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Dr. Sudhir Babu.S

Assistant Professor (JSPC)

B.A., B.Ed., &  M.S.W. (Bangalore University); 
M.Phil. & Ph.D. in Psychiatric Social Work (NIMHANS)

Research Interests

Community Mental Health  (Psychosocial care for Children and Women in Difficult Circumstances, Promotion of Treatment Adherence, School Mental Health, Life Skills Education, Volunteerism and Peer Group Support, Disaster Mental Health, Capacity Building in Mental Health Care, Disability & Functionality). 


Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), and Post-graduation in Social Work (M.S.W) from Bangalore University. M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.  

Research Experience

His doctoral research has examined Psychiatric Social Work Interventions for Treatment Non-Adherent Persons with Mental Illness in Sakalwara Community Mental Health Center. 

He has nearly 15 years of experience in practice, teaching, and research continuum in the mental health and psychiatric social work subjects.  He has worked with diverse communities with individuals, groups, families, and organizations in the field of mental health services.  He has been involved as a resource person for more than 100 capacity-building programs related to mental health care and psychosocial support services. 

Teaching and Industry Experience

He has worked as a Research Associate for the NIMHANS – ICSSR Project title ‘Covid-19 Impact on Rural School Children   Psychiatric social worker and Junior consultant in adult psychiatry and community mental health settings,     Programme Manager for the NIMHANS-Every Child India project of ‘Psychosocial care for children in difficult circumstances through South Indian NGOs’,      Program officer for the NIMHANS – CARE INDIA project title Psychosocial Support for Survivors of Tsunami Disaster   He has been involved in teaching for the undergraduate, post-graduation, and M.Phil. Scholars at NIMHANS.  

Publications - Journals, Books, Chapters, Other Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

  1. Sudhir Babu Sriramalu, Elangovan AR, Isaac M, et al. (2022). Treatment non-adherence pattern among persons with neuropsychiatric disorders: A study from a rural community mental health centre in India. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 68(4), 844-851. doi:10.1177/0020764021100846.
  2. Sudhir Babu Sriramalu, Elangovan, A.R., et al. (2021) Family Reintegration of a Homeless Person through Case Management Approach: A Case Report from a Community Mental Health Centre.  Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Mental Health8,317–325. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40737-021-00224-w 
  3. Sudhir Babu Sriramalu, Elangovan AR, Isaac M, et al. Challenges in tracing treatment non-adherent persons with mental illness: Experiences from a rural community mental health center, India. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2022 Jan; 67:102944.doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102944. 
  4. Paramasivam R., Elangovan A.R.,…..Sudhir Babu Sriramalu. (2022) Intervention-based mental health training for community level workers in India – A systematic review, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 11 (4), 1237-1243.     doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1134_21


  1. Sekar. K., Aravind Raj.E., Arul. R.……. Sudhir Babu.S (2012). A Manual of Psychosocial Care for Children in Difficult Circumstances, NIMHANS Publications 
  2. Sekar. K., Aravind Raj.E., Arul. R.……. Sudhir Babu.S (2011). A Work Book of Community Based Education on Ill Effects of Substance Use NIMHANS Publications 
  3. Sekar. K.Parthasarathy. R., Aravind Raj.E.,Sudhir Babu.S (2010).  A Work Book of Student Enrichment Programme.  NIMHANS Publications 


  1. Sudhir Babu. S., Raghavendra. K & Aravind Raj E., (2021). Online psychosocial & mental health interventions for distressed individuals during COVID-19 pandemic – Experiences of Psychiatric Social Workers. In Dhanasekara Pandian, Aravind Raj (Eds). Psychosocial Interventions During Covid-19 Pandemic. NIMHANS Publication number: 200, ISBN: 978-81-951544-8-7 

Digital Academy (MOOCs)

  1. Involved in the NIMHANS Digital Academy Program as a content writer/ subject matter expert in the preparation of the modules – Diploma in community mental health for social workers
  2. Conducted the Video conference on continuing skill development (VCSD) for the Social workers of the District mental health program, Karnataka

Paper/Poster Presentations

  1. Family Reintegration of a Homeless Person through Case Management Approach – A Case Report  (WAPR International Conference, Dec’ 2019) 
  2. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Program for School Children through Street Play (ICSW conference,  Dec’ 2019) 
  3. Integration of Socio-Ecological, Biopsychosocial Models and Methods of Social Work Interventions for Treatment Non-Adherent Persons with Mental Illness (APSWC International Conference, Sept’ 2019) 
  4. Treatment Non-Adherence Pattern among Persons with Neuropsychiatric Disorders – A Study from Community Mental Health Centre (XXXVII- ISPSW Conference, Jan’ 2019) 
  5. Psychosocial Profile of the Migratory Construction Workers (South Asian Conference of Professional Social Workers. Aug’ 2015) 
  6. Capacity Building of the GOs, NGOs & Community level Workers on Psychosocial Support for Survivors of Tsunami Disaster in Andhra Pradesh (XXXI National ISPSW Conference, Jan’ 2013) 
  7. Capacity Building of the NGOs on Children in Difficult Circumstances (XXX National ISPSW Conference, Jan’ 2012) 

Best poster presentations

(As a co-author, XXXVII- ISPSW Conference, Jan’ 2019, ISBN: 81-86501-00-X. NIMHANS Publications No: 152)

  1. School Mental Health Program for the Students of Government Upper Primary Schools
  2. Home Visit – A Tool for Psychiatric Social Work Interventions in the Community Mental Health
  3. Day-out for Persons with Chronic Mental Illness