Thekkumkara, Sreekanth



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Dr Sreekanth Thekkumkara, MPhil, PhD, is a Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in the School of Health Sciences, University of Dundee. He previously worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India, researching the development and testing of the feasibility of behavioural interventions for tobacco use for persons with severe mental disorders, designing community-based interventions for Tuberculosis and co-morbid depression. He was also actively involved in community mental health research to assess the social cognition and neurocognition of persons with Schizophrenia and assess the rehabilitation needs of caregivers and persons with severe mental disorders. He undertook a PhD at the National Institute of Mental Health Sciences (NIMHANS), India, that assessed the feasibility of peer support interventions for prisoners with common mental disorders and substance use which the government of India funded through the University Grant Commission (UGC). He also assessed the rehabilitation needs of prisoners with mental illness and policy-level recommendations. He completed his MPhil in Psychiatric Social Work from the same institute and trained in providing psychosocial interventions for adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, family therapy, addiction medicine, community psychiatry, neurological disabilities, and rehabilitation. Throughout various studies, Sreekanth has consistently worked on mental health, substance use, psychiatric rehabilitation, community mental health and prison mental health being a particular focus. Sreekanth's methodological expertise is in evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, interventional studies, mixed methodology and co-design research designs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Psychiatric Social Work: Development and feasibility testing of peer support programme for prisoners with common mental disorders and substance use , National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

1 Dec 201724 Feb 2022

Award Date: 24 Feb 2022

Master of Social Science, MPhil In Psychiatric Social Work: Need for microfinance self help groups for the caregivers of persons with mental illness in rural communities, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

1 Jul 201530 Jun 2017

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017

Master of Social Science, Masters Degree in Social Work, Mangalore University

1 Jun 201130 May 2013

Award Date: 31 May 2013


  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Substance use
  • community based research
  • Rehabilitation
  • research methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • HM Sociology
  • social work, groupwork, gerontology, carers, caregivers
  • Social Psychiatry
  • social theory
  • Social care
  • social work, learning technology, workforce development
  • RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Substance use disorders
  • wellbeing


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