Vision of the APSI

To provide a vibrant platform to professionals for promoting excellence in training, research and clinical care in the field of addiction psychiatry.

Mission

To establish and develop addiction psychiatry as a speciality in India

To enhance access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment in India

To educate and train health care professionals, other related professionals and general public in addiction psychiatry in India

To innovate and invent advances in addiction psychiatry treatment practices

To collaborate and coordinate with various global agencies, societies and all stakeholders working in the field of addiction psychiatry for its growth and advancement

Aims and Objectives

To promote and advance the subject of Addiction Psychiatry in India.

To promote the awareness and community participation for reducing myths and stigma related to Addictive Disorders and their scientific treatment.

To promote the prevention, control, treatment and relief of all addictive behaviors and their consequences.

To promote and establish the standards of education and training for medical and auxiliary personnel in Addiction Psychiatry & allied professions and recommend adequate teaching facilities for the purpose

To promote ethical standards in the practice of Addiction Psychiatry and allied sciences in India

To support infrastructure development for Addiction Psychiatry at various organizations and institutions working in the field in the country

To promote research and support training of young scientists in Addiction Psychiatry in India

To safeguard the interest of Addiction Psychiatrist, Psychiatrists and fellow mental health professionals working in the field of Addiction Psychiatry in India.

To deal with any matters relating to Addiction Psychiatry or mental health concerning the country and to do all other things as are cognate to the subject of the Addiction Psychiatry Society of India

Executive Council

Prof. Rajat Ray, MD

Prof Rajat Ray is Ex-Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry and the First Chief, of the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi between 2003-2013. He has also served as Member of the International Narcotics Control Board 2010-15. Alumnus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi he has published number of research papers, represented India on national and international fora in the field of addiction psychiatry and regarded as a pioneer in the field. After his superannuation from AIIMS, New Delhi, he is currently based in Dehradun.

Prof. Rakesh Kumar Chadda, MD, FAMS, FRCPsych

Prof Rakesh Kumar Chadda is current Chief of National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi. He has held many important positions in the academic and professional organizations and is a recipient of a number of awards including Venkoba Rao Oration. Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, 2017 General Amir Chand Oration, National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), 2015 and DLN Murthy Rao Oration Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society, 2013. As the organizing chairperson he was instrumental in organizing in two recent global academic events in Delhi – the XXI Meeting of the International Association of Addiction Medicine, in 2019 (ISAM 2019) and the XXII World Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry, in 2016 (WASP 2016). He has numerous research projects and publications to his credit.

Prof. Atul Ambekar​, MD

Atul Ambekar is Professor at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi. He has been a member of many international and expert bodies in the field of drug addiction including the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence (World Health Organization, Geneva), Strategic Advisory Group (IDU and HIV) (United Nations), National Consultative Committee on Drug Demand Reduction and Rehabilitation (NCCDDR)  (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India) He has published a number of research papers, practice guidelines and training manuals in the field of addiction psychiatry. As the principal investigator he has led the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India, one of the largest epidemiological study of substance use in the world.

Dr. Ravindra Rao, MD

Dr Ravindra Rao is Additional Professor at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi, India. He has been a recipient of the Tilak Venkoba Rao Award of Indian Psychiatric Society (2016). Prior to joining at AIIMS as a faculty member he has made remarkable contributions to the drug and HIV sector working at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India.

Dr. Roshan Bhad, MD DNB FISAM

Dr Roshan Bhad is Assistant Professor at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi, India. A young and upcoming star of addiction psychiatry in India, Dr. Bhad has made his mark in the field in a very short span of time. He is currently the Chair, ISAM-NExT (New Professionals Exploration, Training and Education) Committee and Ex-Officio, Board of Director of International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM).

Prof. P K Dalal, MD

Dr. P K Dalal, who is the professor and head of Psychiatry at the King George Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow has a long and illustrious career. He has held important leadership positions in professional societies and is currently the president of Indian Psychiatric Society. In the past as the chairperson of Substance Use Specialty Section of Indian Psychiatric Society he has edited the clinical practice guidelines for treatment of substance use disorders.

Prof. Pratima Murthy, MD

Prof. Pratima Murthy is a professor at the  Centre for Addiction Medicine and currently head, department of psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. She has been the chairperson of Addictive Disorder Specialty Section of Indian Psychiatric Society. A recipient of many awards in the field of Psychiatry, she has been involved in various research project in the field of addiction psychiatry in India and has collaborated with international agencies such as International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Prof. Debasish Basu, MD

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rof. Debasish Basu is a professor at the Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre (DDTC), Department of Psychiatry at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He has held important leadership positions in other professional societies including convener and later co-chair of the Addictive Disorder Specialty Section of Indian Psychiatric Society. He is a member of the Addiction Psychiatry Section of World Psychiatric Association. He has been the editor of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Substance Use Disorders published by the Indian Psychiatric Society besides authoring more than 300 scholarly publications. He has received many national and international awards including NIDA-INVEST Fellowship at Yale University, USA.

Prof. Anju Dhawan, MD

Prof Anju Dhawan is Professor at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi. She has published more than 100 research papers in the field of addiction psychiatry. Extensively worked in the field of child and adolescent substance use and credited with starting first dedicated adolescent substance use treatment service in the country. She was the principal investigator for Assessment of pattern, profile and correlates of substance use among children in India conducted by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Alumnus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi she has been part of number of important research projects conducted by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre and is an accomplished name in the field of addiction psychiatry in India.

Prof. R K Lenin Singh , MD

Dr. R K Lenin Singh is the professor and head of Department of Psychiatry at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal. He has been a part of many important research and capacity building initiatives in the area of addiction psychiatry at the National level and specifically in the northeast India.

Dr. Ashwin Mohan, MD

Dr. Ashwin Mohan is a consultant psychiatrist from Chandigarh with a keen interest in clinical as well as legal aspects of addiction psychiatry. He is the co-chairperson of Addictive Disorder Specialty Section of Indian Psychiatric Society and an executive member of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry.