Dr Ruchika Gajwani

  • Clinical Psychology Research Fellow (Mental Health & Wellbeing)

telephone: 01412019239
email: Ruchika.Gajwani@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Ruchika Gajwani joined the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in May 2014, as a Clinical Psychology Research Fellow.  She is an Honorary Clinical Psychologist at the Psychotherapy service in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

On completion of an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology from the University of Durham in 2003, Ruchika was awarded a PhD in Psychology in 2008, and ClinPsyD (Clinical Psychology Doctorate) in 2013 from the University of Birmingham.  Her doctoral research investigated developmental pathways to affective dysregulation in young people at-high-risk of psychosis, with a specific focus on attachment difficulties and childhood trauma. She has a special interest in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) and is currently training to be a CAT therapist.

Engaging substantially in the model of early intervention service, she has previously been involved in large-scale research projects on ethnicity and detention, care pathways and predictors of transition amongst young people at clinically-high-risk of psychosis.


Research interests

Ruchika is involved in research on youth mental health, with a particular interest in early detection and intervention for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and psychosis. Her current projects are investigating the extent to which genetic and environmental factors contribute to mental health difficulties – specifically, the links between neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), using data on twins in Sweden. Also, the overlap between NDDs and ACEs in predicting severe mental health difficulties across child & adolescent and adult mental health services (Age 12-35).

Current research interests include:

  • neurodevelopmental disorders
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • affective dysregulation and suicide prevention
  • youth mental health
  • early Intervention for borderline personality disorder

 


Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Working on Hearts and Minds
    Chief Scientist Office
    2018 - 2018
     
  • From attachment to psychopathology: Affective dysregulation and neurodevelopmental disorder in young people at-risk of severe and enduring mental illness
    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
    2016 - 2018
     
  • Using Magnetoencephalography to Investigate Aberrant Neural Synchrony in Prodromal Schizophrenia: A Translational Biomarker Approach
    Medical Research Council
    2014 - 2018
     

Publications

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Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
Number of items: 23.

2019

McDonald, M., Christoforidou, E., Van Rijsbergen, N. , Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M., Schwannauer, M., Schultze-Lutter, F. and Uhlhaas, P. (2019) Using online-screening in the general population to detect participants at clinical high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45(3), pp. 600-609. (doi:10.1093/schbul/sby069) (PMID:29889271) (PMCID:PMC6483579)

Young-Southward, G., Svelnys, C., Gajwani, R., Bosquet Enlow, M. and Minnis, H. (2019) Child maltreatment, autonomic nervous system responsivity, and psychopathology: Current state of the literature and future directions. Child Maltreatment, (Accepted for Publication)

Haining, K., Matrunola, C., Mitchell, L., Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M., Schwannauer, M., Schultze-Lutter, F. and Uhlhaas, P. J. (2019) Neuropsychological deficits in participants at clinical high risk for psychosis recruited from the community: relationships to functioning and clinical symptoms. Psychological Medicine, (doi:10.1017/S0033291718003975) (PMID:30862319) (Early Online Publication)

Perry, B. I., Kular, A., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2019) The association between treatment beliefs and engagement in care in first episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 204, pp. 409-410. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2018.07.039) (PMID:30100109)

Kular, A., Perry, B. I., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasini, R., Islam, Z., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2019) Stigma and access to care in first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, (doi:10.1111/eip.12756) (PMID:30411522) (Early Online Publication)

2018

Gajwani, R., Larkin, M. and Jackson, C. (2018) “What is the point of life?”: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of suicide in young men with first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12(6), pp. 1120-127. (doi:10.1111/eip.12425) (PMID:28418116)

Gajwani, R., Dinkler, L., Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., Gillberg, C. and Minnis, H. (2018) Adverse Childhood Experiences and Neurodevelopmental Disorders – A Double Jeopardy for Juvenile Mania? IEPA 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health – “Prevention and Early Intervention: Broadening the Scope”, Boston, MA, USA, 07-10 Oct 2018. (doi:10.1111/eip.12723)

Grent-‘t-Jong, T. et al. (2018) Resting-state gamma-band power alterations in schizophrenia reveal functional E/I-balance abnormalities across illness-stages. eLife, 7, e37799. (doi:10.7554/eLife.37799) (PMID:30260771) (PMCID:PMC6160226)

Grent-'t-Jong, T. et al. (2018) Acute ketamine dysregulates task-related gamma-band oscillations in thalamo-cortical circuits in schizophrenia. Brain, 141(8), pp. 2511-2526. (doi:10.1093/brain/awy175) (PMID:30020423) (PMCID:PMC6061682)

2017

Singh, S. P. et al. (2017) A prospective, quantitative study of mental health act assessments in England following the 2007 amendments to the 1983 act: did the changes fulfill their promise? BMC Psychiatry, 17, 246. (doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1391-2) (PMID:28693512) (PMCID:PMC5504787)

Dinkler, L., Lundström, S., Gajwani, R., Lichtenstein, P., Gillberg, C. and Minnis, H. (2017) Maltreatment-associated neurodevelopmental disorders: a co-twin control analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(6), pp. 691-701. (doi:10.1111/jcpp.12682) (PMID:28094432)

Uhlhaas, P. J. , Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M. and Schwannauer, M. (2017) The Youth Mental Health Risk and Resilience Study (YouR-Study). BMC Psychiatry, 17, 43. (doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1206-5) (PMID:28125984) (PMCID:PMC5270216)

2016

Casey, D., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Islam, Z., Jasani, R., Parsons, H., Tah, P., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2016) Predictors of engagement in first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 175(1-3), pp. 204-208. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2016.04.030)

Gajwani, R., Parsons, H., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2016) Ethnicity and detention: are Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups disproportionately detained under the Mental Health Act 2007? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(5), pp. 703-711. (doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1181-z) (PMID:26886264)

Glass, S., Gajwani, R. and Turner-Halliday, F. (2016) Does quantitative research in child maltreatment tell the whole story? The need for mixed-methods approaches to explore the effects of maltreatment in infancy. Scientific World Journal, 2016, 1869673. (doi:10.1155/2016/1869673)

2015

Singh, S. P., Brown, L., Winsper, C., Gajwani, R., Islam, Z., Jasani, R., Parsons, H., Rabbie-Khan, F. and Birchwood, M. (2015) Ethnicity and pathways to care during first episode psychosis: the role of cultural illness attributions. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 287. (doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0665-9) (PMID:26573297) (PMCID:PMC4647639)

2013

Singh, S., Islam, Z., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R., Rabiee, F. and Parsons, H. (2013) Ethnicity, detention and early intervention: reducing inequalities and improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic patients: the ENRICH programme, a mixed-methods study. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 1(3), (doi:10.3310/pgfar01030)

Gajwani, R., Patterson, P. and Birchwood, M. (2013) Attachment: developmental pathways to affective dysregulation in young people at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52(4), pp. 424-437. (doi:10.1111/bjc.12027)

Ohlhausen, I., Gajwani, R., Pereira, B., Phull, M. and Tolosa, I. (2013) Pilot study and evaluation: screening and responding to distress of cancer patients in Birmingham (UK) with the Distress Thermometer and the Problem Checklist. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Sup 1), p. 21. (doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2013.03239.x)

Phull, M., Beale, E., Gajwani, R., Ohlhausen, I., Pereira, B., Rahemtulla, F., Rennalls, S., Rose, C. and Tolosa, I. (2013) Patients satisfaction with outpatient oncology consultations using the distress thermometer: comparison of two cohorts (2007 and 2012). In: British Psychosocial Oncology 2013 Conference, Southampton, UK, 17-18 Jan 2013, S22. (doi:10.10002/pon.3239)

2012

Gajwani, R. (2012) Developmental vulnerabilities and affective dysregulation in psychosis continuum. In: 3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference, Florence, Italy, 14-18 Apr 2012, p. 136. (doi:10.1016/S0920-9964(12)70243-8)

2011

Singh, S.P., Brown, L.A., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R. and Islam, Z. (2011) Culture and ethnicity: the missing dimensions of untreated psychosis. In: 3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology, Montreal, QC, Canada, 21-23 Jun 2011, S311. (doi:10.1093/aje/kwr181)

2010

Gajwani, R., Singh, S. P. and Jasani, R. (2010) Ethnicity and detention: determinants of ethnic differences in the process and outcome of mental health act (MHA) assessments. In: 2nd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference, Florence, Italy, 10-14 Apr 2010, pp. 294-295. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2010.02.492)

This list was generated on Sun Sep 22 04:57:13 2019 BST.
Number of items: 23.

Articles

McDonald, M., Christoforidou, E., Van Rijsbergen, N. , Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M., Schwannauer, M., Schultze-Lutter, F. and Uhlhaas, P. (2019) Using online-screening in the general population to detect participants at clinical high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 45(3), pp. 600-609. (doi:10.1093/schbul/sby069) (PMID:29889271) (PMCID:PMC6483579)

Young-Southward, G., Svelnys, C., Gajwani, R., Bosquet Enlow, M. and Minnis, H. (2019) Child maltreatment, autonomic nervous system responsivity, and psychopathology: Current state of the literature and future directions. Child Maltreatment, (Accepted for Publication)

Haining, K., Matrunola, C., Mitchell, L., Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M., Schwannauer, M., Schultze-Lutter, F. and Uhlhaas, P. J. (2019) Neuropsychological deficits in participants at clinical high risk for psychosis recruited from the community: relationships to functioning and clinical symptoms. Psychological Medicine, (doi:10.1017/S0033291718003975) (PMID:30862319) (Early Online Publication)

Perry, B. I., Kular, A., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2019) The association between treatment beliefs and engagement in care in first episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 204, pp. 409-410. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2018.07.039) (PMID:30100109)

Kular, A., Perry, B. I., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasini, R., Islam, Z., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2019) Stigma and access to care in first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, (doi:10.1111/eip.12756) (PMID:30411522) (Early Online Publication)

Gajwani, R., Larkin, M. and Jackson, C. (2018) “What is the point of life?”: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of suicide in young men with first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12(6), pp. 1120-127. (doi:10.1111/eip.12425) (PMID:28418116)

Grent-‘t-Jong, T. et al. (2018) Resting-state gamma-band power alterations in schizophrenia reveal functional E/I-balance abnormalities across illness-stages. eLife, 7, e37799. (doi:10.7554/eLife.37799) (PMID:30260771) (PMCID:PMC6160226)

Grent-'t-Jong, T. et al. (2018) Acute ketamine dysregulates task-related gamma-band oscillations in thalamo-cortical circuits in schizophrenia. Brain, 141(8), pp. 2511-2526. (doi:10.1093/brain/awy175) (PMID:30020423) (PMCID:PMC6061682)

Singh, S. P. et al. (2017) A prospective, quantitative study of mental health act assessments in England following the 2007 amendments to the 1983 act: did the changes fulfill their promise? BMC Psychiatry, 17, 246. (doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1391-2) (PMID:28693512) (PMCID:PMC5504787)

Dinkler, L., Lundström, S., Gajwani, R., Lichtenstein, P., Gillberg, C. and Minnis, H. (2017) Maltreatment-associated neurodevelopmental disorders: a co-twin control analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(6), pp. 691-701. (doi:10.1111/jcpp.12682) (PMID:28094432)

Uhlhaas, P. J. , Gajwani, R., Gross, J. , Gumley, A. I. , Lawrie, S. M. and Schwannauer, M. (2017) The Youth Mental Health Risk and Resilience Study (YouR-Study). BMC Psychiatry, 17, 43. (doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1206-5) (PMID:28125984) (PMCID:PMC5270216)

Casey, D., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Islam, Z., Jasani, R., Parsons, H., Tah, P., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2016) Predictors of engagement in first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 175(1-3), pp. 204-208. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2016.04.030)

Gajwani, R., Parsons, H., Birchwood, M. and Singh, S. P. (2016) Ethnicity and detention: are Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups disproportionately detained under the Mental Health Act 2007? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(5), pp. 703-711. (doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1181-z) (PMID:26886264)

Glass, S., Gajwani, R. and Turner-Halliday, F. (2016) Does quantitative research in child maltreatment tell the whole story? The need for mixed-methods approaches to explore the effects of maltreatment in infancy. Scientific World Journal, 2016, 1869673. (doi:10.1155/2016/1869673)

Singh, S. P., Brown, L., Winsper, C., Gajwani, R., Islam, Z., Jasani, R., Parsons, H., Rabbie-Khan, F. and Birchwood, M. (2015) Ethnicity and pathways to care during first episode psychosis: the role of cultural illness attributions. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 287. (doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0665-9) (PMID:26573297) (PMCID:PMC4647639)

Singh, S., Islam, Z., Brown, L., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R., Rabiee, F. and Parsons, H. (2013) Ethnicity, detention and early intervention: reducing inequalities and improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic patients: the ENRICH programme, a mixed-methods study. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 1(3), (doi:10.3310/pgfar01030)

Gajwani, R., Patterson, P. and Birchwood, M. (2013) Attachment: developmental pathways to affective dysregulation in young people at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52(4), pp. 424-437. (doi:10.1111/bjc.12027)

Ohlhausen, I., Gajwani, R., Pereira, B., Phull, M. and Tolosa, I. (2013) Pilot study and evaluation: screening and responding to distress of cancer patients in Birmingham (UK) with the Distress Thermometer and the Problem Checklist. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Sup 1), p. 21. (doi:10.1111/j.1099-1611.2013.03239.x)

Conference or Workshop Item

Gajwani, R., Dinkler, L., Lundström, S., Lichtenstein, P., Gillberg, C. and Minnis, H. (2018) Adverse Childhood Experiences and Neurodevelopmental Disorders – A Double Jeopardy for Juvenile Mania? IEPA 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health – “Prevention and Early Intervention: Broadening the Scope”, Boston, MA, USA, 07-10 Oct 2018. (doi:10.1111/eip.12723)

Conference Proceedings

Phull, M., Beale, E., Gajwani, R., Ohlhausen, I., Pereira, B., Rahemtulla, F., Rennalls, S., Rose, C. and Tolosa, I. (2013) Patients satisfaction with outpatient oncology consultations using the distress thermometer: comparison of two cohorts (2007 and 2012). In: British Psychosocial Oncology 2013 Conference, Southampton, UK, 17-18 Jan 2013, S22. (doi:10.10002/pon.3239)

Gajwani, R. (2012) Developmental vulnerabilities and affective dysregulation in psychosis continuum. In: 3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference, Florence, Italy, 14-18 Apr 2012, p. 136. (doi:10.1016/S0920-9964(12)70243-8)

Singh, S.P., Brown, L.A., Gajwani, R., Jasani, R. and Islam, Z. (2011) Culture and ethnicity: the missing dimensions of untreated psychosis. In: 3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology, Montreal, QC, Canada, 21-23 Jun 2011, S311. (doi:10.1093/aje/kwr181)

Gajwani, R., Singh, S. P. and Jasani, R. (2010) Ethnicity and detention: determinants of ethnic differences in the process and outcome of mental health act (MHA) assessments. In: 2nd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference, Florence, Italy, 10-14 Apr 2010, pp. 294-295. (doi:10.1016/j.schres.2010.02.492)

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