Dr. Vijaya Raman

  • Professor, Clinical Psychology, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, India
  • Research Lead – Behavioral Sciences, Centre for Advanced Research and Excellence in Autism Developmental Disorders (CARE-ADD), St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India

  • Dr. Vijaya Raman has been a professor of clinical psychology, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore since 2006. She has a great deal of experience in working with vulnerable children. She runs regular child mental health clinics and she is a part of the Unit of Hope (a centre for children with disabilities) and also runs a neonatal followup clinic for children who are at risk for developmental delays. She has extensive training in the diagnosis of autism and has undergone the National Institute of Health, USA, conducted training in the use of Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) as well as Autism Diagnostic Observations Schedule (ADOS) - both of which are gold standard instruments for the diagnosis of autism.

    She has been an integral part of the research team that is preparing an early identification/screening tool for autism for children below 18 months. This will have significant clinical implications for early identification by non-mental health personnel so that early intervention can begin very soon to avoid the disability and dysfunction that results from late diagnosis. In the Indian context, early identification has been a challenge due to lack of awareness and lack of availability of early screening tools.

    Dr. Vijaya is responsible for supervision of clinical services in terms of assessments and therapies with children and their families done in CARE-ADD. She is also in charge of research work in the area of behavioral sciences. Currently, she is the principal investigator for the project under CARE-ADD ‘Play Behavior in Autism’.

    She is also involved in setting up assessment protocols and planning reports for children being evaluated under CARE-ADD.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology
    National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
  • Received training in the use of Bayley’s Scales of Infant Development - 3rd edition
    Conducted by Pearson Academy India, 1st September, 2016
  • Received training in Qualitative Research - Developing a Health Measurement Scale
    Conducted by the Division of Clinical Trials, St. John’s Research Institute and St. John’s Medical College Research Society, November 2013
  • Received training in Research Methodology and Statistics
    Basic Course conducted by the Research Society, March 2011
  • Received training in the use of the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
    Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA and Conducted at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, September 2007

Sahithya BR, Raman V. Sociodemographic correlates of anxiety disorders in children: A cross sectional study in an Indian outpatient setting. Accepted for publication 2020. Journal of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Sahithya BR, Raman V. Parenting styles, temperament and anxiety in children: preliminary findings in the Indian population. Open Journal of Psychiatry and Allied Sciences. 2020;11:19-25.

Raman V. School mental health programme in India: Role of mental health professionals. Invited article in the Minds Newsletter, February 2020.

Raman V. Self care strategies for post graduates. Chapter in ‘The St. John’s Toolkit for Postgraduate Wellbeing’, February 2020

Sahithya BR, Raman V. Psychosocial issues in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A review and proposal of a model for evaluation and management in the Indian context. J. Indian Assoc. Child Adolesc. Ment. Health. 2019;15(1): 85-109.

Raman V, Prakash A, D’Souza F. Psychosocial issues in Children with Thalassemia: From Identification to a model for management in a Developing Country. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2019;41(3):218-221.

Sahithya BR, Manohari SM, Raman V. Parenting Styles and its impact on children – a cross cultural review with a focus on India. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. DOI:10.1080/13674676,2019.1594178.

Chandran, S, Manohari, SM and Vijaya Raman. The Gut- Brain connection: A qualitative review of the conceptualisation and implications of the gut- brain microbiome axis. Telengana Journal of Psychiatry. 2019;5(2): 94-103 .

Johnson AR, Kumar MG, Jacob R, Jessie MA, Mary F, Agrawal, T and Raman V. Fear of Childbirth among pregnant women availing antenatal services in a maternity hospital in rural Karnataka. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2019.

Thariathu G, Chandran S, Thomas R, Raman V. Psychogenic Urinary Retention: A case report. Journal of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2019; 15(3): 61-67.

Raman V. Developmental Assessment- National Neonatal Forum workshop on neurodevelopmental disorders. Published in Manual, 2017.

Chandrasekaran A, Rao PNS, Raman V,Nesargi S, Shekharappa CB, Sahoo JP, Ranjit T, Chico MS, Bhat S. Glucose levels in first 3 days and neurodevelopmental outcome at 1 year in low birth weight infants: A cohort study. Indian J Child Health. 2017.

Rao VS, Ashok MV, Raman V. The neuropsychology of Autism - A focus on three major theories. Journal of Indian Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. 2016;12(2):162-199.

Selvam S, Thomas T, Shetty P, Raman V, Zhu J, Khanna D, Mehra R, Kurpad A, Krishnamachari S. Norms for Developmental Milestones Using VABS-II and Association with Anthropometric Measures Among Apparently Healthy Urban Indian Preschool Children. Psychological Assessment. American Psychological Association. March 2016.

Raman V. Practical counseling skills for the primary care pediatrician in the Indian context. Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2016. 83(7):670–674 .

V Raman. Ethical Issues in Working with Children in the Consultation-Liaison Context. In Ethical Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (Eds. Bhola, Poornima and Raguram, Ahalya), Springer 2016.

Selvam S, Thomas T, Shetty P, Thennarasu K , Raman V, Khanna D, Mehra R, Kurpad AV, Srinivasan.K. Development of Norms For Executive Functions in Apparently Healthy Indian Urban Preschool Children and its Association with Nutritional Status. Child Neuropsychology, 2016.

Ashok MV, Rao V, Raman V, Krishna G, Rajanahally JA. Nosology and Diagnostic Issues: Need for a consensus. In Specific Learning Disorders: Indian Scenario Edited by Rajesh Sagar; Commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology, Union Government of India, New Delhi. 2015.

Rao VS, Raman V, Mysore AV. Issues related to obtaining intelligence quotient-matched controls in autism research. Indian J Psychol Med. 2015;37(2):149-53.

Raman V. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder- A practical guide for the primary care pediatrician. Pedicon – Official Journal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Bangalore Chapter, 2015.

Raman V , Singhal M. Play therapy with children: A review and its utility in the Indian context. Journal of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2015; 11(2): 121-157.

Rao PA, Raman V, Thomas T, Ashok MV. IQ in Autism: Is there an alternative global cognitive index? Indian J Psychol Med. 2015;37(1):48-52.

Manohari SM, Raman V, Ashok MV. Use of vineland adaptive behavior scales-II in children with autism-an Indian experience. Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2013;9(1):5-12.

Ashok MV, Raman V . Neurobehavioral Comorbidities In Cerebral Palsy. Published in the Manual for the CONCEPT 12 conference held in St.Johns National Academy of Health Sciences, 2012.

Dsouza AJ, Barretto M , Raman V. Uncommon Sense: Interactive Sensory toys that encourage Social Interaction among children with Autism, 2010. Xaviers Institute of Management and Training.

Raman V, Prasad S, Appaya MP. Children of men with alcohol dependence: Psychopathology, neurodevelopment and family environment Indian J Psychiatry. 2010;52:360-6.

Raman V, Ashok MV. Developmental Disorders. Chapter in Achars Textbook of Paediatrics, Orient Longman Publishers, 2009.

Raman V, Kapur M. A study of play therapy in children with disorders of emotion. NIMHANS Journal, 2000.

Raman V, Ashok MV. Recurrent pain abdomen in children: psycho social aspects. St.John’s Medical College Journal of Medicine, January 1999.

Swarna Rekha, Raman V. How to handle neonatal deaths. Perinatology, 1999.

Ashok MV, Raman V. Comment on: Burden of care in parents of children suffering from haematological malignancies. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 1998;40(3):304-305.

Ashok MV, Raman V. Comment on: Burden of care in parents of children suffering from haematological malignancies. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 1998;40(3):304-305.

Ramesh S, Nadig K, Suvardarshini S, Baskaran S, Raman V. Psychotherapy training – student’s perspective. Psychotherapy training in India, NIMHANS Publication, 1992.


Vijaya Raman, Shyam Sundar Rajagopalan, Ashok Mysore, Sowmyashree Kaku, Bhavana Kumaraswamy and Priyanka S. Play Behaviors in Autism. IEC Approved, Care ADD funded. 2020 (ongoing).

Ashok MV, Vijaya Raman, Divya Swaminathan, Saritha, Maria Lewin, Dominic Misquith. ICMR Community Autism Study - Development of an Instrument to Identify Early Features of Autism Using an Operational Research Design - Development of ESComS - Early Screening for Communication and Social Skills. ICMR funded project. 2018 (ongoing).

Ashok MV, Vaishali Raval, Vijaya Raman, Uttara Chari, Ramakrishna Goud and Bobby Joseph. To develop a culturally sensitive measure to screen for depression in Teenagers in India. Funded by University of Miami, Ohio, USA. 2017 (ongoing).

Priya Pais, Vijaya Raman. Factors playing a role in choice of modality of dialysis in pediatric end stage renal disease: A qualitative study of caregiver knowledge, attitudes and perceptions. Project funded by the Research Society, St. John’s Medical College Hospital. 2015 (completed).

Ashok MV, Vijaya Raman, Maria Lewin, Ramesh A. Clinical and Neuropsychological study of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Indian Council of Medical Research. 2014.

Suman Rao, Swarna Rekha and Vijaya Raman. Follow up of children with neonatal risk factors: Cognitive functions and behavior. Funded by Research Society, St.John’s Medical College Hospital. 2012 (completed).

Anita Shet, Vijaya Raman, Ashok MV. Cognitive functions in children who are HRV positive. Project funded by Research Society, St.John’s Medical College Hospital. 2011 (completed).

Ashok MV, Vijaya Raman and Srinivasan K. Kannada translation of the Missouri Assessment of Genetics Interview for Children – MAGIC - an Interview schedule. Funded by the Washington University, St.Louis, Missouri, USA. 2002 (completed).

Vijaya Raman, Suveera Prasad, Appaya P. Children of alcohol dependent fathers: psychopathology and neurodevelopment. Project funded by the Research Society, St.John’s Medical College. 2000 (completed).

Groups and Associations

  • Received the ‘Asha Nigam’ award for outstanding contribution to the field of child and adolescent me
    Awarded by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists in 2010.
  • Delivered the ‘Asha Nigam’ oration at the National Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cl
    NACIACP 2010 – held in NIMHANS between 1st - 3rd February, 2010
  • Life Fellow
    Indian Association of Clinical Psychology
  • Life Fellow
    Indian Association of Clinical Psychology – Karnataka Branch
  • Life Fellow
    Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Associate Member
    British Psychological Society
  • Associate Member
    Indian Psychiatric Society - National and State Branches
  • Member, Journal Review Committee
    Frontiers - Psychiatry; Frontiers - Pediatrics; Asian Journal of Psychiatry; Indian Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health; On the Executive Committee of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Expert Trainer with Pearson Corporation
    Has conducted workshops for training trainers in: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – II edition; Wechsler’s Pre Primary and Primary Scale of Intelligence – III Edition; Wechsler’s Intelligence Scale for Children – IV Edition
  • Interests

    Dr. Vijaya’s broad areas of interest and active work has been in child mental health. She is especially interested in 3 main areas – 1) Anxiety in children and impact of parenting on this along with psychological treatment of anxiety in children, 2) Psychosocial aspects of medical illness in children and their families and 3) Neurocognitive aspects of Autism and early identification of Autism using play as a variable of interest and plans to develop a tool that can be used in the primary care using play as a method to detect early behaviors suggestive of Autism. She has scientific publications in all these three areas over the last few years.