Frederick W. Hickling, CD, BSC (Anat.), MBBS, DM, FRCPsych(UK), FRSM, DLFAPA was born in Jamaica, attended Wolmers Boys School on a Wolmers Foundation Scholarship (1954-1961), and educated in medicine and psychiatry at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He received specialist training in anatomy at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, University of London, and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh. Professor Hickling helped to establish a unique community psychiatric service and to pioneer cultural therapy in Jamaica in the 1970’s. In the 1980’s he established a private psychiatric research and clinical service in Kingston, and in the 1990’s he was instrumental in helping to shape policy for African Caribbean Mental Health in the United Kingdom. With wide international experience in the Caribbean, North America, the UK and New Zealand, he was Head, Section of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies Mona, from 2000 to 2006, and is presently Professor of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona, and Executive Director of the UWI Caribbean Institute of Mental health and Substance Abuse (CARIMENSA). His research interests are in African Caribbean mental health, schizophrenia, personality disorder, community psychiatry, psychotherapy, political psychology and cultural therapy. He has more than 100 articles and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and books. He is the author and editor of six books. He was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2008, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK in 2011, and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies in 2011. He was awarded the Black Psychiatrists of America Andrea Delgado Award for Excellence in November 2010. He received the Order of Distinction (Commander) by the Government of Jamaica in August 2012
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