Nagesh PaiProfessor Nagesh Pai, Professor of Psychiatry

Professor Nagesh Pai is the Foundation Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wollongong’s Graduate Medicine (GM) and Consultant Psychiatrist and senior Clinical Academic in adult psychiatry at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISHLD).

After his medical degree from Manipal University he did his residency training in Psychiatry and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Medicine and Doctor of Medicine as the best outgoing student for 1992 at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, an Institute of National Importance. He went to serve his alma mater thereafter and took up various academic positions and was responsible for establishing residency programs in Psychiatry in Mangalore. Professor Pai was Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, KS Hegde Medical Academy in Mangalore, India (2001–2005). Here, he was instrumental in initiating the Centre for Psychiatric Research, established to help psychiatric doctors become involved in clinical research, and had the opportunity to be principal investigator for more than 30 international, multicentre clinical research projects.

Prior to his current appointments, he was the senior staff specialist psychiatrist at Shellharbour Hospital and Lake Illawarra Community Mental Health Service.

He has been a Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Diplomate of National Board in Psychiatry, Diplomate in Behavior Medicine, Associate Fellow of Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators and Australasian College of Health Service Management, Fellow of Institute of Australasian Psychiatrists, Indian Psychiatric Society, Academy of General Education and College of International Neuropsychopharmacology.

He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and is scientific reviewer for many national and international journals; Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, General Hospital Psychiatry, Indian Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Australasian Psychiatry, Asian Journal of Psychiatry to name a few and has been on the editorial Board of Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences and Associate editor of GSTF Journal of Research on Neurosciences and Neurobiology. He has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at SRM University, Chennai, India.

Research Areas and Expertise

  • Psychopharmacology-antipsychotics related side effects
  • Schizophrenia
  • Medical Education


  • Silver Jubilee Award for the best outgoing student of the year (1992) M.D. In Psychological Medicine, NIMHANS, Bangalore
  • Gowd Saraswat Samaj Award for obtaining First Rank in M.D.(1992) in Bangalore University
  • Merit certificate by the National Scholarship Scheme for the high position reached in the list of meritorious candidates, qualifying for awards for Karnataka (1980)
  • Government of India grant-in-aid scheme of scholarship to students from non-Hindi Speaking States for post metric studies in Hindi (1980-81)

Selected Publications

Pai, N.B., Vella S.C. (2014). Adult sexual violence. In Comprehensive Textbook of Sexual Medicine; Second edition; Kar, N. & Kar, G. C., Eds.; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers: New Delhi, India.

Grenyer, B.F.S., Lewis, K. L., Ilkiw-Lavalle, O., Deane, R., Milicevic, D. & Pai, N. (2013). The developmental and social history of repetitively aggressive mental health patients. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, (5), 463-469.

Green, M., Dawes, K. & Pai, N.B. (2013). Family and carer mental health program: reflections on gaps in educational needs. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, (Suppl. 1), 10-10.

Pai, N., Vella, S. & Richardson, K. (2014). Is food addiction a valid phenomenon through the lens of the DSM-5?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, (3), 216-218.

Gowda, M.R., Pai, N.B. & Vella, S.C. (2013). A pilot study of mental health and quality-of-life of caregivers of children with cleft lip/palate in India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 55, (2), 167-169.

Vella, S. & Pai, N. (2013). False positives and false negatives: is the answer relatively simple?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 127, (1), 83-84.

Lian, J., Huang, X., Pai, N. & Deng, C. (2013). Effects of olanzapine and betahistine co-treatment on serotonin transporter, 5-HT2A and dopamine D2 receptor binding density. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 47, 62-68.

Thomas, S., Pai, N., Dawes, K., Wilson, C. & Williams, V. (2013). Updating medical school psychiatry curricula to meet projected mental health needs. Australasian Psychiatry, 21, (6), 578-582.

Vella, S. & Pai, N. (2013). The measurement of burden of care in serious mental illness: a qualitative review. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, (3), 222-231.

Thomas, S.J., Pai, B.N. & Dawes, K. (2013). It’s time to examine the status of our undergraduate mental health curricula. Medical Journal of Australia, 198, (10), 533-534.

Deng, C., Lian, J., Pai, N. Brahmavar. & Huang, X. (2012). Reducing olanzapine-induced weight gain side-effect by using betahistine: a study in the rat model. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26, (9), 1271-1279.

Ediriweera, H. W., Fernando, S. M. & Pai, N.B. (2012). Mental health literacy survey among Sri Lankan carers of patients with schizophrenia and depression. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 5, (3), 246-250.

Pai, N. B., Laidlaw, M. & Vella, S.C. (2012). Augmentation of clozapine with another pharmacological agent: treatment for refractory schizophrenia in the 'real world'. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 126, (1), 40-46.

Pai, N. Brahmavar., Deng, C., Vella, S. C., Castle, D. & Huang, X. (2012). Are there different neural mechanisms responsible for three stages of weight gain development in anti-psychotic therapy: Temporally based hypothesis. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 5, (4), 315-318.

Ellis, J., Mullan, J., Worsley, A. & Pai, N. Brahmavar. (2012). The role of health literacy and social networks in arthritis patient's health information-seeking behaviour: a qualitative study. International Journal of Family Medicine, 2012, 1-6.

Pai, N.B. & Vella, S.C. (2012). Reason for clozapine cessation. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 125, (1), 39-44.

Vella, S. & Pai, N. (2011). A pharmacoepidemiological analysis of clozapine use in a region of Australia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 124 (5), 413-414.

Devaramane, V., Pai, N. B. & Vella, S. (2011). The effect of a brief family intervention on primary carer's functioning and their schizophrenic relatives levels of psychopathology in India. Asian Journal Psychiatry, 4 (3), 183-187.

Hu, C., Pai, N. B., Huang, X. & Deng, C. (2011). Potential control of risperidone-related cognitive deficits by adjunctive aripiprazole treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 31 (1), 135-136.

Pai, N. B. & Vella, S. C. (2011). The importance of primary care psychiatry: an Australian perspective with global implications. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 2 (4), 277-284.

Lian, J., Huang, X., Pai, N. & Deng, C. (2010). Reduce the olanzapine-induced body weight gain with histamine H1 receptor agonist betahistine in rats. In Abstract from the XXVII CINP Congress, 6-10 Jun, 2010, Hong Kong. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 13 (Supplement s1), 99-99.

Lian, J., Huang, X., Pai, N. B. & Deng, C. (2010). Potential control of antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia and obesity in children and adolescents by aripiprazole. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 34 (6), 1157-1158.

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HDR Student Supervision (Co Supervisor)

  • Goma Khatri (Graduate School of Medicine) PhD
  • Jiamei Lian (Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health) PhD
  • Haydyn Lloyd (Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health) Honours Program

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Last reviewed: 24 August, 2017