Suraj Thapa

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Phone +47 23066821
Mobile phone +47-99343167
Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 21 building nr 20 0372 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1039 Blindern 0315 Oslo


Head of Research- Division of Mental Health & Addiction, Oslo University Hospital

Head - Division of Mental Health & Addiction, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo 

Project leader: NORPART projet between Norway and Nepal in collaboration in higher education in mental health


  • Specialist training in Adult Psychiatry completed in 2010 from Oslo University Hospital (OUS), and worked fulltime in the same hospital as a consultant psychiatrist till 2016.
  • Associate Professor UiO and parttime consultant psychiatrist OUS since 2016
  • PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, 2006.
  • Master of Philosophy (M. Phil)  in International Health from University of Oslo, 2001
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1995
  • Interested and worked in Trauma Research, Stress, PTSD, Psychooncology, Transcultural Psychiatry, Perinatal Psychiatry, Migration and Global Mental Health
Tags: Global mental health, trauma. transcultural psychiatry


  • ABRAHAM, RUTH; Leonhardt, Marja; Hanssen, Ingrid; Hauff, Edvard; Lien, Lars & Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2021). The relationship between religiosity/spirituality and well-being among Eritrean female refugees living in Norwegian asylum centres.. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.  ISSN 0020-7640. . doi:
  • Koirala, Rishav; Søegaard, Erik Ganesh Iyer; Ojha, Saroj Prasad; Hauff, Edvard & Thapa, Suraj B. (2020). Trauma related psychiatric disorders and their correlates in a clinical sample: A cross-sectional study in trauma affected patients visiting a psychiatric clinic in Nepal. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  15(6), s e0234203 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234203 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Søegaard, Erik Ganesh Iyer; Kan, Zhanna; Koirala, Rishav; Hauff, Edvard & Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2020). Variations in psychiatric morbidity between traumatized Norwegian, refugees and other immigrant patients in Oslo. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry.  ISSN 0803-9488.  74(6), s 390- 399 . doi: 10.1080/08039488.2020.1714724 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Koirala, Rishav; Søegaard, Erik Ganesh Iyer & Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2017). Updates on pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Nepal Medical Association.  ISSN 0028-2715.  56(206), s 274- 280 . doi: 10.31729/jnma.3108 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Martinez, Priscilla & Clausen, Thomas (2014). Depression and its correlates in South Africa and Ghana among people aged 50 and above: Findings from the WHO Study on global AGEing and adult health. African Journal of Psychiatry.  ISSN 1994-8220.  17(6) . doi: 10.4172/Psychiatry.1000167
  • Luitel, Nagendra P.; Jordans, Mark J.D.; Sapkota, Ram P.; Tol, Wietse A.; Kohrt, Brandon A.; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Komproe, Ivan H. & Sharma, Bhogendra (2013). Conflict and mental health: a cross-sectional epidemiological study in Nepal. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  ISSN 0933-7954.  48(2), s 183- 193 . doi: 10.1007/s00127-012-0539-0
  • Kohrt, Brandon A.; Hruschka, Daniel J.; Worthman, Carol M.; Kunz, Richard D.; Baldwin, Jennifer L.; Upadhaya, Nawaraj; Acharya, Nanda Raj; Koirala, Suraj; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Tol, Wietse A.; Jordans, Mark J.D.; Robkin, Navit; Sharma, Vidya Dev & Nepal, Mahendra K. (2012). Political violence and mental health in Nepal: prospective study. British Journal of Psychiatry.  ISSN 0007-1250.  201(4), s 268- 275 . doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.111.096222
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur & Hauff, Edvard (2012). Perceived needs, self-reported health and disability among displaced persons during an armed conflict in Nepal. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  ISSN 0933-7954.  47(4), s 589- 595 . doi: 10.1007/s00127-011-0359-7
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur & Hauff, Edvard (2011). Perceived needs, self-reported health and disibility among displaced persons during an armed conflict in Nepal. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  ISSN 0933-7954.  s 359 . doi: 10.1007/s00127-011-0359-7
  • Lien, Lars; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Rove, Jon Andreas; Kumar, Bernadette. N & Hauff, Edvard (2010). Premigration Traumatic Events and Psychological Distress Among Five Immigrant Groups. International Journal of Mental Health.  ISSN 0020-7411.  39(3), s 3- 19 . doi: 10.2753/IMH0020-7411390301
  • Tol, Wietse A.; Kohrt, Brandon A.; Jordans, Mark J.D.; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Pettigrew, Judith; Upadhaya, Nawaraj & de Jong, Joop T.V.M. (2010). Political violence and mental health: A multi-disciplinary review of the literature on Nepal. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  70(1), s 35- 44 . doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.09.037
  • Tol, WA; Komproe, IH; Jordans, MJD; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Sharma, B & De Jong, JTVM (2009). BRIEF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TREATMENT FOR TORTURE SURVIVORS IN NEPAL: A NATURALISTIC COMPARATIVE STUDY. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.  ISSN 0020-7640.  55(1), s 39- 56 . doi: 10.1177/0020764008091525
  • Tol, WA; Komproe, IH; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Jordans, MJD; Sharma, B & De Jong, JTVM (2007). Disability associated with psychiatric symptoms among torture survivors in rural Nepal. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.  ISSN 0022-3018.  195 . doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31802f5dac
  • Dalgard, Odd Steffen; Suraj, Bahadur Thapa; Hauff, Edvard; McCubbin, Michael & Syed, Hammad Raza Zaidi (2006). Immigration, lack of control and psychological distress: Findings from the Oslo Health Study. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.  ISSN 0036-5564.  47, s 551- 558
  • Suraj, Bahadur Thapa & Hauff, Edvard (2005). Gender differences in factors associated with psychological distress among immigrants from low- and middle-income countries - Findings from the Oslo Health Study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  ISSN 0933-7954.  40
  • Suraj, Bahadur Thapa & Hauff, Edvard (2005). Psychological distress among displaced persons during an armed conflict in Nepal. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.  ISSN 0933-7954.  40(6)
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Van Ommeren, Mark; Sharma, Bhogendra; de Jong, JTVM & Hauff, Edvard (2003). Psychiatric disability among Bhutanese refugees. American Journal of Psychiatry.  ISSN 0002-953X.  160, s 2032- 2037
  • Van Ommeren, Mark; de Jong, JTVM; Sharma, B; Komproe, I; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur & Carden, E (2001). Psychiatric disorders among tortured refugees in Nepal. 2001. Archives of General Psychiatry.  ISSN 0003-990X.  (58), s 475- 482
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Van Ommeren, Mark; Sharma, B; Makaju, R & de Jong, JTVM (2000). Limited cultural validity of Composite International Diagnostic Interview's proble flow chart. Transcultural Psychiatry.  ISSN 1363-4615.  37, s 123- 134
  • Van Ommeren, M; Sharma, B; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Makaju, R; Prasain, D; Bhattarai, R & de Jong, JTVM (1999). Preparing instruments for transcultural research: use of the translation monitoring form with Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugees. Transcultural Psychiatry.  ISSN 1363-4615.  36, s 285- 301

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  • Sapkota, Dipak; Thapa, Suraj Bahadur; Hasseus, Bengt & Jensen, Janicke Liaaen (2020). Saliva testing for COVID-19?. British Dental Journal.  ISSN 0007-0610. . doi:
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur & Acharya, Ganesh (2017). Women's health is not in focus in disaster zones: lessons from the Nepal earthquake. Journal of family planning and reproductive health care.  ISSN 1471-1893.  43(2), s 92- 93 . doi: 10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101605
  • Preljevic, Valjbona T. & Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2014). Tverkulturelle forhold, I:  Psykiske reaksjoner ved somatisk sykdom.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202418786.  5.  s 89 - 106
  • Patel, Vikram; Sumathipala, Athula; Khan, MM & Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2007). South Asia, In Kamaldeep Bhui & Dinesh Bhugra (ed.),  Culture and mental health: a comprehensive textbook.  CRC Press.  ISBN 978-0340810460.  21.  s 212 - 224
  • Thapa, Suraj Bahadur (2007). Bhutan, In Carolyn Erickson D'Avanzo (ed.),  Cultural Health Assessment.  Elsevier.  ISBN 9780323048347.  B.  s 80 - 83
  • Suraj, Bahadur Thapa (2006). Population based studies of mental health among migrants in Nepal and Norway:migration and adversity in different contexts.

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Published Jan. 21, 2016 7:15 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2020 3:17 PM