Basant Pradhan, MD
Basant Pradhan, M.D. is an academic psychiatrist (child, adolescent, and adult), educator, researcher, and author. In his psychiatry career since 2001, Dr. Pradhan has special interest in academic psychiatry as well as translational research in mindfulness based cognitive therapy and its applicability in mainstream medicine. He serves as the founding director of the trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment, and yoga-mindfulness based cognitive therapy (Y-MBCT) programs at the Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Dr. Pradhan received his M.D. (Psychiatry) from the prestigious Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, India where he had more than five years experience in child and adult psychiatry before coming to USA in 2006. He received his general psychiatry training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center and child psychiatry fellowship training at the Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Pradhan’s other training includes monastic training in yoga and meditation, research methodology and biostatistics, addiction treatment, and various forms of psychotherapies ranging from psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapies to cognitive behavioral therapies. Currently he serves as the Principal Investigator of a study with the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH) that examines efficacy of TIMBER, a PTSD specific translational mindfulness based psychotherapy he designed.
Pradhan’s clinical and translational research work in neuropsychiatry has focused on cognitive neurosciences, psychotherapy, and the development of new models of treatments that combine cutting edge psychopharmacology as well as integrated and neuro-biologically informed models of psychotherapy. Since 1993, Pradhan has pioneered in the development of seven disorders specific and evidence based models of psychotherapies called the Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Y-MBCT) which integrate the concepts of cognitive neurosciences with mindfulness based cognitive and behavioral therapies. As described in his book with the same title (2014, Springer), these treatment models advocate for use of yoga in its entirety (i.e., all eight limbs including meditation) rather than in piece meal, and have been standardized on more than 300 people in multi-cultural settings.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Pradhan serves as an executive member of the prestigious Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and the National Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry. He has served as a Guest Editor of Adolescent Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and currently is an Adviser to its Editorial Board. In addition to his pioneering work in yoga-mindfulness based cognitive therapy (Y-MBCT), cognitive neuroscience of bipolar disorder, and epidemiology of child psychiatry, Pradhan has widely presented his scholarly work in over 50 conferences in India and the USA and has authored or co-authored over 20 peer reviewed articles, editorials, books, and book chapters.
Pradhan has received numerous awards in his career, both in India and USA. Notable and more recent amongst them are Bronze Medal of the Post-Graduate Institute presented by the Hon’ble Prime Minster of India (2005), winner of the national psychiatry quiz competition of the American Psychiatric Association (“APA Mind Games-2009”), Philadelphia Psychiatry Society’s Resident of the Year Award (2009), Ginsburg Child Psychiatry Fellowship (2010) award by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), annual research poster winner for six consecutive years (2008-2013) by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, and the Kenneth Gordon Memorial Award (2012) by the Regional Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey, and has been named by the South Jersey Magazine as a Top Doc for Kids (2014 and 2015). For his academic and clinical excellence, Dr. Pradhan has been cited by various magazines/newspapers including Psychiatric News, Courier Post, South Jersey Medical Report, Transactions, South Jersey Magazine, and The Cooper News etc.