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Vikram Patel, PhD, MB, BS
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

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 co-leads the Department’s Mental Health for All lab and co-leads the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard initiative. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems across the life course, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is a co-founder of the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Centre for Global Mental Health (at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), the Mental Health Innovations Network, and Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the WHO Public Health Champion of India prize. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Committee which drafted India’s first National Mental Health Policy and the WHO High Level Independent Commission for NCDs. He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal (the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Prize (the National Academy of Medicine, USA), the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, USA), an Honorary OBE (the UK Government), the Posey Leadership Award (Austin College, USA) and the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health (the Canada Gairdner Foundation). 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, 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.

Mental health research funding: too little, too inequitable, too skewed.
Authors: Authors: Patel V.
Lancet Psychiatry
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Design process and protocol description for a multi-problem mental health intervention within a stepped care approach for adolescents in India.
Authors: Authors: Chorpita BF, Daleiden EL, Malik K, Gellatly R, Boustani MM, Michelson D, Knudsen K, Mathur S, Patel VH.
Behav Res Ther
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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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