Dr. Shekhar Saxena

Professor of Global Mental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Shekhar Saxena is Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Havard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A psychiatrist by training, he served in World Health Organization (WHO) from 1998 to 2018, being the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse from 2010 to 2018.

In 2017, he received the prestigious Leon Eisenberg Award from Harvard Medical School. Author of more than 350 academic papers, he functioned as an editor of the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and 2011, and the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2018. His expertise includes providing advice and technical assistance to policymakers on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological, and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. He is contributing actively to Global Mental Health at Harvard initiative.