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Prof Sushrut Jadhav
Division of Psychiatry
Maple House 149 Tottenham Court Rd
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  • Professor of Cultural Psychiatry
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Jadhav is a street psychiatrist and clinician anthropologist in London, UK. He works as Professor of Cultural Psychiatry, University College London, & Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden Homeless Outreach Services & Islington Mental Health Rehabilitation Services. he is Lead Clinician, Cultural Consultation Service, Camden and Islington Community Health and Social Care Trust. Dr Jadhav is founding Editor, Anthropology and Medicine journal (Taylor & Francis, UK). His current interests include mental health dimensions of marginal groups with a focus on South Asia. He has taught extensively on medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry programmes, at several national and international Universities, and was advisor to DSM 5 Task Force for Cultural Formulation. Dr Jadhav currently supervises UCL doctoral and post-doctoral scholars conducting research on the cultural appropriateness of mental health theory and practice in low income nations with a specific focus on India. More recently, he is engaged in field testing cultural psychological therapy for Dalits (former ‘untouchables’) in India, and mental health dimensions of  human-elephant and human-macaque relationship.

Research Summary

My broad area of research involves an inter-disciplinary approach to cultural dimensions of mental health across nations, with a focus on Britain and South Asia. I am particularly interested in generating questions from the clinic, and based on insights from social sciences, to carry out translational research and bring the findings back to the clinic. Through a series of linked research questions being addressed in the UK and India, I aim to systematically build a portfolio of themes that shape mental health and suffering of marginalised groups: Black and Ethnic minority patients in psychiatric care, homeless population in London and Chennai, Cultural identity of Dalit (formerly 'untouchable' caste)groups in India. Applying insights from anthropology and public health, my research objective focuses on how 'centres' construct and generate 'periphery' and vice versa, and how these issues might impact on mental health and cultural identity. I have recently pioneered an innovative clinical approach for acutely unwell patients in mental health care. This approach, called The Cultural Formulation approach, involves a social dialogue between clinicians and patients, between institutions and communities, that facilitates better assessment and engagement with psychiatric patients. I am currently testing out the clinical efficacy of this clinical cultural intervention through a randomised controlled intervention trial in acute mental health settings of Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. This department of Health funded project is also aimed at examining the cultural barriers and facilitators to delivering care across ethnic groups. This is being achieved through an ethnography of a locked intensive care unit for acutely unwell patients. My other research activity in the UK is the examination of the cultural encounters between NHS overseas staff and indigenous white British patients. I have conducted A pilot study on South Asian psychiatrists in Northern England. Findings suggest considerable scope and potential for cultural skills training for overseas health professionals. International Research include: 1)Co-directing a research unit at the Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health. This collaborative research aims at examining a) the efficacy of a popular Chennai based NGO for homeless mentally unwell women b) ethnographic examination of narratives of return to home. The project is expected to deliver a better understanding of mental health aspects of marginalised population in India, and contribute to the development of organically rooted knowledge and texts on local socio-economic and political forces that shape suffering. Seed funding for this pilot initiative has been provided by the office of the Vice Provost International. For further details see http://www.balm.in/html/ucl_collaboration.html 2) Stigmatisation of severe mental illness across 16 nations (jointly with Prof. Roland Littlewood) deploying an ethnographically constructed stigmatisation questionnaire developed by Prof. Littlewood. Findings from this ongoing study have been published. Current doctorate research supervision focuses on Clinical Anthropology & Mental Health, with a strong focus on India. Current topics include: 1) Rural mental Health in India, 2) Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers in Nepal, 3) Farmers Suicide in India, & 4) Caste and the Campus. A recently completed post-doctorate student, funded by Newton International Fellowship scheme was on the impact of anti-radicalisation policies on British Muslims and NHS healthcare professionals (2017-19).

Teaching Summary

1) Co-Director, UCL MSc in Culture & Mental Health. 2) Director, UCL-BALM Short Courses in Culture & Mental Health. 3) PhD Supervisor, (a) Delivery of mental health services in rural Uttar Pradesh, India; (b) Mental Health dimensions of Child Soldiers in Nepal 4) International Teaching faculty, McGill University Division of Transcultural Psychiatry & Advanced Study Institute, Montreal, Canada. 5) Consultant & Trainer, Learning and Development Wing, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. 6) Lead Clinician, Cultural Consultancy Service, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. 7) Inclusion lead and Mentorship scheme, UCL. 8) Module Lead and Tutor, Culture and The Clinic module, UCL Masters in Clinical Mental Health Sciences.

01-OCT-2020 – 31-JAN-2025 Professor of Cultural Psychiatry Psychiatry University College London, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2001 Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden Homeless Outreach Services Psychiatry Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2001 Clinical Associate Professor of Cross-cultural Psychiatry Psychiatry UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUN-1994 – 28-FEB-2001 Clinical Lecturer in Adult Psychiatry Psychiatry UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-1993 – 30-JUN-1994 Clinical Senior Registrar in Adult Psychiatry Psychiatry Maudsley Hospital London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1986   Doctor of Medicine National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore, India
1983   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of Bombay
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