Research projects with external funding

Completed projects:
1.  National Mental Health Survey of India, 2015-16

          The national mental health survey was undertaken by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, in 12 states of India during 2015-16 on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. IMHANS was one of the partner institutions and functioned as the regional co-investigator for Kerala state. The survey is the first in India and provided baseline data on mental health problems and health care delivery systems. Smt released the Kerala data of the study. KK. Shailaja Teacher, honourable Health and Family Welfare Minister on 4th November 2017. (Fund from Govt. of India through NIMHANS).

2.  Epidemiological study of psychiatric disorders in Kerala

          IMHANS was one of the partner institutions for the state-level epidemiological survey of psychiatric disorders, organized by the Kerala State Mental Health Authority with funds from the National Health Mission, Govt. of Kerala. IMHANS organized the survey in Wayanad and Kasargode districts. (Fund from NHM through KSMHA)
Citation: Shaji KS, Raju D, Sathesh V, Krishnakumar P, Punnoose VP, Kiran PS, Mini BS, Shibu Kumar, Anish PK et al. Psychiatric morbidity in the community: A population based-study from Kerala.Indian J Psychiatry. 2017 Apr-Jun;59(2):149-156. 

3.  Developing a model for resource room training for slow learners in normal schools:

          The research project was undertaken with financial support from the Child Development Centre (CDC), Thiruvananthapuram, in 2009 to evaluate the effectiveness of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for slow learners modelled on resource room training in regular schools. (Fund from CDC, Thiruvananthapuram)
Citation: Krishnakumar. P, Gisha AM, Sukumaran SK, Nair MKC. Developing a model for resource room training for slow learners Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2011; 53(4):336-9.

 4.Prevalence of sexual abuse among adolescents – a school-based survey covering all the districts in Kerala conducted in 2010 (Funded by the Malayala Manorama group)

Citation: Krishnakumar P, Satheeshan K, Geeta MG, Sureshkumar K. prevalence and      spectrum of sexual abuse among adolescents in Kerala. Indian J Pediatrics Indian J Pediatr. 2014 Aug;81(8):770-4

5.A national survey on the extent and pattern of drug use in India is a multi-centric research project funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and organized by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. IMHANS is collaborating with the project as the Regional Technical Agency (RTA) for Kerala and Lakshwadeep. Dr Shibukumar TM is the principal investigator for Kerala and Lakshadweep.

6. The CRADLE Project (Budget 10,00,000 ) (PI – Dr. G.Ragesh)

              Developed tools to assess problems of children and pregnant women.  

7. The National Survey on the Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in Inidia-2019 - was a nationwide project commissioned by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of Inida. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (NDDTC-AIIMS), New Delhi, organized and conducted the study in collaboration with other academic institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations in different states. The study covered all the states and Union territories of India and provided national and state level estimates on prevalence and patterns of substance use in the country for the first time.

The total geographical area of the country were divided into different zones.  Each zone included one or more states and union territories. The conduct of the survey in each zone was the combined responsibility of an academic institution (Regional Technical Institute) and an NGO  (Implementation Agency)  from the state. The academic institution was responsible for training the survey staff and monitoring data collection. The NGO was responsible for employing data collection staff and organizing the field data collection. The whole process was under monitoring of NDDTC-AIIMS.

Changanassery Social Service Society, Changanassery, Kerala,  was the implementation agency for this zone. IMHANS was the Regional Technical Agency for the study in Kerala and Lakshadweep. Dr. Shibukumar TM (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, IMHANS) was the Regional Principal Investigator and Dr. Anish PK and Dr Rajith K Ravindren (both Assistant Professors of Psychiatry, IMHANS) were the Regional Co-Investigators.

Other key personnel in charge of the survey at the national and state level were the following:

National Investigators:

            Dr. Atul Ambekar

            Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chadda

            Dr. Sudhir Kumar Khandelwal

            Dr. Ravindra Rao

            Dr. Ashwani Kumar Mishra

            Dr. Alok Agrawal

            (National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical    Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi)

State Nodal Officer for Kerala:

            Smt Jalaja Kumari, Assistant Director, Department of Social Justice, Government of Kerala

Nodal Officers for Lakshadweep: 

            Dr Atul Pandey, Directors Social Welfare and Tribal Affairs, Lakshadweep

            Shri.T Kassim,  Directors Social Welfare and Tribal Affairs, Lakshadweep

Regional Operations Manager:

            Thomas Kutty Joseph

Regional Co-Ordinator:

            James Philip

The study had two components- A household survey (HHS) and a respondent driven sampling (RDS) survey. The household survey covered a representative sample of 10 to 75 year old population. Data collection was done by about 60 dedicated staff employed exclusively for the survey and properly trained in basic theoretical aspects and data collection procedures. Data collection was done using handheld tablets. Data from HHS and RDS were analysed and collated to generate estimates for eight categories of psychoactive substances: Alcohol, Cannabis, Opioids Cocaine, Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS), Sedatives, Inhalants and Hallucinogens. The report based on the study titled “Magnitude of Substance Use in India” published by NDDTS-AIIMS can be downloaded online at:,(harmful%20use%20%2F%20dependence)