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Professor Nimisha Patel

Clinical tutor

, 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.


Course leader:

Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology

Prof Doc Clinical Psychology

The Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) course provides a comprehensive training programme comprising concurrent academic teaching (on average two days per week) and clinical work placements based mainly in the NHS (on average three days per week). The overarching purpose of the training course is to supply highly competent clinical psychologists for the NHS and related settings.

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Course leader:

Social Inequalities and Clinical Psychology Core