MENTAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION: THE NEEDS AND CHALLENGES BY DR. RAYMOND CHAN, Ph.D. PROFESSOR OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND APPLIED COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE CAS KEY LABORATORY OF MENTAL HEALTH, INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOLOGY, CHINESE ACAEMY OF SCIENCES; DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, BEIJING, CHINA
Dr. Raymond Chan has been conducting research actively in neuropsychology and mental health, particularly in understanding cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia and its underlying psychopathology. He is now a distinguished professor of neuropsychology and applied cognitive neuroscience at the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the honorary director for research at the Institute of Mental Health, Castle Peak Hospital (Hong Kong) and honorary director for the Translational Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, and honorary professor at the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Hong Kong. His research record has earned him the Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the National Science Foundation China, Young Investigator Award from NARSAD, and the Distinguished Griffith Visiting Researcher. He is also an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2017. He is the Regional Representative for Asia for the International Neuropsychological Society. He holds numerous funds from various funding agents, including the National Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, NARSAD, and the Smart Futures Fund (QLD), National and International Research Alliances Program. Dr. Chan has published over 300 scientific peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters dealing with schizophrenia research and traumatic brain injury. He is currently serving at the editorial boards of “Schizophrenia Bulletin”, “Neuropsychology”, “Scientific Reports”, “Psychiatry Research”, “Clinical Rehabilitation”, “Cognitive Neuropsychiatry”, and “Neuropsychological Rehabilitation” and four local professional journals.
«Mental health has been one of the top issues that cost high econoomic burden to health care systems globally. It is particularly important for those developing countries with large populations. However, it is until recently that global health challenges have extended its focus mainly from physical health to mental health. As one of the deveoping countries with a 1.3 billion population, it is unavoidable for mainland China to face a similar problem on mental health issue. My presentation will highlight the needs and challenges of mental health and education in mainland China.”