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Dr. K. Lalitha

Dr. K. Lalitha
Associate Professor

M.Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Yogi Vemana University
Andhra Pradesh, India.

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M.Sc., (Psy), Ph.D., (Psy), P.G. Dip. In Guidance and Counselling, P.G.Dip in Ageing. APSET(1997).

PDF/Teaching Experience

• Associate Professor in Department of Psychology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: 2021 – till date.
• Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa: 2009 - 2021.
• Contract Lecturer, S.P.W. Degree College, Kadapa: 2006-2009.
• Research Associate sanctioned by ICMR, New Delhi at Department of Psychology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati: 2002-2005.

Administrative Experience

Academic Assignments
Head: 2010-12, 2014-16, 2018-20; 2023 - Till date.
BOS Chairman: Department of Psychology, YVU, Kadapa.
BOS Member: Dept. of Psychology, SPMVV, Tiruapti.
BOS Member: KVR College for Women, Kurnool.
BOS Member: Rayalaseema University, Kurnool.
BOS Member: Government College for Men, Kadapa.
Administrative Assignments
Coordinator: Psychological Counselling Centre, C.P. Brown Library, Kadapa. 2023.
Director: Counselling and Guidance cell, YVU 2021- to till date.
Coordinator: Ladies Waiting room, 2021 to till date.
Co-ordinator (Start-up) : Start-up programme, Innovation Cell, IQAC, Y.V. University, Kadapa 2020 to till date.
Special Officer: YVU Women’s Hostel-26-8-2017 - Till date.
Warden: YVU Women’s Hostel-202013 to 2016.
Coordinator: Women’s Cell, Y.V. University -1-10-2013 to2020.

Research Projects


• Assessment of cognitive status in the community-dwelling older people: Role of Psychological intervention. Period of the Project: 2020-23 (3 Years), Sponsoring Agency: ICMR, New Delhi. Total Project Outlay: Rs. 16,14,936/-.
• Assessment of cognitive status in the community-dwelling older people: Role of Psychological intervention. Period of the Project: 2020-23 (3 Years), Sponsoring Agency: ICMR, New Delhi. Total Project Outlay: Rs. 16,14,936/-.


• Assessment of Everyday Memory in the aged: An Intervention study. Period of the Project: 2012-15. Sponsoring Agency: University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Total Project Outlay: Rs.7,31,000/-.

Research Students

Ph.D Awarded

Dr. A. Aswartha Reddy | Psychosocial correlates of Memory in the aged: An Intervention Study.

Ph.D Pursuing

• Mr. Lucas Naveen | Disability.
• Mr. B.V. Krishna Dheeraj Kumar | Cognitive ageing.
• Mr. Sai Ganesh | Psychology of Ageing.
• Ms. Jhansy Rani | Psychological Interventions.
• Ms. Jhansy Rani | Cognitive Interventions.

Achievements / Awards : 05

• National Merit Scholarship for highest marks in Graduation, A.P. Higher Education Board, Hyderabad, 1994-96.
• Sri Venkateswara Award (Young Scientist award) for best paper presentation, Association of Gerontology, Varanasi, 1999.
• T.T.T.I. Award for best Ph.D work, Indian Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP, Chennai), 2003.
• A.P. Scientist award (Social Sciences) for best research, Government of A.P., Amaravathi, 2017.
• Mid-Career Gerontologist Award for best research on Ageing, Association of Gerontology (India), Varanasi, 2019.
• Guru Spandana Award, Spanda Eda International Foundation, Guntur-2022.
• Best Psychology Educator Award, Rotary Club International(Madhavaram Unit), YSR District-2023.
• A.P. State Award for Meritorious Teacher, Govt. of A.P., Amaravathi. 2023.

Research Publications in National & International Journals : 45

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Number of Book Chapters (National / International) : 15
Number of Books Published (National / International) : 05
Number of Conference / Symposia Organized : 18
Number of Conference / Symposia Attended : 87
Membership in Prestigious Academic Bodies

• Life Member, National Academy of Psychologists, Tirupati.
• Life Member, Association of Gerontology, Varanasi.
• Life Member, Indian Congress Association, Calcutta.
• Life Member, Indian Gerontological Association, Jaipur.

Reviewed Research Papers of Various Scientific Journals


Ph.D. Thesis Adjudication

• S.V. University, Tirupati.
• Osmania University. Hyderabad.
• Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur.

Adult development and ageing
Health is a major public health concern during old age because of three reasons. 1) Older population is in rise 2) Increase in cognitive issues and 3) decreased primary caregivers to look after health needs of older population. In the older years aging process is associated with changes in many facets like Physical, Psychological, Cognitive and social etc., but decline in memory performance and executive function abilities is very common Cognitive ageing includes the status of mental processes which will be carried out by an individual. Our team is working on the concepts like Quality of Life, Functional Competence, Depression, Life review, Resilience, I-E Locus of Control etc.,
  Cognitive ageing
Maintaining good health and remaining physically and mentally active, especially during midlife, can delay the onset of significant cognitive decline. Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may begin to notice changes in cognitive functions, but still be able to do their everyday activities. Severe levels of impairment can lead to losing the ability to understand the meaning or importance of something and the ability to talk or write, resulting in the inability to live independently. While age is the primary risk factor for cognitive impairment, other risk factors include family history, education level, brain injury, exposure to pesticides or toxins, physical inactivity, and chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and stroke, and diabetes. Individuals may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment by keeping physically active and maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Declining cognitive function can be a difficult topic to raise with older people and their families. It is important to reassure older persons that some degree of cognitive change is a natural consequence of aging, and minor memory problems do not necessarily indicate that they have, or will develop dementia. Therefore, cognitive status plays a critical role in the day today function of the elderly. Cognitive abilities decline with normal aging. Cognitive decline is among the most feared aspects of growing old. Our team is working in the Cognitive ageing research areas like Memory, Everyday memory, Memory Self-efficacy, Executive Function, Verbal Memory, Picture memory.
  Psychological Interventions:
Our research team is working particularly on the efficacy of Interventions from the last two decades. As part of research programmes, we developed intervention modules to enhance memory particularly in the older people. So far 4 intervention modules prepared namely: 1) Intervention module for improvement of memory; 2) To improve Everyday memory functioning; 3) To Psycho-Social Intervention for Cognitive Development and 4) Cognitive Stimulation Intervention.

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What they say?


I am indebted to the faculty of the University, who inculcated scientific temper and research aptitude and I think YVU is a happening place for qualitative research.

Anand Kumar
Ph.D. in Biotechnology

The academic ambience and infrastructure of the University are the hallmarks, I consider myself to be lucky to be here and I foresee a bright future in pursuit of Science.

Shaik Fasiha Begam
M.Sc. in Physics

Yogi Vemana University is certainly a hub for meaningful research activities. Research in social sciences here bears contemporary relevance and addresses societal problems.

Varikunta Sailaja
Ph.D. in English

Yogi Vemana University installed faith in me to explore new avenues in liberal arts which mates us more humane and civilized.

Karanam Saiteja