Dr. Shantala Hegde
Dr. Shantala Hegde, is an Associate Professor and Consultant at the Neuropsychology Unit,
Department of Clinical Psychology and Consultant to the Department of Neurorehabilitation, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. She is the
Intermediate Fellow of the prestigious Wellcome Trust UK-DBT India Alliance and is a mentee to Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, Professor of Neurology and Director, Music, Neuroimaging, and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory Chief, Division of Stroke Recovery and Neuro Rehabilitation Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. She is the first clinical psychologist to receive this prestigious fellowship in the country.
She obtained her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology and PhD in the field of Clinical
Neuropsychology, both from NIMHANS. Her research interest is in the area of Clinical
Neuropsychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She has worked towards developing home-based and hospital based cognitive remediation programs for patients with Schizophrenia. Her specific focus is in the area of music perception and cognition and the application of music-based intervention in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Dr. Hegde has established and currently heads the Music Cognition Laboratory at
NIMHANS, the first of its kind in India. She is a trained in Neurologic Music Therapy from
the International Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She is one of the first Affiliate
Professional Member- The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy from India. She also actively collaborates with Dr. Michael M Thaut and his team, University of Toronto, Canada.
She has many fellowships and awards to her credit. She was the recipient of the
fellowships awarded by the University of Helsinki, 2016, Science fellow - the Shepherd
School of Music and Rice University, Houston, TX, USA and she was nominated for the
'Young researcher award' by the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research
(SEMPRE) in 2012 and received the ‘International Young Investigator award’ by the International Congress on Schizophrenia research in 2009. She has obtained training in the Laboratory for Music-Neuroscience attached to the Montreal Neurological Institute and University of Montreal; University of Burgundy, Dijon France and collaborated on research projects with Music Cognition Laboratory with researcher at the University of Tufts, USA and University of Burgundy, France. She has carried out research projects funded by the DST, ICMR, ICSSR and now initiated research project funded by the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance.
She is also a musician (Vocalist) trained in the Hindustani Classical Music tradition
and composed and sung for a music CD named ‘Uma Sahasram’ . She continues to learn under the tutelage of Smt Bharathi Prathap, disciple of the Vidushi Lalith j Rao of the Agra Atrauli Gharana.