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Roshan das Nair

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 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, and cognitive interventions. He has recently completed 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 55 doctoral students to successful completion.

Research grants

Prof das Nair has a research portfolio of grants in excess of £13 million. He has been awarded 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 the Chair of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit East Midlands Regional Advisory Committee and is Vice-Chair of the MS Society's Care & Services Research Grant Review Panel. 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, 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.

Teaching Summary

Prof das Nair is the Senior Research Tutor with the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has supervised 55 doctoral research projects to successful completion.

Research Summary

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

Pain research

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

Selected Publications

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. (contracting). Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis - Developing, evaluating and implementing a clinical management pathway (NEuRoMS). NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, £1,852,239.

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)

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 in developing and evaluating a comprehensive symptom management programme in MS.

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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