment of performances. Notable personalities such as Dr. Ruhi Khalid, Director of the Institute of Psychology, and Dr. Farhat Nadeem, HOD of the Institute of Psychology, along with Rana Faizan, HOD of the School of Media and Mass Communication, graced the occasion, emphasizing the importance of the intersection between art, mental health, and social advocacy. The competition witnessed universities showcasing their diverse talents and creative expressions, highlighting the depth of understanding and passion for the cause. After a tough competition, Government College of Lahore emerged triumphant, claiming the prestigious first position. Following closely, Lahore Garrison University secured the second position, while Punjab University secured the third spot. The winners were duly rewarded with cash prizes, with Government College of Lahore receiving Rs. 50,000 for the first position, Lahore Garrison University receiving Rs. 30,000 for the second position, and Punjab University receiving Rs. 20,000 for the third position. The participating universities, including Bahria University, University of Central Punjab, Superior University, University of Management Technology, National University of Modern Languages, Government College Lahore, and Punjab University, showcased not only their artistic prowess but also their commitment to promoting mental health awareness and combating the stigma associated with AIDS. Through this platform, art became a powerful tool for advocacy, fostering dialogue, understanding, and compassion for mental health issues and those affected by AIDS. The Interuniversity Performing Arts Competition stands as a testament to the transformative power of art in addressing societal challenges and promoting positive change.


Advisory Board

Dr. Saad Bashir Malik

Designation: Professor of Psychiatry, Shalamar Medical and Dental College

Qualification: MBBS, DPM, MRC, FRCS, FCPS

Dr. Imran Ijaz Haider

Designation: FRCPscyh & MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrist, UK DPM., Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Ireland

Qualification: MBBS., King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dr. Aneeq Ahmed

Designation: Professor, Henderson State University, USA

Qualification: Adjunct Psychology Instructor, Argosy University, USA Ph.D. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Ishba Rehman

Designation: Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist-Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Qualification: Chartered Member-British Psychological Society (BPS) Registered Member- Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC UK)

Nauveen R. Dubash

Designation: Psychotherapist / Couple & Family Therapist McGill University, Montreal Therapy Center

Qualification: Master in Couple and Family Therapy, McGill University

Dr. Sidra Afzal

Designation: Lecturer

Qualification: University of Sunderland, UK Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Anita A. Azeem

Designation: Assistant Professor

Qualification: , Carson Newman University, USA Ph. D. Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Dr. Shameem Fatima

Designation: Chairperson

Qualification: Department of Humanities, Comsats University, Islamabad Ph. D. Applied Psychology

Dr. Subha Malik

Designation: Associate Professor Former Head

Qualification: Department of Gender Studies, LCWU Ph.D. Applied Psychology


Resource Persons

Dr. Sarah Shahed

Designation: Professor of Psychology,

Qualification: Department of Psychology, FCCU, Lahore.
PhD in Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab

Dr. Erica Burman

Designation: Chairperson, University of Manchester

Qualification: PhD

Prof. Rose Capdevila

Designation: Associate Dean, The Open University, Miltonkeynes, UK

Qualification: PhD Psychology

Prof. Daniel Christie

Designation: Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University. Fulbright Specialist, Peace and Conflict Studies

Qualification: PhD

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