Dr. RAN Maosheng

With working experience in mental health, social work and public health, Dr. Ran’s research focuses on social development and mental health, community mental health, family intervention, stigma of mental illness, long-term outcome of mental disorders, suicide, disaster event and mental health. He is 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 or co-principal investigator of numerous research projects supported by World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute of Health (NIH, USA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, USA), General Research Fund (GRF, HK), Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR, HK), and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He has published over 140 academic papers and 5 books or chapters.

1) Ran, M.S., Weng, X., Liu, Y.J., Zhang, T.M., Yu, Y.H., Peng, M.M., Luo, W., Hu, S.H., Yang, X., Liu, B., Zhang, T., Thornicroft, G., Chan, C.L.W., Xiang, M.Z. (2019). Change of treatment status of persons with severe mental illness in rural China, 1994-2015. British Journal of Psychiatry Open, 5, e31, 1-7.
2) Zhang, T.M., Wong, Y.L.I., Yu, Y.H., Ni, S.G., He, X.S., Bacon-Shone, J., Gong, K., Huang, C.H., Hu, Y., Tang, M.M., Cao, W., Chan, C.L.W., Ran, M.S., CMHP study group. (2019). An Integrative Model of Internalized Stigma and Recovery-related Outcomes among People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia in Rural China. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 54, 911-918.
3) Ran, M.S., Xiao, Y., Chui, C.H.K., Hu, X.Z., Yu, Y.H., Peng, M.M., Mao, W.J., Liu, B., Chan, E.Y.H., Chan, C.L.W. (2018). Duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and outcome of people with schizophrenia in rural China: 14-year follow-up study. Psychiatry Research, 267, 340-345.
4) 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.
5) 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.
1) Expert, Yaan Fourth People’s Hospital, Yaan, Sichuan, China (2019-present)
2) Expert, Experts Team, National Disabilities Prevention Action Plan, China Disabled Persons’ Federation (2014-present)
3) Consultant, Chinese Clearinghouse for Evidence Translation (CCET) (2013-present)
4) Editorial member of academic journals: Chinese Mental Health Journal; Journal of Medicine; Psychiatry, Depression & Anxiety; etc.
1) “Understanding the stigma in promoting community recovery and integration for persons with mental illness in Hong Kong”. Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, HK (PPR, 2019.A8.081.19A), 2019-2020. HKD612,080. Principal Investigator.
2) “HIV/AIDS knowledge, risks, and stigma among people with mental disorders in rural China”. National Institute of Mental Health, USA (NIMH, PMHARC: P30 MH097488, Pilot Project), 2018-2019. US$33,500. Co-Principal Investigator.
3) “Randomized controlled trial of Enhancing Contact Model on reducing stigma of mental illness in family caregivers of persons with schizophrenia in rural China”. General Research Fund (GRF, 17605618), 2018-2021. HK$611,650. Principal Investigator.
4) “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.