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Professor Nimisha Patel

Clinical tutor

Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology

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Nimisha has extensive experience in clinical work, research and policy development in relations to torture survivors.


  • Torture and clinical psychology: clinical practice, clinical services and outcome evaluation
  • Right to rehabilitation as a form of reparation for torture survivors
  • The impact and use of medico-legal reports in support of allegations of torture in the UK asylum determination process
  • Gender and torture
  • Complicity of psychologists in torture


Publicly available research outputs are available to download from UEL's Research Open Access Repository (ROAR).

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Patel, N. (2010). Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?: Commentary on Turpin & Coleman. Psychology Learning & Teaching, 9(2), 30–31. doi:10.2304/plat.2010.9.2.30
  • Harper, D., Patel, N., Davidson, S., & Byrne, A. (2007). Drawing back the curtain: maintaining a critical stance in clinical psychology training. International Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 7(4), 201–210.
  • Patel, N. (2007). The prevention of torture: role of clinical psychology. International Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 7(4), 229–246.
  • Patel, N., & Mahtani, A. (2007). The politics of working with refugee survivors of torture. Special Issue: Refugees and Asylum seekers, The Psychologist, 20(3), 164–166.
  • Patel, N., & Fatimilehin, I. (2005). Racism and clinical psychology: what's changed? Special Edition on Racism, Forum, Division of Clinical Psychology.
  • Patel, N. (2003). Clinical psychology: reinforcing inequalities or facilitating empowerment? The International Journal of Human Rights, 7(1), 16–39. doi:10.1080/714003792


  • Patel, N., & Granville-Chapman, C. (in press). Clinical guidelines for the health assessment and documentation of torture. London: Medical Foundation with the Department of Health (UK).
  • Patel, N., Bennett, E., Dennis, M., Dosanjh, N., Miller, A., Mahtani, A., et al. (2000). Clinical psychology, 'race' and culture: a resource pack for trainers. Leicester: BPS Books.
  • Patel, N. (1999). Getting the evidence: ethical guidelines for mental health research involving issues of 'race', ethnicity and culture: Transcultural Psychiatry Society, UK & MIND Publications.
  • Lavender, T., Callanan, M., Carstairs, K., & Patel, N. (1997). Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-revised, neuropsychological instrument, British examiner's manual, Psychological Corporation. London: Harcourt Brace & Company.

Book Chapters

  • Davidson, S., & Patel, N. (2008). Power and identity: personal and professional development of clinical psychologists. In J. Hughes & S. Youngson (Eds.), Personal and professional development in clinical psychology. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Patel, N. (2008). Developing psychological services in the NHS for refugee survivors of torture. In S. Fernando & F. Keating (Eds.), Mental health in a multi ethnic society. London: Routledge.
  • Patel, N. (2007). Torture, psychology and the 'war on terror'. In R. Roberts (Ed.), Just war, Iraq and psychology. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS.
  • Newland, J., & Patel, N. (2004). Professional and ethical practice in a multiethnic society. In R. Tribe & J. Morrissey (Eds.), Professional and ethical issues in psychology. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Patel, N. (2004). Power and difference in clinical psychology supervision: the case of 'race' and culture. In I. Fleming & L. Steen (Eds.), Supervision and clinical psychology: theory, practice and perspectives. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Patel, N., & Mahtani, A. (2004). Psychological approach to rape as torture. In M. Peel (Ed.), Rape as a method of torture. London: Medical Society for the Care of Victims of Torture.
  • Patel, N. (2002). Speaking with the silenced: addressing issues of empowerment when working with interpreters and refugee people. In H. Raval & Tribe (Eds.), Working with interpreters in mental health. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Patel, N., & Fatimilehin, I. (1999). Racism and mental health. In C. Newnes, G. Holmes & C. Dunn (Eds.), This is madness a critical look at psychiatry and the future of mental health services. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS.


  • Patel, N. (2009). Psychological aspects of torture and its consequences. United Nations Development Partnership, with Memoria, Rehabilitation Centre for the Treatment of Victims of Torture, Chisinau, Moldova.
  • Patel, N. (2009). Research relevant to torture: challenges and opportunities of integrating health and human rights research. European Network of Rehabilitation and Treatment centres for torture survivors, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Patel, N. (2006). Clinical psychology: a tool in promoting social justice? University of Leicester.
  • Patel, N. (2005). Gendering torture: a human rights approach to rape. Psychology of Women's Section Annual Conference, British Psychological Society, Windsor.
  • Patel, N. (2004). Psychologists in the dock: complicity in torture in the 'war of terror' BAFF: Bundesweite Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Psychosozialen Zentrun fur Fluchtlinge und Folteropfer: a German association of organisations working with survivors of torture, Berlin. Invited Presentations
  • Patel, N. (2008). Reparation for torture survivors: psychological perspectives on the Torture Damages Bill. Houses of Parliament, All Parliamentary Committee meeting on Torture Damages Bill.


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