Dr Vikas
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JD 1095
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Room no 65, ground floor, OPD Building
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TNMC 73907
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8.30am - 1pm
Academic Qualifications: 

Year -conferred Degree Institution and location
2004 - MBBS -Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 2008
2008 - M.D (Psychiatry) - Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 2008
2009 - DNB (Psychiatry) - National Board of Examinations, New Delhi,

Special Area of Interest: 
Digital psychiatry, Suicidology, Mood Disorders, Psychosomatic Medicine

List of selected publications

  1. Jesudas BR, Nandeesha H, Menon V, Allimuthu P. Relationship of elevated neural cell adhesion molecule 1 with interleukin-10 and disease severity in bipolar disorder. Asian J Psychiatr 2019;47:101849. (Impact Factor – 1.932)
  2. Menon V, Pillai AG, Satheesh S, Kaliamurthy C, Sarkar S. Factor structure and validity of type D personality scale among Indian (Tamil speaking) patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction. Indian J Psychiatry 2019;61:572-7. (Impact Factor – 1.122)
  3. Sreejith S, Menon V. Mobile phones as a medium of mental health care service delivery: Perspectives and barriers among patients with severe mental illness. Indian J Psychol Med 2019; 41: 428-33 (Cite score – 0.77)
  4. Vellekkatt F, Menon V. Efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in major depression: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Postgrad Med 2019;65(2):74-80. (Impact Factor – 1.095)
  5. Kuppili PP, Menon V, Chandrasekaran V, Navin K. Biological rhythm impairment in Bipolar Disorder: A state or trait marker? Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60:404-9. (Impact Factor – 1.122)
  6. Menon V, Kattimani S, Sarkar S, Sathyanarayanan G, Subramanian K, Velusamy SK. Age at onset of first suicide attempt: Exploring the utility of a potential candidate variable to subgroup attempters. Asian J Psy 2018;37:40-45. (Impact Factor – 1.932)
  7. Menon V, Selvakumar N, Kattimani S, Andrade C. Therapeutic effects of mobile-based text message reminders for medication adherence in bipolar I disorder: Are they maintained after intervention cessation? J Psychiatr Res 2018;104:163-168. (Impact factor – 4.437)
  8. Selvakumar N, Menon V, Kattimani S. A cross-sectional analysis of patterns and predictors of medication adherence in Bipolar Disorder: Single center experience from South India. Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci 2018;16:168-75. (Impact Factor – 2.00)
  9. Menon V, Shanmuganathan B, Thamizh JS, Arun AB. Kuppili PP, Sarkar S. Personality traits such as neuroticism and disability predict psychological distress in medically unexplained symptoms: A three year experience from a single center. Pers Ment Health 2017;12:145-54 (Impact Factor – 1.393)
  10. Menon V, Shanmughanathan B, Thamizh JS, Arun AB, Sarkar S. Efficacy of adjunctive single session counselling for medically unexplained symptoms: A randomized controlled trial. Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:641-7. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  11. Mahadevan J, Sundaresh A, Rajkumar RP, Avin M, Menon V, Negi VS, Sridhar MG. An exploratory study of immune markers in acute and transient psychosis. Asian J Psychiatr 2017;25:219-223. (Impact Factor – 1.932)
  12. Menon V, Shanmughanathan B, Arun AB, Thamizh JS, Selvakumar N, Sarkar S. A qualitative analysis of explanatory models in medically unexplained physical symptoms presenting to a tertiary health care psychiatric facility in South India. Int J Soc Psychiatry 2016; 62(7): 608-615. (Impact Factor – 1.613)
  13. Muthuramalingam A, Menon V, Rajkumar RP, Negi VS. Effect of fluoxetine on inflammatory cytokines in drug naïve major depression: A short term prospective study from South India. J Clin Psychopharmacol 2016; 36: 726-8. (Impact Factor – 3.134)
  14. Muthuramalingam A, Menon V, Rajkumar RP, Negi VS. Is depression an inflammatory disease? Findings from a cross-sectional study at a tertiary care center. Indian J Psychol Med 2016; 38: 114-9. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  15. Muraleedharan A, Menon V, Rajkumar RP, Chand P. Assessment of DNA damage and repair efficiency in drug naïve schizophrenia using comet assay. J Psychiatr Res 2015; 68: 47-53. (Impact Factor – 4.437)
  16. Menon V, Sarkar S, Kumar S. Barriers to health care seeking among medical students: A cross-sectional study from South India. Postgrad Med J 2015; 91: 477-482. (Impact Factor – 2.078)
  17. Menon V, Kattimani S, Shrivastava MK, Thazath HK. Clinical and socio-demographic correlates of suicide intent among adolescents with deliberate self-harm – a hospital based study. Crisis 2013; 34: 282-288. (Impact Factor – 2.221)

Chapters, Books, Reviews, Guidelines

  1. Agarwal V, Nischal A, Praharaj SK, Menon V, Kar SK. Clinical Practice Guideline: Psychotherapies for Somatoform Disorders. Indian J Psychiatry 2020; 62, Suppl S2: 263-271. (Impact Factor – 1.122)
  2. Menon V, Kar SK, Suthar N, Nebhinani N. Vitamin D and depression: A critical reappraisal of the evidence and future recommendations. Indian J Psychol Med 2020;42(1): 11-21. (Cite score – 0.77)
  3. Menon V. Choosing a thesis topic. In Perspectives in Psychiatry Training. First Edition. Eds Chandran C & Kishor M. Minds United for Health Sciences and Humanity, 2019 (ISBN – 978-93-5391-222-2)
  4. Navin K, Kuppili PP, Menon V. Suicide prevention strategies among in-patient population: A narrative review of the evidence. Indian J Psychol Med 2019;41:403-12. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  5. Vaidyanathan S, Kuppili PP, Menon V. Eating Disorders: An overview of Indian research. Indian J Psychol Med 2019;41(4):311-317. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  6. Menon V, Subramanian K, Selvakumar N, Kattimani S. Suicide prevention strategies: An overview of current evidence and best practice elements. Int J Adv Med Health Res 2018;5:43-51.
  7. Menon V, Rajan TM, Kuppili PP, Sarkar S. Cognitive-behavior therapy for medically unexplained symptoms: A systematic review and meta-analysis of published controlled trials. Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:399-406. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  8. Rajan TM, Menon V. Psychiatric disorders and obesity: A review of association studies. J Postgrad Med 2017;63:182-190. (Impact factor – 1.095)
  9. Menon V, Subramanian K, Thamizh JS. Psychiatric presentations heralding Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy: A systematic review and analysis of cases reported in literature. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2017;8:261-67.
  10. Menon V, Rajan TM, Sarkar S. Psychotherapeutic applications of mobile phone-based technologies: A systematic review of current research and trends. Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:4-11. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  11. Menon V. Suicide risk assessment and formulation: An update. Asian J Psychiatr 2013; 6: 430-435. (Impact Factor – 1.932)

Invited Editorials/Commentaries

  1. Menon V, Praharaj SK. Translation or development of a rating scale: plenty of science, a bit of art. Indian J Psychol Med 2019;41(6):503-6. (Cite score – 0.77)
  2. Menon V. Beyond research reporting guidelines: How can the quality of published research be enhanced? Indian J Psychol Med 2019;41(4):303-305. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  3. Menon V. Depression, Suicidal ideation and Resilience among rural drought affected farmers: Methodological issues. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2019;10:176-7.
  4. Ameen S, Praharaj SK, Menon V. A year on: The changes we introduced and the common mistakes encountered. Indian J Psychol Med 2019;41:1-5. (Cite Score – 0.77)
  5. Menon V, Ameen S. Immuno-Inflammatory Therapies in Psychiatry: Current Evidence Base. Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:721-6. (Cite Score – 0.77)

Editorial Experience

2020-ongoing: Indian Journal of Psychiatry (Deputy Editor

2018-ongoing: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (Chief Associate Editor)
2014: SAGE Open Journals (Guest Editor)


Invited Speaking Engagements, Presentations, Symposia & Workshops Not Affiliated With JIPMER

2019                Plenary speaker: Annual Midterm CME of the Indian Psychiatric Society - Tamil Nadu Chapter (IPS-TN) held at Chidambaram on 08.12.2019. Topic: “Assessment and management of depression in palliative care/cancer”

2019                Plenary speaker: Workshop on “Skills in Scientific Writing” conducted on  December 7th, 2019 at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth - Deemed to be University (SBV) Campus, Puducherry. Topic: “Editor’s perspective and common reasons for editorial rejection”

2019                Symposium speaker: 2nd Annual National Conference of the Young Psychiatrists Sub-Committee of Indian Psychiatric Society (NCYP-IPS) organized at Jaipur on 23.11.2019 and 24.11.2019: Title – “Overview of Psychotherapies”

2019                Plenary Speaker: 52nd Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society South Zonal Branch (IPSOCON 2019) organized by IPS Karnataka Chapter at Coorg, Madikeri, Karnataka on 20.10.2019: Title: “Management of Insomnia in the Young Adult: Strategies, pitfalls and considerations”

2019                Plenary speaker - CME on “Bridging the mind-body divide: the frontiers of Psychosomatic Medicineorganized by Dept. of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute on 19.07.2019 as part of the International Health Research Convention (IHRC) 2019 organized by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth - Deemed to be University (SBV), Pondicherry. Delivered a talk on “Early detection of the coexistence of mental health problems and other medical conditions”

2019                Plenary speaker – 34th Annual State Conference of Tamil Nadu Chapter of Indian Psychiatric Society (TANPSYCON 2019) held at Karaikal on 13.07.2019 and delivered a talk on “Emerging trends in the management of depression: What the practitioner needs to know”

2019                Plenary speaker – Indian Psychiatric Society South Zone Practitioner’s CME held at Nellore on 27.04.2019 and delivered a talk on “Assessment and Management of Insomnias

2019                TED talk – at TEDx organized by Indira Gandhi Govt Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry on 20.04.2019 and delivered a talk titled “Push your limits”

2019                Keynote speaker – Special CME of Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Puducherry on 02.04.2019 and delivered a talk on “Distressed or Depressed? Tips to navigate the complex maze of depression in the medically ill”

2018                Plenary speaker – Indian Psychiatric Society Tamil Nadu Branch Midterm CME at Trichy, Tamil Nadu on 23.12.2018 and delivered a talk on “CANMAT/ISBD 2018 guidelines for mood disorder: How far applicable to our setting?”

2018                Plenary speaker - 33rd Annual State Conference of Tamil Nadu Chapter of Indian Psychiatric Society (TANPSYCON 2018) held at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu on 14.07.2018 and delivered a talk on “Immuno-inflammatory mechanisms in Depression: From bench to bedside”

2018                Resource FacultyIndian Psychiatric Society South Zone PG CME organized by Indian Psychiatric Society (South Zone and TN Chapters) and Chennai Psychiatric Society on 30.06.2018-01.07.2018 and delivered a lecture on “Risk Assessment in Emergency Department”

2018                Plenary speakerCME on World Bipolar Day 2018 organized by Dept. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bengaluru on 18.03.2018 and delivered a talk on “Mixed mood states”

2018                Plenary speakerTamil Nadu State PG CME Program organized by Dept. of Psychiatry, Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, Chennai on 11.02.2018 - delivered a talk on “Management of Substance use Disorders”.

2017                Resource person for Faculty Development Program on Medical Education Technologies for faculty of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar conducted by Dept. of Medical Education, JIPMER from November 17th-19th, 2017

2017                Plenary speaker - CME on Adolescent Psychiatry – talk titled “Suicide and self-harm among adolescents: How to recognize and deal with it? organized by Dept. of Psychiatry, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital (SMVMCH), Puducherry on 11.11.2017 

2017                Keynote speaker for HUNT 2017, a CME Program organized by Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital (SMVMCH), Puducherry on 31.03.2017: Topic - “Stress management for first MBBS students”.

2016                Plenary talk titled “Promotion of mental health and protecting rights of mentally ill” - World Mental Health Day Celebrations at Mother Teresa Postgraduate & Research Institute of Health Sciences on 07.10.2016.

Public Service Assignments

2019                Resource person for public health awareness talk on All India Radio regarding various aspects of prevention, recognition and management of suicidal behavior on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Week (September 8th-14th, 2019)

2018                Resource person for public health awareness talk on All India Radio regarding various aspects of prevention, recognition and management of suicidal behavior on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Month (September 2018)

2018                Member of JIPMER Flood and Disaster Relief Task Force set up to provide medical assistance and relief to people affected in Kerala Floods 2018. Was the Team leader and chief co-ordinator for the 24x7 JIPMER Crisis Helpline to provide psychological support for people affected by Kerala Floods functioning from the premises of the Dept. of Psychiatry. Was involved in conceptualizing the initiative, drawing up the Standard Operating Protocol, getting the required approvals and resources, recruiting and training of volunteers to run the program as well as record keeping.

2017                Resource person for the World Health Day Celebrations (Theme: Depression – Let’s talk) and interactive session with public conducted at NKC Govt Higher Secondary School, Kurusukuppam by Dept. of Preventive and Social Medicine in collaboration with Health Education for All Forum, Medico-Social wing and Dept. of Psychiatry, JIPMER on April 7th, 2017.

2016                Resource person for JIPMER Health Education Initiative – “Obesity: Ill Effects and Treatment” aimed at promoting public health awareness – October 2016

2016                Resource person for talk on All India Radio regarding “How to recognize and intervene early in suicidal behavior?” on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day

2016                Resource person for JIPMER Health Education Initiative – “Depression and prevention of suicide” aimed at promoting public health awareness – June 2016

2011                Talk on All India Radio regarding early identification and management of depression

Positions Held: 

2020-ongoing: Indian Journal of Psychiatry (Deputy Editor)

Special Clinics: 

Behaviour Addiction Clinic (All Wednesday forenoons)

Psychosomatic Clinic (All Thursday forenoons)

Metabolic Surgery Clinic (All Thursday forenoons)

Pre-transplant evaluation clinic (All Wednesday forenoons)

Crisis Intervention Clinic (All Wednesday forenoons)


OPD no 65, Dept. of Psychiatry JIPMER, Puducherry.
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Mr.Karpagakumar, Secretary, Dept. of Psychiatry
Tel: 0413-2296265