Dr. Ran is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He holds medical degrees (B.Med., M.Med.) from West China University of Medical Sciences and a Ph.D from HKU. He was an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, West China Hospital, Sichuan University (1997-1999) and a full professor (in Public Health) at the University of Guam (USA) (2011-2013). Dr. Ran was a committee member of the Transcultural Psychiatry Section of the Chinese Psychiatry Association (China, 1995-2013). Currently he is an expert on the National Disabilities Prevention Action Plan, China Disabled Persons’ Federation; co-chair of the Global Health Program (Mental Health) in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU); and honorary professor in a few universities in mainland China.
As founder and principal investigator, he set up the Chengdu Mental Health Project (CMHP, www.socialwork.hku.hk/project/cmhp/index.html), a unique ongoing longitudinal (1994-present; N=~150,000) mental health project in the world and a mental health research platform in China. His major research interests include social development and mental health, transcultural psychiatry, community mental health, psychosocial intervention, stigma of mental illness, psychiatric epidemiology, mental health social work, crisis intervention, and suicide. As PI or Co-PI, he has received numerous research grants from the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), General Research Fund (GRF, HK), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP, USA), and other organizations. He has published over 130 academic papers and 5 books/chapters, and won 6 academic awards, including the Individual Contribution Award, China Mental Health Association Crisis Intervention Committee, China, 2018; the Alexander Gralnick Award, American Association of Suicidology (AAS), USA, 2007; and the Scientific and Technologic Advancement Award (3rd Rank), Sichuan Province Government, China, 1995).