Roshan das Nair is Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology. He is 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. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at La Trobe University (Australia) and Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF (Norway).
Prof das Nair's research focuses applying psychological and neuropsychological theories to better understand and treat psychological issues stemming from neurological conditions. His clinical trials have evaluated complex interventions in multiple sclerosis, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries. He has expertise in behaviour change, psychological, cognitive interventions, and clinical implementation research. He led UK's largest clinical trial of memory rehabilitation in brain injuries (ReMemBrIn), and the largest trial of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (CRAMMS). He is currently working on a 6-year programme of research that will develop and evaluate a cognitive screening and rehabilitation pathway for people with multiple sclerosis (NEuRoMS). He has supervised 66 doctoral students to successful completion.
He co-leads the Nottingham Multiple Sclerosis Research Group.
Over the last 10 years, Prof das Nair has secured research grant income of >£21.3 million in the last 10 years, with >£12.3 million as Chief Investigator. He has been awarded research grants from the Wellcome Trust, 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.
Prof das Nair is the Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit East Midlands Regional Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research Commissioning Board, NIHR Health Technology Assessment (End of Life Care and Add on Studies) Board, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit committee, NICE Mental Health Topic Selection Panel, UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the MS Society's Care & Services Research Grant Review Panel, 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.
Within the School of Medicine, Prof das Nair is the Divisional Lead for Research in the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology. He is also a member of the steering group member of 'Nottingham Health China'. He is a Partner Governor on the Board of Governors for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Research & Innovation Lead for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (Surgical division).
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), Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK), Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (Melbourne, Australia), University of Malaya (KL, Malaysia), Monash University, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), Northern Ireland MS Research Network (Belfast, NI), 'MS Fokus' (Oslo, Norway), Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta (Milan, Italy), and Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), MS Society (Limerick, Ireland), ECTRIMS (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Portuguese MS Study Group (Aveiro, Portugal).
He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). He was a UTS Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) in 2017-18.
Multiple sclerosis research
Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation in MS (NEuRoMS) (Funded by NIHR - Programme Grants for Applied Research).
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
The experience of living with and managing the invisible symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Behavioural activation for low mood in Multiple Sclerosis
Emotional support around the point of transition to secondary progressive MS
Preventing job loss in people with MS
Developing a cognitive screening pathway for people with MS
The Development of a Multiple Sclerosis Carer Strain Scale
Acquired brain injury research
Rehabilitation of Memory in Brain Injuries: A Phase III multi-centre randomised controlled trial (Funded by NIHR - Health Technology Assessment)
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)
Cognitive Management Pathways in Stroke Services (COMPASS): the identification and management of cognitive problems by community stroke teams (Funded by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists)
Therapist competence in delivering complex interventions in stroke rehabilitation
Compassion focused therapy in stroke care
Feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention for patients with osteoarthritis related knee pain (Funded by NUH R&I and Nottingham University Hospitals Charity)
Barriers and facilitators of activity 'normalisation' for people with chronic low back pain (Funded by a Saudi Government Scholarship)
Developing and evaluating the feasibility of a nurse led non-pharmacologic complex package of care for knee pain: a pilot randomised controlled trial with a development phase.
The Central Aspects of Pain in the Knee (CAP-Knee) scale: Question evaluation and reliability study
HARWOOD, R.H., VAN DER WARDT, V., GOLDBERG, S.E., KEARNEY, F., LOGAN, P., HOOD-MOORE, V., BOOTH, V., HANCOX, J.E., MASUD, T., HOARE, Z., BRAND. A., EDWARDS, R.T., JONES, C., DAS NAIR, R., POLLOCK, K., GODFREY, M., GLADMAN, J.R.F., VEDHARA, K., SMITH, H. and ORRELL, M., 2018. A development study and randomised feasibility trial of a tailored intervention to improve activity and reduce falls in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia. Pilot and feasibility studies. 4, 49 MARTIN, KRISTY-JANE, GOLIJANI-MOGHADDAM, NIMA and DASNAIR, ROSHAN, 2018. Mindfulness self-help interventions for symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress: Review and meta-analysis INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERAPY AND REHABILITATION. 25(2), 82-95 HARNELL, RACHEL, DASNAIR, ROSHAN and LINCOLN, NADINA B., 2018. Assessing memory rehabilitation outcomes using Adaptation to Memory Difficulties Outcome questionnaire INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THERAPY AND REHABILITATION. 25(2), 58-63
MHIZHA-MURIRA, JACQUELINE R., DRUMMOND, AVRIL, KLEIN, OLGA A. and DASNAIR, ROSHAN, 2018. Reporting interventions in trials evaluating cognitive rehabilitation in people with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review Clinical Rehabilitation. 32(2), 243-254
das Nair, R., Sand, K., Thoulow, K., Ekmann, L., Myhr, A. (2022). Diversity in public involvement and engagement in research. NOK 500,000 (approx. £45,000). SINTEF SEP funding. (01.01.23 to 31.12.23)
Sand, K, das Nair, R., Thoulow, K., Ådnanes, M., & Sarheim Anthun (2022). Erfaringer med minoritetsstress (Experiences of minority stress). Bufdir (Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Families). NOK 1,000,000 eks MVA (approx. £85,000) (01.12.22 to 01.12.23)
das Nair, R. (CI) & Topcu, G. (2021). NEuRoMS validation and norming study. NIHR dementia and neurodegenerative disease research bolt-on funding. £76,423 (01.01.2022 to 31.12.2022)
Radford, K., das Nair, R., De Dios Perez, B., Evangelou, N., Booth, V., Hassard, J., Newsome, I., & Ford, H. (2021). Preventing job loss for people with multiple sclerosis: Implementing vocational rehabilitation in the NHS. MS Society. £125,648 (01.01.2022 to 31.12.2023)
das Nair, R. (CI), Auer, D., Broome, D., Robertson, N., & Singh, S. et al. (2021). Midlands Mental Health & Neurosciences PhD Programme for Healthcare Professionals. Wellcome Trust. £7,247,676. (01.10.2022 to 30.09.2029)
das Nair, R. (CI), Fletcher, K., Booth, V., Edwards, L., Martin, J., Morriss, R., Smith, O. (2021). Development and refinement of an online group-based clinical neuropsychology rehabilitation programme to improve psychological wellbeing and quality of life after acquired brain injury. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. £149,978 (03.2022 to 09.2023)
Radford, K., Brookes, M., das Nair, R., & Evangelou, N. (2021). Magnetoencephalography as a tool for monitoring neurorehabilitation. University of Nottingham/National Rehabilitation Centre PhD studentship. £60,000. (01.04.21 to 31.03.24)
- Marshall, F., et al. (2021). Post-COVID19 Syndrome among People living in Rural Communities; designing and developing pathways for delivery of sustainable care in the Derbyshire Dales. A qualitatively led mixed method study. NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands. £57,082. (01.04.21 to 31.03.22)
Moghaddam, N. G., das Nair, R., Dawson, D., Evangelou, N., Hawton, A., Law, G., Roche, B., & Turton, J., (2020). Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training (SMART) in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A feasibility trial. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. (01.06.2021 - 30.09.2023) £287,195.
Nicholas, R., Evangelou, N., Middleton, R., Tuite-Dalton, K., das Nair, R., Garjani, A., & Hunter, R. (2020). The Impact of COVID-19 in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. MS Society, £43,036.
das Nair, R., Topcu, G., Evangelou, N., Drummond, A., Fitzsimmons, D., Croft, A., Kendrick, D., Martin, J., Moore, P., Leighton, P., Thomas, S., Timmons, S., Vernon, K., & Hoare, Z. (2019). Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis - Developing, evaluating and implementing a clinical management pathway (NEuRoMS). NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, £2,007,721.
Evangelou, N., Allen, C., Dineen, R., Fitzsimmons, D., Craner, M., Tallantyre, E., Schmierer, K., das Nair, R. Morgan, P., Partlett, C., & Bale, C. (2019). Diagnose using the Central Vein Sign: A prospective diagnostic superiority study comparing T2* MRI and lumbar puncture in patients presenting with possible multiple sclerosis. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. £349,461.
Drummond A, Thomas S, Jones F, das Nair R, Sprigg N, Jones A. (2019). Nottingham Fatigue study-developing a fatigue programme. NotFAST2. Stroke Association. £101,745
Cooper, J., Manning, J., Evans, K., Bramley, L., Robinson, Brand, S., & das Nair, R. (2019). IMPAACT Programme©: In-reach for Multi-Professional Awareness and Advocacy of Clinical academic Training Programme. Health Education England. £50,248.
das Nair, R. & Topcu, G. (2019). Building a multiple sclerosis patient and public involvement community for people with multiple sclerosis in Nottinghamshire. Public Engagement Small Grant. Institute for Policy & Engagement. £3,500.
Kendrick, D., Radford, K, das Nair, R., James, M., Timmons, S., Farrin, Holloway, Jones, Hoffman, K., Carlton, E., Allanson, J., Brooks, A., Matthew, S., Duffy, M., Morriss, R., & Kellezi, B. (2018). Multicentre Research Programme to Enhance Return to Work after Trauma (ROWTATE). NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, £2,498,589.
Loetscher, T. & das Nair, R. (2019). Cognitive rehabilitation for attention deficits following stroke. NIHR Cochrane Incentive Scheme, £5000.
Brookes, M., Bowtell, R., Evangelou, N., das Nair, R., Furlong, P., & Allder, S (2018). Towards objective diagnosis of cognitive deficit in mild traumatic brain injury. MRC Confidence in Concept, £99,679.
Wong, D., das Nair, R., Cadilhac, D., & Stolwyk, R. (2018). Enhancing the effects of memory rehabilitation: A feasibility trial of two eHealth interventions to sustain the benefits of a memory skills group. Stroke Foundation 2019 Early Career Researcher Seed Grant. AUD 49,952
Wong, D., das Nair, R., Sathananthan, N., Morris, E., Knox, L., Gillanders, D. (2018). Evaluating the efficacy of a new group-based intervention to enhance valued living for people with cognitive impairment due to acquired brain injury. La Trobe SER RFA Grant Ready Scheme, AUD 43,731.
Wong, D. & das Nair, R. (2018). Strengthening international collaborations to improve acquired brain injury rehabilitation research at La Trobe University. SER RFA, Collaboration Ready scheme, AUD 10,000.
das Nair, R. & Radford, K. (2018). Preventing job loss in people with multiple sclerosis. Joan Browne Legacy Funding, £75,000
Poyton, J., Robertson, H., Duffy, M., Faruqi, F., Tinsley, M., Nankivell, L., Smith, J., Gilbert, P., das Nair, R., Mehta, R., & Williams, J. (2017). Implementation of Redthread's hospital-based Youth Violence Intervention Programme in the Midlands to care for young people affected by violence. Health Foundation, £499,802.
Dineen, R., Sotiropoulos, S., Auer, D., Morgan, P., Evangelou, N., Constantinescu, C., das Nair, R. (2017). Explaining cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis through integrated structural and functional networks. Medical Research Council, £97,316.
Evangelou, N. & das Nair, R. (2017). Developing and evaluating psychological interventions for support around the time of multiple sclerosis diagnosis. John Mortimer Shipstone Ratcliff Medical Scholarship, £57,832.
Drummond, A., das Nair, R., Sprigg, N., & Worthington, E. (2017). Cognitive Management Pathways in Stroke Services (COMPASS): the identification and management of cognitive problems by community stroke teams. UKOTRF Research Priority Grant, £53,416.
das Nair, R., Topcu, G., Evangelou, N., Drummond, A., Bale, C., Fitzsimmons, D., Vernon, K., & Rose, A. (2017). Intervention to support individuals around the point of multiple sclerosis diagnosis. MS Society, £172,251.
Fordham, B., Lamb, S., Hemming, K., Hopewell, S., Howick, J., Lilford, R., Cooper, Z., das Nair, R., Freeman, D., Hansen, Z., Howard, R., Sharpe, M., & Stallard, P. (2016). Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): An overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. NIHR Health Technology Assessment. £394,583.
Clarke, M., Kendrick, D., Vedhara, K., das Nair, 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. & das Nair, 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. & das Nair, 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 das Nair (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., das Nair, R., Fry, D., Cook, H. (2015). Hermes Fellowships and Brain in Hand PhD studentship. £54,327.
Hall, M., Doherty, M,. Zhang, W., Scammell, B., das Nair, 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. & das Nair, 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., das Nair, 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), 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., 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
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. (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., & 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).
Lincoln, N.B, das Nair, 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., & 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. (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).
das Nair, R. (CI) & Mackinlay, D. (2010). Clinical Psychology support in Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia. East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group. £30,300 (1 year).
das Nair, 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).
das Nair, R. (CI) & Lincoln, N. (2007). Rehabilitation of memory in brain injuries. Research Grant. REMEDI. £30,000 (2 years).
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).
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).
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)