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Head of Division, Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Warwick

I initially trained as a surgeon and became interested in mental health following involvement with human rights groups working with children traumatised in ethnic violence in New Delhi. I trained as a psychiatrist at the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, and moved to the UK in 1991.

I was a Lecturer and Consultant in Nottingham and in 2001 was appointed Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London. There I developed the ETHOS early intervention service, which gained an international reputation for its success in improving outcomes for young people with psychosis and for its cost-effective use of resources.

I was appointed Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at the University of Warwick in March 2006. I became Head of Division, Mental health and Wellbeing in December 2010.

I have conducted research in political violence, youth mental health, ethnicity and culture in psychiatry, mental health law, medical education and somatisation disorders.

Between 1994-2001 I was Trustee of an Oxford-based Charity, Action for Children in Conflict

I was appointed Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights Commission in Dec 2012


  • 2010–present
    Head of Division, Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Warwick
  • 2012–present
    Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • 2006–2010
    Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, University of Warwick
  • 2001–2006
    Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, St George's University of London
  • 1997–2001
    Consultant Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust
  • 1994–1997
    Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Nottingham


  • 2007 
    FRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 2004 
    DM, University of Nottingham
  • 1993 
    MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1990 
    MD Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh
  • 1985 
    MBBS, Jammu University