School of Social and Political Science

Sumeet Jain

Job Title

Senior Lecturer

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Room number

2.29

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Background

My research contributes to improvement of mental health outcomes by drawing on inter-disciplinary knowledge and mixed methods. My work unpacks the notion of a 'global' mental health and attempts to inform development of services that account for local experiences and understandings of psychological distress.

I studied International Development at the University of Toronto and Social Work at McGill University, Montreal. My doctoral research at University College London (2010) deployed ethnographic methods to examine how individuals, communities, mental health professionals, and policy makers conceptualize and deliver community mental health services in an identified rural north Indian site.

Teaching interests

I have specific teaching interests in the areas of culture and mental health, mental health in low-income contexts, and mental health and well-being.

I am course organizer for a post-graduate course titled: Critical Perspectives on mental health in the 'global south'

This will be offered in the 2nd semester, 2015/16. See this link for details:

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/applicants/course_Information/taught_courses_a-z/critical_perspectives_on_mental_health_and_well-being_in_the_global_south

I contribute to teaching mental health content across the undergraduate (BSc) and post-graduate (MSW) Social Work programmes.

I undertake dissertation supervision for the following post-graduate programmes: Master of Social Work, MSc International Development, and Master of Public Policy.

I have been involved in conceptualizing and delivering a six-year short-course teaching collaboration between University College London and The Banyan, Chennai, India. See: http://balm.in

Programme Director role

Programme Director (from August 2012 - July 2015), Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies (Mental Health Officer Award).

This is a postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wishing to practise as mental health officers (MHOs). It been designed and is delivered in partnership with 12 local authorities in the East of Scotland.

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/prospective/taught_masters/a_g/postgraduate_certificate_in_advanced_professional_studies_mental_health_officer_award

Research interests

Research interests

Community mental health, culture and health, ethnography, well being, South Asia, 'global mental health'

1. Community mental health in low-income countries specifically community engagement, the development of locally relevant psycho-social interventions and the relationship between poverty, marginality and mental health.

2. Unpacking of psychiatric and local categories of distress to contribute to the development of culturally appropriate mental health services.

3. The nature of training & professional development of Social Workers and their role in mental health service delivery in non-western settings.

4. Application of qualitative and ethnographic methodologies to evaluation of health and psycho-social programmes.

I have most recently been involved in the following research projects:

  • The dynamics of a recovery oriented mental health approach in northern India (PI: Dr S Jain, Funded by ESRC-Impact Accellerator Award).
  • Alternatives in community mental health: defining the contours of non-formal care in western India (PI: Dr S. Jain, Funded by Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland)
  • Research collaborator on a mixed-methods study investigating caste identity and psychological distress in western India funded by the British Academy (PI: Dr. S. Jadhav, UCL; co-PI: Dr. B. Davar, Bapu Trust, Pune, India).
  • Co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative evaluation of Alcohol Referral Team (ART) and Drug Referral Team (DRT) Services for the City of Edinburgh. (PI: Prof. Viv Cree, University of Edinburgh)
  • Researcher on a Wellcome Trust funded mixed methods evaluation of a public health initiative addressing health inequalities in London. (co-PIs: Dr. A. Draper & Prof. A. Clow, Westminster University)
  • Research consultant on a mixed methods study, funded by DFID and World Bank, examining the relationship between poverty, stigma and serious mental illness in two field sites in India. (PI: Dr. J.F. Trani, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis)

Research outputs

Journal Publications

Bayetti, C., Jadhav, S. and Jain, S. (2016). The Re-covering Self: A Critique of the Recovery based Approach in India's Mental Health Care. Disability and the Global South. 3(1). Available at: https://dgsjournal.org/vol-3-no-1/‚Äã

Jadhav, S., Jain, S., Kannuri, N., Bayetti, C., Barua, M. (2015). Ecologies of Suffering: Mental Health in India (commentary). Economic and Political Weekly. Vol - L No. 20, May 16, 2015. http://www.epw.in/commentary/ecologies-suffering.html

Orr, D., & Jain, S. (2015). Making Space for Embedded Knowledge in Global Mental Health: A role for social work?. European Journal of Social Work, 18(4), 569-582. 10.1080/13691457.2014.948810

White, R., Jain, S., & Giurgi-Oncu, C. (2014). Counterflows for mental well-being: What high-income countries can learn from Low and middle-income countries.International Review of Psychiatry26(5), 602-6. 10.3109/09540261.2014.939578

Hillen, P., Cree, V. E., & Jain, S. (2014). Facilitating Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Problems: Reflections on Interviews with Service Users in Scotland. Practice,26(5), 281-297. 10.1080/09503153.2014.958453

Cree, V. E., Jain, S., & Hillen, P. (2014). The Challenge of Measuring Effectiveness in Social Work: A Case Study of an Evaluation of a Drug and Alcohol Referral Service in Scotland. British Journal of Social Work 10.1093/bjsw/bcu118

Derges, J., Clow, A., Lynch, R., Jain, S., Phillips, G., Petticrew, M., Renton, A. & Draper, A. (2014). 'Well London' and the benefits of participation: results of a qualitative study nested in a cluster randomised trial. BMJ Open4(4). 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003596

Derges, J., Jain, S., Littlewood, R., Gopikumar, V., Dijkxhoorn, M., Jadhav, S. (2013), Challenges of Teaching Clinically Applied Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry in India: An Evolving Partnership between a UK University and an Indian NGO. Teaching Anthropology 2. Available at: http://www.teachinganthropology.org/index.php?journal=teach_anth&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=345.

Jain S., Jadhav S. (2009). Pills that Swallow Policy: Clinical Ethnography of a Community Mental Health Program in Northern India. Transcultural Psychiatry; 46(1):60-85.

Chatterjee S., Pillai A., Jain S., Cohen A., Patel V. (2009). Outcomes of people with psychotic disorders in a community-based rehabilitation programme in rural India. Br J Psychiatry; 195(5):433-439.

Jain S., Jadhav S. (2008). A cultural critique of community psychiatry in India. International Journal of Health Services; 38(3):561-584.

Jadhav S., Littlewood R., Ryder A.G., Chakraborty A., Jain S., Barua M. (2007). Stigmatization of severe mental illness in India: Against the simple industrialization hypothesis. Indian J Psychiatry;49:189-94. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2902092/

Books and Special Issues

White, R., Jain, S., Orr, D. Read, U. (Editors). The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives. Palgrave-Macmillan (Under Contract, Expected publication, 2016). http://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9781137395092 

Jain, S., Orr, D. (Editors). Special Issue: Ethnographic Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Transcultural Psychiatry. Expected December 2016. 

Book Chapters

Jadhav, S & Jain, S (2012). Clinical appeal of Cultural Formulations in Community Rural Mental Health, Chapter in ˜Comprehensive Textbook on Community Psychiatry in India', (Ed.) Chavan, BS; Gupta, N; Arun, P; Sidana, AK; & Jadhav, S. (in press), Jaypee Brothers.

Chatterjee, S., Chatterjee, A. and Jain, S. (2003). Developing Community-Based Services for Serious Mental Illness: A Rural Setting. In: "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Developing Countries: NGO Innovations in India", eds V. Patel & R. Thara, Sage (India): New Delhi.

Conference Panels

Co-organizer (with S. Bindi, Université Paris Descartes). Constructing diagnosis in 'mental health': the negotiation of categories, the encounter of subjectivities in South Asia. 23rd European Conference on South Asian Studies, (July 2014), Zurich. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easas/ecsas2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2484

Co-organizer (with S. Ecks & H. Mantila, University of Edinburgh). Economic wealth and mental health: questioning the paradoxes. Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Decennial Conference (June 2014), Edinburgh. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2747

Co-organizer (with D.Orr, University of Sussex). Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental health'. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (August 2013), Manchester, UK. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1705

Co-organizer (with S. Varma, Cornell University). Tracing ˜the community" in community mental health care. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2011), Montreal, Canada. http://aaa.confex.com/aaa/2011/webprogrampreliminary/Session2628.html

Recent Conference Papers

Jain, S. Poverty and mental health: contextualizing 'access' and 'care' in northern India. PanelEconomic wealth and mental health: questioning the paradoxes. Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth Decennial Conference (June 2014), Edinburgh. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2747

Orr, D. & Jain, S. Making Space for Embedded Knowledge in Global Mental Health: A role for social work? Social Work without borders: building an international community of practice, University of Lincoln (January 2014).

Jain, S. A tangled web: the intersection of psychiatric diagnostic systems and local illness categories in rural India. Panel: Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental health'. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (August 2013), Manchester, UK. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1705

Cree, V., Jain, S., Hillen, P. Measuring the effectiveness of case management in social work: a case-study of an evaluation of a drug and alcohol service in Scotland. UK Joint Social Work Research and Education Conference (July 2013), Royal Holloway Unviersity, London. http://jswec.net/2013/sessions/measuring-the-effectiveness-of-case-management-in-social-work-a-case-study-of-an-evaluation-of-a-drug-and-alcohol-service-in-scotland/

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Hockley J, Hafford-Letchfield T, Swift S, Mason B, Iversholt R, Palattiyil G et al. COVID, communication and care homes: A staffs’ perspective of supporting the emotional needs of families. Journal of Long-Term Care. 2021 Apr 7.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. Understanding and Reducing the Psychosocial Impact of Coronavirus Social Distancing and Behavioural Changes on Families of Care Home Residents in Scotland. Chief Scientist Office, 2021. 12 p.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. The Cost of Separation: The Impact of Visiting Restrictions on Families of Care Home Residents during COVID-19. Chief Scientist Office, 2020. 16 p.
Palattiyil G, Jamieson L, McKie L, Jain S, Hockley J, Sidhva D et al. The Cost of Separation: The Impact of Visiting Restrictions on Families of Care Home Residents during COVID-19. Chief Scientist Office, 2020. 8 p.
Mathias K, Rawat M, Thompson A, Gaitonde R, Jain S. Exploring community mental health systems – A participatory health needs and assets assessment in the Yamuna Valley, North India. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2020 Nov 23. https://doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2020.222
Mathias K, Pillai P, Gaitonde R, Shelly K, Jain S. Co-production of a pictorial recovery tool for people with psycho-social disability informed by a participatory action research approach—a qualitative study set in India. Health Promotion International. 2020 Jun;35(3):486-499. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daz043
Burgess R, Jain S, Petersen I, Lund C. Social interventions: A new era for Global Mental Health? The Lancet Psychiatry. 2020 Feb;7(2):118-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30397-9
Wolters M, Jain S, Fraser R, Macbeth A, Mathias K. Mini-Reviews For Iterative Scoping Review Protocol Development. 2019.
Cree VE, Jain S, Hillen D. Evaluating Effectiveness in Social Work: Sharing Dilemmas in Practice. European Journal of Social Work. 2018 Feb 23;1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2018.1441136
Bayetti C, Jain S. Problematising Global Mental Health. In Cohen BMZ, editor, Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health. 1 ed. Routledge. 2017. p. 224-231. (Routledge International Handbooks).
White R, (ed.), Jain S, (ed.), Orr DMR, (ed.), Read U, (ed.). The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 807 p. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-39510-8
White RG, Orr DMR, Read UM, Jain S. Situating global mental health: Sociocultural perspectives. In White RG, Jain S, Orr DMR, Read UM, editors, The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. p. 1-27 https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-39510-8_1
Jain S, Orr DMR. Ethnographic perspectives on global mental health. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2016 Dec 1;53(6):685-695. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461516679322
Jain S. Cross-cultural psychiatry and the user/survivor movement in the context of global mental health. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. 2016 Sep 30;23(3-4):305-308. 648244. https://doi.org/10.1353/ppp.2016.0035
Bayetti C, Jadhav S, Jain S. The re-covering self: a critique of the recovery-based approach in India’s mental health care. Disability & the Global South. 2016 Aug 31;3(1):889-909.
Jadhav S, Jain S, Kannuri N, Bayetti C, Barua M. Ecologies of Suffering: Mental Health in India. Economic and Political Weekly. 2015 May 20;L(20).
Orr D, Jain S. Making space for embedded knowledge in Global Mental Health: A role for social work? European Journal of Social Work. 2015;18(4):569-582. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2014.948810
Hillen P, Cree VE, Jain S. Facilitating Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Problems: Reflections on Interviews with Service Users in Scotland. Practice: Social Work in Action (Practice). 2014 Oct 20;26(5):281-297. https://doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2014.958453
White R, Jain S, Giurgi-Oncu C. Counterflows for mental well-being: What high-income countries can learn from Low and middle-income countries. International Review of Psychiatry. 2014 Oct;26(5):602-606. https://doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2014.939578
Derges J, Clow A, Lynch R, Jain S, Phillips G, Petticrew M et al. 'Well London' and the benefits of participation: results of a qualitative study nested in a cluster randomised trial. BMJ Open. 2014 Apr 2;4(4). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003596
Cree VE, Jain S, Hillen P. The Challenge of Measuring Effectiveness in Social Work: A Case Study of an Evaluation of a Drug and Alcohol Referral Service in Scotland. British Journal of Social Work . 2014;46(1):277-293. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu118
Degres J, Jain S, Littlewood R, Gopikumar V, Dijkxhoorn M, Jadhav S. Challenges of Teaching Clinically Applied Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry in India: An Evolving Partnership between a UK University and an Indian NGO. Teaching Anthropology: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges Notes. 2013;2(2).
Cree V, Jain S, Hillen P. Evaluation of Alcohol Referral Team and Drug Referral Team Services Final Report, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, 2012.
Jain S. Clinical appeal of Cultural Formulations in Rural Mental Health: A Manual. In CHAVAN BS, Gupta N, Arun P, Sidana A, Jadhav S, editors, Comprehensive Textbook on Community Psychiatry in India. 1st ed. New Delhi: JAYPEE BROTHERS MEDICAL PUBLISHERS (P) LTD. 2012. p. 560-565
Chatterjee S, Pillai A, Jain S, Cohen A, Patel V. Outcomes of people with psychotic disorders in a community-based rehabilitation programme in rural India. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2009 Nov;195(5):433-439. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.108.057596
Jain S, Jadhav S. Pills that Swallow Policy: Clinical Ethnography of a Community Mental Health Program in Northern India. Transcultural Psychiatry. 2009;46(1):60-85. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461509102287
Jain S, Jadhav S. A Cultural Critique of Community Psychiatry in India. International Journal of Health Services. 2008;38(3):561-584. https://doi.org/10.2190/HS.38.3.j
Jadhav S, Littlewood R, Ryder AG, Chakraborty A, Jain S, Barua M. Stigmatization of severe mental illness in India: Against the simple industrialization hypothesis. Indian journal of psychiatry. 2007 Jul;49(3):189-94. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5545.37320
Chatterjee S, Chatterjee A, Jain S. Developing Community-Based Services for Serious Mental Illness: A Rural Setting. In Patel V, Thara R, editors, "Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Developing Countries: : NGO Innovations in India. New Delhi: Sage, New Delhi. 2003
Jain S. From negotiation to accommodation: a study of cultural relevance in the Asha Gram mental health program, Barwani district, India. 2003. 138 p.
Jain S. From negotiation to accommodation: Cultural relevance in the Asha Gram Mental Health Program, Barwani district, India. National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 2002. 138 p.