Muniarajan Ramakrishnan

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

  • Professional title: Senior Lecturer
  • Academic title: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Other title: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
  • Area of responsibility: Clinical Psychology, Psychophysiology and Neuropsychology
  • Department: Department of Psychology and Social Work (PSO)
  • Email: muniarajan.ramakrishnan@miun.se
  • Visitor address: Kunskapens väg 8,
  • Room number: P1206
  • Subject: Psychology

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

• Doctorate in Psychology (Ph.D.) - Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Federal Republic of Germany (2012)
(Thesis: Sleep and problem solving in schizophrenia)
(Doctoral Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sartory & Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pietrowsky)
• Master of Science in Psychology (M.Sc., Psychology) - Bharathiar University (May 2008)
• Bachelor of Science in Psychology (B.Sc., Psychology) - University of Madras (May 2006)
• Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (PGDHRM) - Pondicherry University (2008)
• Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counseling (PGDGC) - Annamalai University (2007)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND HONORARY AWARDS:

• The British Psychological Society, U.K - Chartered Psychologist (Reg: 253893, 14th July 2014) and Associate Fellow (Reg: 253893, 08th July 2015)
• The British Science Council, U.K - Chartered Scientist (Reg: BPS/118/253893, 08th July 2015)
• Association of German Professional Psychologists, Germany (Reg: 54529, 01 November 2013 - 2016)
• The Australian Psychological Society, Australia (Reg: 183081, 09th November 2016)
• Singapore Psychological Society, Singapore (Reg: FM017006M , 03rd January 2017)
• Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, Australia - Full Member
• Schizophrenia Society of Canada, Canada - Member
• International Society of Critical Health Psychology, New Zealand - Member
• International Association for Youth Mental Health, Australia - Member
• International Society for Evidenced-Based Healthcare, Australia - Member
• International Association of Holistic Psychology - International Life Member
• Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists – Member
• American Psychological Association, USA - Member (APAGAS) (2005-2007)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT:

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University – İstanbul (January 2014- August 2017)

Background

Just an another academician who specialized in clinical psychology. I enjoy teaching, sharing knowledge and learning from others. Ever since my graduation I have continued to work in area of schizophrenia. My doctoral research was about sleep and neurocognition in patients with schizophrenia. I was very interested in research. Then I was pained to see the disparity in affordability, equability and accessibility of mental health care to everyone in many countries.

Research is important, but I am also more concerned about how do we give whatever the advancement in diagnosis and treatment currently available to everyone equally. Whatever the advancement available has improved the patients lives. Everybody is not getting it. For many mental healthcare is still a luxury and not accessible. And many lacks awareness. Research funds are mostly taxes paid by people of all socioeconomic class. Whatever the advancement in research and treatment we make; we must ensure the benefits reaches people of all socioeconomic status equally.

I thought I could do something to help the people who need help from my education, experience and skills. So, I have decided to offer free psychological help to anyone who need psychological help from 2013. As part of this i have traveled to Colombia in 2018 and 2019. I also continue to offer number of free mental health awareness and preventive mental health programs based on the needs of the specific county where I am based.

As most of you are studying and aspiring to become a psychologist, kindly please allow me to say few words. Every mental health professional should take their profession as a mission and not just as a job. Healing is our job. The component of the mission that we are responsible for the patients whom we accept for treatment is very vital. The sense of compassion, empathy, acceptance and the need to do the best. Whatever we do we must do superlatively well to our patient. This is the reward by itself and self-fulfilling.

In case if you are interested i would be happy to share my study, work, volunteering and charity experience in Germany, Turkey, Colombia and Norway. It may give some insights about different health care/educational systems, psychiatric epidemiology, regulations and current needs in those countries. I am also eagerly looking forward to learning from you. I am very grateful to the Mid Sweden University- PSO and Sweden for giving me the great opportunity. I do every service I could in my capacity to give back something nice to the University and lovely people of Sweden. You are always very welcome contact me if you ever need any help or ear to listen. My doors are very open anytime. I have time. Thank you.

Area of interest

Neuropsychology, Schizophrenia, Addiction, preventive mental health, Mental well-being, Mental health awareness and Sleep.

Teaching and tutoring

During my previous tenure taught many courses in area of clinical psychology, psychophysiology, biology of psychological disorders, cognitive psychology, clinical health psychology, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation psychology. In the Mid Sweden University i will teach courses mostly in clinical psychology to bachelor and master programs.

Other information

VOLUNTEERING, CHARITY WORK, AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES: June 2013 – July 2019: • Offered completely free psychological help for two hours in the evening on weekdays & four hours on weekends for anyone who need psychological help. June 2003 – December 2009: • Created and moderated communities like psychologist community, psychology student’s community, world mental health community, clinical psychology, mental health help and 20 other communities related to mental health and healthcare field which had strength of 25,500+ national and international members. Vast number of topics are discussed in all these communities. Networked 13,500 psychology students, psychologists, academics, professors, and experts. • Organized and conducted awareness programs to various SES groups and students (mental health awareness, dispelling myths of mental illness, child abuse and drug addiction awareness programs). • Assisted students with career research and exploration activities. Provided students with information and decision-making strategies related to major and career choices. Administered career counseling to various student groups and prepared and given handouts and career planner and HS study plan. • Assisted psychology students by addressing their enquiries by mails, giving career information, networking, and knowledge sharing. FREE WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED: • Psychological well-being in workplace • Positive mental health for physical well-being • Mental health first aid • Cardiovascular fitness and psychological health • Sleep hygiene, immunity, and promotive mental health • Chronic diseases, psychological coping, and self-management strategies • Improving personal confidence, self-esteem, and assertiveness at work • Coping with parental and familial mental illness • Prevention of depression and depressive symptomatology • Pre-employment mental health assessment • Preventive drug addiction • Practising compassion • Using Psychology to improve exam performance • Overcoming the stigma of mental illness • Art of listening CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURE SERIES INITIATED AND ORGANIZED IN PREVIOUS TENURE: • Initiated and organized a conference on “Mind in nonhuman agents: Developmental Cybernetics", by Prof. Dr. Shoji Itakura of The University of Kyoto, Japan (Conference date and venue: Kemerburgaz University on 22nd March 2015) • Initiated and organized a conference on “Theory of mind in early childhood ", by Prof. Dr. Virgina Slaughter of Early cognitive development center, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (Conference date and venue: Kemerburgaz University on 10th March 2015) • Initiated and organized a conference on “Redefining teaching and learning in the 21st century " by Harvard visiting Prof. Dr. Rosa Maria of The Pablo de Olavide University, Spain (Conference date and venue: Kemerburgaz University on 30th April 2015) • Initiated and organized a workshop on “Dyslexia - Assessment and Treatment", by Prof. Dr. Evelin Witruk of The University of Leipzig, Germany (Workshop date and venue: Kemerburgaz University on 7th May 2014) • Initiated and organized a special seminar in International relations, political science, and law by Prof. Dr. Angela Di Gregorio and Prof. Dr. Filippo Giuggioli of the University of Milan, Italy (Seminar date and venue: Kemerburgaz University on 13th and 14th April 2015) PUBLICATIONS: • Ramakrishnan, M (2012) Sleep and problem solving in schizophrenia. e-publications (published - open access), Universitätbibiliothek Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany. • Ramakrishnan, M., Sartory, G., van Beekum, A., Lohrmann, T. & Pietrowsky, R. (2012) Sleep-related cognitive function and the K-complex in schizophrenia. Behavioural Brain Research – Elsevier Refer complete publication list. INVITED TALKS: • Neurocognition and polysomnographic features in patients with schizophrenia (Invited by Prof. Dr. med. Alfons Schnitzler - Neurologist) Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, Centre for Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (09th June 2011) • Integrated research on Social & individual development-University of Luxembourg (01 Feb 2012) • Sleep and neurocognition (IKBU– Department of Psychology) (20th March 2014) CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: • Sleep and problem solving in schizophrenia - DGPs Fachgruppe für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie 2011 – Berlin, Germany. • Sleep and memory consolidation in schizophrenia - Johannes Gutenberg- Universität Mainz, Symposium der Fachgruppe Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs) 2010 – Mainz, Germany. • Memory consolidation during sleep in schizophrenia (15th Biennial Winter Workshop on Psychosis - WWP, November 2009), Barcelona, Spain. EDITOR: • Journal of Management and Business: Research and Practice - Editor (Faculty of Management, University of Presov, Slovakia) SCHOLARSHIP RECEIVED: • Doctorate – DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - STIBET stipendium PERSONAL INITIATIVE FOR INTERNALIZATION OF THE UNIVERSITY DURING PREVIOUS TENURE : • Took a self-initiative and successfully made 150+ international collaborative agreements (academic, exchange and research) with 100+ Universities (January 2014 -August 2017) worldwide. Most of the agreements are made with internationally well reputed and renowned Universities. Worked on establishing double degree and international joint master program under DAAD/Erasmus are on progressive stages. INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS: • Physical health status, quality of life & coping in schizophrenia (Master thesis) • Depression in chronic schizophrenia. • Suicidal ideations in patients with chronic schizophrenia. • Cognitive functions in schizophrenia. • Reasons for living in patients with chronic schizophrenia. • Improving working conditions for better productivity (Bachelor - Internship project) ERASMUS INVITES AND VISITS: University of Tübingen, University of Magdeburg, University of Reykjavik, University of Luxembourg, Strod/Haugesund University College, Norway, University of Heidelberg, University of Leipzig, University of Erfurt, University of Jena and University of Brno.