Board of Trustees

The role of the trustee is to provide oversight to guide the development of careif. This will also include the promotion and participation in careif activities.

Our trustees are:

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui – Co- founder and vice chair

Dr Albert Persaud – Co-founder

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Bhugra became a Trustee of careif in 2006; he is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists. He published Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema in 2006. Professor Bhugra is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry. Professor Bhugra , from 2008 to 2011 hewas President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011 he became Chair of the Mental Health Foundation. In 2011 Professor Bhugra was elected President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and becomes President in September 2014 .He becomes the first British person (Psychiatrist) to be President of the World Psychiatric Association. In early 2012 he was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Edgar Jones

Professor Edgar Jones has been a careif Trustee since 2006 and has lead a number of careif initiatives including the “careif Railway Suicides in the UK Study”,(2014) and with Professor Kam Bhui – careif Co-Founder and Director has emerged as a leading expert in the field of Violent Radicalisation and Terrorism: Professor Jones is professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and King’s Centre for Military Health Research. He originally trained as an historian before completing a doctorate at Guy’s Hospital in clinical psychopathology and training as an analytical psychotherapist. He is programme leader for the MSc in War and Psychiatry and has worked in the field of military psychiatry conducting studies on shell shock, Gulf War syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, he has researched the problems of prisoners-of-war and the effectiveness of interventions designed to re-integrate them into civilian society. He is the co-author of Shell Shock to PTSD, Military Psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf, Hove: Psychology Press, Maudsley Monograph (2005). He recently conducted a study of morale in the armed forces and the impact of entertainment for the British Forces Foundation.

Dr Imran Ali

Board of Directors:

  • Professor Kamaldeep Bhui – Co-chair
  • Dr Albert Persaud – Co-chair