Dr Shweta Rai

Additional Professor & Head

Department of Clinical Psychology

Qualification: MPhil Clinical Psychology., PhD


    Dr Shweta Rai is Additional Professor and Head of Department of Clinical Psychology – Manipal College of Health Professions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.

    In addition to the teaching responsibilities of M.Phil. & M.Sc. Clinical Psychology,

    She is:

    • Clinical Supervisor (MPhil Clinical Psychology & MSc Clinical Psychology)
    • Chairperson – Departmental Research Committee for MPhil Clinical Psychology program
    • Incharge - Psychodermatology Clinic
    • Registered PhD Guide
    • Clinical Incharge 


Subject Semester / Year
Biological foundation MPhil I Year
Behavior Medicine MPhil II Year
Psychotherapy process I MSc II Year
Psychotherapy MSc II Year
Psychotherapy Process II MSc II year


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD Clinical Psychology DayalBagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) 2006
MPhil Clinical Psychology SOAHS, Manipal Academy of Higher Education 2008


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Lecturer Teaching & Clinical March 2009 - February 2010
School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Assistant Professor Teaching & Clinical February 2010 - March 2012
School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Assistant Professor - Senior Scale Teaching & Clinical March 2012 - March 2014
Manipal College of Health Professions, MAHE Associate Professor Teaching & Clinical March 2014 to till date


Area of Interest


Area of Expertise

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment.

Area of Research

Psycho-dermatology, Addiction, Neuropsychology

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Professional Affiliations:

  • Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) registered Clinical Psychologist.


  • Effect of stress on patient with psoriasis. Paper was presented in 43rd National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist, at Kovai Vidyashram, Coimbatore on 27th-29th January 2017.
  • Modulatory influence of early maladaptive schemas in the manifestation of somatic and depressive psychopathology in relation to life events. Paper was presented in International Conference of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, held at AIIMS, New Delhi on 6th-8th March 2017.
  • Neuropsychological Correlates of Threat Perception in Social Anxiety Disorder. Paper was presented in 51st National and 20th International conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology at Bangalore University on 6th-8th May 2016.
  • Early Maladaptive Schemas in Depressive Psychopathology. Paper was presented in International Conference of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, held at AIIMS, New Delhi on 5th and 6th March 2015.
  • Sex Differences in cognitive abilities of elderly. Paper presented in 7th International and 38th National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, held at J.N.V. University, Jodhpur, from 11th – 13th October 2003.

Look beyond skin: psychogenic excoriation- a series of five cases


Indian Journal of Dermatology

Psychodermatology liaison clinic in India: a working model.

Shweta Rai

Tropical Doctor, 48 (1), 7-11 (2018)

Psychological intervention in psychodermatological conditions (2016).

Shweta Rai

In Handbook of psychodermatology (1st ed., pp. 93-106). Delhi, Delhi: The health sciences publisher.

Experience of shame in social phobia.

Shweta Rai

Journal of Psychosocial research, 8 (2), 289-301, 2013.

Aging and stress in the determination of cognitive functions

R. Singh A. Yadava N. Sharma Shweta Rai

(Eds.). Health Psychology 2005. New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House

Aging and education as associated with cognitive abilities among the elderly

Shweta Rai

Behavioural Scientist, 6 (2), 75-80 (2005).

Impact of religious beliefs and leisure time activities on stress

Shweta Rai

Psycholingua, 34 (2), 132-134, (2004).

Age as a function of Stress

Shweta Rai

Praachi Journal of Psycho-Cultural Dimensions, 20 (1), 8-10, (2004).

Impact of social welfare activities and aging on stress

Shweta Rai

Indian Psychological Review, 62 & 63 (4), 196-201 (2004).

Comparison of Cognitive Functions in Elderly Population with and without Hearing Loss.

2020 Shweta Rai

Indian Journal of Otology, 26, 163-167, (2020). DOI:10.4103/indianjotol.INDIANJOTOL_65_19

Shweta Rai

Thought Disorder on Object Sorting Test Is Associated with Executive Dysfunction in Schizophrenia. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 42, 1-7, (2020). DOI: 10.1177/0253717620941191

Shweta Rai

Efficacy of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on Children with Anxiety. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 34 (4), (2020). http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/JCPSY-D-20-00014

Shweta Rai

• Prefrontal Cortex Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Treatment in Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (PreCoTTA): Study Protocol for a Double-Blind Randomized Sham-Controlled Trial. Review on Recent Clinical Trials, XX, 1-11, 2021 Aug 5. DOI: 10.2174/1574887116666210806091448. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34365959.

Shweta Rai

Emotional Threat Perception and Its Association with Neurocognition in Social Anxiety Disorder. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, XX, 1-8, 2021. DOI: 10.1177/02537176211046472

Shweta Rai

Decision-making and impulsivity in patients with alcohol dependence syndrome with comorbid attention deficit hyper activity disorder. Clinical Psychologist, XX, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/13284207.2021.1985377

Shweta Rai

Determinants of stigma faced by people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A narrative review from past and present scenario in India. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health, XX, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cegh.2022.101117

Shweta Rai

The subjective experience of craving among individuals with alcohol dependence syndrome: A phenomenological study. Journal of Substance Use, XX, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/14659891.2022.2110953

Perceived parental rearing practices and experience of shame among patients with social phobia

2010-01-01 Vandana Kapur

The present study was planned to investigate the perceived parental rearing practices and experience of shame among patients with social phobia.

Clinical Correlates of Higher Cognitive Dissonance and its Resolution in male patients with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome.

Shweta Rai

Unfairness sensitivity among male patients with alcohol dependence and healthy controls with and without alcohol related cues

Changes in cognitive functions among males with alcohol dependence in presence of alcohol related cues before and after administration of nicotine

Cognitive Functions, Behavioral Problems and Quality of Life in perinatally infected children on HAART:A Case – control study.

Efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive Therapy on children with anxiety.

Efficacy of dance movement therapy in treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Comparison of neuropsychological Correlates of emotional threat Perception in schizophrenia versus Bipolar disorder

Effect of positive personality traits on relapse and percieved stigma in patients with psoriasis.

Executive Functions and its correlation with performance on Object Sorting Test in patients with schizophrenia as compared to healthy subjects.

Influence of perceived parenting styles and early maladaptive schemas on the body esteem among young women

Modulatory influence of early maladaptive schemas in manifestation of somatic and depressive psychopathology in relation to life events

Neuropsychological Correlates of Threat Perception in Social Anxiety Disorder

Variables of Rorschach comprehensive system in obsessive compulsive disorder as compared to anxiety disorders ”

Effect Of Media On Body Image Perception Among Young Indian Women

Body image perception among the adult Indian population

Objectification and body esteem among male recreational athletes and exercisers as compared to controls

Strategies to control craving among subjects with alcohol use disorders

Validation of a brief instrument for cognitive function assessment in a hospital sample of dementia

Successful adaptive coping strategies to handle craving among alcohol dependent subjects with high impulsivity