Education and Training
Clinical Psychology Training: Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health
Recognized HIV/AIDS counseling Trainer by 'National AIDS Control Organization' (NACO), Govt. of India.
Research & Papers
1. Belhekar, V. M. (2008). Trait Psychology and Cultural Studies: Issues in the Five-Factor Model of Personality. Indian Journal of Psychology and Mental Health, 1, 184-195.
2. Belhekar, V. M. & Sabnis, S. V. (In press). Five-Factor Model of Borderline Personality. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 6-16.
3. Belhekar, V. M. & Padhye, A. A. (2009). The Borderline Personality: Exploring the Role of Affective Instability and the Five-Factor Model Neuroticism. Journal of Psychological Researches, 53 (2), 91-99.
4. Tafarodi, R. W., Bonn, G., Liang, H., Takai, J., Moriizumi, S., Belhekar, V., & Padhye, A. (in press). What makes for a good life? A four-nation study. Journal of Happiness Studies.
5. Lodhi, P. H., Deo, S., & Belhekar, V. M. (2004). Evaluating the Five-Factor Model of the personality: Confirmatory factor analysis of the revised NEO Personality Inventory. Journal of Psychological Research: An International Journal, 48, 17-24.
6. Lodhi, P. H., Deo, S., & Belhekar, V. M. (2002). The Five-Factor Model of personality: Measurement and correlates in the Indian context. In. R. R. McCrae & J. Allik (Eds.), The Five-Factor Model Across Cultures (pp. 219-240). New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Abstract: How do we assess the value of our lives? What makes the life we live a good or worthy one? What are its aims? The answers to these questions are implicit in the often unarticulated commitments by which people define themselves, their purposes, and their actions. These commitments structure the moral framework that guides our everyday qualitative distinctions and positions us within a unified narrative of continuity and change. The substantive conception of a good life, we argue, presupposes but cannot be reduced to a set of basic values. As an initial exploration of cultural variation, Canadian, Chinese, Indian, and Japanese university students were compared on what they held to be the most important criteria for assessing the worth of their lives. The results revealed considerable commonality of content with notable differences consistent with the cultural ethos of each group.
Abstract: Personality disorders (categorical approach) and the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality (continuous trait approach) need to be reconciled over various PDs. This paper attempts to relate the FFM and borderline personality across instruments. A sample of 246 (153 females and 93 males) participants responded to NEO-FFI, Big Five Mini-Markers, MCMI-III Borderline Scale and BPI-Cut-20. The correlations between NEO-FFI and Mini-Markers and their factor analysis provided concurrent validity evidence and construct validity across instruments evidence respectively, for the FFM. The correlations between FFM scales and borderline personality yielded FFM Neuroticism as an important correlate. The strength of association was more for NEO-FFI N than Mini-Markers' emotional stability. Similar findings were obtained in canonical correlation analysis between sets of neuroticism and borderline personality (canonical correlation = .58). The obtained findings and their implications for further research and practitioners are discussed.
Abstract: The paper explores relationship of borderline personality with affective instability and Five-Factor Model (FFM) neuroticism. The data of 217 subjects (106 male and 111 females) were obtained on BPI-Cut20, affective instability scale (AIS), and NEO-FFI neuroticism (FFM N). The factor analysis of BPI-Cut20 yielded single factor solution. Females scored higher than males on all variables, with small effect-size. The AIS and FFM N were correlated with BPI-Cut20. The results also indicated that AIS is a better predictor of borderline personality than FFM N and had better discriminant validity. The results suggest that affective instability is a core component of borderline personality.
Abstract: Cultural-trait psychology aims to understand and theorizes the diversity of individual differences across cultures and aims for a generalizable model. The Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality has emerged as broadly supported trait theory across cultures including India. With wide generalizability, researchers also face theoretical as well as methodological issues during trait investigations across cultures. The present paper aims to address these issues. The core problem is to determine the structure of personality that would be universal and develop quantitative tools, accordingly. The paper further discusses various problems a quantitative method would face during studies across culture. Though culture has been used as validation method, the cultural trade-off, acculturation, are culture research specific issues usually encountered. The compatibility of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and other approaches are also discussed in the context of cultural studies. An attempt has been made to specify current status of solutions.
Lodhi, P. H., Deo, S., & Belhekar, V. M. (2004). Evaluating the Five-Factor Model of the personality: Confirmatory factor analysis of the revised NEO Personality Inventory. Journal of Psychological Research: An International Journal, 48, 17-24.
Abstract: The present paper briefly reviews different confirmatory factor analysis methods and the factor analytic evaluation of The Revised NEO-Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) based on the Five-Factor Model (FFM). The utility of the orthogonal and oblique procrustes rotation of the varimaxed principal-components to hypothesized binary target matrix, and the multiple group factor analysis (MGFA) has also been tested on a empirical data of 214 subjects with equal gender representation (Lodhi, Deo & Belhekar, 2002). These methods clearly recovered five-factor structure from the NEO-PI-R data, thus indicating the robustness of the FFM.
Lodhi, P. H., Deo, S., & Belhekar, V. M. (2002). The Five-Factor Model of personality: Measurement and correlates in the Indian context. In. R. R. McCrae & J. Allik (Eds.), The Five-Factor Model Across Cultures (pp. 219-240). New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Abstract: Study I of this chapter reports an Indian (Marathi) adaptation of the Revised NEO-Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R), its psychometric evaluation, and gender differences based on the data of 214 subjects. Factor analysis supported the Five-Factor Model and indicated factorial invariance across Indian and American cultures. The study also demonstrated the utility of oblique and orthogonal Procrustes rotations and multiple group factor analysis in evaluating the Five-Factor Model. Study II, employing 300 subjects, examined the Eysenckian correlates of the Indian (Marathi) NEO-Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). The obtained correlations provide validity evidence for the NEO-FFI and its parent instrument, the NEO-PI-R.
1. Truth of Lie and Red Herring: Dimensionality and Utility of Lie Scale in Personality Assessment. Presented at the Meeting of Centre for Behavioural Research (University with Potential for Excellence - UGC) at Department of Applied Psychology University of Mumbai.
2. Heuristics: Experimental investigation of Intelligence and Personality. Presented a paper at the "Workshop on Experimental Social Sciences', organized by Center for Computational Social Sciences, UPE, December 28-29, 2009.
3. Depression, anxiety and representativeness heuristics: Experimental study of base rate fallacy. Center for Computational Social Sciences, UPE Discussion paper-5.
4. What Predicts the achievement? Critical evaluation of the EI as compared to other psychological constructs. Paper Presented at National Association of Psychology (NAOP), March 2010, Bangalore.
5. The Five-Factor Model of Personality and Psychopathology Issues and Insights from personality theory about mental illness. Two-Day National Seminar on Psychology In India December, 2008.
6. Intelligence, emotional intelligence, and Five-Factor Model of personality as predictors' Academic achievement. Paper Presented at Conference of Bombay Psychological Association, Mumbai, January 12, 2010.
7. The Personality correlates of creativity. Paper presented at National seminar on 'the Five-Factor Model and Factor Analysis'. University of Pune, January 2008.
8. The Assessment of Five-Factor Model of Personality across Instruments. Paper presented at National seminar on 'the Five-Factor Model and Factor Analysis'. University of Pune, January 2008.
9. Academic achievement: Exploring the role of intelligence, emotional intelligence, and Five -Factor Model of personality. Invited Paper Presentation at Research Meeting at Department of Education, University of Mumbai. September, 2008.
10. Dissecting a Golden Goose: Personality and Creative achievement. Paper presented at National seminar on 'Psychological approaches to Literature', M.D. College, Mumbai. December 13, 2006.
11. Role of loss and grief in rehabilitation of handicapped. Paper presented at 'National seminar on Carrier Counseling and Rehabilitation of Handicapped', Department of Applied Psychology, Mumbai University. 20, November 2006.
12. Trait psychology: problems in cultural studies. Paper presented at ICSSR Inter- Disciplinary Seminar on Psycho-Social Perspectives on Multiculturalism. Mumbai University, Mumbai. 2006, March.
13. Grief Counseling in HIV. Presented at 'National Seminar for Field Testing of Manual for HIV /AIDS Counseling' developed by WHO, UNESCO, and NACO organized by NACO, MDACS, and SNDT University on for counselors from India at SNDT University, Mumbai; November 5, 2004.
Research Methods and Statistics
Experimental Psychology (Laboratory Practical)
Therapeutics (Psychotherapy course)
Concepts in Social Psychology
Interventions in Social Psychology
Representative Abridged list of Lectures/seminars/workshops conducted
8. Engaged a session on 'Grief counseling' for counselors from Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), at J. P. Naik Bhavan, Mumbai, February 2003.
9. Conducted few interactive sessions with BMS students on Psychology, Dec 04 -Feb 2005.
10. Delivered a lecture on 'Grief counseling and grief therapy' for counselors from Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS), at J. P. Naik Bhavan, Mumbai, December 2003.
11. Conducted a session on 'Data Analysis' in Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) workshop on Research Methodology for teachers and research scholars at J. P. Naik Bhavan, ICSSR, March 31, 2004.
12. Conducted a session on 'Data Analysis' in Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) workshop on Research Methodology for teachers and research scholars at St. Xavier College, Goa, April 14, 2004.
13. Engaged a session on 'Grief Counseling and grief therapy' for counselors of Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), at J. J. Hospital, Mumbai, April 21, 2004.
14. Engaged a full day workshop session (includes lecture and hands on computer practical) on 'Data Analysis' in Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) workshop on Research Methodology for teachers and research scholars at St. Xavier College, Goa, August 17, 2004.
52. Delivered series of 25 lectures to MSc Students of MASLP at National Institute of Hearing Handicapped (NIHH) 2009-2010.
53. Conducted a session at Refresher Course organized by Economics Department on Computer Applications for Social Science, 2009
54. Conducted a session at Refresher Course organized by Economics department on Heuristics and Biases Approaches of Judgment and Decision making under uncertainty, 2009.
55. Conduced a training in "Item Response Theory" for research scholars in education, Department of Education, Mumbai, 2009.
56. Conducted a training on Tool Construction for research scholars in education, Department of Education, Mumbai, 2010.
57. Conducted a training session on "Burn out management" for Special Educators, at NIMH, Belapur, Navi Mumbai. 2010.
58. Conducted a training session on "Cognitive Behaviour therapy" for Special Educators, at NIMH, Belapur, Navi Mumbai. 2010
59. Lecture on Frontiers of Research in Psychology at Mithibai College Mumbai, 2010.
60. Two-Days Training Program on Basic Counseling skills at SNDT, Pune, 2010.
61. Three lectures on three different programs on "Assessment of Suicide Risk" at training programme "Prevention of Suicide among students" at University of Mumbai 2010
62. Session on "Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences" at ICSSR workshop March 2011.
63. One day workshop on "Applications of R to social sciences" March Viveknand College, Mumbai.
64. Three sessions in a workshop on Research Methodology at ASC, Mumbai University on "Introduction to softwares in Social Sciences", "Statistical methods for social sciences" "R for statistical data analysis" April 2011
65. Workshop on 'NEO-PI-R: Interpretations and applications' at SNDT, Matunga, 2011.
66. Session on "Interdisciplinary Research" and "Quantitative methods" in Workshop in Research Methodology at Dr. babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. 2011
67. "Quantitative methods in social sciences" at the research methodology workshop at Civics and Political Sciences Department at Mumbai University Aug. 2011
68. "Quantitative methods and Application of R" at Sociology Department at SNDT Churchgate. 2011.
69. Lecture on Quantitative methods and Applications of R in Social Sciences at Refresher Course organized at ASC Mumbai 2011
Areas of Interest
Personality processes and individual differences (Five-Factor Model); Trait theory of Personality and Personality Disorders; Applications of Quantitative methods and Software (R in particular) to Psychology; game theory, decision making, rationality, trust and selfishness, and economic behavior; evolutionary psychology.
Vivek M. Belhekar, PhD
Department of Applied Psychology
C.D. Deshmukh Bhavan
University of Mumbai
Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400098, India
Phone: office +91-22-26543068