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Roshan das Nair

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Dr Roshan das Nair is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Research Tutor with the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, based at the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations. He is also the Chief Investigator of the NIHR-HTA funded Rehabilitation of Memory in Brain Injuries (ReMemBrIn) trial (www.remembrin.org) and NIHR-RfPB funded Home-based Pre-surgical Psychological Intervention for Knee Osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES) trial.

Dr das Nair completed his training in Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Expertise Summary

Dr das Nair's clinical and research interest focuses on two broad areas: (i) Psychological neuropsychological aspects of long-term physical health conditions, and (ii) Social and psychological construction of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Dr das Nair has worked on neuropsychology-related projects in India and the UK. His main interest relates to the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive functions following acquired brain injuries. He has previously undertaken trials of memory rehabilitation following brain injuries, and is currently conducting a trial comparing individual vs. group psychological adjustment interventions for people with multiple sclerosis (funded by Nottingham University Hospitals Charities). He is also the Chief Investigator of the NIHR-HTA funded Rehabilitation of Memory in Brain Injuries (ReMemBrIn) trial, and NIHR-RfPB funded Home-based Pre-surgical Psychological Intervention for Knee Osteoarthritis (HAPPiKNEES) trial..

Dr das Nair has previously worked in the areas of sex, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in Zambia and India. Dr das Nair was the Editor-in-Chief of the Psychology of Sexualities Review of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Psychology of Sexualities Section. He is also their representative on The International Network on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology. He was a member of the Working Party responsible for writing the BPS guidelines on Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients. His major 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 Summary

Long-term physical health conditions

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)

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)

Understanding how group-based interventions work: a social identity approach to neurological adjustment groups (Funded by ESRC & MS Society studentships; PhD students: Kathryn Smale & Alex Barker)

Behavioural and emotional impact of early lung cancer detection testing (PhD students: Ben Young & Laura Bedford)

Pain experiences and illness beliefs in people with knee osteoarthritis (PhD student: Nektaria Pouli)

Informing children of their autism diagnosis: parents' perspectives (DClinPsy trainee: Emma Ward)

A Feasibility Study examining a CBT Stress Management Group for Men with Prostate Cancer (DClinPsy trainee: Hannah McCormack)

Living with unpredictability in Multiple Sclerosis (DClinPsy trainee: Hannah Wilkinson)

Investigating the effect of negative mood on memory self-report accuracy following traumatic brain injury and evaluation of the Modified Everyday Memory Questionnaire (DClinPsy trainee Katherine Mackenzie)

Evaluation of questionnaire measures and Quantitative Sensory Testing for patients with knee osteoarthritis (DClinPsy trainee: Victoria Tew)

The challenge of assessing accelerated long-term forgetting in temporal lobe epilepsy: an adaptation of existing memory tests and a new assessment (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Faye Corbett)

Gender, sex, and sexuality

A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis exploring expert and individual accounts of sex addiction (DClinPsy trainee: Dr James Briggs)

Survivors of Female Perpetrated Sexual Abuse in childhood, and their Experiences of Disclosure (DClinPsy trainee: Hannah Clements)

Discussing Sexuality after Traumatic Brain Injury: Perceptions of Health Professionals (DClinPsy trainee: Kerry Dyer)

Experiences of graded exposure based treatments for vaginismus (DClinPsy trainee: Katherine Macey)

"Being a man": An exploration of Masculinities and their Relationship with Interpersonal Violence from a High Secure Hospital (DClinPsy trainee: Nadine Taylor)

Critical and discursive psychology

An analysis of staff discourse surrounding personality disorder (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Victoria O'Key)

An Exploration of Clinical Psychologists' Constructions of Mental Health and its Effect on their Work with Service-users: A Qualitative Study (DClinPsy trainee: Axel Lofgren)

The impact of an unknown release date on the psychological wellbeing of people transferred from prison services to a high secure hospital (DClinPsy trainee: Sunita Guha)

Lincoln, N.B. (Co-CI), das Nair, 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).

das Nair, 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., das Nair, 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).

das Nair, R. (CI), Lincoln, N.B., 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. £1,061,864 (4 years)

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

Vedhara, K., Kendrick, D., Robertson, J., & das Nair, 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., & das Nair, 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)

das Nair, R. (PI) & 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).

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

das Nair, R. (PI) (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).

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

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

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

das Nair, 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

The Experience of Awake Craniotomy from a Patients' Perspective (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Kimberley Fletcher)

Patients' experience of spinal stimulation (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Anna Turner)

Long-term psychosocial outcome of anoxic brain injury following cardiac arrest (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Michelle Wilson)

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures without psychogenic aetiology (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Jenny Taylor)

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 (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Joanne McCarthy)

The Impact of Partner's Pregnancy Loss on Black Men (DClinPsy trainee: Natalie Thomas)

Fathers' experiences of interacting with their premature infants (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Sophie Hingley)

Critical and discursive psychology

Do we all formulate? What is the process by which a non-clinical population do this? (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Anwar Kabir)

Empathy: an exploration of the construct within the context of the therapeutic relationship (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Tammy Walker)

South Asian women's discourse on termination of pregnancy: a qualitative study (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Rajea Begum)

Attending to the body in therapy: exploring clients' experiences of sensorimotor psychotherapy (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Sharonjit Dinas)

Is psychological flexibility related to a secure and adaptable sense of self? (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Rohan Naidoo)

Adopters' experience of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DClinPsy trainee: Dr Krystina Turner)

Long Term Conditions Research Group

School of Medicine
Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
telephone: +44 (0)115 823 0226
email:kate.radford@nottingham.ac.uk