Dr Sushrut Jadhav


Personal Profile

Name: Sushrut Jadhav Email: s.jadhav@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: 00-44-207-6799292/9478
Department: Division of Psychiatry Fax:
Position: Senior Clinical Lecturer Address: UCL Research Department of Mental Health Sciences, 67-73 Rid, 2nd Floor, Charles Bell House, London, W1W 7EJ
Research Domain: Global Health, Neuroscience, Populations & Lifelong Health Web Page: Personal Web Page


Research Description

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 particulalry 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 themses that shape mental health and suffering of marginalsed 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 cultural dialogue between clinicians and patients, between institutions and communities, that faciliates 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 indegenous 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_collaporation.html 2) Stigmatisation of severe mental illness across 16 nations (jointly with Prof. Roland Littlewood) deploying an ethnographically constructed stigmatisation questionnairre developed by Prof. Littlewood. Findigs from this ongoing study have been published. Current doctorate research supervision focusses 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) Mental health dimensions of Health Tourism in India. Post doctorate research on Cross-cultural research on Stigmatisation, and Ethno-semantics of Stigma in progress.

Research Activities

Caste & Mental Health

Cultural Formulations in Mental Health

Mental Health & Marginality

Education Description

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 Univesity 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.

UCL Collaborators

External Collaborators



    • Lewis-Fernández R, Aggarwal NK, Bäärnhielm S, Rohlof H, Kirmayer LJ, Weiss MG, Jadhav S, Hinton L, Alarcón RD, Bhugra D, Groen S, van Dijk R, Qureshi A, Collazos F, Rousseau C, Caballero L, Ramos M, Lu F (2014). Culture and Psychiatric Evaluation: Operationalizing Cultural Formulation for. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 77(2), 130 - 154. doi:10.1521/psyc.2014.77.2.130


    • Jadhav SS, jadhav S (2013). Challenges of teaching clinically applied anthropology and cultural psychiatry in India: an evolving partnership between a UK university and an Indian NGO. Teaching Anthropology, 2(2), 3 - 14.
    • Selai C, Jadhav S (2013). University College London: Cultural Consultation Service. Equal Opportunities Review, (239), 18 - 20.
    • Jadhav SS, Paralikar VP, Deshpande SN, Weiss MG (2013). Indian contribution to the cultural formulation interview and the DSM-5: Missing details from the position paper. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.117160


    • Jadhav SS, Chowdhury A (2012). Eco-psychiatry: culture, mental health and ecology with special reference to India. In Chavan BS, Gupta N, Arun P, Sidana A, Jadhav S (Ed.), Community mental health in india (pp. 521 - 542). : Jaypee Brothers.
    • Jadhav SS (2012). Clinical appeal of cultural formulations in rural mental health. In CHAVAN BS, GUPTA N, ARUN P, SIDANA A, JADHAV S (Ed.), Comprehensive textbook on community psychiatry in India (pp. 1 - 704). : JAYPEE BROTHERS MEDICAL PUBLISHERS (P) LTD..
    • Barua M, Bhagwat S, Jadhav S (2012). The Hidden Dimensions of Human-Wildlife Conflict: Health Impacts, Opportunity and Transaction Costs. Biological Conservation, 157, 309 - 316. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.07.014
    • Jadhav S (2012). Textbook on Community Psychiatry in India (Eds).
    • Jadhav SS, Barua M (2012). The elephant vanishes: impact of human-elephant conflict on people's wellbeing. Health and Place, 18(6), 1356 - 1365. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.06.019


    • JADHAV DRSUSHRUT (2009). What is cultural validity and why is it ignored?. In Geest SVD, Tankink M (Ed.), Theory and action:essays for an anthropologist (pp. - ). : AMB Diemen 2009.
    • JADHAV DS (2009). Theory and action. In Geest SVD, Tankink M (Ed.), Theory and action: essays for an anthropologist (pp. - ). : .
    • Jain S, Jadhav S (2009). Pills that swallow policy: Clinical ethnography of a community mental health program in northern India. Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 60 - 85. doi:10.1177/1363461509102287


    • Littlewood R, Jadhav S, Ryder AG (2008). A Cross-National Study of the Stigmatization of Severe Psychiatric Illness: Historical Review, Methodological Considerations and Development of the Questionnaire. Transcultural Psychiatry, 44(2), 171 - 202. doi:10.1177/1363461507077720
    • Jain S, Jadhav S (2008). A cultural critique of community psychiatry in India. International Journal of Health Services, 38(3), 561 - 584. doi:10.2190/HS.38.3.j


    • Jadhav S, Littlewood R, Ryder AG, Chakraborty A, Jain S, Barua M (2007). Stigmatization of severe mental illness in India: Against the simple industrialization hypothesis. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 49(3), 189 - 194.
    • Littlewood R, Jadhav S, Ryder A (2007). Littlewood, R & Jadhav, S (2006): A cross national study of the stigmatisation of severe psychiatric illness: I. Methodological considerations and the development of the questionnaire. Transcultural Psychiatry. Accepted, October 2006.. Transcultural Psychiatry, 44(2), 171 - 202. doi:10.1177/1363461507077720
    • Jadhav S (2007). Dhis and Dhat: Evidence of Seman Retention Syndrone Amongst White Britions. Anthropology and Medicine, 14(3), 229 - 239. doi:10.1080/13648470701772770


    • Jadhav SS (2004). Sensitising mental health professionals to Islam. Foundation of Nursing Studies Dissemination Series, 2(5), 1 - 4.
    • Jadhav SS, Salas S (2004). Meeting the needs of Muslim service users. Professional Nurse, 20(1), 22 - 24.
    • Jadhav S (2004). How 'culture bound' is cultural psychiatry?. Indian Psychiatry, (4), 6 - 7.
    • (2004). Dhat syndrome: a re-evaluation. Psychiatry, (3:8), 14 - 16.
    • Jadhav S (2004). Salas, S & Jadhav, S (2004): Meeting the needs of Muslim service users, Professional Nurse, September, Vol. 20, no. 1, 22-24.. professional nurse, , - .


    • Sekhar M, Doughty H, Jadhav SS (2002). British banks, Indian blood..
    • Jadhav S (2002). British Nerves: Cultural experience of Depression among White British natives of London.


    • (2001). Psychiatric Stigma Across Cultures: Local Validation in Bangalore and London. Anthropology and Medicine, , - .
    • Jadhav S (2001). Jadhav, S (2001): Community psychiatry and clinical anthropology. Chapter in “Cultural Psychiatry: Euro-international perspectives”. Eds. Yilmaz AT, Reicher-Rossler A and Weiss M. Karger Verlag. 169, 141-154.. In (Ed.), Cultural Psychiatry: Euro-international perspectives (pp. 141 - 154). : .
    • Jadhav S (2001). Cultural experience of depression among White Britons in London.. Anthropology and Medicine, 8(1), - .
    • Jadhav S (2001). Founding Editor, Anthropology & Medicine journal.
    • (2001). Cultural constructs of psychiatric stigma: London and Bangalore. Anthropology and Medicine, 8, 1(Specia), - .


    • Jadhav S (2000). Community psychiatry and clinical anthropology: lessons from Bangalore and London. In Yilmaz AT, Reicher-Rossler A, Weiss MG (Ed.), Transcultural Psychiatry: Challenges for Diagnosis and Treatment (pp. - ). : Karger Verlag.
    • Jadhav S (2000). Cultural construction of western depression. In Cox J, Skultans V (Ed.), Anthropological Approaches to Psychological Medicine (pp. - ). : Jessica Kingsley.
    • (2000). Culture and Depression in London. Anthropology and Medicine, 8, 1(Specia), - .


    • Jadhav S, Littlewood R, Raguram R (1999). Circles of Desire A Therapeutic Narrative from South Asia -Translation to Creolization. In Roberts G, Holmes J (Ed.), Healing Stories: Narrative in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (pp. 90 - 105). : Oxford University Press.
    • (1999). Tropical fruits or jungle madness. Inviited commentary on the roast breadfruit psychosis: disturbed racial identification in African-Carribeans. Psychiatric Bulletin, 23, 135 - 136.
    • Jadhav S, Raguram R, Littlewood R (1999). Circles of desire: myths, narratives and sexuality in India. In Roberts G, Holmes J (Ed.), Narrative Approaches in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (pp. - ). : Oxford University Press.
    • Jadhav S (1999). The cultural experience of Depression amongst white Britons in London.
    • Jadhav S (1999). Studying patterns of distress, perceived causes and help seeking pathways of white British depressed subjects in London. In Kapur RL (Ed.), Qualitative Methods in Mental Health Research (pp. - ). : National Institute of Advanced Studies Publication 4-99.
    • Jadhav S (1999). Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. In Kapur RL (Ed.), Qualitative Methods in Mental Health Research (pp. - ). : National Institute of Advanced Studies Publication 4-99.


    • (1997). The anatomy of a journal. Anthropology and Medicine, 4(1), 1 - 3.


    • (1996). The cultural origins of western depression. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 42(4), 269 - 286.


    • Jadhav S (1995). The Ghost busters of Psychiatry. The Lancet, 345(1 april), 808 - 810.


    • Jadhav S, Littlewood R (1994). Defeat Depression Campaign: Some Medical Anthropological Issues. Psychiatric Bulletin, 18(9), 572 - 573.
    • JADHAV S (1994). Anthropology and Medicine Journal.
    • Jadhav S (1994). Folk approrpiation of ECT in South India.
    • Jadhav S (1994). Myths about Untouchability in India, 29, No 3..
    • (1994). Founding Editor. Anthropology and Medicine, 1-(1-), - .

    • Jadhav S (). How universal is the concept of expressed emotions?. In Van der Geest S, Tankink MTA (Ed.), Theory in Action (pp. tbc - tbc). : AMB Amsterdam.
    • Littlewood SJRLSSJDSSR (). Exchanging time for space: The place of culture in acute psychiatry.