Dr Ramya Mohan is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Educator with the National Health Service UK (NHS) since 2008. Trained and qualified in both India and the UK at world-renowned tertiary centres of excellence, Dr Mohan specialises in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is an expert within Neurodevelopmental disorders, Developmental Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology.
An Autism champion for the South Surrey Autism board, Dr Mohan is passionate about bringing art and music together with the mind. In 2015, Dr Mohan founded iMANAS London, an organisation created to promote the integration of medicine, arts and neuroscience.
Exploring the way in which we can harness the mind and brain’s potential, iMANAS London delivers its message and work through projects that bring science, medicine and the arts together. iMANAS supports the logical power of neuroscience (using up-to date, evidence-based research and clinical practice) and the therapeutic creativity and free expression of art.
A highly skilled and trained artist, musician and author, Dr Mohan travels the world as an invited guest speaker to discuss her work, as the founder and director of iMANAS, as well as a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Mohan is a regular leading expert contributor with health, medical and parenting publications discussing child psychology and psychiatry. She has been published in well-regarded peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences on mental health. Her topic ‘the role of music and non-musical techniques in self-guided emotional regulation’ was commended as ‘innovative, original, ground-breaking and much needed’ at a recent international Psychiatric Congress.
Dr Mohan’s artwork has been displayed in exhibitions in both the UK and India, with her most recent exhibition being hosted at the MP Birla Millennium Art Gallery in West London. Dr Mohan’s art draws upon her Eastern roots, whilst integrating her working life in the West. The art is inspired by Dr Mohan’s everyday life, situations and people she meets and her traditional Indian art collection has received special commendation at the Liverpool Centre of Arts for young artists.
A formally trained musician in Carnatic and Hindustani classical music, the two different forms of Indian classical music, Dr Mohan firmly believes in the healing and therapeutic power of music and incorporates this approach into her medical practice, in order to promote recovery from illness and aid personality development in children and young people.
Dr Mohan has performed her music to accolades at various prestigious venues across the UK and India, including the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Milapfest. In May 2016, Dr Mohan will release her innovative, self-guided therapeutic technique ‘CAPE: Creative Arts for the Processing of Emotions’. This novel technique has a basis in her Neuroscience research on music, emotions and the brain and brings together the best of Eastern and Western music and well-evidenced therapeutic techniques, like mindfulness, to support self-guided emotional processing and regulation. Dr Mohan has composed the vocals and lent her voice to this project; a collaborative effort with well-known musicians and linguists. Dr Mohan has also turned music composer, lyricist and singer for a contemporary music project in progress, looking at the most oft quoted, powerful and complex emotion ‘love' and the mind’s take on the various facets to it.
Following the success of her work in the art, music and Neuroscience arenas, Dr Mohan has been invited by the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission, Ministry of external affairs (The Nehru Centre, Mayfair), to talk about 'Science, Art and Creativity: A mosaic of the human mind ' on the 19th of May 2016, 6 pm onwards. At this event, she will be launching her innovative Medicine meets Music project (CAPE). Her solo art exhibition will run in parallel all week (16-20 May).