Keynote Address


Keynote Address
Thursday, June 8 from 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM


Vikram Patel, PhD


Psychological Treatments for the World

Forum Hall, Second Floor
Simultaneously translated to Spanish

Dr. Vikram Patel is the first Pershing Square Professor of Global Health with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University. He is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which works in the fields of child development, adolescent health and mental health. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and serves on two WHO expert committees: for mental health, and for maternal, child and adolescent health. He has served on several Government of India committees including the Core Committee on Health of the National Human Rights Commission and the Mental Health Policy Group. 

He is a recipient of the Chalmers Medal from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK), the Sarnat Medal from the US Institute of Medicine, an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award from McMaster University and an Honorary OBE from the UK Government. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

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Despite the robust evidence of the effectiveness of psychological treatments for a range of mental disorders, the vast majority of affected persons, in particular in low and middle income countries, do not receive these treatments due to a range of demand and supply side barriers. This lecture will present the findings of a recent systematic review of the approaches taken by innovators in the global south to address these barriers in the context of adult common mental health problems, redefining how we conceptualize and deliver psychological treatments. The lecture will finally consider the implications of this evidence for psychological treatments in highly resourced settings

Learning Objectives:

1) To describe the effectiveness of psychological treatments for adult common mental health problems in low and middle income countries
2) To discuss the approaches taken for the design and delivery of such treatments
3) To assess the suitability of these approaches to improving access to effective psychological treatments in high income settings.