The History of BSRI


The Behavioral Science Research Institute (BSRI), Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand, was originally named as the "International Institute for Child Study" and was established under the collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Thailand, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on 25th August, 1955.


Later in the year 1975, the name was changed to "Behavioral Science Research Institute". It was a specialized research institute in the behavioral sciences, and the only one of its kind in Thailand. It focused on family research, behavioral health and mental health, as well behavioral problems in children and youth.


The BSRI offers two graduate programmes in Applied Behavioral Science Research, which include the Master of Science programme and the Doctor of Philosophy programme. The teaching of Ph.D. by course programme begun in the year 1993, and was followed by Master/ Ph.D. programme in 1994. Later in 2002, the Ph.D. by research programme began the admission process as well as teaching. In 2009, the name of the doctoral programme was changed to Doctor of Philosophy.


There are three types of doctoral programmes offered:

  1. Ph.D. by Coursework
  2. Master/Ph.D. programme, and
  3. Ph.D. by Research.

For the Master of Science programme, students were admitted for the first time in the year 1984, and later on this programme was opened for part-time students in the year 1999.


Both the teaching and learning aspects of the programmes are outstanding since it is research oriented in all the subjects. The research problem is linked to the behavioral problems in the society. Research is integrated with teaching-learning and also academic services. The four expected results are- the number of publications published in international journals or the number of national or international awards, the number of innovations created from thesis, the number of activities exchanged between academic students and practitioners in ASEAN, and the number of academic programmes integrated with teaching and research for personal and social development.
For more than 30 years since the Behavioral Science Research Institute has been offering graduate education, it has produced and developed more than 400 quality graduates, who adhere to high quality of rigorous and ethical research. These graduates have gone on to apply their knowledge and skills of behavioral science research to their work, as researchers in public and private organizations, research instructors in higher education institutions, and as executives in human resource development or research organizations.


BSRI Directors

Prof Dr. William Line 1955
Prof Dr.Ernest E. Boesch 1955-1959
Prof. Dr. Hugh Philip 1960-1963
Prof Dr. Ramimas Sorathat 1964-1969
Prof Dr. Chancha Suvannathat 1969-1983
Dr. Penkhae Prachonpachanuk 1984-1988
Prof. Dr.Chancha Suvannathat 1988-1991
Assoc. Prof Dr. Pachongchit Intasuwan 1992-2000
Assoc Prof. Dr. Dusadee Yoelao 2000-2004
Asst.Prof. Dr. Wiladlak Chuawanlee 2004-2008
Assoc. Prof. Dr.Oraphin Choochom 2008-2012
Assoc.Prof. Dr. Dusadee Intraprasert 2012-