Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Departments of Global Health and Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Dr. Phillips is a Canadian citizen who has been a permanent resident of China for 30 years. He received a BSc (psychology) from McGill University, an MD from McMaster University and an MA (anthropology) and MPH (epidemiology) from the University of Washington. He completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington followed by a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Research Training Fellowship. He is currently Director of the Suicide Research and Prevention Center of the Shanghai Mental Health Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, the Executive Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention at Beijing Hui Long Guan Hospital, Director of the Shanghai Mental Health Center – Emory University Collaborative Center for Global Mental Health, advisor on mental health issues in China for the WHO, and editorial consultant for The Lancet.
Dr. Phillips is currently PI on a number of multi-center collaborative projects on suicide, depression and schizophrenia. He runs research training courses each year, supervises Chinese and foreign graduate students, helps coordinate WHO mental health activities in China, promotes increased awareness of the importance of addressing China’s suicide problem and advocates improving the quality, comprehensiveness and access to mental health services around the country. In 2013 he received the International Scientific and Technological Award of the People’s Republic of China, the highest honor for scientific achievement awarded to foreign nationals by the Chinese government. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada.