Smitha Dev, PhD

Psychology Course Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University College
Abu Dhabi University
Abu Dhabi, UAE


Dr. Dev, has completed PhD in Psychology, Masters in Applied Psychology. Working as Assistant Professor of Psychology with Abu Dhabi University in UAE. Additionally in charge as Course Co-ordinator of Psychology for two campus of the University in Abu Dhabi & Alain. Dr. Smitha has more than 12 years of teaching experience in the field of Psychology across GCC, and is also a Psychologist. Prior to joining ADU, she worked in Dubai & Muscat teaching Psychology & worked as Psychologist with a Hospital in Muscat. She is also a recipient of Best Faculty Researcher Award from Abu Dhabi University for the period 2014-2015.
Prior to her assignment in Gulf, she worked as Research Analyst back in India with a leading Medical Group. She has expertise in areas such as developing intervention programs for learning disabled children, Psychometric testing and Counseling. Her areas of competence include: Teaching, Research, Diagnosis and treatment of Learning Disability, Psychometric Testing and Counseling.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Learning Disabilities, Emotional Intelligence, Special Education, Student issues, Faculty perception towards Learning Disabled Students, Self Esteem and Motivation.

Scientific Activities


• Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist, Member (July 2012-Present)


1. Dev S. Relationship between teachers perception and academic achievement of learning disabled students. Appeared in Journal. 2014.
2. Dev S, Kumar J. Teacher’s perception towards integration of students with learning disabilities into regular class room-a study in Dubai & Abu Dhabi Schools. Procedia-Social and behavioural Science. 2014; 71: 11. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.11.079
3. Dev S, Sura The relationship between English language proficiency, academic achievement and self-esteem of non-native-English-speaking students. International Education Studies. 2015.
4. Dev SD, Nair SS, Dwivedi A. Emotional intelligence of instructors and the quality of their instructional performance. International Education Studies.