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Prof Sushrut Jadhav
Division of Psychiatry
Maple House 149 Tottenham Court Rd
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  • Professor of Cultural Psychiatry
  • Epidemiology & Applied Clinical Research
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Sushrut Jadhav is a street psychiatrist and clinician anthropologist in London, UK. He works as a Professor of Cultural Psychiatry, at University College London, & a Consultant Psychiatrist, at Camden Homeless Outreach Services & Islington Mental Health Rehabilitation Services. He is also a Lead Clinician at, Cultural Consultation Service, Camden and Islington Community Health and Social Care Trust. Dr Jadhav is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, of Anthropology and Medicine journal (Taylor & Francis, UK); Fellow of The Royal Anthropology Institute UK (RAI); and Member, of the RAI Medical Anthropology committee. His current interests include mental health dimensions of marginal groups with a focus on Caste in India. He has taught extensively on medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry programmes, at several national and international Universities, and was an 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 has been engaged in field testing cultural psychological therapy for social defeat amongst Dalits (former ‘untouchables’), identity distress among 'upper-ed' and 'forward-ed' Castes in India, mental health dimensions of human-animal relationship, and addressing digital oppression in Human-Artificial Intelligence relationship.

Research Summary

I am a psychiatrist and clinician anthropologist. I am employed as a Professor of Cross-CulturalPsychiatry, UCL (0.5FTE), and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to clinically lead the Camden homeless mental health service (0.5FTE). I have trained as a clinician-researcher in psychiatry and hold a doctorate in medical anthropology. My clinical and academic work focuses on the link between the clinical practice of psychiatry and theory in the field of medical anthropology, to construct relevant social theory for shaping and refining effective clinical sciences. My unique job portfolio aims at developing systematic accounts of mental health problems rooted in cultural experience, and cross-cultural comparisons of marginal groups in the UnitedKingdom and India

My background and experience in adult psychiatry in Britain and India benefit from fluency in five South Asian languages and extensive research links in India. My academic work includes the impact of caste on mental health, the construction and significance of cultural identities among people from marginalised communities, and the social vectors that generate homelessness and its attendant problems. By extension, these interests have also led to the development of complementary interests at the interface of human and animal health, considering not only social vectors but also developmental, environmental and ecological issues affecting human interaction within wider landscapes of stigmatised suffering.

My clinical work endeavours to employ effective innovation based on interdisciplinary social science and clinical experience with the homeless mentally ill in London and disenfranchised people in India. 

Teaching Summary

1) PhD Supervisor (a) Delivery of mental health services in rural Uttar Pradesh, India; (b) Mental Health dimensions of Child Soldiers in Nepal (c) Caste, Cotton Farmers, and suicide (d) Cultural construction of Indian Psychiatrists' Identity (e) Social identify and development of Psychologists in Equador (f) Caste and the University Campus.

2) Lead Clinician, Cultural Consultancy Service, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

3) Inclusion lead and Mentorship scheme, UCL.

4) Module Lead and Tutor, Culture and The Clinic module, UCL Masters in Clinical Mental Health Sciences. 

5) Teaching UCLMS students about culture, racism and mental well-being. 

6) Teaching Anthropological Psychiatry at UCL MRCPsych. courses.

7) Visiting Professor of Cultural Psychiatry, LGBRIMH, Tezpur, Assam, India.

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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