Dr. Farooq Naeem is the Chief of General and Health Systems Psychiatry at CAMH, and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
He was trained in Psychiatry in Merseyside training scheme in Liverpool, England. He completed his MSc in Research Methods in Health and PhD at the Southampton University in England. He also received training in Lean thinking and in quality improvement in England.
Dr. Naeem is also a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. In addition to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for common mental health disorders, he received training in CBT for psychosis from Professor David Kingdon while working as his lecturer during training.
He has pioneered techniques for culturally adapting CBT. These techniques have been used to adapt CBT for a variety of common and severe mental health problems in South Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and China. He has conducted nearly 20 RCTs along with colleagues from Southampton and Manchester universities in England. He is considered a leader in global mental health.
He has a keen interest in health systems. He has worked as an expert in Lean thinking and quality improvement in England, Canada and some low- and middle-income countries. He has written six books and numerous book chapters. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his work at numerous conferences, and has conducted many workshops globally on CBT, especially CBT for psychosis.
Areas of Research
His research areas include CBT, psychosis and culture, with an overall aim to improve access to CBT. He has also published on issues related to health services and quality improvement. He works with a team of IT experts, and has developed a CBT-based therapy program – called eGuru – that can be delivered through web and smart phone apps.
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