Faculty

Dr. Sanju George Chackungal

MBBS, CCT (UK), MRCPsych (UK), FRCPsych (UK)

Rajagiri Centre for Behavioural Science and Research

sanjugeorge531@gmail.com

Name: Dr Sanju George Chackungal

Current post (since 2018):

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Rajagiri centre for behavioural sciences and research, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, Kochi, India

Immediate past position (2015 to 2018):

Senior consultant in Psychiatry, Rajagiri hospital, Aluva, Kerala, India

 

Previous positions:

Consultant in addiction psychiatry (2005 to 2014), Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK and

Honorary senior lecturer in addiction psychiatry (2007 till 2014), University of Birmingham, UK

Contact details: Phone: 9895343515,    E-mail: sanjugeorge531@gmail.com

Qualifications: MBBS, CCT (UK), MRCPsych (UK), FRCPsych (UK)

Selected publications (from over 130 papers) in the past few years:

  1. George S. (2018). Introduction.  (Book chapter). In Gambling in India: past, present and future. George S and TS Jaisoorya (Eds). Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  2. George S and Benegal V. (2018). History of gambling in India. (Book chapter). In Gambling in India: past, present and future. George S and TS Jaisoorya (Eds). Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  1. George S. (2018). Current gambling scene in India: A perspective from Kerala.  (Book chapter). In Gambling in India: past, present and future. George S and TS Jaisoorya (Eds). Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  2. George S. (2018). Gambling research from India. (Book chapter). In Gambling in India: past, present and future. George S and TS Jaisoorya (Eds). Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  3. George S. (2018). Gambling in India: what can we learn from the West. (Book chapter). In Gambling in India: past, present and future. George S and TS Jaisoorya (Eds). Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  4. George S, Bowden-Jones H. (2017). Book chapter in Textbook of UK forensic psychiatry. (Ed. Basant Puri). Gambling addiction: what the forensic psychiatrist needs to know.
  5. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Sanju George, Yasunobu Komoto, David J. Nutt, and Taku Sato. (2017): Gambling disorder. Book chapter in Addiction Medicine. (Eds). John B Saunders et al.
  6. George S, Velleman R, Nadkarni A. (2017). Gambling in India: Past, present and future. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 26: 39 – 43.
  7. Jaisoorya TSBeena KVBeena MEllangovan KThennarassu KBowden-Jones HBenegal VGeorge S. (2017). Do High School Students in India Gamble? A Study of Problem Gambling and Its Correlates. J Gambl Stud. Jun;33(2):449-460.
  8. George S. (2017). An overview of gambling in Kerala. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry.
  9. George, S. (2017). Technology addiction. Pallikkutam. March 2017.
  10. George, S. (2017). Gambling addiction. Pallikkutam. April 2017.
  1. George, S (2017). Gambling in India for Editor, Policy Forum.netAsia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. March 2017.
  2. T. S. Jaisoorya , K. V. Beena , M. Beena , K. Ellangovan , Sanju George , K. Thennarasu , and Shoba Srinath.  (2016). Prevalence and Correlates of Self-Reported ADHD Symptoms in Children Attending School in India.  Journal of attention disorders.
  3. George, S., Jaisoorya, T.S., Sivasankaran, N.B., et al. (2016). A cross-sectional study of problem gambling and its correlates among college students in South India. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 199- 203.
  4. George S & Bowden – Jones H. (2016). Treatment provision for gambling disorder in Britain: Call for an integrated addictions treatment and commissioning model. Psychiatric Bulletin .
  5. Chitramohan T & George S. (2016). Gambling addiction in India: A survey of Indian psychiatrists. Internet Journal of Medical Update
  6. George S.  (2016). Gambling addiction in primary care: a survey of general practitioners. Internet Journal of Medical Update
  7. George S & Bowden-Jones H. (2014). Gambling disorder in England: Taking responsibility for treatment. Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  8. George S & Chidi C. (2014). Gambling addiction: what every doctor needs to know. Internet Journal of Medical Update.
  9. George S, Kallivayalil R, Jaisoorya TS. (2014). Gambling addiction in India. Should psychiatrists care? Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
  10. Xiquin H & George S. (2014). A survey of gambling among psychiatrists in China. International Psychiatry.
  11. Bowden-Jones H & George S. (2015). A clinician’s guide to treating problem gamblers. (Book published by Routledge, UK)
  12. George S et al (2013). Problem gambling: what can psychiatrists do? The Psychiatrist
  13. Petry N, Bowden-Jones H & George S. (2013). Proposed changes for substance use and gambling in DSM V. The Psychiatrist, 37-41.
  14. Walker T & George S. (2013). Funding treatment for gambling addiction in Great Britain: ethical issues. British Journal of Hospital Medicine. 74, 5, 184-6.
  15. Fearnley J, Roaf E, George S, Gerada C. (2013). Mainstreaming gambling-related harm as a public health issue in Great Britain. British Journal of Public Health.
  16. George S & Copello A. (2012). Treatment provision for Britain’s problem gamblers: present gaps and future opportunities. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 17: 318-322.
  17. George S (2012). From the gambler within: Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Gambler’. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.
  18. George S (2012). Allure of dice. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 54(3): 331
  19. Bowden – Jones H & George S (2012). RCPych information leaflet for problem gamblers.
  20. George S, Bowden-Jones H, Onuba I (2011). Gamblers Anonymous: An overview for the clinician. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.
  21. Bowden – Jones, H & George S (2011). “You never told me I would turn into a gambler”: A first person account of dopamine agonist – induced gambling addiction in a patient with restless legs syndrome. BMJ Case Reports
  22. George S & Gerada C (2011). Problem gamblers in primary care: Can GPs do more? British Journal of General Practice, 61 (585): 248 -9.
  23. George S & Huang X (2011). Gambling addiction: what the non-specialist needs to know. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 72(4): 206 - 210.

Academic profile

 

Teaching activities: I have been actively involved in structured teaching activities since 2003. I was an honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2007, and subsequently an honorary senior lecturer in psychiatry from 2007 to 2014. Some of my teaching commitments during this period included lectures, developing teaching modules, running seminars and expert sessions, supervising, examining, standard setting, mentoring, tutoring, etc; I taught undergraduates, post graduates, junior and senior doctors, and a wide range of other multi-disciplinary professionals. I have continued to do this since re-locating to India. I lecture regularly at schools, colleges and a range of work places.

Editorial involvement in journals: My academic interests have seen me author over 130 scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. I am also a peer reviewer for over 25 scientific journals.

Editorial board member: The Psychiatrist (Assistant Editor), The Internet Journal of Medical Update (Associate Editor), International Journal of Case Reports and Images, Psychiatry Online & Clinical Medicine Insights: Psychiatry.

Research into gambling addiction in the UK

Here are some highlights:

  • On the advisory board of Aquarius’ (largest addictions charity in the Midlands) early intervention gambling pilot and played an active role in the running and evaluating of this program
  • Co-wrote (with Henrietta Bowden - Jones) the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ information leaflet on problem gambling for the lay public.
  • Co-edited (with Henrietta Bowden - Jones) UK’s first textbook on problem gambling, commissioned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • On the advisory board of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ pilot project on training GPs in the identifying and helping problem gamblers
  • Co-wrote (with Prof Jim Orford and the National Problem Gambling Clinic) UK’s first self-help book for families affected by a relative’s gambling problems.
  • Published papers on gambling in various international journals such as British Medical Journal, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, British Medical Journal – Case reports, Journal of Public Health, British Journal of General Practice, etc.
  • Collaborated academically with Dr Clare Gerada (in educating GPs on gambling-related harm), Eleanor Roaf (in highlighting the public health harms of gambling), Henrietta Bowden-Jones (in numerous psychiatric journals, books, research, etc)
  • Helped set up Solihull’s gambling interest group in anticipation of a super casino opening in Solihull, involving key figures in public health, local council and the gambling industry
  • Co- developed the gambling screening and brief intervention tools (only one in the country)
  • Have carried out commissioned research for RGF into mental health professionals’ awareness of problem gambling
  • Was a clinical lead for RGF’s work stream exploring clinical governance in gambling treatment services across the country
  • Have completed an international survey of psychiatrists’ awareness of problem gambling in India and China.

Research into gambling addiction in India

Have studied gambling and problem gambling in India, and am the only psychiatrist research – active in this field. Some of the research output in this field include:

  1. George S and TS Jaisoorya (2018). (Book). Gambling in India: past, present and future. Pee Pee Publishers, Delhi, India.
  2. George S, Velleman R, Nadkarni A. (2017). Gambling in India: Past, present and future. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 26: 39 – 43.
  3. Jaisoorya TSBeena KVBeena MEllangovan KThennarassu KBowden-Jones HBenegal VGeorge S. (2017). Do High School Students in India Gamble? A Study of Problem Gambling and Its Correlates. J Gambling Studies. Jun;33(2):449-460.
  4. George S. (2017). An overview of gambling in Kerala. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 30 (1): 24-30.
  5. George, S. (2017). Technology addiction. Pallikkutam. March 2017.
  6. George, S. (2017). Gambling addiction. Pallikkutam. April 2017.
  7. George, S (2017). Gambling in India, Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. March 2017.
  8. George, S., Jaisoorya, T.S., Sivasankaran, N.B., et al. (2016). A cross-sectional study of problem gambling and its correlates among college students in South India. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 199- 203.
  9. Chitramohan T & George S. (2016). Gambling addiction in India: A survey of Indian psychiatrists. Internet Journal of Medical Update
  10. George S et al (2014). Gambling addiction in India: Should psychiatrists care? Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 56(2): 111–112.

 

Other past academic commitments are given below:

  1. Royal College of Psychiatrists: Assistant Editor of The Psychiatrist, Expert assessor of  Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (Article 14) (until 2012) , MRCPsych examiner & consultant appointments committee member (approved)
  2.  General Medical Council (GMC): Medical examiner for the GMC’s fitness to practice proceedings for sick doctors and Medical supervisor for the GMC’s fitness to practice proceedings for sick doctor
  3. Other key academic activities: Honorary senior lecturer in addiction psychiatry, University of Birmingham; Advisory board member on various gambling treatment panels; Expert panel member of the Birmingham and Solihull Research Ethics Committee (REC) until 2011; Expert grant application referee for National Institute for Health Research’s HTA/SDO programs; Book reviewer for British Medical Association; academic mentor to junior and senior trainees, and junior consultants in addiction; invited speaker to national and international CPD events; research supervisor to MSc students, etc.

 

Awards

National

  1. Indian Psychiatric Society’s travel fellowship at NIMHANS, Bangalore in 2017. I was only one of two fellows selected from all of India.
  2. Royal College of Psychiatrists’ psychiatric team of the year award (2009)
  3.  BUPA foundation award for patient safety (2008)
  4.  Hospital Doctor Award (2007)

Regional (West Midlands, UK) awards

  1.  Health and Social Care Award (2008) for ‘Leadership for Innovation’
  2. Health and Social Care Award (2008) for ‘Best of the Best’

Trust level awards for clinical excellence, UK: Clinical excellence awards every year from 2007 to 2014 (9 awards received so far).