Syna Soosan Abraham completed schooling at Baker Memorial High School, Kottayam followed by Pre – Degree from B. C. M. College, Kottayam. She finished her graduation in Psychology from Union Christian College, Aluva in 1992. After seven years break from studies following marriage and motherhood, Syna completed her Post graduation in 2001 from Union Christian College with 3rd rank, M. G. University. In 2002 she passed UGC/ NET examination and worked with Union Christian College as a guest faculty for 4 years. Passion for her college and the subject Psychology, along with love of teaching, made her take up the post of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Union Christian College in 2010.

Co curricular and Extension Activities

Syna Soosan Abraham has done two UBCHEA and one UGC projects and also organized several seminars and workshops. She has volunteered as consultant psychologist for organizations and served as resource on seminars and community service activities.

As the staff co coordinator of Service Learning Centre, Center for Peace Studies and Dialogue and Pain and Palliative UCC Unit, Syna enables experiential learning opportunities for students through field visits, interactive sessions with experts, seminars and workshops.

Personal History

Syna is the first among the three children of late Mr. P. A. Abraham, IFS and Mrs. Joyamma Abraham, formerly a teacher. Mr. Charles Koshy Phillips, her husband and Syna are blessed with two sons and presently lives near U. C. College campus.

Ms. Syna Soosan Abraham. M. A.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Union Christian College




  1. Psychological correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in wives of alcohol abusers.

Projects completed:

  1. Principal investigator: “Promoting mental, physical, sexual and environmental hygiene among rural BPL women through life skills training”. Sponsored by UGC.

(MRP (H)-0547/12-13/KLMG012/UGC-SWRO)

  1. Principal investigator:  “Mission Milieu: Religious pluralism through interfaith dialogue”. (2015). Sponsored by UBCHEA.
  1. Investigator: “Integrated project for Sustaining Nature and Enriching Life (SNEL)” (2011-2012). Sponsored by UBCHEA.

Seminar/ workshops Organized:

  1. Co-ordinator. Four day Pre marital counselling programme. 19, 20, 26 & 27 November, 2021, in association with Directorate of Minority Welfare.
  2. Co-ordinator. National seminar on Family Therapy: Scope, Techniques and Challenges.” 6th & 7th February 2020.
  3. Co-ordinator. “National Seminar on Assessment and Management of Intellectual, Learning and developmental Disabilities two days national seminar. 9&10th February 2017.
  4. Co-ordinator. “Religious pluralism: Establishing the etiquette for interreligious interactions”, two days regional seminar. 9th and 10th July 2015.
  5. Co-coordinator. “Nirbhaya Resolve: A discourse on the Psychological matrix of gender based violence 7th 2014.
  6. Co-ordinator. “Religion Redux- a discourse on the social and cultural significance of religion on Kerala Psyche” July 16th&17th
  7. Co-ordinator. “Workshop on counselling skills and techniques”. 17th&18th2012


  1. Syna Soosan Abraham & Vidhya Ravindranadan (2023) Socially engineered child. Nurturing connections: A holistic guide to inspired parenting. ISBN 078-81-960457-3-9
  2. Kezia Sara Thomas & Syna Soosan Abraham (2023). Childhood trauma among victims of intimate partner violence. Proceedings of international conference on psychological skills acquisition.  ISBN 978-81-960709-2-2
  1. Kezia Sara Thomas & Syna Soosan Abraham (2023). Mental health of public and private sector employees. Proceedings of National seminar on true to self with life and work. ISBN 978-81-960457-2-2
  2. Niyala Fathima P. & Syna Soosan Abraham (2023). Physical effects experienced by students due to online classes during Covid 19. Proceedings of National seminar on true to self with life and work. ISBN 978-81-960457-2-2
  3. Christina Mariam Chacko & Syna Soosan Abraham (2017). Academic Performance, Self Esteem and Happiness among Adolescents in Kerala. The International Journal of Indian Psychology (IJIP) Vol.4 Issue 4. ISSN 2348-5398 e /2349-3429 p.
  1. Syna Soosan Abraham, Reshmi P. (2013). Feminist Practices in Counselling Reconceptualising Domestic Violence. Review of ‘Feminist Counselling and Domestic Violence in India’ by Padma Bhate-Deosthali, Sangeeta Rege, Padma Prakash, Routledge, 2013. Section: Book Reviews | Posted On: Sep 19, 2013 in eSocial sciences .org
  1. Chief Editor & co-author (2012). Guidelines for implementation of peer counselling programs among students. Department of Psychology, U.C. College, Aluva.
  2. Kumar, A. S., Labeeb, M. P., K. Abraham, S. S. & Mathai, S. M. (2012) “Issues in holistic development of adolescents” Handbook of Management and Behavioural Science. -VI. Wisdom publications, Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-81505-27-4.

Resource person:

  1. Resource person: “Psychological Aspects of Gender Equality and Gender Equity” organized by Women’s cell & IQAC, LIZZA College, Kozhikode on 11 March 2023.
  2. Resource person: Adolescent in Love in association with observance of National Girl Child Day” held at GHSS Vennala, organized by District Child Protection Unit, Department of women and child development, on 24 January 2023.
  3. Chair:. International conference on psychological skills acquisition”. E. College. Mannanam & College development Council, M. G. University.
  4. Resource person: One day Skills Training Program for Parents and Teachers held at Bethlehem Dyara HS, Kizakkamalam. On 18th January 2021.
  5. Resource person: Nature, Content and Efficacy of Academic Programs: in Psychology in Kerala: Practice, Challenges and Scope. organized by Psychology Circle. 12th 2020.
  6. Resource Person: Peace Studies: Curriculum Designing and Methodology Workshop. Organized by Centre for Peace Studies and Dialogue, U. C. College. 8-10 March 2018.
  7. Resource Person: International Service Learning Workshop. Organized by Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. 20th 26th November 2017.
  8. Resource person: Pre seminar assembly for general public of UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘Psychological and Physiological Ill Effects of Substance Abuse and the Influence of Spirituality on Addiction Recovery”. On 4th January 2016, MES College Marampally.
  9. Chair: UGC sponsored national conference on “Health and Life Style”. 5th, 6th, & 7th March 2015, U. C. College, Aluva.
  10. Resource person: UGC sponsored national seminar on “Professionalizing Psychology in India; New Trends and Practices” 17th, 18th & 19th 2015, Kuriakose Elias College, Kottayam.

Paper presentations:

  1. Holistic development of adolescents through peace education”. Kerala school education congress. 1-3 April 2023.
  2. Transforming Young Adults into Peace Builders through Service Learning: Case Studies”. UBCHEA sponsored International Workshop on ‘Peace Studies: Curriculum Designing and Methodology Workshop’. Organized by Centre for Peace Studies and Dialogue, U. C. College on 8-10 March 2018
  3. Survey on the health and hygiene practices of college students”, UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘Recent advances in life style diseases’. T. K. M. College, Kollam. (8th &9th October 2014)
  4. Psychological correlates of academic performance”. UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy’. Prajoti Niketan College, Pudukad. (5th& 6th December 2014)
  5. Co-author:“A survey on the road blocks to the holistic development of adolescents”. National seminar on psychological counselling: practices, problems and prospects. Gov. College for Women, Thiruvanathapuram; Sponsored by the Department of Collegiate Education. (6th&7th January 2012).
  6. Emotional intelligence: A comparative study on male and female college students”. National conference on socio cultural prospects of positive psychology in India, Little flower institute of social sciences and health, Angamali. (23rd-25th January 2012).
  7. Conference proceedings “Issues in holistic development of adolescents” 4th International Conference on Management and Behavioural Sciences. Society for Management & Behavioural Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajastan. 25-26th February 2012
  8. Awareness of health &hygiene practices”. International conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. Toc H institute of science and technology, Ernakulum. (15th-17th June 2012).
  9. Co-author: Optimistic attitude and happiness in life: An analytic study of the contribution of grandparents to personality development of children”. International conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. Toc H institute of science and technology, Ernakulum. (2012).
  10. Co-author: Influence of media exposure on proactive coping method among adolescents”. International conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. Toc H institute of science and technology, Ernakulum. (2012).
  11. Attitude towards the use of corporal punishment and self esteem of higher secondary school teachers”. UGC sponsored national seminar on self esteem and mental health promotion among teachers. SNM training College, Muthakunnam. (4th&5th August 2011).
  12. Childhood behavioural problems. Middent’s Endowment Seminar. Union Christian College, Aluva (16th April 2008).

Courses and workshops attended:

  1. Refresher course on computational social sciences. HRDC University of Hyderabad 30 January -11 February 2023.
  2. 1 week FDP on Best practices for online teaching: classroom, courseware and tools, organized by FDP centre of Kerala State Higher Education Council -8th -14th July 2021.
  3. 1 week STTP on Research Paper writing organized by REST society for Research International, 13th – 18th July 2020
  4. National Seminar on Family Interventions. Sponsored by DCE, Organized by University College, Thiruvanthapuram – 7 &8 November 2019.
  5. Two Days National Seminar on Qualitative Approaches in Psychological Research. DCE supported National seminar at Sri C. Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur on 4th &5th January 2019.
  6. 1 Week Workshop on ‘Methodology and Research Writing in Social Sciences’. Organized by Kerala State Higher Education Council 24thFebruary – 1st March 2018.
  7. 1 day seminar on ”wetlands for disaster risk reduction” organized by department of zoology, Union Christian College, Aluva 2nd Feb. 2017
  8. 3 Days training programme on Life skills. 6-8th March 2017, U. C. College, Aluva & RGNIYD, Tamil Nadu.
  9. Three weeks UGC Sponsored Refresher Course (Women Studies) (2016). UGC-Academic Staff College. University of Kerala.
  10. Three week UGC Sponsored Orientation Programme (IT- Oriented) (2013). UGC-Academic Staff College. University of Kerala.
  11. One week workshop on “Research Methodology: Application of research methods and Statistics” (2013). Inter University Centre for Disability Studies (IUCDS), M. G. University.
  12. “Orientation Programme for Women Counsellors of Affiliated Colleges”(13th January 2011). Department of Students Services. M. G. University.
  13. Three day workshop on “informatics” (6th-8th January 2011). U. C. College, in association with Kerala State Higher Education Council.
  14. Two day workshop on “Data Analysis using IBM PASW Statistics” (13th&14th June 2011). U. C. College.

Academic posts & positions held:

  1. Chief of : Syllabus revision and question bank preparation of new course  environmental psychology and human rights psychology / UG 5st sem. 2019
  2. Chief: question bank preparation (Cognitive psychology / PG 1st sem 2019
  3. Member: Board of studies, Psychology, M.G. University. (2014- 2017)
  4. Member: Inspection committee for sanctioning new courses, M. G. University(2014).
  5. Member: Panel of experts- Aviation Security. CIAL, Cochin. (2014-2018)
  6. Member: Question paper setting and/ or scrutiny-

Kerala University, Calicut University, Kannur University, Farooque College (Autonomous).

Extension activities and administrative positions within the college:

  1. Member, Anti harassment cell (2018- present)
  2. Member, Anti Narcotics Club (2018- 2021)
  3. Staff co coordinator: Centre for Peace Studies and Dialogue, U. C. College (2018-present)
  4. Staff co coordinator: Service Learning activities of Department (2010-present)
  5. Staff coordinator: Service Learning Centre. ( 2010- 2017)
  6. Staff coordinator: Pain and Palliative Care unit of U. C. College. (2011- 2017, 2023 – present)
  7. Member: Disciplinary committee (2018-2019)
  8. Staff advisor : Students Union (2016-2017)
  9. Member: Disciplinary committee (2016-2017)
  10. Staff coordinator: Bible study classes for hostel students (2016-2017)
  11. Staff coordinator: Morning Worship of the U. C. College chapel. (2013-2016)
  12. Hostel Warden: Administration of hostel for women students. (2014-present)
  13. Member: Inter Church Fellowship of Union Christian College. (Since 2013).
  14. Staff coordinator: Vacation Bible Classes for children in the nearby communities (2014-2016)

Extra curricular activities:

  1. Presiding Officer: Assembly by elections (2021)
  2. Presiding Officer: Parliament elections (2019)
  3. Presiding Officer : Assembly elections (2016)
  4. Presiding Officer: Municipal elections (2015)