Interest in clinical and health services research, severe mental illness, patient safety and quality of care. My other major interest is in Global Community Psychiatry. I have directed an international project to screen and treat mainly women and children in rural Southern India for 2 decades called the Maanasi Project(www.projectmaanasi.org). The model has been successfully duplicated in Lithuania for suicide prevention and is being established in Kenya. Treatment has reached a population collectively of over 6 million households in total.
Interested in teaching these concepts. Also working on preventing injury to patients and staff, avoiding medical errors, preventing inpatient suicide.Interested in humanitarian work in Low and Middle Income Countries through Foundation/ other Grants.
Known for international program building, teaching and mentoring.
Have been President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Association of Women Psychiatrists, Scientific Program Chair for the American Psychiatric Association for several years and selected District Governor for Rotary District 7620 for 2021-22.
Over 100 articles, book chapters and 3 books published.
Honors and Awards
2002 Award for Leadership, Indo-American Psychiatric Association National Service
2004-2005 Rotary International Humanitarian Service Award (for a mental health project), India
2007-2008 Rotary International District level Awards including Best President for Humanitarian Service
2008 Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, Washington, DC
2008 President’s Award, St. John’s Medical College Alumni Association (for community psychiatric service), Orlando, Florida
2010 Radha Pathak Award (for raising mental health awareness among South Asians), Counselors Helping Asian Indians, Columbia, MD
2011, 2012 The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, Zone 33 (out of 700 clubs)
2012 Rotary International, ‘Service- Above- Self’ Global Award
2013 Top 18 Professors in Maryland’. Selected by the Hopkins School of Nursing
2013 The Paul McHugh award for excellence in resident teaching
2014 Jeanne Spurlock, M.D. Social Justice Award, American Women’s Psychiatric Association
2014 Rotary International Global Alumnus Award for Global Community psychiatry (only one in the
2014 Rotary Bangalore Midtown Award for Global Community Psychiatric Service
2015 Elected Member American College of Psychiatrists
2016, 2018 Nominated for the Clinical Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital
2016 American Psychiatric Association Kun Po Soo Award for contributions to Asian American psychiatry
2017 American Psychiatric Association’s Administrative Psychiatry Award for leadership and
administration in patient safety
2018 Honored at the World Bank for International Women’s Day- invited Keynote speaker as a woman who
has positively impacted millions of lives of women globally
2018 Best Volunteer Teacher award selected by residents and faculty. Rowan University, Cooper Medical
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