Vikram Harshad Patel
Vikram Harshad Patel, MBBS, PhD

Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor and joint director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008), and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees. His work on the burden of mental disorders, their association with poverty and social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for the delivery of interventions for their prevention and treatment has been recognized by the Chalmers Medal (Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Medal (US National Academy of Medicine), an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation), an honorary OBE from the UK Government and the Posey Leadership Award (Austin College). He also works in the areas of child development and adolescent health. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.


  • Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
  • Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Co-founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath, Goa, India
  • Adjunct Professor and Joint Director, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Dr. Patel leads research that plays a central role in the emergence and development of the field of global mental health and that has galvanized policy, civil society, and donor action to address the large unmet need for care for people with mental disorders, both in low-and middle-income countries and in low resourced contexts of high-income countries.

The moral case for global mental health delivery.
Authors: Authors: Patel V, Farmer PE.
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Psychological treatments for depression among women experiencing intimate partner violence: findings from a randomized controlled trial for behavioral activation in Goa, India.
Authors: Authors: Patel AR, Weobong B, Patel VH, Singla DR.
Arch Womens Ment Health
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Achieving universal health coverage for mental disorders.
Authors: Authors: Patel V, Saxena S.
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Global mental health - Authors' reply.
Authors: Authors: Patel V, Saxena S, Sunkel C, Lund C, Thornicroft G.
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Task-Sharing Approaches to Improve Mental Health Care in Rural and Other Low-Resource Settings: A Systematic Review.
Authors: Authors: Hoeft TJ, Fortney JC, Patel V, Unützer J.
J Rural Health
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The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development.
Authors: Authors: Patel V, Saxena S, Lund C, Thornicroft G, Baingana F, Bolton P, Chisholm D, Collins PY, Cooper JL, Eaton J, Herrman H, Herzallah MM, Huang Y, Jordans MJD, Kleinman A, Medina-Mora ME, Morgan E, Niaz U, Omigbodun O, Prince M, Rahman A, Saraceno B, Sarkar BK, De Silva M, Singh I, Stein DJ, Sunkel C, UnÜtzer J.
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Time to deliver: report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs.
Authors: Authors: Nishtar S, Niinistö S, Sirisena M, Vázquez T, Skvortsova V, Rubinstein A, Mogae FG, Mattila P, Ghazizadeh Hashemi SH, Kariuki S, Narro Robles J, Adewole IF, Sarr AD, Gan KY, Piukala SM, Al Owais ARBM, Hargan E, Alleyne G, Alwan A, Bernaert A, Bloomberg M, Dain K, Frieden T, Patel VH, Kennedy A, Kickbusch I.
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Aging and well-being in Goa, India: a qualitative study.
Authors: Authors: Cohen A, Dias A, Azariah F, Krishna RN, Sequeira M, Abraham S, Cuijpers P, Morse JQ, Reynolds CF, Patel V.
Aging Ment Health
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Incidence and Persistence of Major Depressive Disorder Among People Living with HIV in Uganda.
Authors: Authors: Kinyanda E, Weiss HA, Levin J, Nakasujja N, Birabwa H, Nakku J, Mpango R, Grosskurth H, Seedat S, Araya R, Patel V.
AIDS Behav
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Digital technology for treating and preventing mental disorders in low-income and middle-income countries: a narrative review of the literature.
Authors: Authors: Naslund JA, Aschbrenner KA, Araya R, Marsch LA, Unützer J, Patel V, Bartels SJ.
Lancet Psychiatry
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