Nikhil Tomar

Phone: (603) 862-3221
Office: Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Nikhil Tomar, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

My research interests and work focus on better understanding the theory of stigma and examining its influence on individual- and system-level outcomes for individuals from historically marginalized communities, such as individuals with mental health concerns who also belong to racial/ethnic and/or sexual/gender minority communities. I employ the unit of occupation to better understand how stigma functions and how occupational science/therapy can help to improve outcomes for individuals with mental health concerns.


  • Ph.D., Occupational Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, Chaudhary Charan Singh University

Research Interests

  • Emotional/Mental Health--Minorities
  • Mental Health Services

Courses Taught

  • OT 610: Occupatn, Identity, Disability
  • OT 741: Human Occupation
  • OT 781: Research Methods I
  • OT 782: Research Methods II
  • OT 785: Research Methods
  • OT 841: Human Occupation
  • OT 886: Engagement in Research

Selected Publications

Brewer, K. B., Gibson, R., Tomar, N., Washburn, M., Giraldo-Santiago, N., Hostos-Torres, L. R., & Gearing, R. E. (2023). Why Culture and Context Matters: Examining Differences in Mental Health Stigma and Social Distance Between Latino Individuals in the United States and Mexico.. J Immigr Minor Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-023-01550-w

Tomar, N., Jensen, T. M., & Pace, N. (2022). Differences in internalized stigma of mental illness among college students based on demographic characteristics. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH. doi:10.1080/07448481.2022.2126944

Tomar, N., Jensen, T. M., & Pace, N. (2022). An Intervention Framework for Addressing Stigma on College Campuses Findings From a 3-Year-Long Intervention Program. JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 210(9), 708-715. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000001527

Tomar, N., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Ghezzi, M. A., Van Deinse, T. B., Burgin, S., & Cuddeback, G. S. (2020). Internalized stigma and its correlates among justice-involved individuals with mental illness. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH, 49(2), 201-211. doi:10.1080/00207411.2019.1703358

Tomar, N., Ghezzi, M. A., Wilson, A. B., Van Deinse, T. B., Burgin, S., & Cuddeback, G. S. (2020). Demographic and clinical characteristics of consumers who transition from assertive community treatment to less intensive services. SOCIAL WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH, 18(4), 398-409. doi:10.1080/15332985.2020.1769002

Tomar, N., & Bailliard, A. L. (2020). Understanding the moral economics of occupational engagement. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SCIENCE, 27(1), 82-94. doi:10.1080/14427591.2019.1591297

Tomar, N., & Thornicroft, G. (2020). Principle of gradient rationality: Revisiting stigma and conceptualizing its guiding mechanism. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 245. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112716

Tomar, N., Ghezzi, M. A., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Wilson, A. B., Van Deinse, T. B., Burgin, S., & Cuddeback, G. S. (2017). Statewide mental health training for probation officers: improving knowledge and decreasing stigma.. Health Justice, 5(1), 11. doi:10.1186/s40352-017-0057-y

Cuddeback, G. S., Wilson, A. B., Despard, M. R., Tomar, N., & Chowa, G. (2017). Financial insecurity and risk experiences of justice involved persons with severe mental illness. SOCIAL WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH, 15(6), 615-631. doi:10.1080/15332985.2016.1267069

Tomar, N., & Stoffel, V. (2014). Examining the Lived Experience and Factors Influencing Education of Two Student Veterans Using Photovoice Methodology. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 68(4), 430-438. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.011163

Most Cited Publications