Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry is involved in clinical services, academic activities and research activities of the institute. Most of the activities of the department are as multidisciplinary teamwork involving other departments at IMHANS.

The clinical services include the four days a week adult psychiatry out-patient clinics in the main building. There is a separate women’s mental health clinic (Thursdays) which functions as a weekly out-patient clinic and provides the services of a multidisciplinary team with faculty from Psychiatric Social Work, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing.

The department provides psychiatric support to the tribal mental health program being implemented the in Wayanad district and to two community mental health clinics organized by the Kozhikode district panchayath at Koottalida

The multidisciplinary mental health outreach clinic organized by the department as a weekly outpatient clinic at Wayanad for more than one year was a unique model of mental health care delivery in a community setting where there is a scarcity of mental health professionals.

The department is also involved in teaching and clinical supervision of M.Phil students and Diploma Psychiatric Nursing students. Teaching programs are organized for the students posted to IMHANS from outside institutions as part of the student internship program. Classes for MSW students, MA/MSc Psychology students and pediatric residents form part of the routine academic programs.

Research Activities of the department include the research projects undertaken by the institute and Individual research projects initiated by the faculty. The faculties are also guide/co-guided for thesis/dissertation for M.Phil and M.Sc Nursing students. Faculty members from the department are involved in various community projects as nodal officers including Community Mental Health Programs and the District Psychiatric Rehabilitation project.

Faculty Members

Dr. Ashok Kumar – Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Anish P.K – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Rajith K – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry