I completed my first degree in Psychology at the North-East London Polytechnic (Now University of East London) in 1985. This was followed by an MSc and CQSW in Applied Social Studies at Royal Holloway College, University of London, in 1989. I completed my PhD in 2003, exploring the experiences of Black and Asian students studying psychology in higher education. This theme has guided my research over the past 20 years or so. I have been at the University of Westminster since 1992. I am senior lecturer and course leader for the BSc in Psychology and Counselling.
I am also a qualified and practicing counsellor and psychotherapist, and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. In addition, I am a certified coach, having received my training through the Institute of Learning and Management. I am involved with mindfulness practice in my personal life, my teaching, and in my therapeutic work.
My teaching areas include counselling and psychotherapy, social psychology, and work experience. I am module leader, or co-module leader, for:
- The psychology of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Work Experience in a Psychological Setting
I am also involved with teaching on:
- Mechanisms of Mind-Body Therapies
- Social Psychology
- Individual Differences
I will be the module leader of the following modules on the BSc Psychology and Counselling course:
- Reflective Practice and Listening Skills
- Psychodynamic and CBT approaches
- Mindfulness in Psychotherapeutic Practice
Professional roles within and outside the University
- Course Leader for the BSc in Psychology and Counselling
- I have been an internal assessor for several PhD students at the university.
- Internal and external panel member for Validation and Review of courses
Invited speaker: Diversity in the curriculum workshops for new teachers and post-graduate students who teach, York St. John University, 2006, 2007, 2009
Over the past 20 years, I have been involved with explorations of experiences of minority students in higher education.
Recent publications and conference presentations
2012 Hodges, I. & Jobanputra, S. (2012) Mapping Exclusion in Undergraduate Psychology: Towards a Common Architecture of the Minority Student Experience. In Y. Taylor (Ed.) Educational Diversity. Palgrave Macmillan.
2012 Jobanputra, S. (2012). Giving Voice to the Silent Impact of Racism. Invited Speaker at the Black and Asian Therapist Network Conference, 24 March, 2012
2011 Jobanputra, S. (2011) Psychology from the Standpoint of Ethnic Minority Students. Paper presented at the 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul, July 2011.
2009 Invited Keynote Speaker: Jobanputra, S. (2009). From the margins to the centre: Minority students in psychology. Paper presented at the Association for Teachers of Psychology Conference, July 11 2009, Exeter.
2008 Jobanputra, S., Buchanan, T. and Porter, A. Student use of blogs and wikis on psy413: Basic I.T. Skills module. Paper presented at Annual Learning and Teaching Symposium, University of Westminster, July 2008
Membership of professional bodies
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
- Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy