Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, MD, DNB, MNAMS

  • Former Global Mental Health Scholar

Dr. Balhara is an Additional Professor of Psychiatry at the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), in the Department of Psychiatry of the All India Institute of Medicine (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Dr. Balhara received his MD in Psychiatry from AIIMS, New Delhi, in 2006. He has also held a Diplomate of National Board DNB (Psychiatry) from the National Board of Education since 2007.  He was awarded the Dr. Vidya Sagar Gold Medal for his performance during his MD training.

Dr. Balhara then completed the International Masters of Mental Health Policy and Services program offered by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, for which he secured a WHO study scholarship. Currently, he is involved in clinical service delivery in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  In addition, he runs a weekly clinic on dual diagnosis, which deals with comorbid substance use disorders and psychotic disorders.  Moreover, Dr. Balhara is engaged in the teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and nursing students. His interests are in psychiatry and substance use disorders, and his research has dealt with dual diagnosis (co-morbid substance use disorders and psychotic disorders), substance use disorders, and psychiatry training. Dr. Balhara has been involved in multi-national research projects, including a project conducted with the World Psychiatry Association (WPA).

As a GMH Scholar, Dr. Balhara participated in the planning and designing of ICD-11 field studies on mood disorders. Additionally, he has pursued research on behavioral addictions that has focused on various aspects of these disorders.

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