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Priya Thomas

National institute of mental health and neurosciences

Priya Thomas

Dr Priya Treesa Thomas holds Ph D in Psychiatric Social Work from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India. Currently, she is working as an Additional  Professor in the department rendering psychosocial care services to the neurologically ill and is involved in clinical, teaching and research activities. In NIMHANS, she essentially concentrates her clinical expertise in social work and social science research with the persons living with various neurological illness and their families and works extensively with neurodegenerative disorders including dementia and movement disorders. She is interested in the social contexts that define people’s experiences and the complex social networks that influence psychological wellbeing across the life span. She is interested to develop psychosocial care models for various neuropsychiatric conditions, especially Neuro Palliative care.  She is a Commonwealth Scholar- India for her Dementia Studies Programme and undertakes qualitative research with the group that she is working with. Dr Priya is passionate about compassionate care and building micro-skills among healthcare professionals. She has several publications and ongoing research projects in these areas to her credit, and is guiding doctoral research students in related fields. She has been engaged in academic collaborations that explore social connectedness and digital technology among the elderly and Neuropalliative care. She is interested to explore further the complexity inherent in multiple perspectives of social isolation and loneliness in collectivistic societies across the world.


Countries India;
Topics Access to care; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care integration/ coordination; Care needs poverty and deprivation; Care trajectories; Dementia care and support; Employment education and family carers; End-of-life care and LTC; Gender and care; Home/domiciliary care; Loneliness among older people; Outcomes for unpaid/informal carers; Person-centered care; Prevention and rehabilitation and LTC; Primary Health Care; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Social Protection; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Discourse analysis; Ethnography; Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Thematic analysis;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Employment Education and Family carers; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Neuro palliative care

long term care in aging and neurodegenerative disorders

home based care

care coordination between healthcare systems

Key publications

Priya Treesa Thomas, Warrier, M. G., Arun, S., Bhuvaneshwari, B., Vengalil, S., Nashi, S., … & Nalini, A. (2022). An individualised psychosocial intervention program for persons with MND/ALS and their families in low resource settings. Chronic Illness, 17423953221097076.

Priya Treesa Thomas, Warrier, M., Sadasivan, A., Balasubramanium, B., Preethish-kumar, V., & Nashi, S. et al. (2018). Caregiver burden and quality of life of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in India. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 19(7-8), 606-610. 

Priya Treesa Thomas,  Annam, H., Ravindu, Warrier, M. & Netravathi, M. (2021). Integration of teleneurology within the health system to manage patients of multiple sclerosis and other CNS demyelinating disorders during COVID-19 pandemic. Annals Of Indian Academy Of Neurology, doi: 10.4103/aian.aian_457_20.

Nair, Vasundharaa. S., Priya Treesa Thomas, , & Netravathi M. (2023). Psychosocial Factors in Brain Infections Research in the Last Decade A Scoping Review. Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 47(4), 495–500

Hurzuk, S., Farina, N., Pattabiraman, M., Ramasamy, N., Alladi, S., Rajagopalan, J., Comas-Herrera, A., Thomas, P. T., & Evans-Lacko, S. (2022). Understanding, experiences and attitudes of dementia in India: A qualitative study. Dementia, 21(7), 2288–2306

Rajagopalan, J., Arshad, F., Priya Treesa Thomas, Hoskeri, R. M., Nair, V. S., Hurzuk, S., Annam, H., … & Alladi, S. (2022). Experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic in India: A mixed-methods study. Dementia, 21(1), 214-235.

Rajagopalan, J., Arshad, F., Priya Treesa Thomas,Varghese, F., Hurzuk, S., Hoskeri, R. M., … & Alladi, S. (2022). Cognition, Behavior, and Caregiver Stress in Dementia during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Indian Perspective. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 51(1), 90-100.