CURRICULUM VITAE

 
CURRICULUM VITAE

Name: Venkata Krishna Rao Ponnaganti

E-mail: krishnaraopv2001@yahoo.com

Phone Number: 540 687 0964 (Mobile)


EDUCATION

1968 B.Sc., (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry) Sri C.R.R. College, Eluru AP India

1969 B.L.S. (Library Science), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam  AP India

1972 M.A., (Psychology) Andhra University, Visakhapatnam  AP India

1983 Ph.D. (Psychology) Andhra University, Visakhapatnam  AP India


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

USA

1983 – 1984 Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. and Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, N.C. and The Psychical Research Foundation, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2006 -2007       Meditation Instructor (Guest Faculty), Woodlands Yoga, The Woodlands, TX

2007- Present   Yoga and meditation Faculty Member, Kingwood Yoga Academy, TX

2008 Fall           Adjunct Faculty (Psychology), Montgomery College (LSCS), Conroe, TX

2009 Feb. – Present   Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Human Science, Encinitas, CA

2009 May - Dec.   Meditation Instructor (Guest Faculty), Yoga and Wellness Center, The Woodlands,TX

2010 Feb. -  Present Guest Instructor, Woodlands Yoga Studio. The Woodlands, TX

Japan
1991 - 1991 Research Fellow, The Institute for Religious Psychology, Tokyo.

INDIA

1970 - 1971 Technical Assistant, Dr. V.S. Krishna Memorial Library, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1972 - 1975 Associate Lecturer, Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1975 - 1985 Lecturer, Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1985 - 1986 Reader, Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1986 - 1987 Director-in-charge, The Institute for Yoga & Consciousness, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1986 - 1997 Professor, Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1987 –2006, May.   Director, The Institute for Yoga & Consciousness, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1996 –2006, May.       Director, Extension Wing,  The Institute for Yoga & Consciousness, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
2000 – 2002    Librarian, Dr. V.S. Krishna Memorial Library, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

Courses Taught

General Psychology
History and Systems of Psychology
Parapsychology
Physiological Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Research Methodology
Counseling and Guidance
Indian Philosophy

Human Biology
Yoga & Meditation
Hinduism


EXTENSION ACTIVITIES


Have been conducting workshops and offering courses on the psychology of yoga and meditation since 1996 on topics such as (i) Improving Memory and Study Skills  (ii) Stress Management (iii) Meditation (iv) Relaxation methods and (v) Self-concept and self-actualization.


PUBLIC & ACADEMIC SERVICE

1976 - 1985 Counselor, Student Counseling Centre, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1985 – 1987 Director, Student Counseling Centre, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1985 - 1987 Head of the Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1987 – 1991 Chairman, Board of Studies in Psychology & Parapsychology (P.G.), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1988 - 1991 Member, Academic Senate, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1988 - 1990 Member, Advisory Committee, Indian Council of Social Science Research
Southern Regional Centre, Hyderabad, AP
1988 - 1994 Managing Editor, Journal of Indian Psychology
1988 –2006    Chairman, Faculty of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Andhra University
1989 - 1990 Editor, Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology   
1991-1994 Member, University Grants Commission, Panel in Psychology                                   
1993 - 2006    Member, Academic Senate, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
1994 - 2006    Editor, Journal of Indian Psychology


PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

Anxiety, leadership and ESP. Student paper presented in the weekly seminars in the Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, 1972.

Meditation and ESP: An experimental study with free-response materials, Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Humanistic Psychology, Andhra University, 1974.

Mental imagery and ESP as measured by Rao's subsensory psi test (SPT). In J.B. Morris, W.G. Roll and R.L. Morris (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology , 1976. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1977, pp. 81-83.

Yogic meditation and psi scoring in forced-choice and free-response tests.  Journal of Indian Psychology, 1978, 2,160-175.

Response patterns and psi scoring.  Journal of Parapsychology, 1978, 42, 304-312.

Rigidity and ESP. In W.G. Roll, J.D.Morris and R.L. Morris (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology, 1977, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978, pp. 167-169.

The three gunas and ESP: An exploratory investigation. Journal of Indian Psychology
1979, 3, 63-68.

Two studies on SP and ESP. Journal of Parapsychology, 1982, 46, 185-207.

The role of rigidity and instructional set for imagery in verbal paired associate learning. Journal of Psychological Researches, 1982, 26, 97-105.

ESP and SP in TM and non-TM groups. In W.G.Roll, J. Beloff and R.A. White (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology, 1982, Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1983, pp. 189-190.

Indian philosophical psychology: An assessment. Paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian Philosophy in the context of World Philosophy: An Evaluation. Andhra University, 1983.

Psi and meditation: A further investigation. Paper presented at the South East Regional Parapsychological Association Conference, Winter Park, Florida, 1984.

Meditation and psi: Implications for understanding human consciousness. Theta, 1984, 12, 54-57.

Extrasensory perception and subliminal perception: A further investigation. Paper presented at the International Conference on Parapsychology: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Andhra University, 1985.

ESP and memory. Paper presented at the International Conference on Parapsychology: Eastern and Western Perspectives: Andhra University, 1985.

Belief and personality factors of participants: A study in ESP/Ganzfeld setting. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1986, 5, 21-45.

Effect of peer counseling on helping skills and certain psychological factors: An exploratory study. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1986, 5, 50-62.

Detection of psi signals and relaxation: A pilot study Journal of Indian Psychology, 1986, 5, 53-58.

A cautionary note on the development of a separate Indian psychology. Paper presented at the UGC National Seminar on Psychology in Indian context: Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 1986.

ESP performance in classroom and examination settings. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1987, 6, 24-37.

The differential effect as a psi sensory relationship. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 1987, 54, 181-185.

Drug Abuse: A psychological perspective. Paper presented at the Symposium on Drug Abuse: Its Medical and Sociological Implications. The Indian Pharmaceutical Association. Andhra University, 1987,

Mental imagery and sensation seeking. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1988, 7, 23-26.

Combined effect of yoga and psychotherapy on management of asthma: A preliminary study. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1988, 7, 32-39.

Psychosomatic disorders due to modernization. Paper presented at the National Seminar on Modernization and Environment. Needed Intervention. Andhra University, 1988.

Detection of psi signals and relaxation: A further study. Paper presented at the 26'h Annual convention of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Calcutta University, Calcutta, 1989.

Group dynamics and class room behavior. In K S. Chalam (Ed.). Academic Staff Development, Calcutta: Bagchi & Co. 1991.

Yoga and paranormal phenomena. The Vedic Path, 1991-92, 54, 55-64.

Yoga and parapsychology: Paper presented at the International Conference on Biomedical, Literary and Practical Research in Yoga, Kottakuppam, TN, 1991.

Effect of shantikriya on certain psycho-physiological parameters: A preliminary study. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 1992, 36, 88-92.

Fantasy-proneness, reports of paranormal experience and ESP test performance. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1992, 10,  27-30

Self-ideal disparity and yoga training. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1992, 10, 35-40.

Nostril dominance and ESP.  Journal of Indian Psychology, 1993, 11, 19-23.

The apparatus for measuring the functioning of the meridians and their corresponding internal organs (AMI): A reliability study, Journal of Indian Psychology, 1993, 11, 32-37.

Role of pineal activity in ESP performance: A preliminary Study. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1993, 11, 44-56.

Body awareness and yoga training,   Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1994, 79, 1103-1106.

Psychoanalysis and yoga: Remembering Geraldine Coaster, Indian Psychological Review, 1994, 42, 1-5.

Can science explain consciousness?  Third International Conference Proceedings on Frontiers in Yoga Research and Applications. Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation,  Bangalore, Dec.23-27, 1995.

Perceptual organization and yoga training, Journal of Indian Psychology, 1995, 13(2), 21-27.

Yoga: Its scientific and applied aspects. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1995, 13(2), 1-12.

Three gunas and cognitive characteristics: A study of field dependence-independence and perceptual acuity. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1995, 13(2), 13-20.

Three gunas and cognitive characteristics: A study of memory and extrasensory perception. Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 1995,21(2), 185-191.

Meditation and attention regulation, Journal of Indian Psychology, 1996, 14(1&2), 26-30.

Nostril dominance and ESP: A further study. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1996, 14(1&2), 9-13.

Yoga  practice and menstrual distress. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 1996, 22(1-2), 47-53.

Indian philosophical psychology in the context of contemporary psychology: A general appraisal, Journal of Indian Psychology, 1997, 15 (1&2), 25-30.

Yoga as a system of psychotherapy.  In Ganesh Shankar (Ed.), Holistic Approach of Yoga. Bina (M.P), Aditya Pub, 1997.

Yoga training and cognitive task performance.  Journal of Indian Psychology, 1998, 16(2).

Consciousness and yoga.  Invited presentation at the UGC National Symposium on Psychosomatic Aspects of Sahaja Yoga held at NMKRV College for Women, Bangalore from
January 6h to 8th, 1999.

Temporal effects of meditation on personality.  Psychological Studies,1999, 43 (3).

Meditation and attention regulation. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1999,14(1&2),26-30.

Yoga and transformation of consciousness.  Invited presentations at the First National Conference on Scientific and Philosophical Studies on Consciousness, held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore , February 8-13, 1999.

Parapsychology: An overview. Invited presentation at the First National Conference on Scientific and philosophical Studies on Consciousness, Feb. 8-13, National Institute of Advanced Studies Bangalore, 1999

Effects of meditation on attention processes.  Journal of Indian Psychology, 2000, l8 (1&2), 52-60.

Yogasanas in psychotherapy. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, 2000, 26, 73-75.

Yoga and psychotherapy.  Theme paper on Symposium on Indian Psychology. National Seminar on Psychology in India: Past, present and future. The 12th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology (India) Kollam, Kerala.2000

Yogasanas in the context of body work in psychotherapy. Journal of Indian Psvchology, 2003 21,1, 26-33.

Temporal effects of meditation on cognitive style. Journal of Indian Psychology, 2003, 21, 38-51.

Sakshin (Witness): A directive principle for psychotherapy. Journal of Indian psychology , 2004, 22, 1, 1-5.

Doctoral Dissertation:

Extrasensory perception (ESP) and subliminal perception (SP): A study of their relation
Research Supervisor: Prof. K Ramakrishna Rao

HONORS AND AWARDS

1972                Mrs .Eileen J. Garret Prize for best performance in Parapsychology in M.A.

1991 Motoyama - Bentov Fund Fellowship


BOOK REVIEWS

States of Consciousness by Charles Tart. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1978, 1, 79-80

Anomalistic Psychology: A study of Extra-ordinary Phenomena of Behavior and Experience by L. Zusne and W.H. Jones. Journal of Parapsychology, 1983, 47, 251-254

Case Studies in Parapsychology by K. Ramakrishna Rao (Ed.). Journal of Indian Psychology, 1987, 6, 43-45

The Quest for the Inner Man: Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integral Sadhana by Joseph Vrinte. Journal of Indian Psychology, 1996, 14 (1 & 2), 56-58

Consciousness: J. Krishnamurti's Observations on Life and Relationship, by G. Aruna Mohan. Journal of Indian Psychology, 2003, 21,( 2)


Doctoral Research Supervised:

Name of the Scholar Thesis

1. V. Gouri Rammohan Studies on ESP performance in Classroom and Academic Examination Settings, 1984
2. U. Vindhya Sudhakar Belief and Personality Factors of Participants: A study in and ESP/Ganzfeld Settings, 1985
3. N. Jhansi Rani Meditation and Performance on Attention Related Cognitive Tasks, 1996
4. K. Sridevi Meditation, Cognitive style and Personality, 1997
5. M. Sitamma Three Gunas, Cognitive Characteristics and Self-Actualization, 1998
6. K. Krishna Mohan Spirituality and Well-being: Effects of Spiritual Experiences and Spiritually Based Life Style Change Program on Psychological Well-being, 2001
7. Sachi Devi Common Mental Disorders in Primary Health Care Settings: A Study of Sociodemographic correlates, 2003
8. Sri Krishna                          Kundalini, 2005

Professional Responsibilities Undertaken

Member, Programme Committee. South East Regional Parapsychological Association Conference, held at Winter Park, Florida, 1984

Conference Secretary, International Conference on Parapsychology: Eastern and Western Perspectives, held at Andhra University, 1985

Director, Workshop on Methods of Parapsychology, held at Andhra University. 1985

Director, Workshop on Methods of Parapsychology, Sponsored by UGC., held at Andhra University, 1986

Organizing Secretary, The Twenty-fifth Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, held at Andhra University, 1987

Director, National Conference/Workshop on Yoga and Psychology, held at Andhra University, 1994

Director, National Conference-cum-workshop on Two Faces of Consciousness: Eastern and Western Perspectives, held at Andhra University, 1996

Membership in Professional Organizations:

Member: Indian Academy of Applied Psychology
Member: National Academy of Psychology
President: National Academy of Psychology (India) 2001-2002

Language and Literary Skills

BOOKS IN TELUGU (Native language)
Stress in daily life and its reduction (“”), Hyderabad, Visalandhra Publishing  House, 1994

Memory & Study habits (” “), Visakhapatnam, Andhra University Press & Pub. 1998

Psychology of Meditation (””), Vijayawada: Navashahithi Book House, 1998

Psychology of Self-concept (””), Vijayawada, Navasahithi Book House, 1999


Fluent in English and Telugu (Mother tongue)
Published two novels, a book-let of poems, a number of essays and short stories and verses on psychological topics in Telugu and was a columnist for some time to a weekly magazine in Telugu named Tarangini. Published five books in Telugu language on psychology and yoga themes.

Personal Data

Born on July 2, 1947, and have a son and a daughter and three grand children. Lives along with his wife, in The Woodlands, TX   with daughter and sometimes with son in Ft. Lauderdale, FL