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Roshan dasNair

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Roshan das Nair is Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology. He is a British Psychological Society Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist.

After qualifying as a clinical psychologist from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, he obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham. Between 2001-2003, Prof das Nair worked as a Lecturer at the University of Zambia, and until November 2016, he was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Expertise Summary

Prof das Nair's research focuses on the application of psychological and neuropsychological theories and models to better understand and treat psychological issues stemming from neurological conditions: From development of research ideas through to evaluation of effectiveness of complex intervention and implementation research. His clinical trials have evaluated cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injuries, adjustment interventions in multiple sclerosis, and self-help interventions for people with multiple sclerosis and their carers. He is currently conducting UK's largest clinical trial of memory rehabilitation in brain injuries (ReMemBrIn), and the largest trial on cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (CRAMMS).

Prof dasNair has previously worked in the areas of sex, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in Zambia and India. His academic interests include HIV and sexual health in marginalised populations, the interface between ethnicity and sexuality, disability and sexuality, critical theory and cultural studies, and neuropsychological issues related to HIV infection. His book (with Dr Catherine Butler) Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Psychological Therapies was published in 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell.

Research grants

Prof das Nair has a research portfolio of grants in excess of £7 million. He has won research grants from the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment, Research for Patient Benefit, Programme Grant for Applied Research, Economic & Social Research Council, MS Society, Stroke Association, and Royal College of General Practitioners.

Professional activities

Prof das Nair is an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Regional Advisory Committee member (East Midlands), and is Vice-Chair of the MS Society's Care & Services Research Grant Review Panel. He has previously served on the NIHR/HTA End of Life Care and Add on Studies Board, NICE Mental Health Topic Selection Panel, UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation Advisory Board, and Society for Research in Rehabilitation Council. He has been a reviewer for the National Research Foundation of South Africa & Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Psychology of Sexualities Review of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities Section. He was also their representative on the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Issues. He was a member of the Working Party responsible for writing the BPS guidelines on Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients, and the position paper on Therapies Attempting to Change Sexual Orientation.

Within the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, Prof das Nair is the School's Global Engagement Lead. He is also a member of the Faculty's Ethics Committee, and a steering group member of 'Nottingham Health China'.

National and international speaking engagements

Prof das Nair has been invited to present keynote addresses and lectures at various conferences, meetings and grand rounds. Recently, he has presented his research at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA), Haukeland universitetssykehus (Bergen, Norway), Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (Masku, Finland), VU University Medical Centre (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), British Psychological Society (London, UK), Institute of Neurology (London, UK), and Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (Melbourne, Australia).

Teaching Summary

Prof das Nair is the Senior Research Tutor with the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has supervised 46 doctoral research projects to successful completion.

Research Summary

Rehabilitation of Memory in Brain Injuries: A Phase III multi-centre randomised controlled trial (Funded by NIHR - Health Technology Assessment)

Cognitive Rehabilitation of Attention and Memory for people with Multiple Sclerosis: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial (Funded by NIHR - Health Technology Assessment)

PRoviding EmotionaL support In MS diagnosis (PreLiMS study; Funded by the MS Society)

Delivering cognitive rehabilitation to people with Multiple Sclerosis (Funded by MS Society PhD studentship)

Implementing cognitive rehabilitation for people with MS: Implementing research into clinical practice (Funded by MS Society PhD studentship)

Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy self-help for carers of people with multiple sclerosis: A feasibility randomised controlled trial

Behavioural activation therapy for treating post -stroke depression: A feasibility randomised controlled trial (Funded by NIHR - Health Technology Assessment)

Acquired Brain Injury Management Using Brain-in-Hand Technology to Improve Functional Outcomes and Independence (Funded by the MRC-University of Nottingham Proximity 2 Discovery, Hermes Fellowship, and Brain in Hand)

Behavioural and emotional impact of early lung cancer detection testing (Funded by ESRC PhD studentships)

Feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention for patients with osteoarthritis related knee pain (Funded by NUH R&I and Nottingham University Hospitals Charity)

Sexuality in Rehabilitation of Degenerative Neurological Disorders

Barriers and facilitators of activity 'normalisation' for people with chronic low back pain (Funded by a Saudi Government Scholarship)

How do clinicians talk about 'emerging personality disorder' in young people? A discursive psychological exploration

Recent Publications

Clarke, M., Kendrick, D., Vedhara, K., dasNair, R., & Robertson, J. (2016). Living with lung nodules: what information would patients find helpful? Royal College of General Practitioners Scientific Foundation Board. £1000.

Radford, K. & dasNair, R. (Co-CI) (2016). Evaluation of the Brain in Hand software for use with people with acquired brain injuries. MRC/University of Nottingham Proximity to Discovery (P2D) Award. £11,877.

Radford, K. & dasNair, R. (Co-CI) (2016). Brain in Hand technology for patients with Acquired Brain Injuries. Business Engagement Funding. £10,968.

Harwood, R., S Goldberg, K Pollock, R Jones, V van der Wardt, V Hood, Z Hoare, A Ward, M Godfrey, K Vedhara, M Orrell, P Logan, RT Edwards, T Masud, J Gladman, R dasNair (2015). Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED). NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research. £2,746,451.

das Nair, R. & Lincoln, N.B. (2015). Cognitive rehabilitation for memory deficits following stroke. NIHR Cochrane Incentive Scheme. £5,000.

Drummond, A., das Nair, R., Thomas, S. (2015). Implementing cognitive rehabilitation for people with MS: Translating research into clinical practice. MS Society PhD Studentship Grant, £64, 665.

Radford, K., dasNair, R., Fry, D., Cook, H. (2015). Hermes Fellowships and Brain in Hand PhD studentship. £54,327.

Hall, M., Doherty, M,. Zhang, W., Scammell, B., dasNair, R., Diver, C., White, S., & Neil, K. (2015). Feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention for patients with Osteoarthritis related knee pain. NUH R&I and Nottingham University Hospitals Charity Spring Pump Priming competition. £12,934

Drummond, A. & das Nair, R. (2015). Developing a cognitive screening pathway for people with MS. International Research and Industrial Collaboration Funding Scheme. £6,620.

Drummond, A. & dasNair, R. (2014). Delivering cognitive rehabilitation to people with Multiple Sclerosis. MS Society PhD Studentship. £67,468

Thomas, S. (CI), Drummond, A., Walker, M., Lincoln, N., dasNair, R., Palmer, R., England, T., Cooper, C., Walters, S., & Latimer, N. (2014) Behavioural activation therapy for treating post -stroke depression: a feasibility randomised controlled trial (BATS). NIHR Health Technology Assessment. £497,523.

Lincoln, N.B. (Co-CI), dasNair, R. (Co-CI), Drummond, A., Constantinescu, C., Montgomery, A., Morgan, M., & Phillips, C. (2014). Cognitive Rehabilitation of Attention and Memory for people with Multiple Sclerosis: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial. National Institute of Health Research - Health Technology Assessment. £1,167,000 (4 years).

dasNair, R., Moghaddam, N., & Scammell, B. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain in post-Total Knee Replacement Surgery: A pre-trial mixed methods study. Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre Pump-priming competition 2014. £4990

dasNair, R. (CI), Lincoln, N.B, Walsh, D., Phillips, C., Scammell, B., Leighton, P., Clarke, S., & Collier, D. (2013). Assessing surgical outcomes for osteoarthritis of the knee following short-term psychological therapy: A single blind feasibility randomised controlled trial. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: PB-PG- 0712-28076. £249, 895 (2 years).

Dineen, R., Chan, S., dasNair, R., & Auer D. (2013). Hippocampal dysfunction as a mechanism for cognitive deterioration following breast cancer chemotherapy - a pilot study. Pump-priming Competition 2013, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity and R&I. £9,920 (1 year).

dasNair, R. (Co-CI), Lincoln, N.B. (Co-CI), Phillips, C., Brain, N., Warren, G., Drummond, A., Pink, A., Sackley, C., Newby, G., & Thornton, J. (2012). Rehabilitation of Memory following Brain Injury - a phase III Randomised Controlled Trial. National Institute of Health Research - Health Technology Assessment. £1,212,882 (4 years)

Lincoln, N.B., & dasNair, R. (2012). Understanding how group-based interventions work: a social identity approach to adjustment groups for people with multiple sclerosis. MS Society Studentship. £65,669 (3 years).

Lincoln, N.B., dasNair, R., Hunt, N., & Smale, K. (2012). The contribution of identity processes to psychological adjustment in multiple sclerosis. ESRC studentship. £55,000 (3 years).

Lincoln, N.B, dasNair, R. & Bateman, A. (2012). Evaluation of Neuropage as a memory aid for people with multiple sclerosis. MS Society PhD Studentship. £73,245 (3 years).

Vedhara, K., Kendrick, D., Robertson, J., & dasNair, R. (2012). Examining the psychological and behavioural impact of early cancer detection in lung cancer. 2012 School of Community Health Sciences Studentship Competition. The University of Nottingham. £66,225 (3 years).

Vedhara, K., Kendrick, D., Robertson, J., & das Nair, R. (2012). Exploring the psychological impact of a test for early detection of lung cancer. 2012 School of Community Health Sciences Studentship Competition. The University of Nottingham. £66,225 (3 years).

Kendrick, D., Vedhara, K., & dasNair, R. (2012). Maximising recruitment in e-CDT trials: The lung cancer trial. Centre of Excellence for Autoimmunity in Cancers (CEAC) Sandpit Competition. £12,463 (1 year)

dasNair, R. (CI) & Lincoln, N. (2012). Comparing individual vs. group psychological adjustment interventions for people with multiple sclerosis: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Pump-priming Competition 2012, Nottingham University Hospitals Charity and R&I. £10,992 (6 months).

dasNair, R. (CI) & Mackinlay, D. (2010). Clinical Psychology support in Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia. East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group. £30,300 (1 year).

dasNair, R. (CI) (2008). Mapping of Counselling and Psychological Services for HIV and Sexual Health in Nottingham. The Delivery and Performance Nottingham City PCT - Local Operational Plan (non-recurrent-sexual health). £9,690 (1 year).

dasNair, R. (CI) & Lincoln, N. (2007). Rehabilitation of memory in brain injuries. Research Grant. REMEDI. £30,000 (2 years).

Lincoln, N., Walker, M., dasNair, R. (2007). Memory rehabilitation following stroke. Allied Health Professionals Research Bursary. The Stroke Association, UK. £30,000 (3 years).

Glazebrook, C., Menon, A., dasNair, R. et al. (2007). Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) grant. Department for International Development (DfID), UK. £28,000 (1 year).

dasNair, R. & Menon, A. (2002). Assertiveness Training in School-based HIV/AIDS Programmes. Funded by VSO Zambia and National AIDS Council Zambia. £1000 (1year)

Past Research

Long-term physical health conditions

Understanding how group-based interventions work: a social identity approach to neurological adjustment groups (Funded by ESRC & MS Society studentships)

Assessing surgical outcomes for osteoarthritis of the knee following short-term psychological therapy: A single blind feasibility randomised controlled trial (Funded by NIHR - Research for Patient Benefit)

Comparing individual vs. group psychological adjustment interventions for people with multiple sclerosis: A pilot randomised controlled trial (Funded by NUH Charities and R&I)

Living with unpredictability in Multiple Sclerosis

The challenge of assessing accelerated long-term forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy: an adaptation of existing memory tests and a new assessment

Investigating the effect of negative mood on memory self-report accuracy following traumatic brain injury and evaluation of the Modified Everyday Memory Questionnaire

Evaluation of questionnaire measures and Quantitative Sensory Testing for patients with knee osteoarthritis

The Experience of Awake Craniotomy from a Patients' Perspective

Patients' experience of spinal stimulation

Long-term psychosocial outcome of anoxic brain injury following cardiac arrest

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures without psychogenic aetiology

Pain experiences and illness beliefs in people with knee osteoarthritis

Gender, sex, and sexuality

Intersectionality in relation to Black and Minority Ethnic lesbian, gay, bisexual and other sexual minorities

Exploring older Irish men's experiences of homosexuality and mental health in Ireland and the UK

The Impact of Partner's Pregnancy Loss on Black Men

Fathers' experiences of interacting with their premature infants

A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis exploring expert and individual accounts of sex addiction

Survivors of Female Perpetrated Sexual Abuse in childhood, and their Experiences of Disclosure

Discussing Sexuality after Traumatic Brain Injury: Perceptions of Health Professionals

Experiences of graded exposure based treatments for vaginismus

"Being a man": An exploration of Masculinities and their Relationship with Interpersonal Violence from a High Secure Hospital

South Asian women's discourse on termination of pregnancy: a qualitative study

Critical and discursive psychology

An analysis of staff discourse surrounding personality disorder

An Exploration of Clinical Psychologists' Constructions of Mental Health and its Effect on their Work with Service-users: A Qualitative Study

The impact of an unknown release date on the psychological wellbeing of people transferred from prison services to a high secure hospital

Do we all formulate? What is the process by which a non-clinical population do this?

Empathy: an exploration of the construct within the context of the therapeutic relationship

Attending to the body in therapy: exploring clients' experiences of sensorimotor psychotherapy

Is psychological flexibility related to a secure and adaptable sense of self?

Adopters' experience of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

Future Research

A new area I am interested in exploring is how cognitive screening for people with multiple sclerosis can be implemented and evaluated.

I would welcome expressions of interest from PhD and postdoctoral researchers to explore with me this and other areas covered in my current and past research.

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