L. N. Suman, M.Phil, PhD

Professor
Department of Clinical Psychology
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Bangalore, India

Biography

Dr. Suman is Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. She obtained her Masters degree in Psychology from Jnanabharathi, Bangalore University. Subsequently, she obtained the M.Phil degree in Medical & Social Psychology and PhD degree in Clinical Psychology, both from NIMHANS. At NIMHANS, she is a consultant for an Adult Psychiatry Unit and the Psychology Care Clinic. She recently started the Trauma Recovery Clinic at NIMHANS Centre for Well-Being to provide psychosocial interventions to individuals suffering from psychological trauma.
She provides teaching and training to postgraduate students in clinical psychology and mentors their research studies through the two year clinical internship course (M.Phil in Clinical Psychology) at NIMHANS. She also provides teaching to psychiatry residents, psychiatric social work postgraduates and postgraduate psychiatric nursing students through formal lectures and topic discussions.
She is an honorary counselor for residents of a rehabilitation center for homeless women in South Bangalore.
She has been a resource person for conferences, workshops and symposia organized by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Postgraduate Psychology Departments of various Indian Universities, National and State Judicial Academies, Law Universities, and NGOs. She was President of the Karnataka Association of Clinical Psychologists from 2009 to 2011 and currently she is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Biosciences and Technology and has been a reviewer for International Journals such as the Journal of Addictive Behaviours, Therapy and Rehabilitation; Universal Journal of Medical Science, and International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health.
Dr. Suman has organized conferences and workshops for clinical psychologists and counselors. Under the Trauma Recovery Clinic, she organizes and conducts trauma specific workshops. She has presented papers in national and international conferences, seminars and symposia. She has published papers in national and international peer reviewed journals and chapters in books and manuals.
In 2012 she received the Psycho Oration Award from the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists for her research contributions to the field of addictive behaviours.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Adult Mental Health-especially Psychological Trauma and Mental Health of Women, Psychosocial aspects of Addictive Behaviours and Forensic Psychology.

Scientific Activities

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• Professional Life Member of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists
• Life Member of the Behaviour Medicine Society of India
• Life Member of the Karnataka Association of Clinical Psychologists
• Life Associate Member of the Indian Psychiatric Society
• Life Member of NIMHANS Alumni Association
• Life Member of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation
• Life Member of the Indian Criminology Society
• Fellow of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
• Registered under Women in Science database of Indian Academy of Science

PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Vice President of Karnataka Association of Clinical Psychologists for a period from (2007-2009)
• President of Karnataka Association of Clinical Psychologists for a period from (2009-2011)
• Past Member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology (Official Journal of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists)
• Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Biosciences and Technology
• Guest author for IAHRW-PsyInsight, a Psychology Magazine from (2010-2011)
• Reviewer (ad-hoc) for: (i) Journal of Addictive Behaviours, Therapy and Rehabilitation (ii) International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health (iii) Universal Journal of Medical Sciences
• Past Member of the Selection Board for Central and Regional Police Forces
• Past Member of the House Committee of Asha House a Half- way Home for chronic psychiatric patients of the Richmond Fellowship Society (India)
• Honorary Consultant for residents of an NGO run shelter for destitute women, since 2002
• Guest faculty for Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health (LGBRIMH), Tezpur, Assam and Consultant for preparing Postgraduate Syllabus in Psychology for Christ University, Bangalore and Mizoram University

AWARDS

• Received the Psycho Oration Award from the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists for research contributions to the field of addictive behaviours in 2012
• Received the N.N. Sen Award from the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists for the year 1996 for the best research article published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology in that year

Publications

1. Suman LN. Suicide: A Psychosocial Perspective. In: Sailo S, Ralte R, eds. Suicide a Multidisciplinary Approach. Mittal Publications, New Delhi. 2014; 8: 109-118.
2. Suman LN. Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology. In: Nagle YK, Srivastava K, Gupta A, eds. Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Author house: A Penguin Random House Company, Bloomington, IN, USA. 2014. 18: 364-393.
3. Suman LN. Meditation and Yoga for Everyday Life. In: Saini S, Goyal N, Eds. Positive Psychology: In the Light of Indian Traditions. Indian Association of Health, Research and Welfare, Hisar, India. 2014; 38: 500-506.
4. Jeevitha K, Suman LN. Domestic Violence Victimization: Perspectives from Spouses of Alcohol Dependents. In: Jaishankar K, Ronel N, eds. Global Criminology: Crime and Victimization in the Globalized Era. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, USA. 2013; 19: 353-364.
5. Sukhwal M, Suman LN. Spirituality, religiosity and alcohol related beliefs among college students. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2013; 6: 66-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2012.08.012
6. Suman LN, Sesha BV. Loss, trauma and suicidal ideation among women living in a shelter. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2013; 40 (1): 34-40.
7. Sowmya HS, Suman LN. Pathways to homelessness, psychological distress and perceived social support among married women in a shelter: Implications for Trauma Informed Care. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2013; 40 (2): 109-115.
8. Chari U, Shereena EA, Chand P, Suman LN. Society and its influence on alcohol use among women: Three case reports from India. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. 2012; 5(2): 137-144. doi: 10.1080/17542863.2011.571378
9. Suman LN. Substance use: A Psychosocial Perspective. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2012; 39: 10-18.
10. Sharma MK, Suman LN, Murthy P, Marimuthu P. Relationship of trait anger with quality of life and anger control among alcohol users. Open Journal of Psychiatry. 2012; 2: 249-252. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2012.24033
11. Ingavale A, Suman LN. Psychological problems among college students: Relationship with ADHD and parental alcoholism. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2012; 39: 103-109.
12. Uma H, Suman LN. NIMHANS Sentence Completion Test for Children and Adolescents (NSCA). In Uma H, Oommen A, Kapur M, Eds. Psychological Assessment of Children in the Clinical Setting. 3rd Ed. NIMHANS, Bangalore. 2011; 48: 265-300.
13. Bindu R, Sharma MK, Suman LN, Marimuthu P. Stress and coping behaviors among smokers. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011; 4: 134-138. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2011.04.008
14. Sharma MK, Suman LN, Manjula M, Marimuthu P, Ahmad M. Exploring the role of religion in smoking cessation. Delhi Psychiatry Journal. 2011; 14: 129-132.
15. Reshma NS, Sharma MK, Suman LN, Marimuthu P. Parenting practices among alcohol dependent fathers. Journal of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2011; 7 (2): 40-56.
16. Sharma MK, Suman LN, Murthy P, Marimuthu P. State-trait anger and quality of life among alcohol users. German Journal of Psychiatry. 2011; 14: 60-65.
17. Sharma MK, Suman LN. Developmental stages and risk for substance abuse. In Muralidhar D, et al, eds. Specialized care for children affected by drug abuse. Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS Publication, Bangalore. 2011; 8-14.
18. Suman LN. Self-Regulation and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders. Article in the Souvenir of ANVESHA-2011, Addiction: Reckon, Relinquish, Recover. 2011; 38-41. CADABAMS, Bangalore.
19. Kirmani MN, Suman LN. Gender differences in alcohol related attitudes and expectancies among college students. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. 2010; 36: 19-24.
20. Suman LN, Sesha BV. Psychosocial rehabilitation of young homeless women. Journal of Psychosocial Research. 2010; 5: 47-53.
21. Jeevitha K, Suman LN. Marital relationship, psychological distress and perceived social support among spouses of alcohol dependents. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2010; 37: 127-135.
22. Suman LN. Family violence and alcohol abuse. Indian Journal of Human Rights and Justice. 2010; 6: 67-74.
23. Sharma MK, Suman LN. Substance Use: Facts for the common man. Deaddiction Centre. NIMHANS Publication, Bangalore. 2010.
24. Suman LN, Sharma MK. Spirituality, religiosity and substance use: An overview. In: Husain A, ed. Twenty-first Century Psychology: Spirituality, Behavior and Wellness. New Delhi, Global Vision Publishing House. 2009; 167-184.
25. Michel N, Suman LN. Psychological distress, self-esteem and relationship with parents among adult sons of alcoholics. Journal of Psycho social Research. 2009; 4: 231-244.
26. Siri Gowri DR, Suman LN, Rao SL, Murthy P. A study of executive functions in alcohol dependent individuals: Association of age, education and duration of drinking. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2008; 35 (1): 14-23.
27. Sukhwal M, Suman LN. Alcohol related beliefs among college students. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2008; 35(2): 138-146.
28. Suman LN. An analysis of narratives of first time homeless women. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2008; 24(3-4): 93-99.
29. Suman LN, Manjula M. Psychosocial issues among prisoners: An exploratory investigation. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2007; 23: 57-63.
30. Suman LN, Sharma MK. Family Interventions for Substance Use Disorders. In: Murthy P, Nikketha SB, Eds. Psychosocial Interventions for Persons with Substance Abuse: Theory and Practice. NIMHANS, Bangalore. NIMHANS. 2007; 64.
31. Suman LN. Psychosocial issues in relation to homeless women: A preliminary study. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2005; 32: 85-90.
32. Suman LN. Distress among homeless women. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2005; 21: 41-47.
33. Gupta M, Suman LN. Hopefulness, extroversion and subjective well-being in college lecturers. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies. 2004; 20: 181-186.
34. Suman LN, Umapathy A. Parent-child relationship and achievement motivation. Indian Psychological Review. 2003; 61: 20-27.
35. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV, Neeliyara T. Perception of self and other on the Interpersonal Checklist. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies. 1998; 14: 47-52.
36. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV. Interpersonal perception between alcoholics and their spouses. NIMHANS Journal. 1997; 15: 45-52.
37. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV. Family dysfunction in alcoholic families. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology. 1996; 23: 117-121.
38. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV. Family interaction patterns in alcoholic families. NIMHANS Journal. 1995; 13: 47-52.
39. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV. Personality dimensions of alcohol dependent individuals and their spouses. NIMHANS Journal. 1993; 11: 95-98.
40. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV, Rao S. Clinical utility of the California Test of Personality. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies. 1989; 5: 88-92.
41. Suman LN, Nagalakshmi SV. A study of self-concept, anxiety and adjustment among anxiety neurotics, alcoholics and normals. NIMHANS Journal. 1987; 5: 115-119.
42. Suman LN. Domestic violence, psychological trauma and mental health of women: a view from India. Women Health Open J. 2015; 1(1): e1-e2. doi: 10.17140/WHOJ-1-e001
43. Suman LN. The stigma of rape: Gendered victimization. Women Health Open J. 2016; 2(1): e4-e5. doi: 10.17140/WHOJ-2-e005