Professor Husain is at the forefront of applied research on culturally-adapted psychosocial therapies and innovative pharmacological treatments for mental illness. His internationally leading work is on improving access to appropriate mental health care for the diverse ethnic minority and other marginalised communities. Professor Husain's work is concerned with those aspects of cultural psychiatry which is not only contributing to address the huge Mental Health treatment Gap (MH-Gap) in the low and middle income countries (LAMIC) but have become increasingly important for the optimum development of UK and other high income countries mental health services.
Professor Husain has successfully completed several externally funded projects which include MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIH-R, SMRI, CIDA, British Council, and has recently received funding from Grand Challenges Canada. Professor Husain has established research units in Pakistan and Kenya and plan to soon establish such units in Bangladesh, Middle East and Brazil. Professor Husain leads the training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and since 2010 the research group has trained more than 500 clinicians in research methods. In low income and middle countries like Pakistan there is limited training in mental health nursing, as part of a British Council grant for capacity building in LAMIC Dr Husain initiated the first ever training programme for nurses in psychosocial interventions which are now incorporated into the curriculum. Professor Husain has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, more than 80 papers and 150 abstracts, contributed to book chapters, presented his work numerous at national and international conferences and is on the editorial board of prestigious journals.