Department of Psychiatry

  • The Department of Psychiatry, SSSMC/RI, is functioning since 2009. Since its inception, the staff and the faculties have been relentlessly pursuing to increase the quality of clinical, academic and research triad. 
  • The department has been sequentially expanded in terms of sub-specialties, patient inflow, widening of community service offered as well as research activities. The growth in physical infrastructure accompanied the expansion. 
  • Currently, the Department of Psychiatry is a self-contained, integrated complex with adjoining outpatient and in-patient facilities, located in the ground floor of the main hospital building of SSSMC/RI.


Dr. A.M. ANUSA M.B.B.S, M.D. 


I have completed UG and PG from Madurai Medical College and Government Rajaji Hospital. I had joined Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute as Senior Resident on July 2015. I was promoted to Assistant Professor in the month of August 2015. Then was promoted to Associate Professor on August 2019. Field of interest include addiction psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and adolescent Psychiatry.  I have 19 publications to my credit as on date. I have given write out in magazines on various general psychiatric and psychology topics.      





I had my undergraduation from Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry University and my post graduation from Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry University. Subsequently I joined Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute as Senior Resident in Septemebr 2020.  Areas of special interest are neuropsychiatry and adolescent Psychiatry.  I have one publication to my credit. I have given speech on mass media on various public interest topics.    

Facilities available

  • The outpatient unit of the Department of Psychiatry consists of 4 rooms (including 3 consulting rooms with attached bathroom), a well-equipped clinical demonstration room & a seminar hall.  
  • The in-patient unit consists of a 15-bedded ward (7 male beds, 8 female beds). 
  • The department has a comprehensive mini-library, with a repository of 75 pertinent edition text and referral books of International and National Authors. The department library houses few several International and National Journals in the field of Psychiatry. 
  • The facilities available are in confirmation to the norms prescribed by the Medical Council of India for undergraduate MBBS course. In addition, the faculty has online access to a large number of neuropsychiatry journals through an institutional Proquest subscription. Also, The central library has 242 books pertaining to Psychiatry.

Psychiatry Activities

Academic Activities:-
  • Organizing lectures for the benefit of the new students
  • Provide mental health support for the students and staffs
  • Organize lectures, workshops, demonstration and role plays

Psychiatry Services

Clinical Activities
  • Diagnose, perform necessary biomedical and administer Psychological tests to identify the mentally ill patient.
  • Provide out-patient care for mentally ill patient.
  • Provide in-patient care to mentally ill patient.
  • Provide state of art Modified Electro Convulsive Therapy under general anesthesia.
  • Provide follow up facilities for mentally ill patients.
  • Involving in de-addiction programs and community level interactions.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Behavior modification, Rational Emotive therapy. Adolescent Guidance, Supportive therapy, Crisis intervention, Motivational enhancement therapy & other psychological services through counseling psychologist.

Programs Offered

  • MBBS

Psychiatry Research

Thavarajah R, Kumar M, ANUSA AM, Vernon LT. Drilling Deeper into Toothbrushing Skills: is Proactive Interference an Under-Recognized Factor in Oral Hygiene Behaviour Change? Current oral health reports 2015;2:123-128. 

ANUSA AM. Ideological cause and hero worship related suicides: Indian perspective and changing trends during 2001–2014: An exploratory study. Indian J Psychol Med 2016;38:553-9 [PubMed, Scopus Indexed]

Ramasubramanian C, ANUSA AM, Namasivayam RK. Employability of mentally ill persons in India: A self-report-based population study. Ind Psychiatry J 2016;25:171-8. [PubMed Indexed]

ANUSA AM, Thavarajah R. A study on suicide among Indians living with cancer during 2001–2014. Indian J Cancer 2016;53:435-40. [PubMed, Scopus, Medline Indexed, with Impact Factor]

ANUSA AM, Thavarajah R. Contribution of Indian psychiatrists to PubMed listed mental health literature during 1995–2013: An exploratory study. Indian J Psychol Med 2016;38:302-8 [PubMed, Scopus Indexed]

Madan Kumar PD, ANUSA AM, Walls T, Rooban T, Vernon LT. Using smartphone video “selfies” to monitor change in toothbrushing behavior after a brief intervention: A pilot study. Indian J Dent Res 2016;27:268-77 [PubMed, Scopus, Medline Indexed]

ANUSA AM, Rooban Thavarajah. Contribution and Performance of Indian Psychiatrists and a Pan-Indian Psychiatry Journal to Mental Health Literature during 2010-14. J Scientometric Res. 2016;5(2):100-105.

ANUSA AM, Rooban T. Burden of exposure to lead as a risk factor for mental illness in Indian children 1990–2015: A systematic analysis based on global burden of disease approach. Ann Indian Psychiatry 2017;1:88-96

ANUSA AM. Quality of life in schizophrenic patients: Comparative study from South India. J NTR Univ Health Sci 2017;6:224-31.

Thavarajah R, ANUSA AM, Ranganathan K, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S. Influence of legislations and news on Indian internet search query patterns of e-cigarettes. J Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2017;21:194-202. [PubMed, Scopus Indexed]

ANUSA AM, Thavarajah R. An audit of Indian health insurance claims for mental illness from pooled insurance information bureau's macroindicator data. Indian J Psychol Med 2017;39:254-61[PubMed, Scopus Indexed]

Sebastian John Xavier Sugadev, ANUSA AM. Sexual dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder on antipsychotic medications: a south indian institutional comparative study. INDIAN JOURNAL OF RESEARCH 2018;7: 18-23  [Index Copernicus Indexed]

ANUSA AM. A study of burden of anorexia nervosa in India - 2016. J Mental Health Hum Behav 2018;23:25-32

ANUSA  AM, Thavarajah R, Nayak D, Joshua E, Rao UK, Ranganathan K. A Study on Drug-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: Orofacial Musculature Involvement and Patient’s Awareness. J Orofac Sci 2018;10:86-95 [PubMed, Scopus Indexed]

ANUSA AM, C. Ramasubramaniam,Thavarajah Rooban, (2019) Comorbid Illness, Injuries and Health Insurance Subscription Among Self-Reported Mentally Disabled Subjects of Tamil Nadu, India. Journal of Insurance Medicine In-Press. https://doi.org/10.17849/insm-47-04-1-11.1