Dr Pavan Kumar Mallikarjun

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Institute of Clinical Sciences
Senior Clinical lecturer

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Science / School of Psychology
College of Medical and Dental Sciences / College of Life & Environmental Sciences
The Barberry National Centre for Mental Health
25 Vincent Drive
B15 2FG


  • PhD
  • Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych)
  • Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM)
  • MBBS


Pavan has completed a Medical Degree from India. He completed his Psychiatry training in India and subsequently in Birmingham, obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His Higher Specialist Training was completed in Nottingham, where he worked as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Pavan completed his PhD on Co-ordination of Brain Activity in Schizophrenia using multimodal imaging techniques including EEG and fMRI. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2009, and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service since 2010.  Pavan is currently working for Forward Thinking Birmingham. He was the Clinical Lead for the Birmingham & Solihull Early Intervention Service. 


Postgraduate supervision

Pavan is interested in supervising graduate students in topics related to the investigation of psychopathology, pathophysiology, and treatment of mental disorders including psychosis and mood disorders.

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Pavan on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.


Pavan’s research interests include delineation of the mental and neuronal processes that underlie the symptoms of mental disorder including Psychosis using multimodal imaging techniques including EEG and fMRI.

Current projects include:

  1. Aberrant Cognitive Control in First Episode Psychosis: A concurrent EEG/fMRI investigation into the aberrant neural synchrony, cognitive control and functional dysconnectivity in Psychosis to test the hypothesis that in patients with psychosis there is aberrant interactions between the distributed brain networks which could explain the nature of symptoms that are seen in clinical practice.
  1. BioPoP: Biological correlates of dimensional symptoms of psychosis. This study aims to discover whether neuroimaging and cellular biomarkers can be identified for specific symptom dimensions in first episode psychosis. This has important implications for the accurate early identification of patients with poor prognosis and the development of novel, targeted, treatments.

Previous research includes Investigation of coordination of brain activity in Psychosis using concurrent EEG/fMRI; and randomised controlled trail of a novel antipsychotic versus Chlorpromazine in treatment resistant Psychosis (Phase 3 Clinical Trial).


Palaniyappan L, Doege K, Mallikarjun P, Liddle E and Francis-Liddle P (2012) Cortical thickness and oscillatory phase resetting: a proposed mechanism of salience network dysfunction in schizophrenia. Psychiatriki 23(2):117-29

Palaniyappan L, Mallikarjun P, Joseph V, White TP and Liddle PF (2011) Folding of the prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia: regional differences in gyrification. Biol Psychiatry 69(10):974-9

Palaniyappan L, Mallikarjun P, Joseph V and Liddle PF (2011) Appreciating symptoms and deficits in schizophrenia: right posterior insula and poor insight. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry 35(2):523-7

Palaniyappan L, Mallikarjun P, Joseph V, White TP and Liddle PF (2011) Regional contraction of brain surface area involves three large-scale networks in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res 129(2-3):163-8

Palaniyappan L, Mallikarjun P, Joseph V, White TP and Liddle PF (2011) Reality distortion is related to the structure of the salience network in schizophrenia. Psychol Med 41(8):1701-8

Doege K, Jansen M, Mallikarjun P, Liddle EB and Liddle PF (2010) How much does phase resetting contribute to event-related EEG abnormalities in schizophrenia? Neurosci Lett 481(1):1-5

Mallikarjun PK and Oyebode F (2005) Prevention of postnatal depression. J R Soc Promot Health 125(5):221-6

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