Dr. RAN Maosheng

Dr. Ran is an associate professor at Department of Social Work and Social Administration at HKU, and founder and principal investigator of the Chengdu Mental Health Project (CMHP). He has medical degrees (BMed., MMed) from West China University of Medical Sciences and a PhD from Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong. He was a clinical psychiatrist at Department of Psychiatry, West China Hospital, Sichuan University from 1985 to 1999, and a full professor at Division of Health Sciences, University of Guam (USA) from 2011 to 2013. His major research interests include social development and mental health, community mental health, epidemiology, family intervention, stigma intervention, mental health social work, and suicide. He is an expert of National Disabilities Prevention Action Plan, China Disabled Persons’ Federation, and an honorary professor in a few academic institutes in China. Being the founder and principal investigator, he innovatively set up the Chengdu Mental Health Project (CMHP), a unique ongoing longitudinal (1994-present; population: about 150,000) mental health project in the world and a mental health research platform in China. He is principal investigator of numerous research projects supported by World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute of Health (NIH, USA), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and etc. He has published over 120 academic papers and 4 books or chapters.

1. Ran, M.S., Wong, Y.L.I., Yang, S.Y., Ho, P.S.Y., Mao, W.J., Li, J., Chan, C.L.W. (2017). Marriage and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Schizophrenia Research, 182: 49-54.
2. Ran, M.S., Chui, C.H.K., Wong, I.Y.L., Mao, W.J., Lin, F.R., Liu, B., Chan, C.L.W. (2016). Family caregivers and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 51: 513-520.
3. Ran, M.S., Weng, X., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Tang, C.P., Lin, F.R., Mao, W.J., Hu, S.H., Huang, Y.Q., Xiang, M.Z. (2015). Different Outcomes of Never-Treated and Treated Patients with Schizophrenia: 14-year Follow-up Study in Rural China. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207(6): 495-500.
4. Ran, M.S., Chan, C.L.W., Ng, S.M., Guo, L.T., Xiang, M.Z. (2015). The Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Family Intervention for Patients with Schizophrenia in a 14-year Follow-up Study in a Chinese Rural Area. Psychological Medicine, 45(10): 2197-2204.
5. Ran, M.S., Mao, W.J., Chan, C.L.W., Chen, E.Y.H., Conwell, Y. (2015). Gender differences in outcomes in people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206 (4): 283-288.
Committee Member, Crisis Intervention Committee, China Association for Mental Health
Honorary Chair, Academic Committee, Chengdu Mental Health Center, Chengdu, China
Editorial Member of Academic Journals: British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; Chinese Mental Health Journal; Chinese Studies; ISRN Psychiatry; Journal of Medicine; Open Journal of Psychiatry; Psychiatry, Depression & Anxiety; Suicidology Online
1. “Mental Health Status in the Pacific Region.” WHO, 2012-2013. US$15,000. Principal Investigator.
2. “Community in-Alliance for Recovery: Challenging Mental Health Stigma in Rural China”. Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, UPenn. 2015-2018. US$119,623. Co-Principal Investigator.