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Vikram Patel, PhD


Professor of International Mental Health &Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Tropical MedicineJoint Director for Centre for Global Mental HealthLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UKCo-Founder, Sangath Center, India


Dr. 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 ( He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK. 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 the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health (2007) and the PLoS Medicine series on packages of care for mental and neurological disorders in developing countries (2009) and a co-editor of the Lancet series on promoting universal health care in India (2011). He led the efforts to set up the Movement for Global Mental Health which was launched on October 10th, 2008 ( 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 other partners focusing on three broad areas: child development, adolescent health and mental health.