Dr Abhijit Nadkarni
MBBS DPM MRCPsych MSc
I am an addictions psychiatrist conducting research aimed at developing and evaluating interventions for alcohol use disorders in low resource settings. I am currently based in Sangath, Goa (India), and am a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at LSHTM (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine-UK), where I am pursuing my doctoral studies in Epidemiology. Having completed my medical degree and a specialized degree in psychiatry in Goa (India); I further pursued my post graduate training in General Adult and Addictions Psychiatry under the South London and Maudsley training scheme in UK, and later completed my Masters in Mental Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.
My research interests encompass global mental health, and particularly alcohol use disorders. Until recently, I was engaged in a community-based research project called SAHAAS-II (Goa, India) which explored the long term outcomes in alcohol use disorders through a population based cohort study.
Currently, I am leading two treatment development projects in Goa, India (funded by Grand Challenges Canada). One project, called CONTAD (Community Orientated Non Specialist Treatment for Alcohol Dependence) aims to develop and evaluate a lay counsellor delivered complex intervention for alcohol dependence in low resource settings. The other project, SAFE (Supporting Addiction affected Families Effectively), aims to develop a supportive psychosocial intervention for family members of people with alcohol problems. These projects have led to the formation of the Addictions Research Group in Sangath, which is co-led by myself, and oversees the conduct and dissemination of addictions-related research. I was also the clinical lead on the VIdarbha Stress and Health progRAMme (VISHRAM), an implementation project to scale up packages of care for mental health problems in rural Maharashtra (India); and the lead on the alcohol use disorders treatment arm of a project called PRogram for Effective Mental health Interventions in Under-resourced health systeMs (PREMIUM) led by Prof Vikram Patel.
Finally, I have also been actively involved in the capacity building of mental health researchers and lay health workers. I tutors on the Global Mental Health course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as supervise students in carrying out their research projects. I teach on the Leadership in Mental Health course, which I coordinates in Sangath. I have also taught on the same course hosted by the World Health Organisation-Eastern Mediterranean Region Office; and Island Nations in Australia. Over the past few years, I have trained and supervised lay health workers in community-based mental health care in Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh in India, and Chitwan in Nepal.
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