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Dr Mohit Kumar Varshney  
Dr Mohit Kumar Varshney
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor (Psychiatry)


Addictive disorders

  • Management of Alcohol use disorder in Liver disease patients
    • Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol use disorders  
    • Relapse prevention therapy
    • Motivation enhancement treatment
  • Substance use disorders treatment
  • Tobacco (smoking and smokeless) use disorders treatment

General Psychiatry

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Bipolar and other mood disorders
  • Personality disorder
  • OCD


MD-PSYCHIATRY -  AIIMS, New Delhi - 2013

MBBS – JN Medical College, AMU Aligarh - 2010


Awards/ Membership (Till Date):

2018 OSF Asian Scholarship in the 12th annual conference of International Society for Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 16- 18th2018, Vancouver, Canada

2018 Awarded Young Scientist scholarship for the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) March 7 – 9th 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 Awarded the Young Fellowship grant for the XVII World Congress of Psychiatry 2017 in Berlin (World Psychiatric Association, 8-12th October 2017)

2017 Best speaker award (Runner up): “Prohibition is not the appropriate approach to deal with problems related to Alcohol use”; (Debate) at First National Conference on AddictionPsychiatry at AIIMS, New Delhi; 27 – 29thNovember 2017

2013 Best Oral paper award: National conference of Indian Association of ClinicalPsychologists, New Delhi

2011 1st prize QUIZ, Indian Psychiatric Society: North Zone – Post Graduate Development Program, Kota, Rajasthan

Clinical Int

Substance use disorders in Liver and Kidney disease patients

Psychosocial assessment and management of Transplant patients

Management of Psychiatric disorders in patients with co-morbid medical conditions 

Research Int

Research Work

Management of Alcohol use disorder in liver disease patients

Capacity building initiatives in Alcohol and Liver disease (Project LEAD)

Stress and Resilience in Liver transplant patients

Expertise Area

Adult Psychiatry

Addiction Psychiatry

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry


Name of the conf./course/training/workshop attended:

Presentations made at Conferences/Symposiums

1. Methadone for Pharmaceutical Opioid vs Heroin users: Does duration of treatment impact the outcomes? - Findings from pilot phase of Methadone in India. Paper presented at the 12th Annual conference of conference of International Society for Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 16- 18th

2018, Vancouver, Canada

2. Tramadol as long-term maintenance agent for a subset of opioid dependent patients (Free paper).

At the First National Conference on Addiction Psychiatry at AIIMS, New Delhi; 27 – 29th

November 2017

3. Role of Familial conflicts in impacting long term outcome of Substance Use Disorder (Symposium) at the National Conference of Addiction Psychology at NDDTC, AIIMS, 7-8thSeptember 2017

4. Lecture on Health consequences of Tobacco Use: As a part of National workshop on capacity building for Tobacco Cessation (World No Tobacco Day, 2017)

5. Poster presentation on “Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Management of a Case with Irritable Bowel Syndrome” at the International conference on Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, AIIMS, 2015.

6. Oral presentation on “Community outreach programmes: They are effective”. Presented in mid- term CME (2014): Indian Psychiatric Society, Chandigarh. 12th April 2014.

7. Behavioral Addictions: conceptual issues and current nosological status. At the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS, 2017)


Books/ Manual published

Manual published by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India: Ambekar A, Rao R,

Agarwal A, Varshney M. Methadone Maintenance Treatment Under National AIDS Control

Organization (NACO 2017): A training manual.

  • Varshney M, Parel JT, Raizada N, Sarin SK. Initial psychological impact of COVID-19 and its correlates in Indian Community: An online (FEEL-COVID) survey. PlosOne. 2020 May 29;15(5):e0233874.
  • Varshney M, Shasthry SM, Sarin SK. Evaluation Of Safety, Tolerability And Effectiveness Of Naltrexone For Long-Term Management Of Alcohol Use Disorder In Patients With Liver Cirrhosis. HEPATOLOGY 72, 162A-162A (Abstract)
  • Varshney M, Ambekar A, Lal R, Yadav D, Rao R, Mishra A. Brief Interventions for Harmful AlcoholUse in Opioid-dependent Patients on Maintenance Treatment With Buprenorphine: A Prospective Study From India. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment. 2016 Sep 1;15(3):129-35.
  • Varshney M, Parmar A, Mishra AK. The Past, Present and Future of Literature Pertaining to Betel (Areca) Nut: A Citation Analysis. Substance use & misuse. 2020;55(9):1403-12..
  • Varshney M, Mahapatra A, Krishnan V, Gupta R, Deb KS. Violence and mental illness: what is the true story?. Journal of epidemiology and community health (BMJ). 2016 Mar 1;70(3):223-5.
  • Varshney M, Gupta R. Psychotropics and risk of violent crime. The Lancet - 6 December 2014 (Vol. 384, Issue 9959, Page 2025) DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62333-3.
  • Varshney M, Gupta R, Balhara YP. Yes, India has done it: Decriminalization of suicide in India. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2015Jul26.pii:S1876-2018(15)00163-X.doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2015.07.005.
  • Sarkar S, Varshney M. Yoga and substance use disorders: A narrative review. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2017 Feb 28;25:191-6
  • Quraishi, R., Varshney, M., Rao, R.V. and Ambekar, A., 2022. Evaluation of alcohol use pattern among OST patients using alcohol biomarkers: Report from community clinics in India. Indian journal of psychiatry, 64(3), pp.312-315.
  • Choudhury A, Varshney M, Sahoo B, Pamecha V, Sinha P, Patil NS, Mohapatra N, Sharma V, Kumar R. Impact of covid-19 pandemic on quality of life and psychosocial difficulties among liver transplant recipients. Journal of family medicine and primary care. 2022 Feb;11(2):744-50
  • Maheshwari A, Varshney M, Gupta K, Bajpai M. Psychological assessment and lived experiences of recovered COVID-19 patients who presented for convalescent plasma donation. Transfusion Clinique et Biologique. 2021 Aug;28(3):254.
  • Maheshwari, A., Varshney, M., Bajpai, M., Raizada, N. and Sharma, T., 2022. An Exploratory Study of the Differences in Attitudes and Motives Regarding COVID-19 Plasma Donation. Acta medica Lituanica, 29(1), pp.14-14.
  • R Rao, Varshney M, S Singh, A Agrawal, A Ambekar. Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, and addiction treatment: Potential pitfalls and trepidations. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2019. 61 (2), 208
  • Syed S, Rastogi A, Bansal A, Kumar A, Jindal A, Prakash A, Agarwal G, Varshney M. Future of e-Learning in Medical Education—Perception, Readiness, and Challenges in a Developing Country. Front. Educ. 6: 598309. doi: 10.3389/feduc. 2021 Mar 5.
  • Choudhury AK, Varshney M, Sinha P, Mohapatra NR, Patil N, Pamecha V, Sharma V, Sarin SK. Psychosocial Difficulties And Quality Of Life In Liver Transplant Recipients During The Covid-19 Pandemic. HEPATOLOGY 2020 Nov 1 (Vol. 72, pp. 297A-297A). (Abstract)
  • Quraishi R, Varshney M, Singh A, Singh D, Kumar M, Rao R, Jain R, Ambekar A. Use of filter paper to measure alcohol biomarkers among opioid-dependent patients on agonist maintenance treatment: A community-based study. Indian journal of psychological medicine. 2019 Nov;41(6):529-34.
  • Khurana R, Varshney M, Mishra S, Gupta N, Garg R, Bharti S, Kumar V, Bhatnagar S. Opioid dispensing patterns from a tertiary care cancer hospital during the nationwide lockdown in COVID-19 pandemic. Indian Journal of Palliative Care. 2020 Jun;26(Suppl 1):S70.
  • Parel JT, Varshney M, George M, Khurana R, Thomas L, Khakha DC. Feeling the early impact of COVID-19 pandemic: Mental health of nurses in India. J Depress Anxiety. 2020;9(5):381.
  • Sahoo B, Varshney M, Khurana R, Kumar G, Dhingra H, Richa, Yadav D, Kaur J, Kapur S, Abrol P. Effect of lockdown on children during COVID-19 pandemic–A cross-sectional study. Panacea J Med Sci 2022;12(1):156-163
  • Sarkar S, Lal R, Varshney M, Kumar S, Balhara YP. Can tramadol be used for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence: Report from an observational study. Substance Use and Misuse. 2019 (54 (3), 506-513
  • Jhanjee S, Varshney M, Panda UK, Kaloiya GS, Dayal P, Yadav D. Evaluation of a training workshop on tobacco cessation: capacity building initiative in India. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2018 Jan 1 (Vol. 16, pp. 24-25)
  • Sarkar S, Varshney M, Patil V, Lal R. Maintainence treatment of opioid dependence with tramadol.Journal of neurosciences in rural practice. 2017 Aug;8(Suppl 1):S98
  • Balhara YP, Dahiya N, Varshney M, Garg S, Bhargava R. Awareness, Self-Assessment and HelpSeeking Behavior for Behavioral Addictions Related to Use of Mobile Technology Among Attendees of aHealth Camp. Journal of The Association of Physicians of India: 2018 Jan;66:45
  • Avasthi A, Varshney M. Book review: Comprehensive textbook of Sexual Medicine (Second edition). Indian J Psychiatry 2014;56:311-2
  • Jhanjee S, Jain R, Jain V, Gupta T, Varshney M, Schnoll R. Understanding the correlates of successfulabstinence in a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial of varenicline for smokeless tobaccodependence in India. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2018 Jan 1 (Vol. 16, pp. 133-134)
  • Ambekar A, Rao R, Varshney M, Prashanth R, Dhawan A, Jain R, Ray R, Bhola S, Gupta N, Chopra A, Sethi H (2014), Post Marketing Surveillance of Methadone in India, National Drug DependenceTreatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Deb KS, Gupta R, Varshney M. Orlistat abuse in Bulimia Nervosa: the changing Indian society.Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Sep-Oct;36(5):549.e3-4.
  • Srivastava P, Gupta R, Varshney M, Sharan P. A rare case of imitation injury. Indian J PsycholMed. 2014 Apr;36(2):215-7.
  • Tewari SN, Khurmi M, Varshney M, Chaudhari G, Kaur P, Prabhakar P. Lithium Use andadverse effects in Pregnancy, Lactation and Child bearing age and RashtriyaBalSwasthyaKaryakram. J Pharmcovig Drug Safety, January-March-2015, Volume : 12, Issue :1, Page: 36-39.
  • Srivastava P, Bhad R, Sharma P, Varshney M, Sharan P. Successful management of difficult-to-treatirritable bowel syndrome incorporating a psychological approach. The National medical journal of India.2015;28(4):188.
  • Varshney M, Lal R. Ambekar A, Yadav D. Harmful / Hazardous pattern of alcohol use among opioid dependent men, stabilized on agonist maintenance treatment with buprenorphine (abstract). Indian Journal of Psychiatry January 2014. Volume 56; Issue 5 (Supplement)
  • Pawar A, Dhawan A, Aarya KR, Varshney M. Profile of patients presenting to the child and adolescentsubstance use clinic at a tertiary care de-addiction center (abstract). Indian Journal of Psychiatry January 2013. Volume 55; Issue 5 (Supplement)

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