St John's Medical College

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Dr. Uttara Chari
Designation :Associate Professor
Department : Psychiatry

M.Sc (Clinical Psychology); M.Phil;Ph.D

Professional Life Member – Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists

• Aggarwal, P., Raval, V.V., Chari, U., Raman, V., Sreenivas, K.K., Krishnamurthy, S., &Visweswariah, A.M. (2021). Clinicians’ perspectives on diagnostic markers for depression among adolescents in India: An embedded mixed-methods study. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 45(2), 163-192.doi: 10.1007/s11013-020-09680-8.

• Beniwal, R.P., Sreedaran, P., Chari, U., Ashok, M.V., & Bhatia, T. (2020). Protocol of a multi-centric randomized controlled trial to evaluate efficacy of telephone-based psychosocial interventions on future suicide risk in suicide attempters. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 42(6S), 39S–45S.

• Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2020). Adoption and problem behaviours – A psychological formulation from three cases. Indian Journal of Psychiatric Social Work, [S.I.], p. Epub: Ahead of print. ISSN: 2582-4996. Available at:

• Sreedaran, P., Beniwal, R.P., Chari, U., Smitha, T.S., Vidhya, S.S.V., Gupta, V., Bhatia, T., & Deshpande, S.N. (2020). A randomized controlled trial to assess feasibility and acceptability of telephone-based psychosocial interventions in individuals who attempted suicide. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 42, 1–6.

• Chari,U., &Hirisave, U. (2020). Authors’ response - Reliability of instruments and magnitude of the effect for Mann-Whitney U test on Psychological health of young children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Journal of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health,16(3), 213-216.

• Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2020). Psychological health of young children undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A cross-sectional study. Journal of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16(1), 66-79.

• Chari, U., Chandran, S., & Xavier, D. (2020). Dealing with relationships. In S. Chandran & D. Xavier (Eds.), The St. John’s toolkit for postgraduate wellbeing: To get the best of your PG days (pp. 104-107). Bengaluru, India: St. John’s Medical College. ISBN: 978-93-5406-305-3.

• Chari, U., & Chilton, J. (2019). Normal development: Infancy, childhood, and adolescence (Accompanying power point presentation for teaching). In J.M. Rey, & A. Martin (Eds.), IACAPAP e-textbook of child and adolescent mental health. Retrieved from

• Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2019). Pertinence of psychological formulations in psychotherapy: A case report. Journal of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 15(4), 75-84.

• Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2017). A study on resilience in children and adolescents from lesser privileged backgrounds of urban India. In S. Aleem, S. Bano, & M.G. Shahnawaz. Health and Wellbeing among Children and Youth in India. New Delhi: Excel India Publishers. ISBN: 978-93-86256-62-1.

• Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2017). Non-directive play therapy: An experience. In Manohita: Department of Psychology and Counseling Center (pp. 49 – 56). Bangalore: National College

• Chari, U., &Chandrashekhar, P. (2014). Parents: A resource to promote resilience in children. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 10, 114.

• Chari, U., Hirisave, U., &Appaji, L. (2013). Exploring play therapy in pediatric oncology: A preliminary endeavour. Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 80 (4), 303-308.

• Chari, U., & Sharma, M.P. (2012). Cognitive-behaviour therapy with an adolescent girl with sexual obsessions. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 39(2), 161-164.

• Neelagandan, C., Chari, U., &Hirisave, U. (2011). Caretaker-child interaction and socio-emotional behaviour in early childhood. Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 7(4), 123-142.

• Chari, U., Shereena, E.A., Chand, P.K., & Suman, L.N. (2012). Society and its influence on alcohol use among women: Three case reports from India. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 5(2), 137-144.

• Chari, U., Shah, A. &Venkatsubramanian, G. (2009). Role of psychological assessment in adult patients with psychiatric disorders: Three case reports. Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry, 25(1-2), 56-60.

Primary Investigator:

Title – Identifying behavioral markers for mental wellbeing through digital phenotyping
Funding – None
Initiated – 2021
Status – Ongoing

Co-Primary Investigator:

Title – Impact of COVID-19 on learning and behavior of children with special needs.
Funding – Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India
Initiated – 2021
Status – Ongoing


• Title – Impact and feasibility of a clinical teaching programme in Psychiatry for undergraduate medical students
Funding – None
Initiated – 2019
Status – Ongoing

• Title – A multi-centric randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of telephone based psychosocial interventions on future risk in suicide attempters
Funding – Indian Council of Medical Research
Initiated – 2018
Status – Ongoing

• Title – Peer facilitated health promoting intervention among HIV infected adolescents
Funding – Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences
Year – 2017
Status – Completed

• Title – To develop a culturally sensitive measure to screen for depression in teenagers in India
Funding – Miami University, U.S.A.
Initiated – 2016
Status – Completed

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