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Dr. Ashish Deshpande - Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
  Born and brought up in Mumbai Dr. Ashish Deshpande was a student of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya and Parle College of Science and Arts. He did his graduation and post graduation in Psychological Medicine from King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Parel, Mumbai. He has been practicing psychiatry in Mumbai since 1996.
  Academic Achievements
  • Graduation and Post Graduation studies from King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM) and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Mumbai.
  • Secured I rank in University of Mumbai in the Post Graduate Course in Psychological Medicine in the year 1992-93.
  • Associated with Pharmacological Clinical Research Projects at the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), Mumbai.
  • Only Psychiatrist nominated from the State of Maharashtra to attend the first National Conference on Neuropsychology at all india institute of medical sciencec, New Delhi in 1993.
  • Co-author in a paper published on impact of New Economic Policy on Urban Slum Women for Child and Women Welfare Department, Human Resource Development Ministery, Government of India in february 1998.
  • Gave a lecture on psychological parameters of municipal school children in Mumbai at Department of Child Psychology, University of Washington at Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Principal Investigator, “Active Aging Project 2005”, a joint venture of Indian Association of Retired Persons (IARP) and P.D.Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai.
  • Invited to present paper at International Federation of Aging Conference in 2005 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Principal author of the report “Active Aging and Beyond…” published by I.A.R.P. and P.D.Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre submitted to United Nations and International Federation of Aging.
  • Author, Policy Statement for Welfare of the Aged in Goa, published by the Goa Hindu Association, submitted to the Chief Minister of Goa.
  • Editor, Learning Disorder: tips for teachers and parents, Keshav Gore Trust Publication.
  • Author, ‘SLEEP’, booklet on nonmedicinal interventions in sleep disorders, published in english and marathi.
  • Invited speaker at the Bombay Psychiatric Society seminar on Deaddiction Medicine July 2010.
  • Invited faculty at the First National CME in Geriatric psychiatry at KEM Hospital, Lucknow in August 2010.
  • Invited to present a paper on “Seting up Geriatric Clinics in India’ at the International Psychogeriatric Associations Conference in Mumbai 2010.
  • Invited speaker at the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous for the ‘Three Seakers’ meet’ at San Antonio, Texas, in July 2010.
  • Awarded the Yadi Phadke Social Research Scholarship for ‘Psychosocial Aspects of Seniors in Unorganized Sector in India’.
  • Invited pannelist on debate on effctivity of Anticraving Drugs Organized by Indian Psychiatric Society- West Zone Chapter at Nagpur 2011.
  • Advisor, ‘Shikshan Sanwad’, an Advisory Group to the Department of School Education, State of Maharashtra 2011.
  • Invited Speaker and Consultant at Goa Hindu Association’s Sneha Mandir, Goa for a workshop on ‘Improving the State of the Elderly in Old Age Houses’ on 25th and 26th June 2011.
  • Invited Speaker ‘35th Sulabha Panandikar Memorial Lecture’ at the Government Teachers’ Training College, Mumbai’ on women’s education and its’ impact on society 2012.
  • Conducted workshop for training staff of old age homes for better care giving at Snehamandir, Phonda, Goa; April 2013.
  • Invited Speaker at Department of Psychological Medicine and Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Guwahati Medical College on Alcoholism, May 2013.
  • Invited Speaker at a symposium organized by Indian Psychiatric Society’s West Zone Conference in Goa in October 2013 on impact of social media on children and need for change in parenting.
  • Invited Speaker at aurangabad conference of Indian Psychiatry Society West Zone in October 2014: Role of Psychiatrist in Schools.
  Work Profile
  Apart from managing regular out patient department and admissions Dr. Deshpande founded the Child Guidance Centre at Keshav Gore Smarak Trust, Goregaon. The centre now has a team of psychologists, remedial teacher, volunteers and trainee MA interns from Department of Psychology, SNDT Women’s University, Wadala, Mumbai; Indira Gandhi National Open University, Mumbai and Anna Malai University, Tamil Nadu. The Centre offers its services to Punarvas Education Society’s School for Special Children, and a host of aided, unaided and municipal schools. Also conducts training workshops for teachers, parents and counselors who intend to pursue counseling in schools. The Centre under the guidance of Dr. Deshpande has developed a curriculum for teaching students “How to behave”. MOUJ as it is called is a curricularized age appropriate activity based program for middle school with RET based extensions for 8th and 9th standard.

After training in “Centre of Excellence in Deaddiction at KEM hospital”, Dr. Deshpande initiated community programs for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Working closely with non governmental organizations (NGOs), self help groups he tried to de-stigmatize chemical dependency and help the suffering. His association with many rehabilitation centres carried the message of hope and medical insights far and wide. He was appointed as the Class A trustee of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous India and has served as the longest serving class A trustee till now. He was invited for his expertise in the field all over India during his tenure and has addressed august audience in Judiciary, Military, Police, Media, Academicians as well as common men and women all over India. He now stands rotated since 2012 but still continues to work for alcoholics and drug addicts.

Noticing the rapid rise of the aged in the communities, Dr. Deshpande has focused on betterment of services for the aged. Associated in an advisory capacity with ‘Swaadhar”, a government aided, family counseling centre in Goregaon; he is also an advisor to “Dilaasa” a new family counseling and support centre in Vile Parle, Mumbai. He is closely associated with Regular and Intermediate Skilled Nursing Home, “Snehamandir”, Phonda, Goa for elderly. He is involved in the ongoing training of staff working at the Old Age Home. State of Goa has accepted the Recommendations for Welfare of Senior Citizens written by Dr, Deshpande for Goa Hindu Association following recommendation by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar.

His good teaching skills, oratory skills and liking for subject finds him invited at various corporate training programs. Larson and Toubro being one of them. Mumbai police, Association of headmasters of Mumbai schools, college teachers, parent teachers associations, cultural organizations in and around Mumbai regularly arrange his interactions. He has been involved in mental health awareness programs at various levels. With more than 50 news paper opeds, more than 100 TV appearances in ‘phone-in-programs’, many news discussions he has been a known face in Maharashtra.

With him being selected in Satyameva Jayate, An Aamir Khan Production show, in the episode on Alcoholism has widened his familiarity with people all over India.
  Work Achievements
  • Consultant Psychiatrist practicing in Mumbai for the last 18 years.
  • Advisory board, Swadhar, a non governmental organization working in the fields of empowerment of women and family welfare.
  • Faculty, Chanakya Mandal, an activity for developing tomorrows citizens. (Adolescent Determination Groups)
  • Founder & Director, Child Psychiatry Centre*, Keshav Gore Smarak Trust, Goregaon, Mumbai.
  • Appointed on the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, India as a Consultant Trustee (2006-20012)
  • Invited member of Psychogeriatric Advisory Group of India , a body of indian association of geriatric mental health.
  • Invited deaddiction specialist on ‘Satyameva Jayate’ - a TV show hoasted by Aamir Khan on star plus.
  • Awarded Bombay Community Public Trusts Scholarship for School Adoption Program in the years 2001-04 and 2008-11.
  • Awarded Drishti Research Scholarship for running ‘MOUJ’ progrm at Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya, Bandra, Mumbai for the years 2010-13.
  • Awarded Indian Association of Retired Persons Research Scholarship for the year 2005-06 for ‘Active Ageing Project.
  • Awarded Hinduja Hospital Research Scholarship for the active ageing project for the year 2005-06 for ‘Active Ageing Project’
  • Awarded Y.D. Phadke Social Research Scholarship for the year 2009-10 for ‘Psychosocial Apsects of Rural and Urban Ageing in Unorganized Sector’.
  Other achievements
  • Invited guest speaker for the annual conference of Federation of High School Principals at King George School in 1996.
  • Invited as a specialist speaker at Indian Medical Association- Miraj chapter in the field of deaddiction medicine.
  • Invited by Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s Federation of Vice Principals to give lecture on psychological parameters of school children in Municipal Schools in Mumbai.
  • Appointed on the executive board of Bombay Psychiatric Society for the year 2000-2001.
  Important Projects
  • Project Director, Unnat Nagar Municipal School Adoption Program (UNMSAP) funded by Bombay Community Public Trust.
  • Project Director, “Chemical Dependency- Advocacy, Rehabilitation and Training” (CDART) an initiative for humane treatment to addicted people.
  • Principal Investigator, Active Aging Project 2005, a joint venture of I.A.R.P. and P.D.Hindja Hospital and Medical Research Centre.
  • Project Director and Founder MOUJ, a school based curricularized activity centred low cost couseling program.
  • Project Director, setting standards of good practices in old age homes for better care of edlerly, Snehamandir, Phonda, Goa.
  • Project Co-Director Mahindra and Mahindra Social Ambassador Program 2014-2015.
  Write ups and publications
  • Psychological Parameters of Municipal School Children in Mumbai; experiences at the UNMSAP for the Bombay Community Public Trust.
  • Impact of new economic policy on women living in slums: a study of coping strategies. published by the HRD Ministry, Government of India.
  • Active aging and beyond… experience of twelve week yoga based health promotion program on psychological and neuropsychological parameters of 70 senior citizens in Mumbai 2005.
  • Author Senior Citizens Policy Statement for the state of Goa 2006.
  • Author, standards of good practices in old age homes, for Snehamandir, Goa, 2012.
  International Work
  • Invited to present a paper on ‘Active Aging in Urban India’ at Copenhagen, Denmark in May-June 2006 by International Federation on Aging.
  • Invited faculty for “Continueing Medical Education Program” organized by Asian Psychiatric Society at Bangkok, Thailand on 20th April 2006.
  • Invited speaker at the 19th World Service Meeting of the GSO, New York, at Malahide, Ireland in November 2006.
  • Invited to present paper at conference on Male Ageing at Tampa, Florida, USA, in 2008 May.
  • Invited guest speaker at the International Convention on deaddiction at San Antonio, Texas, USA on 3rd July 2010.
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