The ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre

Introduction

The ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre was formally opened in May 1989 and has since been successfully pioneering the growth of psychology within Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre has been strategically developed and highly respected for the work accomplished by its main founder and first director, Professor Ramesh Deosaran. Professor Deosaran, in the 1980s, being the only academic member of staff involved in teaching and research in psychology, pushed forward the initiative for the development of a Psychological Research Centre for the growth of research and teaching in psychology.

 

Mission

The mission of the Centre is to promote and develop the discipline of psychology with particular focus on research, teaching, professional and policy development and to use psychological principles as an integral part of applied social science for personal, social and national development.

 

Academia and Research

The Centre spurred the growth of the psychology programme at UWI. The B.Sc. Major in Psychology was first offered at the St. Augustine Campus in 1995. The programme was later offered at the Mona and then the Cave Hill Campuses of the UWI. There is an annual intake of about 150 students pursuing the major and special in psychology.

 

Since its formal opening, the Centre has undertaken a number of research projects, outreach and public education programmes, training seminars, staff seminars, seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students, surveys, publications, lectures, conferences, workshops and symposiums. In addition, various publications and policy proposals prepared by the Centre have been submitted to policy makers in Trinidad and Tobago, and other countries in order to inform decision-making at the highest echelons.

 

Research Projects

The research projects undertaken by the Centre, over the years, incorporate various themes and subjects including:

  • psychonomics
  • fear of crime
  • psychology of juvenile behaviour
  • social norms
  • HIV/AIDS stigmatization
  • environmental attitudes
  • attitudes towards work and customers
  • psychology of risk and perception of victimization
  • media perception research
  • civic, community and family life

 

Since 1993, the Centre has been undertaking social opinion surveys measuring attitudes on a number of crucial psychological, social and political issues.

 

The Centre’s publications, over the years, are reflective of its research and are inclusive of several books and articles on a range of topics in psychology.

 

Collaborations 

The Centre continues to liaise with researchers and institutions in several countries and regions, including the USA, UK, Europe and other Caribbean states. These liaisons and sharing of resources and ideas, have allowed for collaboration on issues relevant to the Caribbean that are similar to problems in other regions, and have allowed the local researchers to gain global insight into social problems and phenomena.

 

Collaborations on projects and publications have allowed the Centre to gain recognition and rapport with internationally accredited institutions, and leading researchers in their respective subject areas. The Centre has produced several publications with colleagues from abroad that have been published in regional and international journals and books. The Centre has collaborated with numerous universities including:

  • State University of New York at Albany (SUNY).
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • University of Central Florida.
  • University of Nis, Serbia.
  • Boston Medical Centre, Massachusetts.
  • University College London.
  • Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Hunter College.
  • City University of New York (CUNY), Social Psychology Department.
  • London School of Economics.
  • University of Toronto.
  • Syracuse University.
  • Atlantic State University.