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Professor Swaran Singh



Head of Division


WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7615 0190

Research Interests

My research has mainly been health services oriented, with focus on early psychosis, somatisation, and deliberate self-harm, cultural and ethnic factors in mental illness, mental health law, transitions and medical education. Over time I have become more interested in youth and minority mental health problems in the context of service configuration and delivery, with particular focus on improving access to care and outcomes. My current and recent research projects include 1. ENRICH Programme Grant: A series of interlinked projects to understand ethnic differences in pathways to care 2. AMEND study: A multisite exploration of the impact of the 2007 Amendments to the Mental Health Act (1983) 3. ENDEAVOUR Trial: A multisite randomised trial for improving vocational outcomes in early psychosis 4. The BRIDGE Project: Comparison of two models of transitional care to improve transitions from CAMHS to adult mental health care 5. Development and Evaluation of YouthSpace programme: an evidence based approach to the development and evaluation of youth mental health service (16-25) in Birmingham 6. Understanding mental health provision for young offenders: mapping of provision and care delivery in youth offending teams in west midlands 7. The TRACK study: A multisite study of transitions of care from CAMHS to adult services


I initially trained as a surgeon and became interested in mental health following involvement with human rights groups working with children traumatised in ethnic violence in New Delhi. I trained as a psychiatrist at the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, and moved to the UK in 1991. I was a Lecturer and Consultant in Nottingham and in 2001 was appointed Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London. There I developed the ETHOS early intervention service, which gained an international reputation for its success in improving outcomes for young people with psychosis and for its cost-effective use of resources. I was appointed Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at the University of Warwick in March 2006.

Research Projects

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  • Perry, Benjamin Ian, Champaneri, Nina, Griffiths, Frances, Paul, Moli, Islam, Zoebia, Rugkà¥sa, Jorun, Burns, Tom, Tyrer, Peter, Crawford, Michael, Deb, Shoumitro, Singh, Swaran P., 2017. Exploring professionals' understanding, interpretation and implementation of the 'appropriate medical treatment test' in the 2007 amendment of the Mental Health Act 1983. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 3 (1), pp. 57-63, View
  • Olajide, Kike, Tyrer, Peter, Singh, Swaran P., Burns, Tom, Rugkà¥sa, Jorun, Thana, Lavanya, Paul, Moli, Islam, Zoebia, Crawford, Mike J., 2016. Likelihood and predictors of detention in patients with personality disorder compared with other mental disorders : a retrospective, quantitative study of Mental Health Act assessments. Personality and Mental Health, View
  • Butterworth, Sarah, Singh, Swaran P., Birchwood, Max, Islam, Zoebia, Munro, Emily R., Vostanis, Panos, Paul, Moli, Khan, Alia, Simkiss, Douglas, 2016. Transitioning care-leavers with mental health needs: 'they set you up to fail!'. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, View
  • Singh, Swaran P., Anderson, Beth, Liabo, Kristin, Ganeshamoorthy, Thines, 2016. Supporting young people in their transition to adults' services : summary of NICE guidance. BMJ, 353, View
  • Malla, Ashok, Iyer, Srividya, McGorry, Patrick, Cannon, Mary, Coughlin, Helen, Singh, Swaran P., Jones, Peter, Joober, Ridha, 2016. From early intervention in psychosis to youth mental health reform : a review of the evolution and transformation of mental health services for young people. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51 (3), pp. 319-326, View
  • Seddon, Jennifer L., Birchwood, M. J., Copello, Alex, Everard, Linda, Jones, Peter B., Fowler, David, Amos, Tim, Freemantle, Nick, Sharma, Vimal, Marshall, Max, Singh, Swaran P., 2016. Cannabis use is associated with increased psychotic symptoms and poorer psychosocial functioning in first-episode psychosis : a report from the UK National EDEN study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 42 (3), pp. 619-625, View
  • Rampling, J., Furtado, Vivek, Winsper, Catherine, Marwaha, Steven, Lucca, G., Livanou, Maria, Singh, Swaran P., 2016. Non-pharmacological interventions for reducing aggression and violence in serious mental illness : a systematic review and narrative synthesis. European Psychiatry, 34, pp. 17-28, View
  • Marwaha, Steven, Thompson, Andrew D., Bebbington, Paul, Singh, Swaran P., Freeman, Daniel, Winsper, Catherine, Broome, Matthew R., 2015. Adult attention deficit hyperactivity symptoms and psychosis : epidemiological evidence from a population survey in England. Psychiatry research, 229, pp. 49-56, View
  • Hodgekins, J., Birchwood, M. J., Christopher, R., Marshall, M., Coker, S., Everard, L., Lester, H., Jones, P., Amos, T., Singh, Swaran P., Sharma, V., Freemantle, N., Fowler, D., 2015. Investigating trajectories of social recovery in individuals with first-episode psychosis : a latent class growth analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 207 (6), pp. 536-543, View
  • Singh, Swaran P., Paul, Moli, Ford, Tamsin, Kramer, Tami, Weaver, Tim, 2008. Transitions of care from child and adolescent mental healthservices to adult mental health services (TRACK Study) : a study of protocols in Greater London. BMC Health Services Research, Vol.8, View
  • Farooq, Saeed, Naeem, Farooq, Singh, Swaran P., 2016. Telling the patients about diagnosis and outcome of schizophrenia : what, when and how?. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp. 101-102, Journal Item, View

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