Rakesh Singh

Research Coordinator
  Kathmandu

Rakesh Singh, a public health professional, has substantial experience in academia and research. He has been honored with the Academic Excellence Award by the President of Nepal in 2014. His professional career spans nine years of work as a faculty at various medical universities in Nepal. He excels in mental health research with a special interest in adolescent and global mental health. He has considerable experience in implementing large-scale research projects in collaboration with international universities and/or agencies. He has around three dozen publications in national/international peer-reviewed indexed journals. Currently, he is engaged in Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal as Research Coordinator for ALIVE (Improving Adolescent mentaL health by reducing the Impact of poverty) project. His key roles include the overall management of the project including developing coordination with all concerned stakeholders, overseeing the implementation of project activities, and supervising the project research team. He is also the country lead for work package 2 (Formative qualitative research and realist synthesis) and co-lead for other work packages including intervention development, tool validation, pilot-RCT, and youth engagement.

Major publications

  • Purgato, M., Singh, R., Acarturk, C., Cuijpers, P. (2021). Moving beyond a “one-size-fits-all” rationale in global mental health: prospects of a precision psychology paradigm. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 30, E63.
  • van Ginneken, N., Chin, W.Y., Lim, Y.C., Ussif, A., Singh, R., Shahmalak, U., …, Lewin, S. (2021). Primary-level worker interventions for the care of mental disorders and distress in low- and middle-income countries. Cochrane Database Systematic Review, 8(8), CD009149.
  • Arafat, S.M.Y., Ali, S.A., Saleem, T., Banerjee, D., Singh, R., Baminiwatta, A., et al. (2022). Academic psychiatry journals in South Asian countries: most from India, none from Afghanistan, Bhutan and the Maldives. Global Psychiatry (In Press).
  • Singh, R., Khadka, S. (2021). Mental Health Law in Nepal. BJPsych International, 1-3.
  • Singh, R., Gupta, A., Singh, B., Basnet, P., Arafat, S.M.Y. (2021). History of Psychiatry in Nepal. BJPsych International, 1-3.
  • Singh, R., Basnet, P., Mahato, S., Arafat, SMA. (2021). Telepsychiatry during COVID-19 pandemic: current initiatives, prospects and challenges. Asian J Psychiatry, 63, 102766.
  • Singh, R., et al. (2021). Effect of COVID-19 related lockdown on suicide in Nepal: a content analysis of suicidal reporting of major newspapers. Asian J Psychiatry, 64, 102766.
  • Singh, R., et al. (2021). Association of social stigma of COVID-19 with work satisfaction, burnout and fatigue among health care workers in Nepal. Global Psychiatry, 4(2), 180-190.
  • Singh, R., et al. (2021). Association of perceived isolation and resilience with self-rated mental health among undergraduate medical students in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Psychiatry, 4(2), 155-164.
  • Arafat, S.M.Y., …,Singh, R., …, Khan, M.M. (2021). Suicide methods in South Asia over two decades (2001-2020). International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 67(7), 920-934.
  • Singh, R., et al. (2021). Perception towards online teaching-learning among medical students during COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal: A descriptive cross-sectional study. JNMA, 59(234).
  • Purgato, M., Uphoff, E., Singh, R., Pachya, A.T., Abdulmalik, J., van Ginneken, N. (2020). Promotion, prevention, and treatment interventions for mental health in low- and middle-income countries through a task-shifting approach. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 29, e150, 1-8.
  • Singh, R., Baral, K.P., Mahato, S. (2020). An urgent call for measures to fight against increasing suicides during COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal. Asian J Psychiatry, 54(2020), 102259.
  • Singh, R., Subedi, M. (2020). COVID-19 and stigma: social discrimination towards frontline healthcare providers and COVID-19 recovered patients in Nepal. Asian J Psychiatry, 53(2020), 102222.
  • Singh, R., Singh, B., Mahato, S., Hambour, V.K. (2020). Social support, emotion regulation and mindfulness: A linkage towards social anxiety among adolescents attending secondary schools in Birgunj, Nepal. PLoS ONE, 15(4), e0230991.
  • Singh, R., Mahato, S., Singh, B., Thapa, J., Gartland, D. (2019). Resilience in Nepalese adolescents: Socio-demographic factors associated with low resilience. J Multidiscip Healthc, 12, 893-902.
  • Singh, R., Mahato, S., Singh, B., Bhushal, S., Fomani, F.K. (2019). Psychometric properties of Adolescent Resilience Questionnaire in Nepalese adolescents in Lalitpur. Asian J Psychiatry, 45, 13-17.

Contact Details:

Email: rsingh@tponepal.org.np; rakes4r@gmail.com

Telephone number: +977-1-4431717 EXTN: 174

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rakesh-Singh-19