Dr. Amiya Banerjee
Dr. Banerjee received his training in psychiatry (DPM and MD) from NIMHANS, Bangalore and AIIMS, New Delhi. He has 25 years of experience as a mental health practitioner and teacher.
As a practicing psychiatrist, his interventions integrate psychiatry with psychology as well as with the other medical specialties, especially the neurosciences. A clinic-based practice addresses the needs of the individual patient. However, every individual is also a part of a larger community. In 2000, Dr. Banerjee along with Ms. Monica Kumar founded Manas to give shape to their shared vision of improving mental health in the community.
Mental health services are virtually non-existent in the remote and rural areas of the country, where they are needed the most. Through the various Community Mental Health programs of Manas, Dr. Banerjee is working with under-served populations in several regions in the country. The fascinating cultural and natural landscapes of these places and their peoples provoke insights that go far beyond the narrow definitions of mental health.
He is a meticulous observer of the complex interplay between individuals, systems, society, and culture. As Head of Research and Training at Manas, as well as Faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry in Medical College, he pushes his colleagues and students to ask questions and seek answers. As a result, Manas is engaged in research in diverse fields like sustainability in community mental health, telepsychiatry, workforce migration, transcultural psychiatry and gender studies.