Section: Staff Profiles
My research contributes to improvement of mental health outcomes by drawing on inter-disciplinary knowledge and mixed methods. My work unpacks the notion of a 'global' mental health and attempts to inform development of services that account for local experiences and understandings of psychological distress.
I trained in Development Studies at the University of Toronto and in Social Work at McGill University, Montreal. My doctoral research at University College London (2010) deployed ethnographic methods to examine how individuals, communities, mental health professionals, and policy makers conceptualize and deliver community mental health services in an identified rural north Indian site.
1.Community mental health in low-income countries specifically community engagement, the development of locally relevant psycho-social interventions and the relationship between poverty, marginality and mental health.
2.Unpacking of psychiatric and local categories of distress to contribute to the development of culturally appropriate mental health services.
3.The nature of training & professional development of Social Workers and their role in mental health service delivery in non-western settings.
4.Application of qualitative and ethnographic methodologies to evaluation of health and psycho-social programmes.
I am involved in the following research projects:
· Research collaborator on a mixed-methods study investigating caste identity and psychological distress in western India funded by the British Academy (PI: Dr. S. Jadhav, UCL; co-PI: Dr. B. Davar, Bapu Trust, Pune, India).
· Co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative evaluation of Alcohol Referral Team (ART) and Drug Referral Team (DRT) Services for the City of Edinburgh. (PI: Prof. Viv Cree, University of Edinburgh)
· Researcher on a Wellcome Trust funded mixed methods evaluation of a public health initiative addressing health inequalities in London. (co-PIs: Dr. A. Draper & Prof. A. Clow, Westminster University)
· Research consultant on a mixed methods study, funded by DFID and World Bank, examining the relationship between poverty, stigma and serious mental illness in two field sites in India. (PI: Dr. J.F. Trani, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis)
Paper under peer-review
Cree, V, Jain, S & Hillen, P. 'Measuring effectiveness in social work: a case-study of an evaluation of a drug and alcohol referral service in Scotland' Submission to British Journal of Social Work, April, 2013.
Derges, J., Jain, S., Draper, A., Clow, A., Lynch, R. Reasons for participation in a community-based programme in London, UK. Submission to Health Promotion International, Sept. 2013.
Orr, D., Jain., S. Making Space for Embedded Knowledge in Global Mental Health: A role for social work? Submission to European Journal of Social Work, Sept. 2013
Jadhav, S., Davar, B., Jain, S., Shinde, S. Caste, Stigma and Wellbeing: a qualitative study from western India. Planned submission.
Jadhav, S, Jain, S. A 'road-map' for community mental health services in India. Planned submission.
Derges, J., JAIN, S., Littlewood, R., Gopikumar, V., Dijkxhoorn, M., 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. Available at: http://www.teachinganthropology.org/index.php?journal=teach_anth&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=345.
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.
Chatterjee S., Pillai A., Jain S., Cohen A., Patel V. (2009). Outcomes of people with psychotic disorders in a community-based rehabilitation programme in rural India. Br J Psychiatry; 195(5):433-439.
Jain S., Jadhav S. (2008). A cultural critique of community psychiatry in India. International Journal of Health Services; 38(3):561-584.
Jadhav S., Littlewood R., Ryder A.G., Chakraborty A., Jain S., Barua M. (2007). Stigmatization of severe mental illness in India: Against the simple industrialization hypothesis. Indian J Psychiatry;49:189-94. Available from: http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2007/49/3/189/37320
Jadhav, S & Jain, S (2012). Clinical appeal of Cultural Formulations in Community Rural Mental Health, Chapter in ˜Comprehensive Textbook on Community Psychiatry in India', (Ed.) Chavan, BS; Gupta, N; Arun, P; Sidana, AK; & Jadhav, S. (in press), Jaypee Brothers.
Chatterjee, S., Chatterjee, A. and Jain, S. (2003). Developing Community-Based Services for Serious Mental Illness: A Rural Setting. In: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Developing Countries: NGO Innovations in India", eds V. Patel & R. Thara, Sage (India): New Delhi.
Co-organizer (with D.Orr, University of Sussex). Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental health'. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (August 2013), Manchester, UK. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1705
Co-organizer (with S. Varma, Cornell University). Tracing ˜the community" in community mental health care. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2011), Montreal, Canada. http://aaa.confex.com/aaa/2011/webprogrampreliminary/Session2628.html
I have specific teaching interests in the areas of culture and mental health, mental health in low-income contexts, and mental health and well-being.
I am course organizer for a new post-graduate course titled: Critical Perspectives on mental health in the 'global south'
This will be offered in the 2nd semester, 2013/14. See this link for details:
I contribute to teaching mental health content across the undergraduate (BSc) and post-graduate (MSW) Social Work programmes.
I undertake dissertation supervision for the following post-graduate programmes: Master of Social Work, MSc International Development, and Master of Public Policy.
I have been involved in conceptualizing and delivering a six-year short-course teaching collaboration between University College London and The Banyan, Chennai, India. See: http://balm.in/html/short_courses.html
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ROLES
Programme Director (from August 2012), Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies (Mental Health Officer Award).
This is a postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs). It been designed and is delivered in partnership with 12 local authorities in the East of Scotland.
Co-Director (from January 2013), Master of Public Policy.
This is a professional, 15-month programme designed for graduates of social science degrees who want an advanced professional qualification that will provide a launch-pad for a career in the public sector, nonprofit sector or international policy community.
If you are interested in being supervised by Sumeet Jain, please see the links below for more information:
This page was published on 30 October 2013