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Dr Bhavsar is a consultant psychiatrist and epidemiological researcher in women’s mental health. He completed doctoral training in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London, in 2018, supported by a Wellcome Clinical Research Training Fellowship. His doctoral thesis was awarded Departmental PhD of the year in 2018.  He trained in medicine at the University of Oxford and King's College, London, joining King’s as an undergraduate in 2004. He holds expertise in epidemiological psychiatry, with experience in pharmaco-epidemiological, social epidemiological, and longitudinal studies in mental illness.  

Research Interests

  • The measurement of violence in mental health services research and clinical practice, 
  • The role of a gender-based perspective on violence in improving the safety of mental health services, and 
  • The role of place-based, and ethnic, inequalities in shaping mental health service use for different mental health symptoms. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

I have written seven blogs on a range of topics for the Mental Elf: 

I engage with service users, academics, charities, and the general public about mental health research on Twitter: 

Key Publications

Bhavsar, V., Kosidou, K., Widman, L., Orsini, N., Hodsoll, J., Dalman, C. and MacCabe, J.H., 2019. Clozapine Treatment and Offending: A Within-Subject Study of Patients With Psychotic Disorders in Sweden. Schizophrenia bulletin

Bhavsar, V., Jauhar, S., Murray, R.M., Hotopf, M., Hatch, S.L., McNeill, A., Boydell, J. and MacCabe, J.H., 2018. Tobacco smoking is associated with psychotic experiences in the general population of South London. Psychological medicine, 48(1), pp.123-131. 

Das-Munshi, J., Schofield, P., Bhavsar, V., Chang, C.K., Dewey, M.E., Morgan, C., Stewart, R., Thornicroft, G. and Prince, M.J., 2019. Ethnic density and other neighbourhood associations for mortality in severe mental illness: a retrospective cohort study with multi-level analysis from an urbanised and ethnically diverse location in the UK. The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(6), pp.506-517. 


I supervise MSc projects on violence and women’s mental health for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Masters course at KCL.