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Brief CV of Professor Vikram Patel

Vikram Patel is a Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK). He is the  Joint Director of the School’s Centre for Global Mental Health (www.centreforglobalmentalhealth.org) and the Honorary Director of the Public Health Foundation of India's Centre of Excellence for Mental Health. His primary research spans three themes:  investigating the social and cultural determinants of mental disorders; describing the inter-relationship of mental disorders with other public health priorities; and evaluating interventions aimed at improving access to effective mental health care in low resource settings. He serves on a number of committees including the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group for Mental Health and the Technical Steering Committee of the Department of Child & Adolescent Health and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

He is a co-founder of Sangath, a community based NGO in India (www.sangath.com) which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008. He is a member of a group constituted by the Ministry of Health (Government of India) tasked with writing India's first mental health policy and designing the National Mental Health Program for the period of 2012-7.

He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK and won the Chalmers Medal from the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in 2009. His book Where There Is No Psychiatrist (Gaskell, 2003) has become a widely used manual for community mental health in developing countries. He was the lead editor of both Lancet Series' on Global Mental Health (2007 & 2011); the PLoS Medicine series on packages of care for mental and neurological disorders in developing countries (2009); the Lancetseries on promoting universal health care in India (2011) and the PLoS Medicine Global Mental Health Practice series (2012). He led the efforts to set up the Movement for Global Mental Health (www.globalmentalhealth.org).

He is lead editor for the Disease Control Priorities Network volume on mental, neurological and substance use disorders. He is based in Goa, India where he leads a program of public health research and capacity development with Sangath, the Public Health Foundation of India and government agencies focusing on three broad areas: child development, adolescent health and mental health.