Prof Sushrut Jadhav

Professor of Cultural Psychiatry

Division of Psychiatry

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
18th Jul 1994

Research summary

I am a psychiatrist and cliniciananthropologist. I am employed  as Professor of Cross-CulturalPsychiatry, UCL (0.5FTE), and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Camden andIslington NHS Foundation Trust to clinically lead the Camden homeless mentalhealth service (0.5FTE). I am trained as a clinician researcher in psychiatryand hold a doctorate in medical anthropology. My clinical and academic work focuseson the link between clinical practice of psychiatry and theory in the field ofmedical anthropology, with the aim of constructing relevant social theory forshaping and refining effective clinical sciences. My unique job portfolio aimsat developing systematic accounts of mental health problems rooted in culturalexperience, and cross-cultural comparisons of marginal groups in the UnitedKingdom and India

My background and experience in adultpsychiatry in Britain and India benefits from fluency in five South Asian languages and extensive research links in India. My academic work includes theimpact of caste on mental health, the construction and significance of culturalidentities among people from marginalised communities, and the social vectorsthat generate homelessness and its attendant problems. By extension, theseinterests have also led to development of complementary interests at theinterface of human and animal health, considering not only social vectors but also developmental, environmental and ecological issues affecting humaninteraction within wider landscapes of stigmatised suffering.

My clinical work endeavours to employ effective innovation based oninterdisciplinary social science and clinical experience with the homelessmentally 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 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 on culture, racism and mental wellbeing. 

6) Teaching 'Anthropological Psychiatry' on UCL MRCPsych. course.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2000
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences at Bangalore, India
Doctorate, Doctor of Medicine | 1986
University of Bombay
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 1983


Dr Sushrut 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 also a Lead Clinician, Cultural Consultation Service, Camden and Islington Community Health and Social Care Trust. Dr Jadhav is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Anthropology and Medicine journal (Taylor & Francis, UK). 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 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 social defeat amongst Dalits (former ‘untouchables’) and caste identity distress for 'uppered' Castes in India, mental health dimensions of  human-animal relationship, and addressing digital oppression in Human-Artificial Intelligence relationship.