Exploring Careers in Public Policy for Psychology Students in India

Dr Arjun Kumar


The field of public policy in India is evolving, offering diverse opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in psychology. As societal challenges become increasingly complex, there is a growing need for professionals who can contribute their insights and skills to policy development and implementation. This article aims to shed light on the potential careers in public policy for psychology students in India, with a special emphasis on relevant online courses provided by IMPRI (Impact and Policy Research Institute).

Understanding the Intersection of Psychology and Public Policy:  

  Public policy is not limited to traditional areas like economics and political science. The incorporation of psychological insights is crucial for designing policies that resonate with the diverse needs and behaviors of the population. Psychology students bring valuable perspectives on human behavior, cognition, and emotions, which are essential considerations in crafting effective policies.

Career Opportunities in Public Policy for Psychology Graduates:  

a. Behavioural Insights Specialist:  

 Psychology graduates can play a pivotal role in understanding how people make decisions and behave in various contexts. This knowledge is invaluable for crafting policies that encourage positive behavioral changes, such as health-related interventions, financial planning, and sustainable practices.

b. Social Program Evaluator:  

 Evaluating the impact of social programs requires a deep understanding of human behavior. Psychology graduates can assess the effectiveness of policies related to education, healthcare, and social welfare by employing research methods to measure outcomes and identify areas for improvement.

c. Policy Analyst in Mental Health:  

Given the increasing awareness of mental health issues, there is a growing demand for professionals who can contribute to the development of mental health policies. Psychology students can play a vital role in formulating and advocating for policies that address the mental well-being of the population.

Why IMPRI Online Courses for Psychology Students:  

IMPRI offers online courses that bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical policy applications. The following courses are particularly relevant for psychology students looking to venture into public policy:

 a. Behavioral Economics and Public Policy :  

 This course provides insights into how behavioral economics can inform policymaking. Psychology students can learn how human behavior deviates from traditional economic models and apply this knowledge to design interventions that align with actual decision-making processes.

b. Social Policy and Program Evaluation :

For those interested in evaluating the impact of social programs, this course equips students with the necessary skills to assess program effectiveness, identify key metrics, and communicate findings to policymakers.

c. Mental Health Policies and Interventions : 

 Focused on the intersection of psychology and public policy, this course explores the formulation and implementation of mental health policies. It addresses the unique challenges associated with policy development in the field of mental health.

Building a Successful Career Path:  

 a. Networking:  

 Actively engage in networking opportunities within the public policy sphere. Attend seminars, webinars, and conferences to connect with professionals and policymakers who share an interest in the intersection of psychology and public policy.

b. Internships and Practical Experience:  

Seek internships with organizations working on social issues, mental health, or policy development. Practical experience is invaluable in translating theoretical knowledge into real-world applications.

c. Continuous Learning:  

Public policy is a dynamic field, and staying updated on current trends and research is essential. IMPRI’s online courses offer a convenient way to acquire new skills and knowledge throughout your career.


As psychology continues to play a crucial role in understanding human behavior, its integration into public policy becomes increasingly significant. Psychology students in India have the opportunity to carve out fulfilling careers in public policy, addressing a wide array of social challenges. IMPRI’s online courses serve as valuable resources for acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge, ensuring that psychology graduates are well-equipped to contribute meaningfully to the field of public policy in India.

Dr Arjun Kumar is the Director of the IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in the article belong solely to the author and not necessarily to the organisation.

This article was posted by Tanu Paliwal , a research intern at IMPRI.

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