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Nisha Dogra

2005-06 Harkness Fellow Senior Lecturer University of Leicester Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Greenwood Institute of Child Health

Harkness Project Title:Implementing Cultural Competency in Health Care: Findings of a Qualitative Study

Mentor: Joseph Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.

Placement: Institute for Health Policy, Harvard Medical School

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Nisha Dogra, Ph.D., B.M., MRCPsych, M.D., a 2005-06 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is clinical senior lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Leicester. Dogra is involved in a wide variety of teaching and training events in undergraduate and postgraduate education, locally, nationally and internationally. She had the responsibility of acting as advisor to develop and evaluate a course on human diversity at the Medical University of Southern Africa. She is also supporting the development of learning and teaching in child mental health and teaching skills at the University of Varanasi in India. She is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching, which recognizes quality teachers. Her research interests include cultural diversity, training for medical students and healthcare professionals, effective methods and evaluation of training, and young people's perceptions of mental health services. Her clinical areas of interest include adolescents and the use of systemic practice beyond family therapy. After some experience in community paediatrics in Nottingham, she began her career in psychiatry. Dogra received a bachelor of medicine from the University of Southampton in 1986 and a doctorate from the University of Leicester in 2004.


Project: Dogra compared how health care providers in different organizations have developed, implemented, and evaluated cultural competence programs.  She particularly focused on how such organizations have engaged with professionals regarding cultural competence issues.  She conducted interviews with staff developing organizational policies regarding diversity and cultural competence at health plans and hospitals.

Career Activity Since Fellowship


  • Professor, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, 2013
  • University of Leicester University Teaching Fellowship, 2008
  • Health Foundation Leaders for Change Fellow, 2007-08



Current Position: Professor, School of Psychology, University of Leicester (Updated 01/2014)

E-mail: [email protected]

Selected Publications


Vostanis, P., Svirydzendka, N., Dugard, P., Singh, S. and Dogra, N.  Mental Health Service Use by Adolescents of Indian and White Origin. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2013.

Dogra N, Singh S P, Svirydzenka N and Vostanis P Mental Health problems in children and young people from minority ethnic groups: the need for targeted research.  British Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 200, 265-267.

Dogra N, Reitmanova S and Carter-Pokras O Teaching cultural diversity: Current status in U.K., U.S., and Canadian medical schools. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010; 25(2), 164-168.

Dogra N Ethnicity and culture, and their relationship to healthcare. InnovAIT 2010; 3(6), 366-372.

Dave S, Dogra N and Leask S Service increment for teaching funding in psychiatry: The current position and possible ways forward. The Psychiatrist 2010; 34, 1-5.

Thompson C, Dogra N and McKinley R. A Survey of General Practitioners’ opinions towards and perceived competencies in teaching undergraduate psychiatry. Education for Primary Care 2010; 21(1): 20-4.

Ronzoni P, Dogra N, Omigbodun O, Bella T and Atitola A  Stigmatization of mental illness among Nigerian schoolchildren. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 2009.

Dogra N, Reitmanova S and Carter-Pokras O  Twelve tips for teaching diversity and embedding it in the medical curriculum Medical Teacher 2009 11: 990-993.

Dogra N, Cavendish S, Anderson J and Edwards R. Service user perspectives on the content of the undergraduate curriculum in psychiatry. Psychiatric Bulletin 2009; 33(7): 260-264.

Karim K, Edwards R, Dogra N, Anderson I, Davies T, Lindsay J, Ring H and  Cavendish S  A survey of the Teaching and Assessment of Undergraduate Psychiatry in the Medical Schools of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Undergraduate psychiatry: what’s going on? Medical Teacher 2009; 31(11):   1024-1029.


Dogra N. Betancourt J, Park E & Martinez L  “The relationship between drivers and policy in the implementation of cultural competency training in health care.”2 Journal of the National Medical Association 2009; 101:2; 127-133

Betancourt J, Dogra N. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Health Alliance Policy Briefing. November 2006. Alliance for Health Reform. Washington DC.