Dr Dinesh N

Associate Professor

Department of Clinical Psychology


    Dinesh N teaches Clinical Psychology to undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil students. The mode of teaching involves conducting didactic lectures, guiding students in seminar preparations, topic discussions, chairing seminars, journal clubs and group discussions.  


Subject Subject code Semester
Sociocultural Foundations of Behaviour and Psychopathology M Phil first year
Psycho-diagnostics M Phil first year
Behavioural Medicine M Phil second year
Psychotherapy and Counselling M Phil second year
Psychotherapy MD, DPM psychiatry


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology) Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2012
M Phil (Master of Philosophy in Medical and Social Psychology ) Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi 1989
MA (Master of arts in psychology) Department of Psychology Calicut University 1984


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Clinical Psychology - SOAHS, Manipal Associate Professor 2010
Department of Clinical Psychology - SOAHS, Manipal Selection grade Lecturer 2003 April
Department of Clinical Psychology - SOAHS, Manipal Senior grade lecturer 1999- 2003
Department of Clinical Psychology - SOAHS, Manipal Lecturer 1991 - 1999


Area of Interest

Personality, Psychotherapy, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psycho-oncology

Area of Expertise

Psychological Assessment, Psychological Therapies

Area of Research

Psychooncology, Health Psychology

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Member of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), 2010.

Psychiatric morbidity among cancer patients and its relationship with awareness of illness and expectations about treatment

1993-01-01 Alexander PJ Vidyasagar MS

Dissociative Amnesia related to pregnancy

2007-01-01 Hema Tharoor Ashuthosh Chouhan Anoop Mathew Podila Sathy Venkata Narasimha Sharma

German Journal of Psychiatry

Resilience following cardiac event: A cross sectional study on coronary heart disease

2006-01-01 Milu Maria Anto

The study aimed to determine illness cognition, self-efficacy coping strategies after a cardiac event. The study also explored the difference in social support following a cardiac event. The sample consisted of 43patients with 22 in group I and 21 in group 2 .Group 1 included patients with a single event of coronary heart disease of any subtype within a time duration of one month to 3 months and group 2 included patients within time duration of 6months to one year after a single event of any subtypes of coronary heart disease. The sample was drawn from inpatients and out patients units of cardiology department, Kasturba medical college, Manipal. The age range of the sample was 30- 65yrs. The findings suggested that the groups did not differ on variables such as acceptance, perceived benefits and self-efficacy and social support .Group 2 showed helplessness that was significantly higher than group 1.Group 2 showed anxiety, depression, Maladaptive coping strategies that was significantly higher than group 1.In a nut shell the study indicates that chronicity of illness appears to generate more helplessness in the patient. As the illness becomes chronic, maladaptive coping strategies are likely to develop. In the initial stages of the illness the perceived ability to tolerate the unpredictable nature of the illness appears to have some inhibiting effect on negative emotions like anxiety and depression. However such protective effects are not clearly evident when the illness becomes chronic.

The interaction effect of cognitive vulnerability and life events in predicting the recurring depression

2009-01-01 Anjali Jain

The study aimed to analyse the interaction effects of cognitive vulnerability with life events in predicting the recurrence of depression. The study was conducted among 93 subjects with 33 diagnosed to have depression (RDD) and 60 normal were placed in group 2. A between group design was adopted for the study. Subjects were assessed with Sand PSLE. Data was subjected to analysis. Binary logistic regression (forward conditioning) was selected to carry out the prediction analysis for the data. The study revealed the following findings. The most prevalent schema in both the groups was unrelenting standards schema. Self-sacrifice schema and failure schema were significantly higher in the RDD groups as compared to the control group. Emotional deprivation schema, social isolation schema, defectiveness/shame schema failure schema, vulnerability to harm / illness schema and subjugation schema puts the subject at risk for recurrence of depression. Defectiveness/shame schema and failure schema and stress, independently predict the recurrence of depression. The enmeshment schema interacted significantly with life events in predicting recurrence of depression.

Obsessive- Compulsive disorder specific cognitive biases in nosologically related psychopathological conditions and normal

2011-01-01 Kimaya Karve

The aim of the study was to examine dimensionality of specific cognitive biases in OCD, its nosologically related conditions such as anxiety disorders as well as normal population. Participants of four groups including OCD symptomatic (n=17) OCD asymptomatic (n=5) anxiety disorders (17) and normal controls (n=19) completed questionnaires on three commonly identified cognitive biases of inflated responsibility, thought action fusion and intolerance of uncertainty .OCD symptomatic group did not differ on any of the belief domains as compared to OCD asymptomatic group as well as with anxiety disorders group. The cognitive bias of responsibility interpretation was found to be specific to OCD symptomatic group. Thought action fusion, intolerance of uncertainty, and responsibility interpretation was found to be more specific to anxiety disorders group, and responsibility attitude was found to be specific in the normal control group

The efficacy of mindfulness bases stress reduction program in prehypertension- A randomised control trial

2013-01-01 Shruthi D Lahoti

The study was designed to examine the effect of mindfulness based stress reduction program on blood pressure in prehypertension as modulated by anger and anxiety, and to study the influence of dispositional optimism on the outcome measures. The study was a randomised control trial recruiting 61 prehypertensives31under the experimental group and 30 under control group, aged 18-55 years. The independent variables were mindfulness based stress reduction program and dispositional optimism, whereas the dependent variables were blood pressure, anger and anxiety. The experimental group received MBSR program spaced into eight sessions along with one session of health education, whereas the control group was exposed to a single session of health education. An examiner blind to the study did all the blood pressure measurement. The outcome measures were evaluated at baseline, post intervention and at one month follow up. Repeated measure analysis of variance was carried out, which revealed reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, state and trait anxiety, state and trait anger, anger expression in and out. Reduction in blood pressure was significantly correlated with reduction of anger and anxiety. Dispositional optimism didn’t have a significant influence on the outcome measures.

The Impact of video/ internet games on the self-regulation of adolescents modulated by their temperament

2013-01-01 K Dharini Devi

The study aimed at examining the influence of video internet game playing on self-regulation of adolescents, modulated by their temperament. A sample of 357, 12- 14 year old adolescents of both genders, who played video/ internet games were recruited for the study as per the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The results revealed that adolescents who played video/ internet games emphasising aggression, novelty seeking as well as immediate and rapid responding had lower self-regulation when compared to those who played video/ internet games that emphasised planning, logical thinking and concept formation. Temperamental factors such as effortful control, affiliativeness and negative affect were found to predict self-regulation. It was seen that self-regulation is determined by multiple factors such as temperamental characteristics (effortful control, affiliativeness, and negative affect) and the choice of game such as action / adventure / shooting/ sports / racing games.

Safety behaviours as modulated by post event processing and worry in a sample of individuals with social phobia and a nonclinical sample

2012-01-01 Suchithra Banerjee

The study aimed at exploring safety behaviour as modulated by post event processing and worry in a sample of individuals with social phobia and a non-clinical sample. Participants of the clinical (n=30) and nonclinical (n=30) group completed questionnaires measuring social anxiety, post event processing, worry, and safety behaviour use. It was found that the clinical group was significantly higher than the non-clinical group on all these measures. Furthermore in the clinical group, post event processing, worry, and safety behaviour use had significant positive correlation with one another as well as with social anxiety scores. These relationships were not significant in the nonclinical group. However, the combined effect of post event processing and worry was not found to influence safety behaviours significantly.