Professor Derrick Silove AM

Photo New_Derrick Silove_PortraitProf Silove has spent his entire academic career at UNSW. He joined the School of Psychiatry as a lecturer in 1984, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1986, and appointed to the Foundation Chair in Psychiatry (now Level E3) (and conjoint Area Director of Mental Health) in the newly established Clinical School in the South West Sydney Area Health Service in 1991. He founded the first mental health research unit at Liverpool Hospital, the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit (PRTU; played a central role in developing the state-wide refugee mental health service (STARTTS) (where he remains a Board Member), and initiated a specialist research-focused clinic in anxiety and traumatic stress. He leads the Mental Health Stream at the Ingham Institute of Applied Health Research.  His team was one of three awarded the status of “Academic Research Unit” in the LHD in 2015.

Recognition and Awards: Simpson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Services (for pioneering work in Refugee Mental Health), Royal College of Psychiatrists; Visiting Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (ongoing); Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2010; Inaugural Lady Fairfax Award for Distinguished Senior Researcher, Ingham Institute, 2013; Director, Academic Research Unit, SSWSLHD; Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Queen’s list, 2016 for Significant Service to Medicine in the Field of Psychiatry, to Medical Research as an Academic, and to the Promotion of Mental Health and Human Rights; Career highlighted in Lifeline Column in the Lancet.

Research and Development Grants >$36 million in research and project grants; $32 million Category 1/Commonwealth Govt, including CI (C and B) on three consecutive NHMRC Program grants in the past 15 years, current grant >$10m, 2015-2019.

Prof Silove has published >420 scholarly works including books, book chapters, peer reviewed articles (>300), major reports, commentaries, letters, and policy documents, the majority focusing on global mental health and related fields of trauma, human rights, population mental health, and transcultural mental health.  He is a leader of an Australian national consortium in traumatic stress (involving 5 leading universities) which has won a record three five-year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants in this area over the past 15 years.  He and his team collaborate with a range of universities and other agencies worldwide (Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Karolinska Institute, University of Copenhagen, WHO, UNHCR, World Federation of Mental Health, International Society for Traumatic Stress). As of Feb, 2016, Silove’s H-Index (Google Scholar) is 58, total citations 11,900, i10: 205. Leading journals in which he has published over the past five years include the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)/JAMA Psychiatry, the Lancet journals (Lancet/Lancet Psychiatry/Lancet Global Health), the British Medical Journal, PLoS Medicine, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, PLoS One, Social Science & Medicine, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine and Biological Psychiatry. Silove has published seminal commentaries and reviews that have been highly cited, particularly in the fields of global mental health, refugee and post-conflict mental health, human rights and torture, in leading journals including the Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.