Dr. Vasudeo Pralhad Paralikar, MD (Psychiatry), PhD

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Dr. Paralikar is Honorary Associate Consultant since 2005 and Head of Psychiatry Unit at the KEM Hospital, Pune, since 2008. He has had extensive clinical experience in long-stay government-run mental hospitals, teaching-hospital psychiatry units, and private practice in addition to research and teaching. He earned his medical graduation (MBBS) and post-graduate degree (MD) in Psychiatry from BJ Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune, India. He worked over 10 years in Mental Hospitals, where emphasis is on biological treatments & rehabilitation. He also played a meaningful role in the upgradation of the Psychiatry Department of BJMC and establishing the State-level apex institute – Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health, Sassoon Hospital campus – where he was acting Unit Head with academic, clinical, research and administrative responsibilities. He has had brief exposure to Prison Psychiatry. Vasudeo’s positions allowed him to foster his private clinical practice concurrently since January 1984 till date. His practice focuses on cultural aspects of high-functioning patients with critical issues. His areas of interest are cultural psychiatry, Neurasthenia Spectrum Disorders, cultural formulation and culturally appropriate counselling. He took a break from his busy practice – discerning the significance of culture in psychiatry – to consolidate and crystallize his insights into a PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland, completed in 2011 under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Mitchell G. Weiss. He was the President of Pune Psychiatrists’ Association for one year. He has about 25 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, has contributed chapters in text-books and written regularly in Marathi newspapers and periodicals focusing on demystification & de-stigmatization of various issues in Psychiatry. Vasudeo has been Principal Investigator on key-projects in cultural psychiatry such as Cultural Formulation Interview, Cultural Identity & DASS, Cultural Disorders of Fatigue & Weakness, and the Feasibility Study of Clinical Services and Public Health Action to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence against Children.  

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Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status.

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