Dr Vincent Agyapong
Dr Agyapong is a Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor of Global Mental Health at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He is Alberta Health Services’ Edmonton Zone Clinical Section Chief for Community Mental Health and he serves as one of two Specialist Members on the Health Technology Expert Review Panel for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. He has also served as Mental Health Expert on Disaster Medicine with the Canadian Institute for Health Research Communications and Media Relations Department. He holds two Doctorate degrees; a Research MD in Clinical Psychiatry and a PhD in Global Mental Health, both awarded by the University of Dublin Trinity College in Ireland. He was also awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. He holds multiple Fellowships from Royal College of Physician of Canada, Royal Society of Medicine in the UK and the Royal Academy for Medicine in Ireland and he is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He also holds Memberships of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK and the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, he holds certifications in health services management, forensic medicine and statistics. Dr Agyapong has over 70 publications in international peer review journals and has made over 50 presentations at national and international conferences in 16 countries across 4 continents. He has been Principal Investigator on more than a two dozen research projects including five clinical trials with his research focusing primarily on health innovations that expand access to quality mental health care. He has received over 1.7 Million Dollars in research grants from national and international funding agencies and has won numerous awards related to his work, including; the Health Innovation Award in 2011 from the Royal Power Magazine, Alberta Health Services’ Spirit of Excellence Award in 2016 and the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association Physician Innovator of the Year Award in 2018. In addition, he has had the Text4Mood program, his brain child recognized by the Mental Health Innovations Network which is headquartered at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He also founded the annual inter-medical school public speaking competition in Ghana to promote psychiatry as a fulfilling career option for Ghanaian medical students. Currently in its ninth year, the competition has ongoing sponsorship from St Patrick's Mental Health Services in Dublin and has seen 21 Ghanaian medical students benefit from fully sponsored elective placements at two leading Irish mental health institutions. In addition, Dr Agyapong has been involved in extensive mental health advocacy in Ghana over the last decade and played a strategic role in the advocacy that led to the passage of Ghana's mental health law in 2012. Between 2010 and 2012, he was the country lead in Ireland of a 5 country multi-center project funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Program of the European Commission that explored innovative ways to reduce racism and discrimination against migrant women living in Europe.