“This is an interesting and potentially useful new book that describes important psychosocial interventions for individuals suffering from psychosis. Anyone who is involved in the care of patients with chronic psychosis should become familiar with the psychosocial issues and interventions that this essential book describes. Written and edited by experts in the field, this useful book is a welcome addition to the psychiatric literature and for patients with chronic psychosis.” (Michael Joel Schrift, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2016)
Basant Pradhan, M.D. is an academic child and adult psychiatrist, educator, researcher and author. Currently Pradhan serves as the founding director of the trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment, and the Yoga and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (Y-MBCT) programs at the Cooper University Health System, Camden, NJ, USA. In addition, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Pradhan had a few years of monastic training before he entered a career in medicine. His clinical and translational research work since 1993 has revolved around his pioneering work on neuropsychological functioning of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, epidemiology of child psychiatry, Yoga and mindfulness research, and development of new models of treatments that combine cutting edge psychopharmacology with neuro-biologically informed models of psychotherapy. His recent research projects include a study with the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH) that examines the efficacy of TIMBER©, a translational mindfulness based psychotherapy designed by him that has been found effective for patients suffering from chronic and treatment refractory post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This work has received the prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (2015) by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, USA. Pradhan has developed seven disorder specific translational Y-MBCT models that cover all major clusters of psychiatric disorders. As described in one of his books with the same title (Y-MBCT, 2014, Springer), these treatment models integrate the concepts of cognitive neurosciences with principles of mindfulness based cognitive therapy and advocate for use of Yoga in its entirety (i.e. all eight limbs including meditation) rather than in piece meal, thus increasing their scope and utility, both as adjunctive and sole modalities of treatment. As of 2015, Pradhan and his colleagues have tested the efficacy and feasibility of these models in multi-ethnic cohorts in India and the US consisting of more than 300 patients. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Pradhan serves as an executive member of the prestigious Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and the National Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry. He has served as a Guest Editor and Advisor to the Editorial Board of some national and international journals. Pradhan has received numerous awards in his career, both in India and the US including the Bronze Medal of the PGIMER awarded by the Honorable Prime Minister of India (2005), national psychiatry quiz championship by the American Psychiatric Association (2009), the Kenneth Gordon Memorial Award (2012) by the Regional Council of Child Psychiatry, and Remarkable Achievement Award of the New Jersey Psychiatric Society (2015). Pradhan has been named several times as a Top Doc for Kids and his work has been cited by various local and national magazines/ newspapers both in the US and India. He has authored or co-authored over 25 peer reviewed articles, editorials, books and book chapters and has presented his research over 65 conferences at regional, national and international levels.