Shekhar Saxena

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Educator / Academic
Brief Biography: 

Dr Saxena is a Visiting Professor at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. He is a psychiatrist by training and has worked previously at World Health Organization for 20 years including as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva from 2010 to 2018. His expertise includes providing advice and technical assistance to policy makers on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. He also works closely with researchers and professional and civil society organizations. He has authored more than 300 scientific papers including in high impact journals. He was an editor of the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and 2011 and is an editor of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2018.

Regions of interest: 
Middle East
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Children and adolescents
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disorders of interest: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders
All disorders
United States of America
Shekhar Saxena

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New WHO prevalence estimates of mental disorders in conflict settings

This systematic review details new WHO prevalence estimates on depression, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in conflict-affected settings.
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Human rights